Tagging Along

I haven’t done a tag in a long time and when HVR stabbed me in the back extended me one, I had no choice but to accept.

The tag demands me to reveal 7 random things about myself, preferably relatively unknown facts. Sounds disarmingly easy but as I found out, it’s pretty tough , assuming you make an attempt not to state the bleeding obvious like HVR  or blaspheme – according to HVR – like abhipraya.

Here goes my list.

  1. I have an irritating habit of launching into nonsensical songs or loud humming when trying to concentrate on studies. It was quite a giveaway in my schooldays when my mother used to listen outside the door if I was studying or reading “useless books”.  However the singing more or less died away once I reached college because of the extreme rarity of the causal event.
  2. At the age of 10, I used to play tennis against the wall – which I later learnt had a whole sport built around it called Squash 😀 – pretending myself to be Thomas Muster and the wall to be André Agassi. I wasn’t actually a fan of Muster or for that matter, didn’t even really understand Tennis then, but the name had a ring to it which I liked. Perhaps my preference for Nadal over Federer has something to do with those sultry afternoons I spent smacking a plastic ball as The King of Clay.
  3. My lean frame belies my love of good food. In particular, I am an eternal connoisseur of Chicken Biriyani and can find my way to the restaurant with the best C.B in any town I end up in Kerala, given I have been there at least once before.
  4. One for the well-known fact quota. I am a die-hard fan of Liverpool FC and detests anything that has to do with Man Utd.
  5. Now for the blasphemy. I prefer to watch a VVS Laxman in full flow more than a Sachin Tendulkar in full flow.
  6. One of my biggest regrets is that I didn’t venture out for a single quiz in the first two years of college.
  7. At different points in my life, I adored Harry Potter, Backstreet Boys, WWF and Steven Seagal movies. On realising their uncoolness on coming into contact with their grown-up versions, I now treat them with the contempt they deserve. 😀
The rules of tagging:
1) You have to tag 7 people.
2)You have to link their pages to your post
3) You have to leave them a comment saying that they have been tagged.
4) Say who tagged you.
I’m tagging Hari, Raju, Abhijith, Doc and anyone else who feel like they want to take this on.

“A Marvellous Tag”

This is my second tag, and once again given to me by Hari, the only guy who spares a thought for my blog. Pardon me for sounding martyred. I know it takes time to get a readerbase and my irregularity doesn’t help matters . I had wanted to post more this month , but the lazy fool I am, I put it off for tomorrows. And then I received this absolutely spiffing tag that I HAD to do this as soon as I got it.

The tag says :

Jot down 5 of your favorite quotes from the various books you’ve read/movies you’ve seen. If you don’t have the books with you now, Googling (Wikiquotes and the like) can be used to find them. Tag five people and acknowledge the person who tagged you.

These are not in any particular order. I am putting these down in the order they came to my mind.

1. “One of the reasons why we crave love, & seek it so desperately, is that love is the only cure for loneliness, & shame, & sorrow. But some feelings sink so deep into the heart that only loneliness can help you find them again. Some truths about yourself are so painful that only shame can help you live with them. And some things are just so sad that only your soul can do the crying for you

– From Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts.

Shantaram is sheer poetry. Every other line is a quote. If you haven’t read the book, just check some of them out, here.  What you learn or realise about life from a convicted bank robber and heroin addict will astound you. I had such a hard time choosing my favorite quote from this book. There are concise and oh-so-true gems , and also, long and profound insights. It’s an awesome , awesome book. Many people give up on it saying it’s too long, but it isn’t. It is life. The most frank , beautiful and poetic portrait of it ever done. I feel so guilty about leaving out some of my other fav quotes from this book, that I will just slip one more in.

“Loves are like that. You heart starts to feel like an overcrowded lifeboat. You throw your pride out to keep it afloat, and your self-respect and independence. After a while, you started throwing people out – your friends and everyone you used to know. And it’s still not enough. The lifeboat is still sinking, and you know it’s going to take down with it.”

– Karla to Lyn. This is just so , so true.

2.

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king”.
– From The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

Another of my favorite books. Tolkien was a genius. Had he lived now and released the LOTR to compete against the HP series , I believe the world’s favorite boy wizard wouldn’t have raked in a tenth of the money he did. The LOTR too has many noteworthy quotes or rather, ‘quoteworthy lines’ :P, though this is the best of them I believe. Aragorn is , to me, the best hero ever, in a fiction. Yet he doesn’t dominate the importance of other characters or scenes he is not a part of, in any way, which speaks volumes about the greatness of the book, I feel. The book has many poems, some sad, some merry but this is the most meaningful one of them all, since it encompasses an important part of the story in it. It’s so simple. It’s so great.

3.

“He who forsakes the trodden path for the new road knows what he loses , but not what he will find.”

I don’t remember exactly where I found this quote. The closest bet would be the very first page of The Godfather Returns, but as I said, I’m not sure and even Google can’t tell me it’s origin. 😮 . But I identify myself with it. I guess every troubled teenager with big dreams does, but I do it even more than others. Yeah. Sure. Trust me . 😛

4.

You’ll always regret the things which you didn’t, more than the things you did.”

– From a poster on the wall of some bank I visited with my father.

It’s ironic that I thought it almost impossible to select just 5 favorite quotes from the books I’ve read or movies I’ve seen, I just have to include this one, which’s from neither. I am someone who think about things for too long before I do them, and more often than not, I end up not doing them or making a fool of myself. This extends from simple things like boarding a crowded bus, pinging a crush on yahoo messenger to very important decisions. This ‘eternal contemplation’ has cost me a lot. So, when I fall into such a dilemma , created by my inefficient self, I immediately recall this quote and that spurs me to action, more often than not. I noted this quote, as I said, when I went to some bank with my father(or was it LIC?). It is something I recall at least once a week, and has served me well. So it deserves to be in here.

5.Though there had been moments of beauty in it, Mariam knew that life for the most part had been unkind to her. But as she walked the final twenty paces, she could not help but wish for more of it. She wished she could see Laila again, wished to hear the clangor of her laugh, to sit with her once more for a pot of chai and leftover halwa under a starlit sky. She mourned that she would never see Aziza grow up, would not see the beautiful young woman that she would one day become, would not get to paint her hands with henna and toss candy at her wedding. She would never play with Aziza’s children. She would have liked that very much, to be old and play with Aziza’s children.Mariam wished for so much in those final moments. Yet as she closed her eyes, it was not regret any longer but a sensation of abundant peace that washed over her. She thought of her entry into this world, the harami child of a lowly villager, an unintended thing, a pitiable, regrettable accident. A weed. And yet she was leaving the world as a woman who had loved and been loved back. She was leaving it as a friend, a companion, a guardian. A mother. A person of consequence at last. No. It was not so bad, Mariam thought, that she should die this way. Not so bad. This was a legitimate end to a life of illegitimate beginnings.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

This cannot be termed a quote perhaps, not in the way this tag means it to be. It does not tell us any wordly truth, neither does it convey anything to someone who hasn’t read the book. But I just had to include something from one of the very best works I’ve read in my life. And what could be more fitting than the passage which bring tears to my eyes every time I read it?

That’s it. I’m done. This was a very hard tag to do, since I could pick only 5. I am very sad at having to leave out some classic dialogues like The Fight Club, The Godfather, The Matrix , The Shawshank Redemption and many other books and movies which I remember , yet couldn’t accomodate, and some I will remember as soon as I click this ‘Publish’ button. But that’s the way it is. 😦 .

To quote Neo in Matrix Reloaded.

Choice. The problem is choice.

PS: An open tag again . 🙂