August 17, 2008

A Question, A Couple of Long Due Memes and Some More Awards!

H ere’s the question.
Any ideas on what this could be? I'm sure everyone has the answer. It is edible and not of animal origin. This is still a vegetarian blog.



Meme(s):


Now for the memes. Allergy Mom of the Allergic Kid and Lynn of Lynn’s Cooking Blog had tagged me for a “Random Things” meme some time back. I have already done a version of this meme.  Two other bloggers tagged me for memes, one way back and the other pretty recently.

Before I go on with this post, let me warn you that this is going to be boring. Now, you can exit this page at this point or continue to torture yourself. You may want to find yourself a cup of tea/ coffee or something stronger to keep you awake if you choose to read on. Remember, I did warn you.

Since I have sat down to a non recipe post today I shall do both the memes here. I really can’t imagine why anyone would want to know about my dislikes. But Harini, the Sunshinemom of Tongue Ticklers did ask for this, so here goes.

As Harini herself said, hate is a negative emotion. I’m also not given to really hating but I do dislike many things, though I’m not sure I can find 10 dislikes!

1. I dislike hypocrisy. And I find it difficult to understand why people have to pretend to be something they are not. There is a dignity in being oneself.

2. I dislike having to make small talk and I’m terrible at it. So you know I’m not very good party material.

3. I cannot stand cockroaches. That’s not to say I like other vermin. Its just that I’m extra paranoid about you know what (as they keep saying in the Potter books). So if you are passing by close to where I am and hear an unearthly shriek (this doesn't happen very often, thank God), you know what I’ve (it could have been my daughter too) just laid my eyes on!

4. I don’t like having to pick up after others as much as I hate untidiness. Having to search for things drives me mad.

5. I dislike messily presented food and will not eat it even if it is ambrosia. I might change my mind on this if I didn’t have anything else to eat, who knows.

6. I don’t particularly like (and will avoid them if I can do it without making a fuss) dishes cooked with chenai (yam), vazhaikkai (raw plantain), chakkai (jackfruit), to mention a few. Difficult to believe I belong to Kerala, isn’t it?

7. I used to dislike people asking me why I stayed at home doing nothing (?), when I could be going to work doing some thing worthwhile. I stopped being bothered a long time ago. If those people cannot figure out that I was lucky to make such a choice and am actually happy with it, it’s their loss.

This is tough. It’s almost like figuring out answers to exam questions! I did try very hard with this one.

And this is where I hand in my answer paper!


The request for this Book meme came from Nidhi of Sizzling Bites. For this meme, one picks up the nearest book and opens it to page 123, finds the 5th sentence and posts the next three sentences.

If I picked up the nearest book, we would all get a lesson in Human Resource management, which I can assure you we don’t want.
So I went to the bookshelf and picked out one at random. So here is what follows the 5th sentence on page 123 in it.


1. I had brought the story to Morrie this morning because I wondered if Turner ever found himself in my old professor’s position, his breath disappearing, his body turning to stone, his days being crossed off the calendar one by one – would he really be crying over owning a network?

2. “Its all part of the same problem, Mitch”, Morrie said.

3. “We put our values in the wrong things and it leads to very disillusioned lives.”


This is an excerpt from "Tuesdays with Morrie – an old man, a young man and life’s greatest lesson" by Mitch Albom.

I have read the book, of course, and seen the movie in which Jack Lemon was brilliant as Morrie, Mitch’s former professor. The movie had me in tears and I very rarely cry watching a movie. Do read it if you can.

I have seen both these memes on so many blogs, that I’m not going to tag anyone.


The Awards:


For some time now, many fellow bloggers have been conferring this little blog of mine with various awards. They seem to think my blog is worthy of them (I would like to believe, naively perhaps). As far as I can see, most of these awards come with conditions attached to them, such as please pass these on to “x” number of bloggers and further conditions of linking back and forth. Fair enough, I guess this is all about spreading a bit of “link love” in a statistics driven blogger world.

I do not understand this business of conditional award conferring as it seems, to me, to defeat the very purpose of giving out a token of appreciation. Bee of Jugalbandi has a very interesting and humourous take on this.

Having said this, I believe that all those bloggers who passed on these awards to my blog did so in good faith because something on this blog appealed to them. My thanks to them all. As a mark of my appreciation of the awards given to this blog by fellow bloggers, I shall feature them here, but please do not misunderstand me because I do not pass them along.

As I was writing this post, Bharathy of Spicy Chilli has passed a bouquet of the above 3 awards to me. Thank you Bharathy.
And Harini of Tongue Ticklers has just passed on a "Blogging Friends Forever" award too.
Truly appreciate the gesture, Harini.



33 comments:

arundati said...

that;s the outside of a coconut

jessica m said...

hello! i thought it was the outside of a coconut, too, at first--and then i switched to some sort of melon?!

bee said...

well said about the conditional awards and other blogging activity. it was fun reading your meme. you don' like sloppily presented food? then you must avoid desi restaurant food with brown glop on a plate. i do, for that reason.

Jayashree said...

Copra.....and congratulations on the awards.

notyet100 said...

hmm..i guess coconut shell,..:-)nd nic meme,//congrats forawards tooo

Divya said...

Aparna, lovely meme... I love the openess of it! I am a home-maker at the momeny too & I think you have spoken, and spoken well for many of us.
Good job on the blog, my first time visiting it!

Divya

Rachel said...

I didn't think the meme was boring at all..actually it was a diff read...I so agree with you on 7.

Congrats on all the awards....

Sangeeth said...

lovely meme...i tink its outside of cocont

sra said...

Copra, at close quarters. Or a very brown melon? :)
Enjoyed reading your meme and congrats on the awards.

RedChillies said...

Enjoyed knowing about you Aparna.

Methinks that the picture is the outside of a cantaloupe.

Bev said...

Hi! Thanks for your message!

I totally agree with you on the staying at home thing. People are always asking why I saty at home to look after Ollie rather than go back to work. But it was about making the right choice for Ollie not just for me. Turns out it is the best thing for both of us.
The way I see it is that I can't expect my kids to have the same values as me if I am not there to bring them up. I respect that some people have to work but why is it that less people understand or respect my choice?
As you, I am getting better at dealing with other people's ignorance on this, but it's tough sometimes! Good for you! x

Divya Vikram said...

I sthat coconut or some mushroom?Nice meme..

Veena said...

Hi Aparna,

Congratulations on all the awards!!!

Nice post too.... makes me remember all the tough times you gave me with your no. 4 pet peeve! For those of you wondering, I am Aparna's younger sister and the fact that I get rave reviews on how clean my house is, is a direct testimony to the fact that my sister has me well trained!! I can almost hear my niece sigh in total agreement ;-)!!!!

Keep blogging - I think you are doing something extremely worth while!!

Sig said...

Great meme Aparna...well written....Oh and it is a coconut..

dindintonight said...

Great writeup Aparna. Enjoyed reading your meme :D

Rajani said...

nice post, I feel tags (however well intentioned they are)coerce you into divulging too many details about yourself you didn't even know existed. We share dislikes though except for hyperpanicking on seeing a roach and disliking the kerala staples! how unmallu like!!

Uma said...

Coconut? nice meme and congrats on the awards.

Sheetal said...

thats a Betel nut ?

jayasree said...

Nice reading your meme. Agree with you on the conditional award thing.

I think its kopra

Sireesha said...

Coconut ? Enjoyed reading your meme and congrats on the awards.

SMN said...

Aparna congrats on those awards and it is really nice to know more about u through MEME.. and that is a copra

Sunshinemom said...

Hey Aparna, you just voiced my thoughts on the awards! That's the reason I prefer to call them badges of recognition by other bloggers!! In fact I traced some of them to deadends!! I liked the blogger friends forever badge as it is like a 'rakhi' to seal friendship, and makes a lot of sense!! I am off to read bee's opition:)

bhagyashri said...

That looks like the outside of a coconut. Enjoyed reading your meme....

A_and_N said...

hmm....copra?

Rosie said...

wonderful meme and congrats on your awards much deserved :)

Rosie x

Kumudha said...

Copra! I love eating copra pieces with jaggery...

Wow! so many awards. Congratulations!

Vaishali said...

Good to learn more about you, Aparna: I love how forthright you are.

Vibaas said...

Hi Aparna, I have tagged you as yours is one of my favorite blogs :-) Please check my blog for more details.

Pearlsofeast said...

Nice to know about you Aparna, very well written post.

Vibaas said...

Is it the wood apple (we call it vilampazham in tamil)?

Vibaas said...

on second thoughts..is it cantaloupe?

Aparna said...

Most of you got it.
Its copra (dried coconut from which coconut oil is extracted) without the shell.
When the water inside a coconut has dried out so much, and you break it, the shell splits but the coconut inside stays whole.
This is still used for cooking certain dishes and makes a great dry chutney powder called "Thenga Podi"/ "Chammandi Podi".

Ria said...

Good meme! :)