Tagged again!!

Damn! Damn!

Don’t I talk about myself enough, anyway?

Here’s what’s required of me now:

Eight things I am passionate about:

1. Spending time with my family – doing things with my daughter.

2. Reading at least four books at a time, reflecting on what I’ve read, using it as a basis for digressing to other flights of fancy.

3. Music – practicing playing the violin (western) and singing Indian classical music for at least an hour a day. Have taken to heart the general saying that to be an expert in anything one needs to practice at least 3 hours a day for 1o years. Can’t do 3 hours a day so maybe I’ll be an expert by the time I am a doddering old woman of ninety or so.

Someone also introduced me to some old time fiddle music. He gave me a CD where every song has been played at 3 speeds and the idea is to listen and learn – that’s the next musical challenge.

4. A few long, solitary drives every year with the music blasting and windows down, one way to feel really alive.

5. Trying to become a better writer but while that’s a distant goal, I am passionate enough about writing whatever I can, whenever I can.

6. A passionate Internet junkie.

7. Passionate impulsive spender.

8. Passionate about making new friends and retaining them.

Eight things I want to do before I die:

1. Outsource aging to a Picture of Pragya Gray

2. Carnegie Hall debut at 90?

3. I want to be a published author before I die but the Stones said that you can’t always get what you want and that if you try sometime you just might find that you get what you need. So it’s a good thing to list as a want but seriously lack what it takes to make it happen and definitely don’t need it.

4. I want to make sure my uncle’s gift of clairvoyancy didn’t fail him when he was telling me that someday I would excel in the areas of kala and vigyan (art & science). Maybe the art of procrastination and the science of laziness!

5. I am usually “walking down the line that divides me somewhere in my mind, on the border line of the edge…” just like Green Day and maybe sometime before I die I’ll take a long hard look over the edge at what lies beyond.

6. See my daughter excel in everything she chooses to do.

7. Restore…

8. When I’ve had a good practice session with my violin, I can play with my eyes closed for a few minutes, without worrying about what my left or right hand is doing. The bow glides over the string in a few surreal moments before a lapse in concentration or focus reintroduces a scratchy tone (hey, I just started). But in life (as in violin or anything else) I would like to be able to do everything with effortless ease with everything I touch, do, say being a direct extension of my thoughts – kind of the way the heroine in the vampire novel Hunger felt the day she was turned into one!

Eight things I say often:

1. I just finished reading…

2. Here’s something I read…

3. I was wondering…

4. Long time no see, how goes?

5. Did you ever see that show?

6. Just like in that song!

7. Why does it have to be perfect, approximate is good enough

8. It’s like driving…

Eight books I have read recently(only 8??????):

1. This Is Your Brain on Music

2. Musicophilia

3. The Raw Shark Texts

4. Laura Warholic: Or Sexual Intellectual

5. A Sense of the World

6. The Gathering

7. The Innocent Man

8. Echo Power

Eight Songs I could listen to over and over:

1. Boulevard of Broken Dreams

2. Old Habits Die Hard

3. One

4. Angie

5. Madhuban Mein Radhika Naachi Re

6. Ae ri jaane na doongi

7. Main dil hoon ek armaan bhara

8. Most classical based old hindi film songs, Robert Plant, U2, too many to name!!

Eight things that attract me to my friends (guessing, like Alankrita…don’t have too many friends, so don’t really know):

1. Sense of Humor – I can be funny – I think

2. I listen

3. I am relatively unstressed and unflappable, usually.

4. Have a “Just Do It” approach

5. Non-judgmental and objective

6. Try not to have expectations

7. I follow up on promises

8. Consistent, constant, reliable…or at least try to be…

Phew! That felt like punishment of sorts!

I think I’ll tag Ranjini and John.

Pragya

1 Comment

  1. Nice reading, P. May all your wishes and dreams come true. Ok, reading this, also wished I was one of your very few friends. :)manuka


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