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I got tagged and tagged, by Ashok and Asuph. It seemed the same tag, but there were dis­crep­an­cies. Ashok’s tag didn’t spec­i­fy num­ber of ran­dom things or num­ber of peo­ple to tag fur­ther. Asuph’s tag spec­i­fied 8 for both.

Being the INTJ I am, I decid­ed to pur­sue the ori­gins of this meme, in an attempt to rec­on­cile the dis­crep­an­cies. It proved to be more dif­fi­cult than I thought, since some blog­gers sim­ply linked to the blog rather than the blog post, forc­ing me to search through blog archives and so on. Some sim­ply men­tioned the name of the blog, with­out link­ing. I per­sist­ed.

How­ev­er, my search end­ed in a blind alley. Ashok’s meme led to Snowbeak’s Muf­fler, where it isn’t clear if it is the ori­gin of the meme or not. Asuph’s meme led to The Cres­cent Knit­ter, who said she was tagged, but didn’t spec­i­fy the source. So I’m stuck with two irrec­on­cil­able tags and will choose between them — in the spir­it of the tag — at ran­dom. I’ll list 8 things and tag 5 peo­ple.

  1. I think Leonar­do Da Vin­ci is the great­est human being in the his­to­ry of mankind.
  2. In school, I learnt Hin­dus­tani Clas­si­cal — vocal, har­mo­ni­um, and tabla. I per­formed in sev­er­al local events, inter-school com­pe­ti­tions, and the All India Radio. All these are dis­tant mem­o­ries now.
  3. I loved art films since a young age. I ille­gal­ly joined an elite movie club, “Prab­hat Chi­tra Man­dal” in Mum­bai when I was under-18. I am still crazy about film-mak­ing, have watched thou­sands of films, strug­gle to keep a record of all films I’ve watched in an Excel spread­sheet, and have a size­able col­lec­tion that I’ve not yet ful­ly watched myself.
  4. I won the “Out­stand­ing Indi­vid­ual Award” when I passed out of school in SSC (Xth grade). On the way home from the pass­ing out cer­e­mo­ny, my class­mates beat me up in the street. I came home cry­ing. This was the most impor­tant les­son I learnt in school.
  5. I sport a beard because I’m too lazy to shave.
  6. I built my own tele­scope in my VIIth grade as I was fas­ci­nat­ed by astron­o­my.
  7. In 1995 in Berlin, I played the tabla on a Ger­man colleague’s key­board. He added some tech­no beats. I then added some flute. Some more music and our first (and last) fusion track was born.
  8. I think I’m a dif­fi­cult per­son.

So there I’ve done it. Now to take it fur­ther, here are the rules:

1. Each play­er starts with 8 ran­dom facts/habits about them­selves.
2. Peo­ple who are tagged, write a blog post about their own 8 ran­dom things, and post these rules.
3. At the end of your post you need to tag 5 peo­ple and include their names. Don’t for­get to leave them a com­ment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.

I invite Mon­day­Morn­ing­Pow­er, Ram­bodoc, Priyank, Pareen, and Nita to take this tag for­ward!

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  • Im a total movie buff as well. You should try using IMDB’s (imdb.com) “My movies” fea­ture. They have all movies ever made, list­ed on the site, with reviews etc, plus you get to quick­ly add them to your list.

  • Ok. Let’s keep track now shall we.
    Aster­ix fan — me too
    Ratio­nal­ist — me too
    Ama­teur Musi­cian — me too
    Stargaz­er — me too
    obses­sive movie buff — me too

    And Dayumn…I won a “Best all rounder” award in class X as well (They gave me 1000 rs and asked me buy books. I bought New­port jeans.)

    Hold on a sec. I am a ratio­nal­ist, but this is creep­i­ly coin­ci­den­tal. Do you by any chance have a lock­et with a secret con­nect­ing code word? 😉

  • Mahen­dra, some­one tagged me for exact­ly this thing just about 2 weeks ago and I turned them down. And this was some­one I know (through blog­ging) for quite some time. So you will under­stand that I can­not do this.
    Actu­al­ly I nev­er write about myself on my blog or in fact any­where (except my per­son­al diary) and though I love connnect­ing with blog­gers I pre­fer to do it with com­ments rather than tags. I get sort of uncom­fort­able with tags (unless its an award. 🙂
    Hope you under­stand.

  • Arrey yaar! Yeh tag-wag aahe kaay?
    Maala kuch kallath nahin!!
    Did I get the Ghati accent right, mate?

  • Ashok: thanks for the tip. I am an extreme­ly reg­u­lar user of IMDB, but some­how nev­er used the My Movies fea­ture. I think I’ve seen so many sites come and go in the last 12 years, that I hes­i­tate to ful­ly put my trust in one site. So pre­fer to main­tain my own data­base. But yes, I will seri­ous­ly con­sid­er this sug­ges­tion — many thanks again!

    Nita: I under­stand. In fact, I sort of expect­ed it. No issues!

    Ramana: Yes, you got the accent right. I also didn’t know about tag­ging, but learnt it on-the-job! So take it up and enjoy!

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  • Ashok — your sec­ond com­ment went into WordPress’s spam (prob­a­bly because of the “list”) — for­tu­nate­ly I hap­pened to check my spam just now!

    Yes, this is indeed creep­i­ly coincidental…and you for­got M. C. Esch­er!

  • Mahen­dra, I am sure that if we search hard enough, we should find a “Yadon Ki Baraat” type song as well 🙂