Anything But Books Tag

Shantala from Shanaya Tales tagged me to take up the ‘Anything But Books‘ tag. 

As the name suggests, it’s about answering the given questions but none of the answers should involve books. Sounds interesting? So, let’s get on with it…

Name a cartoon(s) that you love.

It’s without a doubt Tom and Jerry. I have grown up watching it and watched when AG was growing up too. I can watch it over and over again and still find it amusing and hilarious.  In fact, one can learn so many life lessons from them. But that’s another post for another day.

Oh, I like Shaun the Sheep and Pingu too.

What is your favorite song right now?

Kabeera from Yeh Jawaani hai Deewani. This song has been playing on a loop in my head since a week or so. Last week, my mother asked me about this song, when I was with her and she saw me sing it (rather tunelessly) throughout the day. I played it for her and next day she called me to say that she has been singing it all day too.

What could you do for hours (that isn’t reading)?

Play word games and puzzles on my phone. Currently, I have two of them, Word Cookies and WordBrain2. And there are no prizes for guessing that I am sort of addicted to them. I can also watch re-runs of The Big Bang Theory, F.R.I.E.N.D.S,  Two and a Half Men and some other comedy series. I can sleep or just laze around too.

What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

I love Googling for anything and everything. Why a particular medicine is prescribed, how to replace the printer cartridge (yeah, I am too lazy to look for the instruction manual that came with the printer, are potatoes good for weight loss, are potatoes bad for weight loss, (because Google gives pros and cons of everything), drinking how much water is too much, GST and common man, Punjabi alphabets… these are some of the things that I have asked Google the God since morning. Some of the things I search are really dumb, but I am cool with it, because nothing is dumb for Google.

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about (this can do with books, I guess)?

Unnecessarily specific!! Huh!?! I don’t know how to answer that! But I would like to learn photography (and use the full potential of the DSLR that I have!), learn and practice The Artist’s Way : A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity, get better and consistent at meditation and Reiki…

What is something unusual you know how to do?

I have this unusual talent of putting my foot in my mouth.

Name something you’ve made in the last year (and show us, if you can).

Tea-Time Cakes. I think, I am getting good at that, considering that I learnt to bake pretty late in life and had a disastrous start!!

Banana Walnut Loaf

What is your most recent personal project? Screenshot_2017-07-04-14-13-31-521_com.walklogger.pedometer

Recent project?! Hmmm… Well, that has to be the walks in the evening. Three days ago, a RJ on FM Radio informed that 1st July marks the second, second half of the year day. He said that it’s a chance to step back, evaluate your year so far with your goals and objectives (never mind the new year’s resolutions which likely didn’t last until February…) and to take action to get back on track if necessary. Inspired by this words, I took to walking despite the aches and pains and 100 chores staring at me. So, that’s the recent personal project, hope it lasts for a while and becomes a habit. Fingers crossed, tightly!!

Tell us something you think about often (maybe while staring out of windows).

What to cook for the next meal?… this one is going strong right now. I think a lot about my boys. The to-do lists and plans keep running in my head. Sometimes, I travel down the memory lane and re-visit some old memories and events of the past. 

Give us something that’s your favorite, but make it something oddly specific, not like your favorite food, but like your favorite food when you’ve been studying for hours and forgot to eat. Or, you know, something like that.

Uhh…First there was a question on unnecessarily specific and now it’s on oddly specific!! I wish I could answer it related to books. I am telling you about it, anyway. Yes, it’s sometimes fun to break the rules. You know how passionate I am about books, so I keep buying them every now and then. And now I have so many of them lying unread in my cupboard that I have taken this reading challenge of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks 2017.

But since, talking about books is officially not allowed, so let me think of something else. Aah yes, I love watching good movies without any interruptions and channel surfing, which is just not possible with my boys. Both have this uncanny habit of switching the channel as soon as there’s an ad break. Both of them can watch 3-4 movies at a given point of time. And this is something I can’t handle. So, I record the movies that I really want to see. The idea is to watch it in absolute peace and enjoy the movie completely. Now the best part is that it never happens. The list of recorded movies is growing and I just don’t get around to watch them.

And with this we come to the end of this tag. I loved doing this, hope you enjoyed reading it too.

If you find this interesting, do take it up and let me know. Would love to know more about you! Cheers!

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37 thoughts on “Anything But Books Tag

    • Thanks, Mayuri, do drop in for the cake 🙂
      Walks are going on… thankfully! And hi-five to another Google fan. Hope you enjoy WordBrain2 too 🙂

  1. The cake looks so yummy. Besides books, I agree with Tom and Jerry and Shaun the Sheep. I like Pingu too but have not watched it much. It was fun to know you bit more.

  2. interesting shilpa:) enjoyed reading your answers, I too like the kabeera song and sometimes keep humming:) I am also looking at the spiritual path of Action-Reflection-Action… hope to take few breaks and take the inward journey:) today I came to know a little more about you, thank you for sharing.

  3. This is such a fun post, Shilpa. I also love word games. Have you tried Letterpress? You can actually play against a bot or a random player. It’s fun!

    Btw – Kabira is a beautiful song and Tom & Jerry is my favorite too. Those shows are so much fun and even I can binge watch 🙂

    • Oh yes, after reading your blog over the years, I have realized that we have a LOT in common and would love to meet you sometimes in the real world, Nabanita! Thanks for dropping by. Good to see you here 🙂

    • Peppa Pig is a recent introduction, and guess they didnt air it on TV when my son was in this Cartoon Network watching age. Thanks for dropping by, Sunita.

  4. Well surprise surprise l, inalso have the talent of putting my foot in my mouth!
    Love Tom & Jerry 🙂
    And Friends that’s such a treat, along with The BBT!

    I’m also reevaluating some goals and on my fitness is my focus!

    Enjoyed the post!

    • Aha! We have quite a lot in common, Zainab. I am hoping to stick to my fitness goals too. Good luck to you too and glad that you enjoyed reading this post 🙂

  5. Hahaha! Fun tag! I will definitely take it up! 😀
    What app are you using to track and record your walking?
    And once again… we should plan a meetup soon. I want those cakes! 😛 😀

  6. I love reruns of Friends and BBT too. Should check out those word games. Your Tea cake looks so delicious. I wish I had the talent to bake. Wish you good luck on your personal project 🙂

    • This May, my son and I binge watched FRIENDS and TBBT. One can never get tired of watching them.
      There is art and science involved in baking which you can master easily as you are so creative, patient and persistent 🙂
      Thank you so much, Raj for the good wishes. Need them 🙂

  7. I loved reading this post, Shilpa! And, as always, I came away finding some more similarities in us!
    I too can binge watch Friends and Two and a half men.
    Tom and Jerry are my favs. Kabira is also my fav and can cast me under its spell!
    I too visit Google for all sorts of “dumb” stuff and actually enjoy reading it!
    And, I too learnt baking just recently with a disastrous start, but now people love the few cakes I bake!
    So, give me a High Five, girl!

  8. Out of all the answers, my favourite and which made me laugh too was #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks2017. I need to start it too, probably making it my personal project. I buy books, then I also borrow them and to my sister-in-law’s credit, she lends me books on her own reasoning I am going to love those 🙂 Thus the pile just mounts and mounts.
    And, that, tea cake. I want to have one now, immediately.

    • Yeah, it’s the same story with we book nerds. My cupboard is overflowing with unread books and I keep buying new ones on Kindle as well. Seriously, I can do without buying any new book for a year!! But you think that’s gonna happen? SIGH

    • All the best to you for baking and walks, Tulika. Foot in mouth is truly a talent and I specialize in it.
      Thanks, T, glad you enjoyed reading this post. Looking forward to read your answers too 🙂

  9. Thanks for sharing the Kabeera video. So beautiful and so sad! (Where’s the tissue?)

    I like Googling things, too, but I never thought about it that way until you mentioned it. I am ALWAYS doing online searches…

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