My sins against gender stereotypes

How could a tag like this ever come into existence? Well, when a particular, Ms. IHM, is around, why not!

So after getting tagged by Smitha, Deeps, Monika and Hitchy – I have decided to take it up before more people end up wasting their tags on me! 😀

Here goes:

1. I enjoy watching chick flicks and romantic movies. So doesn’t matter if it is ‘Ten things I hate about you’, ‘She’s all that’, ’27 dresses’ or ‘p.s. I love you’.

2. I don’t like reading books except by select writers. A lot of women out there have said they love to read. Honestly I did not know reading has anything to do with gender. But if it is, well, then I don’t read.

3. I like to try my hand at cooking whenever I can. Earlier it was with my mother. Now its with the wife.

4. I am extremely finicky about personal hygiene and cleanliness.

5. I like things in order, organized and uncluttered. My desk is always clean.

6. I love going out for shopping…well most of the time! 😀 And enjoy shopping for female jewelery, footwear, accessories or cosmetics. Ofcourse not for myself but for my wife, mother etc.

7. Sometimes I wish I could cry or express my emotions more openly.

8. I don’t mind wearing bright or pastel colored shirts or a t-shirt that says, ‘I love my wife’.

9. I have no problem whatsoever in changing my kiddo’s diaper, dressing him up, preparing his milk formula, feeding him his supper or putting him off to sleep.

10. I think its OK if I take time to get ready. But as much as I try, it does not take more than 10-15 minutes! A reasonable amount of that time goes in deciding what to wear.

And one extra point just to keep you all interested

11. I love gossip!

But I still enjoy playing and watching sports more than anything else as well as watching action movies and playing video games. I love cars, bikes and driving…really fast, and am a gadget freak, and totally enjoy traveling. I absolutely relish eating and enjoy the company of foodies. And when in a fight, I know a thing or two about throwing punches and can use all of my 6’1″ frame and strength to intimidate an enemy.

There. Done. Now about tagging 12 bloggers, well that’s gonna be tough. Coz most of the bloggers I know have done this or have been tagged. But if I can get tagged 4 times, so can others.

I tag Rakesh, Maria, Ajaz, Dew, Tara, Nimmy, Rashmi, Nancy, Gyanban, Vims, Mandira, Chandni and Mahmud.

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Tag time – If I were

Tagged by (and thanks to) Monika. Almost everyone is taking it up. So will I.

If I were a month, I’d be January – Is there still anyone out there who does not know why?!?

If I were a day of the week, I’d be Friday!!! – Weekend, baby!

If I were a time of day, I’d be 3am – Coz that’s the time I am sleeping for sure!

If I were a season, I’d be winters – Heat or cold? I’d rather freeze than roast!

If I were a planet, I’d be Mars – What a stupid question! Has ANYONE visited any other planet? I chose Mars because I like that chocolate.

If I were a sea animal, I’d be a Shark – Scare the crap out of everyone!

If I were a direction, I’d be West – I don’t know why!

If I were a piece of furniture, I’d be a 3 seater sofa – To laze and lie around all day

If I were a liquid, I’d be water – What other liquid is important?

If I were a tree, I’d be a mango tree – Because me is ‘aam aadmi’ (mango people!)

If I were a tool, I’d be a screw driver – Any guesses why? 😉

If I were an element, I’d be Hydrogen – Coz it’s the 1st element of the periodic table!

If I were a gemstone, I’d be Sapphire – Love the color!

If I were a musical instrument, I’d be an Electric Guitar – To knock everyone out!

If I were a color, I’d be Blue – As in blue movies!

If I were an emotion, I’d be Happiness – Plain and simple.

If I were a fruit, I’d be a Mango – aam aadmi, remember?

If I were a sound, I’d be a Fart!!! LOL How’s that for a sound?!?

If I were a car, I’d be Audi – Love that logo. And the car too!

If I were food, I’d be a Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani – *droool*

If I were a taste, I’d be sweet – (Do I sound Gay?!)

If I were a scent, I’d be scent of a woman – haha common, I like that movie too!

If I were a pair of shoes, I’d be Clarks – Any time. Any day.

And if I were a bird, I’d be an Eagle – What poise. What vision.

And If I were to tag people I will tag – them. What else!

Alright people. Now don’t take my responses too seriously. Have fun.

The amazing rollercoaster ride of fatherhood

I’ve never had a blogger’s block before. That is, not until now. Often wondered how could someone not have anything to post. This whole week I wanted to post but didn’t have the faintest idea on what I can write about. I do have a few thousand thoughts running up and down my mind though. And so I choose to do what every one does at such times. Take up a tag.

Btw, there haven’t been too many tags lately. Why’s that? Just curious.

Anyways, I have a few pending tags. Some of them from a different time line I think!! Taking them up now.

The Amazing, crazy, fun, rollercoaster ride of motherhood fatherhood, tagged by Smitha, a zillion months ago. I need to list 5 things I absolutely love about being a dad. I’ve done a few posts on Ibrahim but never a tag. So here goes:

1. Putting him off to sleep at night. This is easily my favorite activity of the day. One that I do almost daily. I love preparing his bedtime milk formula. Then lie down next to him till he finishes it. And the best part. He turns towards my side, cuddles in nicely and goes off to sleep. It’s the best part of my day. His face, in all its innocence while asleep, gives me peace.

2. I love the fact that being a dad has, in many ways, completed me as a person. The entire experience of parenthood has opened up channels of emotions I thought never existed. And I am a fairly emotional man. So that is something.

3. The way he tries to catch my attention when he’s hurt himself (or pretends to be hurt!) making that innocent face, patting the place where he’s hurt and says “eh eh” till I go and pick him up. I absolutely adore that. How do kids know these things about their parents?

4. And the way he follows me every where I go blabbering all kinds of gibberish. Btw, he started walking a couple of weeks back, a few days after his 1st bday actually! And now all he does is walk all around the house. From one room to another. From the hall to the kitchen. He’s all over the place. And irrespective of what he may be doing, he follows me when I leave the room to wherever I may be going. Even to the bathroom. And throws a tantrum if I don’t take him in.

5. The responsibility of making him the man he will be one day. In more than many ways, he is going to be what we mold him into, depending on the values, morals and fundas we instill in him now and with time. Till he is ready to make his own decisions. That’s a heck of a responsibility. But I like that about being a parent.

There. Done. Wasn’t that hard, was it? So why the blogger’s block then? I don’t know.

The ‘M’ tag

Pixie tagged me on this one. Looked pretty easy so took it up. But damn…its not as easy as it looks!!!

Tag Rules:
– It’s harder than it looks!(Mind It). Copy to your own note, erase my answers, enter yours, and tag your friends.
– Use the first letter of your name to answer each of the following questions.
– They have to be real… nothing made up!

– If the person before you had the same first initial, you must use different answers.
– You cannot use any word twice and you can’t use your name for the boy/girl name question. Have Fun!!

1. What is your name: Masood

2. A four Letter Word: Mood

3. A boy’s Name: Mohammad (Officially the most common name in the world!)

4. A girl’s Name: Mrs. Masood 😉

5. An occupation: Milk man!

6. A color: Mauve, Magenta

7. Something you wear: My watch! 😀

8. A food: Mutton Biryani 😉 *drool*

9. Something found in the bathroom: Mat

10. A place: Mumbai

11. A reason for being late: Makeup! 😉 (p.s. they didn’t ask for MY reason here, but just a reason!)

12. Something you shout: Maa ki……aankh! 😉

13. A movie title: MIB

14. Something you drink: Mocktails

15. A musical group: Michael Learns To Rock

16. An animal: Man, Mammoth, Mouse, Mule

17. A Street name: MG Road, Bangalore *sigh*

18. A type of car: Maserati

19. A song title: Mere mehboob qayamat hogi by Kishore Kumar from Mr X in Bombay

20. A verb: Murder!!!

I don’t tag anyone. Take it up if you wanna kill some time.

ABC tag

Finally, I’m doing this tag as well. I was tagged under mysterious circumstances (after asking to be tagged) by Smitha, Crafty & Pixie.

1. A – Available/Single?

Ans: Ain’t it the same? Well maybe. One can be single and still not available (btw, I think that sucks). While you can not be single and yet be available ;). Hmm. Oh btw, my answer is NO. So move on.

2. B – Best friend?

Ans: Any guesses? Yes ofcourse..who else by my one and only partner who is with me day in and day out…..my cell phone! 😉

p.s. Honey, I’m just being a smart ass. I still love you 🙂

3. C – Cake or Pie?

Ans: Both. Any time. Any day. Any format….(err was I just making a sales pitch for Oracle’s reporting software?!?) Gosh, I need a vacation!

4. D – Drink of choice?

Ans: Iced Mochachillo

5. E – Essential item you use every day?

Ans: LOL.  Imagine if I say I switched obvious answers between Q2 and Q5. I am so dead, no? 😉

6. F – Favourite colour?

Ans: Blue

7. G – Gummy Bears Or Worms?

Ans: Neither. Btw, I don’t even know what a gummy bear is. Someone please tell me. Too lazy to google it.

8. H – Hometown?

Ans:  Hyderabad I think.

9. I – Indulgence?

Ans: Wow. I can write a post on each of these points. Anyways, for now, it is electronic gadgets and perfumes. And food as well. And ofcourse, desserts…and..and ok forget it.

10. J – January or February?

Ans:  January. My wedding anniversary, engagement and birth month of my kiddo 🙂

11. K – Kids & their names?

Ans:  One so far 😉 Ibrahim 🙂

12. L – Life is incomplete without?

Ans:  the alphabets L, I, F, & E.

13. M – Marriage date?

Ans: 25th Jan 2008

14. N – Number of siblings?

Ans: Two elder brother and one younger sis. Our house was a riot.

15. O – Oranges or Apples?

Ans: Oranges. They say ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’. But what do we do to keep the apple away?

16. P – Phobias/Fears?

Ans: No known phobias but I fear loosing my loved ones.

17. Q – Quote for today?

Ans: “I like odds. They help me get even.”

18. R – Reason to smile?

Ans: My family

19. S – Season?

Ans: Winters. Live in a desert and you’ll know what I am talking about.

20. T – Tag three four People?

Ans: I’ll tag myself 3 times coz everyone else has done this. Will that do? Btw, does that mean I have to publish this post three times? 😉

21. U – Unknown fact about me?

Ans: If it is unknown, how the hell am I supposed to know about it? Gosh, these questions are so lame.

22. V – Vegetable you don’t like?

Ans: I hate Bhindi and Baingan (Ladyfinger & Brinjal)

23. W – Worst habit?

Ans: Procrastination

24. X – X-rays you’ve had?

Ans: Atleast a dozen. Broke my thumb once in cricket after I dived and plucked the best catch of my life. In sports, twisted my ankle a few times and sprained my wrist twice as well. Even had x-ray done of my tooth for a root-canal treatment. Plus a chest one for my visa stamping.

25. Y – Your favourite food?

Ans: Anything edible..ofcourse except baingan and bhindi. But I can eat Biryani even in my sleep. *drool*

26. Z – Zodiac sign?

Ans: Libra

There. Done.

Edited to add: I finally found someone to tag – new mom Rashmi.

30 Something & Picture Perfect tag

I’ve decided to take this tag up coz of its simplicity. So here goes. Btw, can anyone guess whose pic I posted on the picture perfect tag below?! 😉

1. When you looked at yourself in the mirror today, what was the first thing you thought?

“When will my hair grow back?!”

2. How much cash do you have in your wallet right now?

Dh 350 & 40 Turkish Lira (Still lying in my wallet from my last trip)

3. What’s a word that rhymes with DOOR?

Chor 😉

4. Who is the 4th person on your missed call list on your cell phone?

Komal Rao (He’s an associate/partner in Africa. We are on the verge of closing a multi-million dollar deal there)

5. What is your favorite ring tone on your phone?

Currently, I have ‘Jai ho’ from Slumdog Millionaire.

6. What are you wearing right now?

Blue jeans and White shirt

7. Do you label yourself?

Yes.

8. Name the brand of the shoes you’re currently own?

Wearing a pair of Clarks right now

9. Bright or Dark Room?

Both

10. What do you think about the person who took this survey before you?

Tara – Smart & Independent

Crafty – Sweet (They don’t make too many like her anymore!)

Dhiren – Great guy, awesome sense of humor and very sporting.

11. What does your watch look like?

Kenneth Cole Reaction – Square, white multi-dial, brown leather straps

12. What were you doing at midnight last night?

Playing with my baby while talking to my wife

13. What did your last text message you received on your cell say?

“Upcoming movies in UAE this week……..”

14. What’s a word that you say a lot?

Fuck.

15. Who told you he/she loved you last? (please exclude spouse , family, children)

None

16. Last furry thing you touched?

My baby’s head 🙂

17. Favourite age you have been so far?

27

18. What was the last thing you said to someone?

“Think about it”

19. The last song you listened to?

“Kya yahi pyaar hai” by Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle. (On the radio while driving to work this morning)

20. Where did you live in 1987?

Abu Dhabi (UAE)

21. Are you jealous of anyone?

Sometimes

22. Is anyone jealous of you?

I don’t care.

23. Name three things that you have on you at all times?

Perfume, clothes & attitude

24. What’s your favourite town/city?

Singapore (Had gone there for my honeymoon)

25. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper and mailed it?

2 weeks back (Filled up a medical insurance form but had to right a cover letter!)

26. Can you change the oil on a car?

Yes, ofcourse

27. Your first love/big crush: what is the last thing you heard about him/her?

She asked me to drive safely this morning when I left from home!

28. Does anything hurt on your body right now?

My lower back due to all that driving.

29. What is your current desktop picture?

Oracle logo

30. Have you been burnt by love?

No. I once burnt my finger though.

Phew! Now that this is done, I wanted to take up another simple tag – Picture Perfect. I was tagged by Swaram for this one.

And also due to popular demand 😉 No bones for guessing my favorite snap:

This is for all those innumerable requests I have received to post a pic of my baby. So here it is 🙂

The pic was taken last week after his shower. And spontaneously. We had him wrapped up in his towel. He was in good mood and was giving some killer smiles. My wife clicked this snap. This is my newest favorite.

Updated to add: I’ve taken off the snap 🙂