Wednesday, October 10, 2007

What's in a middle name? Plenty, apparently.

I think pretty much everyone I know/read has taken up this tag, so I am at a loss as to who I can pass it on to. Anyway, we will cross that bridge later. First, the rules. I am copying them straight from Moppet's Mom and Timepass.

The three rules to be followed are:
a) The rules must be mentioned in the beginning of the tag.
b) You must list one fact that is somehow relevant to your life for each letter of your middle name. If you don’t have a middle name, use the middle name you would have liked to have had.
c) At the end of your blog post, you need to choose one person for each letter of your middle name to tag. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

Right, so lets see. Like most of you out there, I do not have a middle name. So I will roll with my father's middle name. I have had to work rather hard at this because it is a long-ish name but YOU LUCKY PEOPLE, YOU are about to find out SEVEN things about me. Isn't this your lottery-winning day? No? Then think, for a moment, if you dare, that I were Greek. With a name like Athanasios or Georgiopoulos, my life would be practically an open book. (Of course, with a name like that, I would also be a shipping tycoon but that is irrelevant.) Helps put a perspective on things, eh?

I thought of a smart or clever way to do this for a long time. No ideas were forthcoming (God asked me to choose between superior alcohol capacity and superior intellect...guess which one I went for) and so I decided to keep it simple go with associations (I am such a market researcher, yuck.). These were the first things that came to mind.

P is for Passport. I hold the record for being passport-less for the longest period possible. In my family, both money and inclination to travel and see far-off places were rather scarce. It was only when my first workplace wanted to send me to Colombo for a conference that I realized that I needed to do something about this state of affairs. This was the beginning of an ordeal the thought of which still makes me break out in a rash. You see, since finishing my post-graduation, I never stayed in a single place for more than six months and therefore no one could verify that I was not a bomb-toting terrorist. In the time I have spent filling out passport forms and standing in queues with other hopefuls, I could have read The Lord of the Rings in Elvish. Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai - I have been a regular at all the passport offices and been on chai-drinking terms with many brokers. I finally got the sacred document in 2003 and have been guarding it with my life since. Considering all this, I did not pass a single comment on how terrible I looked in my passport photo. Incidentally, I did look terrible.

R is for Rock Music. For a person who loves Pink (the colour, not the singer although she is quite good too), rock does not seem to be a suitable genre. But I love heavy metal. My life's dream is to see Metallica live in concert. I will dress Adi and myself in matching black tees that proclaim our love for the group and then sing along to the Call of the Ktulu. Geriatric Mahesh will be left behind at home. HA HA HA!!

A is for Aditya. I named Aditya Aditya because all the Adityas I have met in life have been good people, meaning they have gone to good business schools and have married nice girls. I am very shallow that way. My son, the sun.

K is for Kurt Cobain. For the longest time, my room at MICA had the suicide note of Kurt pasted on a wall. He was a great man. He did drugs and was probably not very smart(could not read dosage on recreational and not so recreational drugs) but dude, he sang so well. I would have so liked to be his groupie.

A is for Atticus (Finch). To kill a mockingbird is my favourite book, the upright Atticus my favourite character and Gregory Peck my favourite actor/man. Put them all together and you could bathe in my drool.

S is for Sainath aka Mahesh. Only because he threatens to tickle me till I die of asphyxiation if I don't write this. Actually, S is for Sleep. I miss it so.

H is for Humour. Self-explanatory. If you don't get the joke, its probably on you. I am so charitable, I tell you.

There. Done.

Now, I need to pass the baton.

I tag:

Anirudh's mom
Adi's mom...wait...she has already done it.
Squiggles' mom
H - I really can't think of anyone with H so will take a step back and tag


~nm said...

Hey Parul,

I already did the tag! Sorry girl!

read it here

DotMom said...

rotfl. good to know more about you. do read my blogpost today.

Kodi's Mom said...

kurt cobain! brings back memories. for the longest time I was fascinated with him...completely unrelated that that time was also at one of the lowest points of my life! ;)

Fuzzylogic said...

LOL!so probably when I need some references to the passport office at the said places we know who the (wo)man of the hour is:)first time here and I simply loved the way you did this tag. Is it ok if I blogroll you?

Squiggles Mom said...

Thanks for dropping by. And I've done the tag too :)). You can read it at
Good to know more about you :).

Mona said...

dude wouldn't it suck if aditya wasn't into metallica like you are?
good idea to go ebfore he develops a preference, no?

Parul said...

nm - I hadn't read this blog of yours earlier. Yes, you write!

dotmom - THIS IS SOOOOOO COOOOOL!! I am so happy to get this :D *grins maniacally* In fact, I am going to do an entire post just to flaunt and brag!! I want that badge too... how to get?

kodi's mom - Now I am intrigued. Maybe Kurt's music is apt for low times...I sound like such a teenager...sheesh!!

fuzzylogic - yeps, you just need to whisper my name and they will move you ahead in the queue. PLEASE DO BLOGROLL ME. I LOVE BEING BLOGROLLED!!!

This is a good day for sure!! :D

Squiggles Mom - I haven't been very good with the tagging, have I? Never mind, will get ya next time!! And great to know about u as well.

Mona - That is a thought. Do you think I should leave Adi in M's care and take off for some time? Make them both appreciate me a little more.

Timepass said...

Good one..

Sue said...

Hello. First time here, dropped by from DotMom's.

Nirvana, yes, but Nirvana Unplugged! I heard that first, unfortunately, so the rest of their stuff was completely lost on me. Unplugged is music at its highest.

ddmom said...


Moppet's Mom said...

Late to the party. Damn, looks like it was a good one! :-)

Parul said...

Timepass - Glad you liked it :)

Sue - Hi, hope first time will bear repeats. I agreee about Unplugged being tops...comes next only to being present at a live concert, aye?

ddmom - heh, heh...happy you laughed :)

Moppet's Mom - Not to fret, its an ongoing party!

karmickids said...

If only you could see what a high it is to be linked to Kurt Cobain in this way....