Around two months ago I was slyly tagged to this Eight Random Facts Meme type thing by my dear friend Pikey. After many weeks of research I have finally arrived upon those eight all important publicizable facts. But before that, as convention demands, I recap the rules of this particular blog leisure activity: 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 8 people and include their names. Don’t forget to leave them a comment and tell them they’re tagged, and to read your blog. 4. If you fail to do this within eight hours, you will not reach Third Base or attain your most precious goals for at least two more lifetimes.
Now for the juicy paparazzi bits:
1. I never always had the partition in my hair this way you know. Oh no. ten years ago I switched sides. I was lefty till then. And then I went to the right. Especially because my old toothpick injury was beginning to grow into a rather largish hairless spot above my right brow. So one day, after a shower, I picked up my comb and did a Narayanamurthy. And, amazingly just as I suspected, it did nothing to improve my thing with the ladies.
(Spot the profound metaphor in the above startling fact...)
2. Which brings us to the toothpick. I had one go into my head. I was lounging around on the living room floor reading a Gulf News weekend issue. My brother was watching the WWF. This was in the bad old days when wrestling was less about marketing and more about the real things that mattered: multiple compound fractures. In a frenzy brought on by Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant my brother climbed onto the coffee table and leapt on to my back. Just moments before I had fished out an old toothpick from under the sofa. Wham, bam, thank you for the huge plaster bro!
3. The first person who gets to read everything I write is the wifey. No two ways about that. With merely a flick of her eyebrow she can banish a post to hell or give it HTML/CSS life! So if you read clangers on this blog once in a while it is probably because I did not listen to her. Somehow she has a thing for these things.
Now if only she would develop a taste for seafood.
4. I still don't have a driving license. I have been to three schools and tried to get it three times in the last 12 years. But something always conspires against it. Of course I can drive in the broad which-pedal-is-which-and-do-not-drive-over-people-except-near-Dadar-Kabutarkhana-where-honestly -anything-goes sense But for now the missus ferries me around. If she feels like chilling at home so do I.
5. I almost joined Mumbai International Airport as an employee. In fact I was just one day away from it. So instead of whiling away time with scantily clad members of Airline Cabin Crew and travelling cheap, I now get to proof read and send out team emails detailing out JAM's official policy on the number of ellipsis permitted in one 300-word article. (Three.)
6. I am not half bad an actor. In fact I was quite the thespian in school. When December came the teachers began preparing for the Christmas play. But little did they need to worry about Shepherd No. 4. That was my forte. I once even had a line to speak on stage:
"Psst Shepherd No. 3! Your fake goat prop is really invading my personal space with those fake plastic horns if you know what I mean..."
7. The only author I have read every book of is Martin Cruz Smith. His latest is out: "Stalin's Ghost". Not his best. But not his worst either. Its somewhat of a Chekov meets a Lustbader meets a National Geographic winter photoessay type genre. Russian protagonist with a remarkable lack of hope for humanity. Delightful.
8. To reiterate something I said that caused a furore many moons ago:
I dislike Pink Floyd.
I used to hate them once upon a time. But then I mildly like the Division Bell album and so I moved my rating up to dislike. As an engineer who used to have his fair share of bucket parties I understand that this is a disgrace. So wait till you here this:
I like Bon Jovi.
And to rub things in:
I have NEVER heard anything by Megadeth ever.
Now I know its a longshot and that he is a really busy man but with just the right amount of peer pressure I am pretty sure Fungus will do it.
Cheerio and see you all later today.