Bharat Bandh on Monday found me sitting at home, twiddling my thumbs and discovering how stereotyped I am. As it turns out, very. Well, not exactly very but fairly. As I sat reflecting, I realized there were so many stereotypes that I have grown into-behaviours that I didn’t display when I was younger but are today a part of me.
Let me draw up a list of some of the common stereotypes that I don’t/partly /wholly fit into (Sorry IHM, tweaked your meme a wee bit!).
I drive ( is that still a stereotype?). That doesn’t mean I like to drive. Traffic in this country is a battle- its exhausting, senseless, noisy and most often haphazard and directionless. But give me a car and an open road and I am only to happy to drive.
I like the outdoors. Staying out of the house. Roughing it out. ( I think I like staying in the house as much as I like staying out of it. But the staying-out has to be for a limited period of time. A home bird can stay away for only so long.)
I can manage my finances enough to survive. I need to get better at it.
I can fix things around the house. This is an area where the father is The Expert. I am about 1/100 as good as him but I manage the basic stuff. Just don’t give me anything with too many screws and tangled wires.
On a regular day it takes me 10 mins to get ready. On others its about 20.
I don’t do or understand make-up.
Till very recently I was unaware of retail therapy. Now I swear by it.
I sincerely believe chocolates solve problems. Minty, nutty ones do a better job than their plain counterparts. It’s hard to believe that as a child I did not like or eat chocolates.
I like a practical approach to life. Well, at least on most days! 😛
I think animals (domesticated ones at home and wild one on tv) are nice. Dogs are wonderful. Cats are cute when they are kittens, and reptiles are best kept far way. Cockroaches deserve a non-violent death and if I have to help them move on to the other world, I prefer to do so using Hit. From a distance of 5 feet or more.
I can keep things to myself. Even gossip.
I am not gadget crazy but I can (and do) appreciate objects like cell phones ,laptops and ipods.
I was a member of the “I only watch English movies and listen to English songs” club, but I gave up the membership some years ago. While the quality of Hindi (aka Bollywood) songs has improved considerably (take for eg.this ), the hindi movie scene still has a long way to go. But at least, I don’t resist Bollywood flicks as ardently as I used to earlier and once in a while they make a movie like TZP and my faith in the industry is restored.
The sports section of the newspaper is the only section I never read. Sports channels, the only one I never surf. I was a decent athlete in school. Sadly, the present doesn’t reflect the past in any way.
I like pink. And blue. And green. And yellow.
I can whistle. That’s what happens when you try to copy your friend at school. You end up with skills that has great show –off value at age 15 and little practical application later in life.
Masood thanks for tagging me. Since all of you seem to have done this, I am not going to tag anyone. Take it up if you haven’t already!