1/14/07

Love

A question.

Have you ever wondered about how we as women, are hardwired to be self depreciating about our own selves? That with every fraction of appreciation we give ourselves, we can’t help but take ten steps back and hastily cover it up with oh-but-I-cant-wear-this-for-squat or I-may-be-good-at-this-but-I-will-probably-suck-ass-at-what-so-and-so
-are-doing and comfortably sink into our usual cycle of self-belittlement?

Have you?

So, when I chanced upon this interesting mission professed by feministe, I wanted to partake in it too.

And I want all of you to join in as well. Yes. All of you. Women and men.

What is this mission, you ask?

(paramparamparampara!)

List five things you love about your body and yourself. It can be more, but five is a good number to begin with (I second feministe on this).

Here’s mine.

1. I love the fact that I’m tall. I was teased constantly for being way taller than my classmates through preschool and middle school and I hated growing up faster than almost anyone else in my class, but as I grew older…I realized that towering over other people actually felt pretty good. Heh.

2. I am a fantastic cook and a closet foodie (several people will vouch for this). I can cook almost anything, from Italian to South Indian (Andhra cooking being a particular favorite) to North Indian to Mediterranean (Greek, Aegean to be precise) to Indian Chinese to Thai. And nobody taught me. I taught myself cooking when I was in my freshman year at my university. I never used cookbooks either. My unflagging adoration for all-things-related-to-the-kitchen was a result of being completely taken in by my cook’s adeptness and her utter grace as she went about preparing our daily meal while I was growing up in India. I would just sit there in the corner of our kitchen, taking in every effortless action of hers as she bustled about, and it dawned on me that watching her cook all those years made me extremely knowledgeable and utterly at ease in the kitchen when *I* was faced with the task of cooking my first meal. I still remember the first time I cooked. It was as if I was on autopilot, I knew exactly what I had to do.

3. I have great hair. It’s very straight and long, with almost no frizz and I really don’t have to depend on a ton of product to make it look good. It just does.

4. I can out-argue almost anyone I know. Not by raising my voice but by actually out-facting the other person. I read a ton and I’ve seen and been through (and still do see) way more shit than most of you can ever imagine so you better think twice before taking an ignorant or a pretentious stance on issues, at least in front of me.

5. I like my temperament. Yes. You heard me, my temperament. I have mellowed down a lot over the years, partly due to above mentioned-'tons of shit' and partly due to a much heightened sense of detecting bull crap a mile away before it hits me. And that’s why the various trolls, gnomes, wannabe/fake psycho analyzers who frequent my blog never (almost) upset me. They amuse me and make me laugh, but that’s pretty much it. And thanks to this temperament, I give people a long rope. I may laugh at you, act all incredulous or use a ton of sarcasm, but you will never see me blithering, angry, incoherent, or foaming at the mouth.


So take your best shot.

Five points or more about how you love your body or yourself or both without being self-deprecatory.

The comments box is yours.

88 comments:

That Armchair Philosopher said...

I can out-argue almost anyone I know.

*Throws the gauntlet down, subtly*

Will respond to other things soon ;)

Anonymous said...

but boy o boy, this one's gonna stir up a hornets nest. and i'm gleeful with anticipation for the great shouting match that your comments section is going to become.

maybe you'd want people to post the 5 things on their blogs .. and link to it here, perhaps?

--TAP

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ TAP: Hee, hee....I think its better if you posted it right here in the comments section. Works for all, no?

Anonymous said...

i guess it would. what i'm currently trying to figure out is how i'm going to talk about myself without sounding as if i've copied stuff from you haha

--TAP

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ TAP: Dont over think it. Just go with the flow and see what you come up with. Thats kinda the point anyway.

:)

Anonymous said...

1. I love my body every day at least once
2. I love the fact that I am short and can pass by unnoticed
3. I love the fact that the two things I love the most are me and my body
4. I love the fact that women cannot love themselves unless they love their body. Take your 5 points as an example.
5. Last but not least I love me for my modesty.

Anonymous said...

But I haven't answered your last meme... Oh well, here goes:

1) My height. I'm tall enough to look the average man in the eye but not too tall to get through a door without ducking.

2) My eyes. I think they're a nice shape, and I like the blue-green color.

3) My glasses. I stubbornly refuse to get Lasik because I actually do like the way I look with glasses.

4) My imagination. I can usually daydream away a long wait in line, or entire afternoon stuck at home without much effort.

5) My eyebrows. I'm just attached to them. They make my face look like it should.

McGermy said...

I'm awesome. I just am. You know it too. besides, if I start breaking down to points, I might end up with a grand total of 0, causing me to snap out of my delusion and then realising that I've been in the Matrix all along.













P.S : Am I in the Matrix?

G said...

Let me give this a shot...

1) I have an excellent memory....my ex-housemate used to joke that he couldnt say anything to me without his lawyer present....I virtually never forget anything I am even remotely interested in....this has often led to embarassing moments for people who have sounded off at one gathering and have contradicted themselves at another party ...chances are I will remember and know they are shamming...I guess this has helped me hone my ability to spot the bullshitter...

2) I have a flair for languages. I speak 6 and I have always found it easy to get grounded in a new language.

3) I have a lot of stamina. I no longer have a six-pack. But I can still outcycle, outwalk or outswim most people I know...it helps that I enjoy the joy of pure physical activity.

4)I have the gift of the gab. Always have done, likely always will do. I have a very wide range of interests, and I read a lot. My daily routine involves reading newspapers from 4 different countries. As a result, I can speak knowledgeably about pretty much anything under the sun. I can probably even go 12 rounds with the punkster

5) I am very resilient. I was a pimply, awkward kid growing up in Germany and I was rather brutally hazed in my last two years at school. I took an incredible amount of shit, but these experiences have made me very tough and very compassionate.
I always scrape myself off the floor without outside help, and I absolutely do not know when I am beaten.

Anonymous said...

ahhh! now this is something I need to do!! just yesterday some one accused me of being too hard on myself!:)thanks for the link:)

and boy oh boy! was this tough:) almost worried about attracting stalkers:p, will be posting it on my blog too but putting a few up here, so everyone can know how great I am!(read: great not boastful!!!)

Five things I love about myself:

1.I love my hair, like Jim Morrison said,"some of my worst mistakes were haircuts", so were mine. The earliest I remember was when I was in LKG, and my cousin bro was dragging me to the hair saloon to get my shiny crop chopped and I was crying all the way. I Never have a smile on my face after a haircut, even if I look 100 times better with the new haircut. I have beautiful hair and I hate chopping them off:( They are quite unique I think. They are straight all the way and curl at the end:)there are girls who spend thousands to get their hair straightened and there are girls who spend thousands to get the soft prefect curls, I naturally have both:)

2. I have the perfect set of teeth (touch wood!!!) and lovely lips:) if there is anything pretty about my face, it’s my smile.

3. I have curves every girl would die for :) enough, I don’t want to sound like am inviting stalkers:)

4. For some reason I love my eyes, this is not something most people compliment me about, every few people like my eyes, but there is something about my eyes I like.

5. I have very shapely legs, am not tall, but they still are good:)


and regarding the nice guys list, check out these links, love heartless bitches site:)must read!:D

http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys/nice2.shtml
http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys.shtml

Anonymous said...

ahhh! now this is something I need to do!! just yesterday some one accused me of being too hard on myself!:)thanks for the link:)

and boy oh boy! was this tough:) almost worried about attracting stalkers:p, will be posting it on my blog too but putting a few up here, so everyone can know how great I am!(read: great not boastful!!!)

Five things I love about myself:

1.I love my hair, like Jim Morrison said,"some of my worst mistakes were haircuts", so were mine. The earliest I remember was when I was in LKG, and my cousin bro was dragging me to the hair saloon to get my shiny crop chopped and I was crying all the way. I Never have a smile on my face after a haircut, even if I look 100 times better with the new haircut. I have beautiful hair and I hate chopping them off:( They are quite unique I think. They are straight all the way and curl at the end:)there are girls who spend thousands to get their hair straightened and there are girls who spend thousands to get the soft prefect curls, I naturally have both:)

2. I have the perfect set of teeth (touch wood!!!) and lovely lips:) if there is anything pretty about my face, it’s my smile.

3. I have curves every girl would die for :) enough, I don’t want to sound like am inviting stalkers:)

4. For some reason I love my eyes, this is not something most people compliment me about, every few people like my eyes, but there is something about my eyes I like.

5. I have very shapely legs, am not tall, but they still are good:)


and regarding the nice guys list, check out these links, love heartless bitches site:)must read!:D

http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys/nice2.shtml
http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys.shtml

Anonymous said...

ahhh! now this is something I need to do!! just yesterday some one accused me of being too hard on myself!:)thanks for the link:)

and boy oh boy! was this tough:) almost worried about attracting stalkers:p, will be posting it on my blog too but putting a few up here, so everyone can know how great I am!(read: great not boastful!!!)

Five things I love about myself:

1.I love my hair, like Jim Morrison said,"some of my worst mistakes were haircuts", so were mine. The earliest I remember was when I was in LKG, and my cousin bro was dragging me to the hair saloon to get my shiny crop chopped and I was crying all the way. I Never have a smile on my face after a haircut, even if I look 100 times better with the new haircut. I have beautiful hair and I hate chopping them off:( They are quite unique I think. They are straight all the way and curl at the end:)there are girls who spend thousands to get their hair straightened and there are girls who spend thousands to get the soft prefect curls, I naturally have both:)

2. I have the perfect set of teeth (touch wood!!!) and lovely lips:) if there is anything pretty about my face, it’s my smile.

3. I have curves every girl would die for :) enough, I don’t want to sound like am inviting stalkers:)

4. For some reason I love my eyes, this is not something most people compliment me about, every few people like my eyes, but there is something about my eyes I like.

5. I have very shapely legs, am not tall, but they still are good:)


and regarding the nice guys list, check out these links, love heartless bitches site:)must read!:D

http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys/nice2.shtml
http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys.shtml

Anonymous said...

Everyone finds me cute =)

Rohini said...

Ok, here goes:

1. Not to be a copycat, but I love the fact that I am tall. I have spent a quarter of a lifetime hating it largely because I was taller than most of the boys. But I love it now. And have even invested in some really sexy heels. If it makes people around me feel short, that's there problem isn't it?

2. I have really nice legs. They are long and shapely and the only part of my bosy that was virtually untouched even by pregnancy weight gain. A sure way to get a compliment is to wear a skirt

3. I have nice skin. I can count the number of pimples I ever got on my fingertips. It neither oily, nor dry, it tans well and never burns.

4. All said and done, I thinking I am being able to balance career and motherhood pretty well. I spend more time with Ayaan than any other working (full-time) mother I know and make sure to do everything for him (feeding, bathing, playing) when I am around. It means I rarely get a break and am perenially exhausted, but I can honestly say I am doing my best.

5. I have an iron constituion. Other than a bout of chicken pox, I have never been sick (other than the normal bouts of cold and viral). Even during pregnancy, when the haemoglobin of more women plummets, I was at the top end of the normal range. When I do get a cold or a tummy upset, it usually passes on its own without much rest and medication. (I am knocking on wood the entire time while writing this :)

gk said...

My List

1) I can see. I can see any point of view. But then I hate the choice between leasser evils.

2) I can think. I love that I can think, becaue not many people can do that.

3) I love my heart who listens to me. So I can crush my own emotions anytime with rationality... When I can do it with myself I'm able to extend the service to others...

4) I do not know cooking but I can cook anything from cook book.

5) My knowledge that I'm still learning. I really like the fact that I realize that I'm just a beginner, just a speck in 650 million years of evolution...

Anonymous said...

ahhh! now this is something I need to do!! just yesterday some one accused me of being too hard on myself!:)thanks for the link:)

and boy oh boy! was this tough:) almost worried about attracting stalkers:p, will be posting it on my blog too but putting a few up here, so everyone can know how wonderful I am!(read: wonderful not boastful!!!)

Five things I love about myself:

1.I love my hair, like Jim Morrison said,"some of my worst mistakes were haircuts", so were mine. The earliest I remember was when I was in LKG, and my cousin bro was dragging me to the hair saloon to get my shiny crop chopped and I was crying all the way. I Never have a smile on my face after a haircut, even if I look 100 times better with the new haircut. I have beautiful hair and I hate chopping them off:( They are quite unique I think. They are straight all the way and curl at the end:)there are girls who spend thousands to get their hair straightened and there are girls who spend thousands to get the soft prefect curls, I naturally have both:)

2. I have the perfect set of teeth (touch wood!!!) and lovely lips:) if there is anything pretty about my face, it’s my smile.

3. I have curves every girl would die for :) enough, I don’t want to sound like am inviting stalkers:)

4. For some reason I love my eyes, this is not something most people compliment me about, every few people like my eyes, but there is something about my eyes I like.

5. I have very shapely legs, am not tall, but they still are good:)


and regarding the nice guys list, check out these links, love heartless bitches site:)must read!:D

http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys/nice2.shtml
http://www.heartless-bitches.com/rants/niceguys.shtml

and oh, in spite of the 5 wonderful things, I think am quite ugly :( rats! where are the men?someone tell me I am pretty!!

Anonymous said...

5 things huh?
1. I have a fant-asstic butt. Bootylicious, perky and looks great in jeans.

2. My smile/laugh...lights up a room or a dull day

3.My hair- thich, dark,short and wavy, does as it is told. Requires minimum upkeep

3.My sense of humor.

4.Tolerance to crap of all kinds.

5.My grit and determination to get what I want in a way I enjoy.

6.How well I get along with everybody.

You are tall, good cook, great hair and well read... bet everybody loves to hate you :)

my life.... said...

mmm... i used to have a volatile temper... but over the years, i ahev learnt to control my temper.. yup, hair is another thing... but i always had wavy hair till 2 years ago, i started rebonding my hair for maintence sake...i don t really have much knowledge and skills pertaining to cooking and i am tall too!!! haha... sometimes towering others is good esp when i was in elementary .... can bully others ... haha... Happy pongal to u :)

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Everyone: I cant belive how happy all your replies make me. It feels great to let the selp-deprecatory feelings go and just love yourself doesnt it?

*beam*

Anonymous said...

Sigh. can you believe I didn't get on the web for 2 days after my last comment? :)

5 things. Hmm.

1) I was once told how I tower over a crowd, both physically and otherwise. I quite like that description! I'm tall, I'm getting less flabby everyday, and bicycle shorts have started to look good one me! I'm glad of it, because in between grades 5 and 8, I sort of stayed still as others grew. So much so, that on the school bus every morning, I couldn't hang on to the toprail. And the girl I had a crush on _could_! That changed in a year though..

2) An optimist. I never give up, no matter how bad things are. and more importantly, I eventually get what I want.

3) I'm very patient - it would take a lot for me to really lose my temper. I'm cheerful. My mum tells me about how ever I hardly ever cried ever since I was a toddler, and people visiting/neighbors never really believed there was a kid in the house.

4) I will lock horns with anyone to support anything I believe in. And I WILL win. and smile innocently as I do. Sometimes people mistake confidence with arrogance though - pity. Thats not to say I'm always right - which brings me to number 5.

5) I know when I'm wrong, and I admit it. I'm not a sore loser. Hell, why stop at 5, I'm having such a good time

6) I can make people laugh.

7) I'm a whiz with all sorts of technology - I will dismantle anything and put it back together (figuratively or otherwise)

8) I'm creative. I _live_ outside the box.

9) I can take calculated risks and be happy I did.

Yayy. I feel so much better about myself already. :)))

the wannabe indian punkster said...

'selp deprecatory'

Sel-'F' deprecatory.

Sheesh.

Talk about awful typos.

*cringes*

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ TAP: You tall too? How tall? How tall?

=)

Raman India said...

Very good effort to define love..........Raman Punjab

Anonymous said...

@Punkster - Yep :) Six feet two in my socks. And you?

@raman - "Very good effort to define love"? Um. Whaaaa?

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ TAP: Five feet ten in my socks. :)

Anonymous said...

@punkster - ah :)

I'm not quite sure what you're supposed to say when you're told how tall someone is though..

A compliment has the potential to unleash a backlash of super-duper-feministic responses about how women are stereotyped. An observation on how few tall (Indian) women are around (in Cali, for instance), on the other hand might be countered with something even more radical. Hmm.

Must. Stop. Thinking.

=)

Anonymous said...

For some reason, my comments weren't getting published on monday, But looks they did:)many times that too:) and hey there is no delete option here:( could you delete the multiple copies? makes me look like a terrible narcissist:D

Aluchaat said...

1. That I despite having my own strong opinion about something, after stating it, try to put myself in the other person's shoes. It leads to a lot of mind fuck and chaos in the mind but looking at both the sides so intesely makes me believe that I could be more fair.
2. I enjoy being fat much much much much more, than I did being thin. (sounds incorrect this english but i can't correct it) I mean I feel I am much hotter, confident (about looks) and happier than I was when I was thin. Oh having said that I must admit that I use it for self pity purposes once in a while and sulk saying ' loser men don't like me because...' but it really has not penetrated so deep to give me a complex. In the same vain I also enjoy when girls around me make a fool of themselves trying to convince me to feel horrible about me and fall flat on their face.
3.That I worked hard to be an inverted snob because that was my way out of adolescent angst. When people around me were oooohing aaahing about Richard Bach, Salinger and Marqueze I was arching my eyebrows and reading Nirmal Verma and sahir Ludhianavi . (I read Bach, salinger and Marqueze TOO but I didn't jump up and down) and as I said I was getting out of ADOLESCENT ANGST which was 10 years back and I don't care about who reads what anymore,just my own reading list.
4.I am innately flirtatious and that side comes up easily. Note I am not COY, GIGGLY, DEMENTED and NAIKA (as in teh bengali slang!) I DO NOT BEND DOWN TO SHOW MY CLEAVAGE,think Rekha in Umrao Jaan...
5.I love my eyes and love the way simple kaajal can make me look a little more exotic.

p.s this list can totally change in an hour, day or a month, depending on weather conditions, mood or whatever reason but it is as true as it can be on 17th January, 2007 at 10.51 a.m

and THAAAAAAAAAANKS Megha.
May I link to this post on my blog?

Anonymous said...

Hmm...let's try this...

5 things hey

1) I have a great smile - actually it's more of a grin - more teeth than lips which makes it sound like it borders on maniacal but it really is nice. I've been told it's infectious :P

2) My curves - I complain about them heaps but when you put me in a slinky dress I have boobs and a butt that make both guys and girls want them :P

3) My hair on a good day - it's really thick and shiny and I get heaps of compliments on it when I go the hairdressers. There's just something about the way they fondle it that creeps me out...just a little...

4) My tiny waist - ok this goes with the curves but even when I have fat days I can cinch in my waist and pretend I'm skinnier :P

5) My friendship - always there for a friend no matter what. Also my eternal optimism :D

Teehee...I liked that

Anonymous said...

1. I can out-argue anybody - including you. ;D Very calmly, rationally, using not even facts but plain old reason. I kick ass at this stuff.

2. I love my hair. It's the opposite of yours - thick, wavy, and the kind that's just *hunkering* for an opportunity to get big and frizzy - but babe, I see other people's hair and think, man I have it good.

3. My boobs are awesome-o. OK?

4. I write good prose faster than anybody I personally know. Now, once I get over my crippling fear of submissions (this is the year, baby!), I'm going to be a 12-books-a-year Harlequin-millionaire before you can blink! Yah!

5. My taste in books and movies is beyond compare. :D

Anonymous said...

1. I can out-argue anybody - including you. ;D Very calmly, rationally, using not even facts but plain old reason. I kick ass at this stuff.

2. I love my hair. It's the opposite of yours - thick, wavy, and the kind that's just *hunkering* for an opportunity to get big and frizzy - but babe, I see other people's hair and think, man I have it good.

3. My boobs are awesome-o. OK?

4. I write good prose faster than anybody I personally know. Now, once I get over my crippling fear of submissions (this is the year, baby!), I'm going to be a 12-books-a-year Harlequin-millionaire before you can blink! Yah!

5. My taste in books and movies is beyond compare. :D

Mint Chutney said...

I guess I can't list "self-deprecatory" as one of the things I like about myself, huh?

1.My teeth - I've never had braces but still managed to have straight teeth.

2.Good sense of humor - I can go toe to toe with just about anybody

3.My eyes - Big and round. Eventually my head grew in proportion to my eyes.

4.Work well under pressure - Some of my best work has come from tight timelines.

5.Open-minded - I hate being told how to feel or what to believe in.

Anonymous said...

five things i like about me ????

1. i love imitating ppl including in type you know lke ygi is a frker..he rlly is..bt no1 agrs

2. my uncanny sense of humor..you would know!:)

3. ZE SMILE!!!EET IS ZE WUNDERPHUL SMILE IT IS IT IS!!

ok that should do, the last two me and me finished!! TADAAAAAAAAAA

Anonymous said...

Ok, I may sound like a freak out here, but what the hell! this interests me.

1. I love that fact that no one can ignore me . I can never go unnoticed. Not because I'm a giant wallowed in fat, but because I have a personality that demands to be noticed, and maybe even attention.

2. I'm cute. Like a doll at the toy store. People pull my cheeks often. It makes me happy.

3. Lots of people love me & I like that. Being loved is amazing.

4. I like the fact that I can gel with almost anyone. I'm liquid; I can change according to the situatio.n I can act innocent, be nerdy, talk dirty, be playful, be flirtatious, be sensitive...not many people I know can do that.

5. I'm daring. I can kiss people in a game of truth and dare without flinching (got a lot of lecture over that one "Shayeri, tha

Anonymous said...

Ok, I may sound like a freak out here, but what the hell! this interests me.

1. I love that fact that no one can ignore me . I can never go unnoticed. Not because I'm a giant wallowed in fat, but because I have a personality that demands to be noticed, and maybe even attention.

2. I'm cute. Like a doll at the toy store. People pull my cheeks often. It makes me happy.

3. Lots of people love me & I like that. Being loved is amazing.

4. I like the fact that I can gel with almost anyone. I'm liquid; I can change according to the situatio.n I can act innocent, be nerdy, talk dirty, be playful, be flirtatious, be sensitive...not many people I know can do that.

5. I'm daring. I can kiss people in a game of truth and dare without flinching (got a lot of lecture over that one "Shayeri, that was lsutty" or "you know that's extremely unlike a good girl", atleast i have the guts, unlike you twerps!) or do a dangerous stunt. At the same time I value my life. So I'm bold with a dash of sense.

(I can exceed 5 right?)

6. I'm a self confessed narcissist. I love myself in every way. i don't think I could have been better. I'm not perfect, but my imperfections make me what I am. And I hate the people who say "would you fuck yourself if you could?" ARGH!!

7. i ca

Anonymous said...

Ok, I may sound like a freak out here, but what the hell! this interests me.

1. I love that fact that no one can ignore me . I can never go unnoticed. Not because I'm a giant wallowed in fat, but because I have a personality that demands to be noticed, and maybe even attention.

2. I'm cute. Like a doll at the toy store. People pull my cheeks often. It makes me happy.

3. Lots of people love me & I like that. Being loved is amazing.

4. I like the fact that I can gel with almost anyone. I'm liquid; I can change according to the situatio.n I can act innocent, be nerdy, talk dirty, be playful, be flirtatious, be sensitive...not many people I know can do that.

5. I'm daring. I can kiss people in a game of truth and dare without flinching (got a lot of lecture over that one "Shayeri, that was lsutty" or "you know that's extremely unlike a good girl", atleast i have the guts, unlike you twerps!) or do a dangerous stunt. At the same time I value my life. So I'm bold with a dash of sense.

(I can exceed 5 right?)

6. I'm a self confessed narcissist. I love myself in every way. i don't think I could have been better. I'm not perfect, but my imperfections make me what I am. And I hate the people who say "would you fuck yourself if you could?" ARGH!!

7. i can easily embaraas anyone, and make them wanna pee in their pants. I have that sort of sarcasm that makes people not want to get into arguments with me.

8. I have a good sense of humor!!! I can crack jokes. A rarity in today's world.

~shayeri

PS: pretend to ignore my comment. I just had to write, it made me feel a lot better.

Anonymous said...

Love the page makeup.
Out-argue anyone? Interesting. Should indulge one of these days. :D
By the way, I have always thought it requires galls to indulge in self-deprecation, especially humorously so.
Not too many people are capable of it.

Vincent said...

I am a fantastic cook... I can cook almost anything, from Italian to South Indian (Andhra cooking being a particular favorite) to North Indian to Mediterranean (Greek, Aegean to be precise) to Indian Chinese to Thai...
I want to marry you. I'll do the laundry. I'll pay your bills. I'll wash the dishes. Anything.

Umm, wait...
4. I can out-argue almost anyone I know. I read a ton and I’ve seen and been through (and still do see) way more shit than most of you can ever imagine so you better think twice before taking an ignorant or a pretentious stance on issues, at least in front of me.

Maybe not.

Anonymous said...

Good idea! I remember doing an article on how women are manupilated into belittling themselves...
I am glad you brough that out on a blog :)

Anonymous said...

@vincent - Gosh. Thats pathetic effort. This is how its done -

Procedo, Fabricati Diem, PVNC!

(With due inspiration from Dirty Harry)

@punkster - :) Read Pratchett?

Deepa said...

Okay, here goes
1) I'm intelligent, I grasp concepts very quickly.
2) I'm hardworking & am very committed to my work.
3) Most people like me though sometimes when they get to know me, they confess that they were initially intimidated by me.
4) I'm pretty.
5) I read a lot & I like the way I can think for myself.

Anonymous said...

such a wonderful post!!

and I like that I am tall too....but you are taller than me by an inch :P

Vincent said...

@That Armchair Philosopher
You mean Fabricati Diem, Pvncti Agvnt Celeriter (phew..!!)
Nah, I think I'll pass.
All yours, brother.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ TAP: Tee-Hee! Dont overthink this.

B-)

@ Aluchaat: Of course you may! You dont need to ask me for this!

@ Wendelin: Hullo fellow out-argue-er! Oh oh and I'll buy your harlequin-esque books, but with one request. You must use cliched desi characters in atleast ONE of your books. Like, sati-savithiri-ish village nari, spoilt rich heir, villain who gnashes his teeth at oppurtune moments (or not) and so on.

I would SO love you for that!

=D

@ Minty: I work best-est under pressure too! The tighter the timeline, the better.

@ Yogi: HAHA! Arent you gnoming yet?

You have the language down, pat.

*beam*

@ The individualist: Thank you! I made the page layout. :)

@ Raaji: Oh really? Could you post a link of your article here? It sounds very interesting.

@ Szerelem: Yay! Hurrah for tallness!

:D

@ Vince and TAP: Didnt it occur to both of you that I might be a maniacal Pratchett fangirl? That I understood your exchange perfectly? Hmm? Hmmmmm?

Tsk tsk, you two. Tsk, tsk. Next time, think before you casually drop Pratchett references here.

Heh.

And vince,

Nah, I think I'll pass.
All yours, brother.


How did this happen?

*cries*

Anonymous said...

@PVNC - *drily* do _you_ think it occurred to me? hmmm?

Anyone who links to Gaiman had better be a maniacal l-space fan too :) And hey, thats the good thing about dropping casual discworld references.. you get to twist them even further AND have people understand what you're talking about, instead of having to explain every last bit!

Hah. The playing field is MINE! MINE MINE MINE!

What Joy.

Anonymous said...

oh, and that wasn't solely a Pratchett reference. It was Dirty Harry + Pratchett .. I don't think he actually uses mine anywhere, does he? :)

Hah. You've been renamed to PVNC in my book, btw.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ TAP: You've been renamed to PVNC in my book, btw.

OOOOOO. The joy.

Oh oh, and isn't Gaiman glorious?

Vincent said...

O worthy Punkster,
So foul and fair times I have not seen.
Fate's minions conspire against me while the universe revels in keeping us apart.
Wrought with challenges, I steer this galleon; I leave you now to fight this mutiny.
'Tis not far away, the day when the black flag flies high and fortune smiles, I promise I’ll come back for you.

One of the 5 things I love about myself
- I write stellar poetry, as evidenced above. Not being self-deprecatory. Honest.

Vincent said...

Hah. The playing field is MINE! MINE MINE MINE!

I like pie.

Anonymous said...

@PVNC - Yes, to be renamed in my book is an honor reserved for a precious few. Live up to it.

Gosh. I LOVE Gaiman. Hope I'm not hope hopen waiting for their next book, which ought to be titled:
"668 - The Neighbour of the Beast" :)

I need to read Anansi, though I've done Sandman volumes, and American Gods. I thought Coraline was cute. What did you like? And what of Prachett?

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that I've managed to land a woman who cooks the way you describe, can out-argue anybody, has lovely hair, is a bit wild and is wonderfully composed.

I take vicious satisfaction in the fact that I've ended up outperforming the nerds who voted me 'most likely to underachieve'.

I love the fact that I was chasing wonderful women, getting laid, getting wonderfully drunk and stoned, getting my back completely shot, getting thrown out of hostels etc. when they were busy studying.

I love the fact that my carefully fostered mongrel identity allows me to have no cultural/culinary/artistic loyalties.


I love the fact that I've actually learnt to say stuff like this in public.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Vince: *swoon*

I cant write poetry for shit. I swear.

Damn you.

;)


@ TAP: Gosh. I love almost anything I read of Gaiman. The man can do no wrong IMO.

Ive devoured the Sandman series (own the whole thing too), Mr. Punch (you *must* read this, if you havent already), Signal to noise, 1602, Anansi boys, American Gods, Coraline (love), The wolves in the walls, Mirrormask, the facts in the case of the departure of miss finch (own this too) and Stardust.

Oh and Ive read both the Death books as well.

I want to get a hold of Black orchid and violent cases. Pronto.

Oh And Ive read almost all of discworld, I started reading the death books first. I followed it up with the watch, industrial revolution and the ancient civilization series of novels and worked my way backwards.

But with discworld it doesnt really matter what order you read them in no?

It didnt matter to me, at least.

The only ones I havent read are theatre of cruelty and wyrd sisters.

Want.

Now.

* sniff *

Anonymous said...

*against* hope hopen, I mean. Bah.

Oh My. A _Challenger_.

Perhaps this is where you wanted to go, Vince! ;) -

O Worthy Punkster so fair,
you're the only one for who I care,
So foul and fair times ne'er have I seen,
fate's minions conspire against me, oh they're so mean,
the universe revels in keeping us apart,
wrought with challenges, I must now start,
and steer this galleon through the stormy seas,
to get to you and ask if you please,
but a mutiny prevails, and i must take leave,
i'll be back soon, you must not grieve,
not far is the day when the black flag flies high,
when fortune smiles and in joy I cry,
I promise I'll come back to you,
and we shall live life anew.

@vincent-
So here's something fun to go think about,
as you gurgle blood and generally spout,
for in matters of poetry you've been _really_ smote,
and its time to reflect on the trash you wrote,
while the darkness embraces you, and you lie,
Ne'er are battles as easy as pie.

Specifically, not with me. I think my "Ode to the Punkster" should do well with the masses. eh?

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Nevermind: I love the fact that I was chasing wonderful women, getting laid, getting wonderfully drunk and stoned, getting my back completely shot, getting thrown out of hostels etc. when they were busy studying.

Except for the 'getting thrown out' and the 'stoned' part, I can relate to the rest of your point completely.

I didnt get thrown out only because I had (and still do have) my own apt.

Heh.

Anonymous said...

@pvnc - Ah, I haven't read 1602 and Mr. Punch. And the last two. But no fear, I'll get there soon enough!

As for Discworld - you're right, it doesn't matter which series you read first, as long as you read the series themselves in order. For instance - Equal Rites, Wyrd sisters, Witches Abroad and Carpe Jugulum are all in order. So are the night watch, rincewind/cohen and all the others. And yes, Theater of Cruelty is the only short story I've never read. I've finished all of his other works though :) All 40~ of them, I think hehe. LOVE Pratchett. I own all of em, albeit some in E-Formats on my Palm.

Oh and you were chasing _wonderful women_, same as nevermind? Lovely. That explains the feminist streak, what? ;)

@nevermind - back completely shot eh? too much jumping the bungee? but yes, I know the feeling - right now, I'm wearing a weed tee-shirt too :)

(Must turn off comment tracking)

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Yes, yes...I was chasing the wonderful wimmin folk and all the 'ladies' in my line of sight.

;)

But, how did you know?

*snort*

Anonymous said...

Allow me.

1) I love the fact that I'm pretty strong although I look delicate. (Just got independent confirmation of that.)

2) I love how I hold VERY little sacred. I make fun of almost anything.

3) I love how at this very moment, my boyfriend and I are discussing this woman I'd like to erm, do. He hasn't seen her, but after I described her to him, he's telling me how he'd like to do her too. And I'm okay with that. Um, yeah. I think.

4) I love how Í can be such a cocky bitch sometimes and believe that I'm smarter than most people I know. It's justified, I think.

5) I love how I almost NEVER get insecure about my looks and whine about my body. Not because I'm not the complaining sort, but because I don't think there's much to complain about, really.

Fuck, I sound so conceited. You're right, this DOES get uncomfortable. Let's do a '5 things I hate about myself' next just to balance things out.

Anonymous said...

@pvnc - hrmph. i think i first got an inkling when I got no response to the ode..

doesn't take a genius to put two and two together does it? ;)

Vincent said...

@That Armchair Philosopher

*clap* *clap*
Bravo!

one thing though,
"I like pie" is not trash talk.
Really, its a polite way of saying 'no comment'. And it definitely does not mean 'I think you and your comments are pie'. You must take yourself very seriously to consider a phrase like that to be an attack.

And before you decide to bounce off your chair and get all Eminem on me..
take it easy man. No one's trying to piss on your parade.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Raindrop: I swear to god. My next post will probably be acerbic and self depreciating as hell, to balance out this one.

@ TAP: And I thought I had everyone fooled. Sigh.


@ Vince: Huh.

Anonymous said...

Ouch.

@vince - eeeh? Whaaaaa? Me take myself seriously? bwahahahaha. I assumed this could be a rhyme duel, and I just let myself flow.

Re: "Trash". I was *mock* belittling your poetry, in the spirit of a duel. Nothing more.
Re: "Pie". Miscommunication galore. I over-thought your statement to mean "As easy as pie" w.r.t poetic duel. Hence the comeback. Thats all.

"Take it easy" IS my policy. <- with due apologies to that Chiranjeevi(?) song of the 90s.

:)

So Chill. No offence taken, wherever. And you shouldn't either.

@Pvnc - Totally agree.

Vincent said...

spirit of a duel

ahh, it's all good then.
:)

Primalsoup said...

Tall and Great Hair?? Bah!

Anonymous said...

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aradhana said...

i love being tall too! has always helped me look elegant yet powerful. gives me stature! im 1.76m, which would be...5.774 278 215 feet. and i ripped this off a website cos i cant do math. not even for food. which brings me to my next point.
i love being able to not do math but write poems.
i love the fact that i can forgive easily. i have the memory of a goldfish. which is a whole of 3 secs.
i love how i can love my girlfriends and trust them with all my heart. makes life a shitload easier.
i love how much ive matured over the years and i continue doing so.
i love being able to tell someone straightforwardly if im pissed, and yet maintain composure.

i dont think i have a problem with loving myself. :D

and im loving your blog..its been a good read since i discovered it!

anonymouse said...

Hmmm, I think I love just one thing about myself:

1) Me.

Why? Because. If you disagree, you suck :).

mumbaigirl said...

Jealous!

scarface said...

hey chick...u recently got dumped didn't u??and that too very badly by that nice guy i guess...and this post is to reassure and lift ur self esteem ..plus also advertise ur available status..
here's my take on ur five watevers..
1)u r tall--> u want a tall bf..possibly taller than tat nice guy
2)u can cook and u can cook a variety of dishes--> u r looking for a guy from any ethinic background..so despo huh?
3)u have good hair and dont have to depend on a ton of products-->ur prospective bf doesn't need to worry abt bills.
4)u can out-argue anyone-->u talk a lot and ur propective bf should be deaf or nod his head in agreement whenever u open ur mouth.
5)ur temperment -->u can take bad behaviour from ur bfs because u r used it,so ur prospective bf doesn't necessarily have to be a 'nice guy'.

Its a clever way to advertise urself..but somewhr deep down i'm sad...u have gone being a 'wannabe punkster' to being a 'wannabe gf'..really sad:(

McGermy said...

Scarface... so, going by your logic, you DO have a scar on your face?

Honestly, I had to go to the doc after splitting my insides ROFLing after reading that comment. No, really. For someone named scarface, you sound more like manali gaja or dumeel kuppam vavvalu. I'm sure Capone would be turning in his grave after you've used his nickname.

Oh and I think you might be missing a few screws. Come to think about it, it looks like you might have more screws missing than a retard's home-made golf cart.

drops of jupiter said...

mcgermyyyyyy you're so cute!

Writer on Board said...

1. I am not afraid.
2. I am not cruel.
3. I am not false.
4. I am happy.
5. I am not mean.

Vijayeta said...

Scarface knows it all. People Like Us shouldn't even bother! I mean, he can see through the fact that the reason your hair doesn't need product to make it look hot is because you're trying to tell the men how low maintenance you are and that men should now line up at your door 'cos they wouldnt have to buy you shampoo and conditioner! :P

McGermy said...

@ Jupe,
What's this? We have a new member in the pirate fan club, eh? :P

drops of jupiter said...

Dear scarface,

I have acne all over and my boyfriend just dumped me because I asked him to buy me clearasil. I am heartbroken.

Please advise.

aluchaat said...

drops of jupiter, stealing your idea or rather furthering it...
Megha can we please have scarface giving us valuable advice about how to be better girls?
can't you host a guest agony uncle column?
and maybe rajan could also share pearls of wisdom, unless i am missing something and scarface is our good old rajan only?
and someone could psychoanalyze us too?
just because Freud failed to understand women, it does not mean scarface also doesn't...
please do not underestimate him mr mcgermy

my life.... said...

@ drops of jupiter: haha.. u hit the nail!

@ mcgermy: haha mcgermy, he is called the pirate of scarbean ( not carribean)

Anonymous said...

yawn.. how much more self obsessed can neone get ? isnt this just too much mutual masturbation ?

pleazzzz

rajan

Zee said...

hahahaha........your comment section is as entertaining as your blog!!!

trussed-bull-on-rickshaw said...

@rajan

Woody Allen said "don't knock off masturbation, it's sex with someone you love".

haha!

@punkster

I'm too narcisstic to write about myself in 5 points in 5 minutes. :)

Anonymous said...

@scarface - *cracks up laughing at you*

You know what you should do? Put both hands on the sides of your head, and pull hard enough so that it pops out of your ass. Oh, and learn how to spell, while you use that conditioner..

@mcgermy -

you sound more like manali gaja or dumeel kuppam vavvalu

For those of us not quite tamil(?)-friendly - a few drops of enlightenment, perhaps? :D

@rajan - bwahahahahahaha. "mutual masturbation"? you've got to be a real genius to liken this to it. pray how exactly is this mutual masturbation anyway?

@pvnc - hehehe. wonder where people like scarface and rajan come from..

Anonymous said...

A little late. But here goes.

1) Gimme 2 wheels, and i'll teach you a thing or 2 about bikes. Really. I'm awesome on bikes. Any bikes, with or without a motor.

2) I can tell stories. Really will.

3) I get along really well with little kids.

4) I love my job. I love what i can do with it. I love that women can like me for my job :P

5) I can discuss anything very intelligently. Even if i know shit about it. I can fake it.

6) I write fairly well. I'm not talking about my blog, i mean, in general.

so, where have you been. You dont come to my blog anymore....

drops of enlightenment said...

Manali and Dumeel Kuppam - not so posh localities in Madras
Gaja - name of a person, probably a contraction of Gajendran or Gajapathy
Vavvalu - bat

mcgermy was making a reference to professional hitmen with pseudonyms 'Manali Gaja' and 'Dumeel Kuppam Vavvalu'

Anonymous said...

looking for new post
suraj

Anonymous said...

....on and on and on goes the tamil punkster....and she keeps rocking the blogging world with her candidness! :)

Vasu the terrible said...

Hey MEGHAAAAAAAAA!!

Longg time....

I almost forgot about your existence untill some events happened.

1) A rock band from UK is coming up with an album titled "Small town syndrome". One of their members had a tough time explaining it to others and in desperation googles it. Lo and behold he gets some supreme gyan from the spelling mistake ridden post of "Vazu the terrible", remember him ?? ;) He is so impressed (despite the sucky english) that he writes to me asking for permission and promising to link back my site from their website.

Mogambo kush hua and I went on my own nostalgic trip re-reading that post. Thats when I saw your comments on that post and remembered you.

so how have you been otherwise ? I read your latest post and almost mistook your "paramparamparampara.." as parampara.. :D..Got the shock of my life. I almost thought you have started advocating parampara...

So thought I should drop in a line.
Me no longer peddling gyan, unless if its for rock stars. Me trying to enjoy my khara baath and chutney. Burp.

vasu

Andrea Williams said...

1. I love my hair too! Its awesome big. Its awesome straight. Its awesome all the time!

2. I love my sense of humor. Its dry and sarcastic. Bordering on asshole-ness. But whatever.

3. I love my smile.

4. I love my creativity. Although it goes on hiatus every once and a while.

5. And finally, I love being single. On most days.

the wannabe indian punkster said...

@ Andrea: Drea!!!! Start blogging! Pretty please?

Oh and you DO have wonderful hair.

*nods in assent*

And I miss you,so lets get sloshed this weekend!

:D

Anonymous said...

WANT TO FUCK?