Wednesday, March 5, 2008


Chandni tagged me for this one.

Eight things I am passionate about:

My family
Morning walks
My home

Eight things I want to do before I die (In no particular order):


Lose a significant amount of weight- the pall bearers will suffer too much if I don't!

Live in my own house and not have shifted residence for several years.

Get all my stuff in order, after which I'll happily die in peace from sheer exhaustion.

Tune in properly to my inner self, learn to meditate.

Be a well loved M-I-L and grandmother.

Write something worth publishing, and get it published!

Learn to live with zero guilt.

Eight things I say often:

Are you listening?

C'est la vie







Eight books I’ve read recently:

The Music Room by Namita Devidayal

Delhi Metropolitan-The Making of an Unlikely City by Ranjana Sengupta

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

Chowringhee by Shankar

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Home Products by Amitava Kumar

The Assassin's Song by MG Vassanji

Just in case you're interested, on my shelf just now are Jahajin by Peggy Mohan, The Age of Shiva by Manil Suri, A Year in Green Tea and Tuk-Tuks By Rory Spowers, and Mark Tully's India's Unending Journey.

Eight songs I could listen to, over and over:

Madhuban mein Radhika Naachi Re (film: Kohinoor)

Laaga chunri mein daag ( the Manna Dey original)

Do you love me? ( from Fiddler on the Roof)

If I were a Rich Man ( " " " "" ")

Baat Chalat Nai chunari rang daari ( Film: Rani Roopmati)

Pandit Jasraj's Adana- Mata Kaalika

Channula Misra's Krishna CD, esp. the last Meera bhajan
'Sir dhare matakiya dole re
koi Shyam Manohar lo re
dahi ko naam bisar gaye gwaalan,
Hari lo hari lo boley re
Koi Shyam Manohar lo re.'

Channu Lal's Kabir Bhajan in Raga Hamsadhwani-
Amarpur le chalo ho sajna

Eight things that attract me to my best friends:

The ability to listen
Some passion in common
Having time for me
The good food they feed me

Eight people I think should do this tag:

Aanchal, Sur, Sue, Choxbox, The Mad Momma, Sundar, Neha, Gauri


Indian in NZ said...

Wow, we have so much in common ( see, I say 'wow' a lot too!). Ever heard Manna Dey singing that song live ? I did, when Manna Dey came here for a concert - I had goosebumps listening to him.

Unknown said...

hmmm we must get together .Youare reading some stuff I've chalked out for myself although I shall pass over the Ukranian tractors! Vaat chalat nayi ... okay Ihavent heard that in years anf am humming it now..and all the songs from Fiddler have been favourites with us for ages..morning walks ,yes and being a well loved MIL and grandmother,too.
Chalo meeting fix karte..

dipali said...

@2b's mommy: Never heard him live, but I love most of his songs.
I did read his autobiography- really interesting.
@eve's lungs: The title is not exactly misleading, but it's a very funny, heartwarming book. A great, lively read.

Itchingtowrite said...

"learn to liv with zero guilt" if only we all could!!! thought provoking

Choxbox said...

will do soon!

Anonymous said...

ur choice of music is very interesting....never explored...think its time I did!

A Muser said...

"Duffer" -- :)) Haven't used that one since I was a kid! I love these kind of tags -- they tell you so much about a person. Sounds like we have a lot in common, Dipali.

Anonymous said...

Love your taste in songs. I have never heard some of them, but I loved the lyrics :)

Banno said...

Duffer. Our maths teacher used to say that, while throwing the duster at us. I haven't heard Manna Dey in a long time, used to love his voice. I like my friends for the good food they feed me too. And I like feeding my friends good food too.

dipali said...

@itchingtowrite: Guilt seems part of the human condition- for me, there is always something or the other to feel guilty about- usually about something I should have done but didn't.
@choxbox: Buck up!
@chandni: Having lived so much longer than most of you I guess I've been exposed to much more music:)But there is no end to it, and I've actually listened to just a few drops in the ocean of music.
@a muser: I guess we do have much in common. You read many of my favourite books, you know!
@lekhni: Some songs just resonate within! Sant Kabir was an amazing poet and philosopher, as were many of the Bhakti poets such as Mirabai, Tulsidas , the Ashtachhaap poets including Surdas. Do listen to them if you can.
@banno: I had a chalk throwing maths teacher! Breaking bread with friends, feeding them good food, and similarly being fed by them- a great pleasure indeed. We've had memorable meals where the food has been polished off, but the dining table conversation continues for hours despite uncleared plates and unwashed hands:)

Nat said...

You're an inspiration. To me.

dipali said...

@nat: Thanks:)

Just Like That said...

Tagged you.
Please go four posts below on my blog- to I, Me and Mine.

Swati said...

Nice...very different choice of music ..but lovely !