The Expansionist Meme

Sulz first tagged me for this meme. I got so late and then Nova tagged me today. Finally, here it is.

Please thoughtfully consider the following, and choose one item for each of the categories below. (Be sure to describe your reasons for choosing)

One religious work from a non-familiar tradition you’ll read:
Bible and Koran both. I did read parts of Bible.

One music video–that you like–from your “least likely to listen to’ genre:
I rarely listen to Ghazals. I feel kinda dragged listening to them (Did ya smirk inwardly think I do not have ear for music? Well, you are right. 😛 ). But I do want to listen ghazals by legendary Madan Mohan.

Notes to MyselfA book from a genre you almost never read, that you have read, or you will read (promise!):
I never read self-help or inspirational books. But I read two: Notes for Myself and The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. Notes for Myself was good but latter was hogwash for me. Sorry Robin Sharma.

Somewhere you’d never thought to go on holiday/vacation, and why it might be fun to go there?
Andamans. But I have a feeling its going to be more fun that Goa.

A specific food you’ve never tried, but will because of this meme, honest!:
Rasam, I have heard it is too sour. I have never tasted it though. I will see what to have with rasam though.

A sport or game you really hate, or haven’t tried yet, but are willing to give one more go:
Table Tennis, I don’t hate it though. But this is one game I would like to give one more go. When I was about to finish school, I tried my hand at it and then never again got opportunity to play it.

A style of dance you probably won’t try (we won’t make you promise on this one):

A career job you don’t feel you’re suited for, and why:
Any job related beauty and make-up, I suck at it.

An item that’s “thinking out of the box’ for this meme that hadn’t been included:

How come this meme forgot movies and politics. What about a question like “A politician you wanted to teach a lesson, but couldn’t?” But I am sure, you had several names in your mind.

It’s there’s one thing in life you wanted to do, and will do because of this meme, what will it be?
Snorkeling and jumping from a flying aeroplane/chopper. I can go for snorkelling in Andamans, air plane diving can be done in Thailand, Australia or other places.

I tag readers of this blog: Harsha, Nikhil, Vimal, Suda and Debjit to do the meme. Rest all who I think would have done this meme have already been tagged, so no other names. 🙂

Best regards,

29 Responses to “The Expansionist Meme”

  1. 1 sulz June 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    thanks for playing the meme. i agree about beauty & make-up, i don’t know how to use make-up and i hope i don’t have to use it. i can imagine how much i’d spend on it because i’d be those girls who won’t leave the house without make-up if i did use it. and i haven’t tried rasam either. hope i remember to try the next time i have indian cuisine. 🙂

  2. 2 dkd903 June 12, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Hey, Thanks for tagging me, It ws really great doing my first meme. You might like to read it at

  3. 3 Nikhil June 12, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Hey.. thanks for the tag.. Will do it definitely! 😀
    Interesting answers you’ve written here… Quite a thought-provoking meme! 😀

  4. 4 Reema June 12, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    Rasam is not sour…try it with idlli or rice. Nice answers..I have been tagged too by Nova to do this same meme.

  5. 5 Reema June 12, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I meant rasam is not THAT sour

  6. 6 ish June 12, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    The Monk who sold his Ferrari, hmm, that book has been recommended to me by quite a few people. But I don’t think I’ll read it. I don’t like inspirational books either. I hate books about time management also.

    I suck at Table Tennis. Played it with some friends 5 or 6 times. Lost everytime because they were pretty good at it. Turns out that I just can’t smash the ball, whether it be cricket, table tennis, soccer or whatever. The only game I had remote success at was badminton. But my mom and dad still manage to beat the shit out of me.

  7. 7 Harsha June 12, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    Hi, thanks for tagging. I will do it soon.
    I don’t know about Notes to Myself but he Monk Who Sold His Ferrari is crap.. I read it. It’s not at all recommended. Rasam is quite common in typical south Indian meals. You can try it once. It will be different. 🙂

  8. 8 Prachi June 12, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    hey very interesting poonam..from your post, I gather a meme is some sort of a questionaire…did i just make the biggest faux pas of all times by admitting I dont know what a “meme” is? 😀 anyway, very interesting questions there..maybe i wil answer each one of ’em and put it on my blog..not promising though…i’d be really disappointed with myself if I didn’t get down to actually doing the things that I set my heart on 😀

  9. 9 vimal June 13, 2008 at 2:39 am

    Hey thanks for the tag. Will post it soon.

    “Did ya smirk inwardly think I do not have ear for music?”, everytime u mention this, i do get smirked inwardly..a lot ! 🙂

    Rasam is too good. Its an indianised version of the soup. It tastes good with Plain Rice and not necessairly sour all the time. It is advised to have rasam when you catch a cold or when you have a mild fever and believe me, it works !

    “jumping from a flying aeroplane/chopper”…seriously??? could you upload that in youtube as well ? 🙂

  10. 10 Liju Philip June 13, 2008 at 7:28 am

    The monk who sold the Ferrari is the most overhyped junk i have ever read. I couldnt go past the first 20 pages. So, i gifted that to my friend on her b’day 😉

    You havent had Rasam? Try it out. It tastes great. I have some gujju friends who insist on we going to some south indian restaurants; and no matter what they order, they make sure to include rasam in it. They drink cups and cups of it.

    Jumping off planes, off mountains, and snorkelling is also on the must-do list of mine.

  11. 11 Xylene June 13, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I have not read Monk who… But I have heard that its a waste of time. May be coz many dont like inspirational books which inspire us just not to waste time on such books again 😉
    rasam? that is simply great. If its all veg on the table with rice. I prefer just rasam and rice 😉

  12. 12 Arpit June 13, 2008 at 11:46 am

    well i really dont have an idea of what a meme is. if you could just tell me that i would like to proceed with this game!

  13. 13 praneshachar June 14, 2008 at 5:50 am

    wonderful meme and very thought out answers great both the creator of meme and the answere. great work poonam

  14. 14 Amit June 14, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    The meme queen strikes again!!! 😛
    Well, I too read TMWSHF and it took me ages to finish it. It was so boring, something I already knew. 😉
    And I too want to go to Andamans. Heard that they are out of the world.

  15. 15 arvind June 16, 2008 at 11:25 am

    everywhere i see only this tag 😛
    and if by ” rasam ” u mean the south indian dish then some one gave u wrong information…being a south indian i loath south indian dishes…except a few which includes rasam..
    rasam is more of spicy thing…i am sure u would like it 😉
    i am yet to finish “the monk who sold his safari” i even forgot the page where i left it.. 😛

  16. 16 Nita June 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Interesting tag huh! I quite enjoyed doing it…I mean just finished doing it but haven’t published it yet. I was thnking of andamans too but there were other places…in fact too many places I want to see! it’s strange how a meme can bring out one’s innermost thoughts like this!! I had to literally drag out somethings from the back of my mind.

  17. 17 Poonam Sharma June 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    @sulz: I can’t put make-up simply because I can’t. If I try, I am sloppy. 😦

    @Debjit: You are welcome, I have read your meme and comment on it. I am sorry I misspelt your name there.

    @Nikhil: Looking forward to reda your answers too.

    @Reema: Ok, will taste it and find out.

    @Ish: I too used to be good at badminton. Table Tennis, I want to be good at it though I am not. 😦

    @Harsha: yes, Robin Sharma’s book is crap.

    @Prachi: Yes, meme is a questionnaire on a subject, but unique thing about is its viral nature. You tage people who den answer same questions, they tag more people and so on. It goes on like forwarded email, with lot of link love.

    When I was new to blogging, I did not know what was a meme or tag. I would love to see your answers. Do it when you have time, no rush.

    @Vimal: How can I upload jumping from flying chopper, but its a thrilling sport that commonly happens in Thailand and Australia. It was also part of fear factor. I didn’t know that rasam was not necessarily sour all the time.

    @Liju Philip: yes, I will taste rasam soon. I am not surprised to know you have same activities on youtr to-do list. We do think alike.

    @Xylene: I think most inspirational books are waste of time. rasam and rice, I will remember the combination.

    @Arpit: See my answer to Prachi above in my this comment. I tag you too, go ahead and answer these questions on your blog. I will hop over your blog to read your answers.

    @praneshachar: yes, such questions kinda make you think. Glad you liked it.

    @Amit: he he..I have to keep my title of meme queen, sulz helps me a lot.

    Yes, I am sure Andamans would be out of world. After Goa, I graduate to Andamans.

    @Arvind: Memes do faster rounds these days. Only I am late, I was tagged long back. I though rasam was both spicy and sour. But I do like spicy things. Don’t bother with Monk who sold his Ferrari, you are better off without it.

    @Nita: True, sometimes you have to think deeply to have some of the answers. I would love to read your answers too.

  18. 18 dkd903 June 16, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    @Poonam, looks like you were out of town

  19. 19 vimal June 17, 2008 at 12:04 am

    @ poonam :
    They would take the video if you paid extra. Can you belive, my bro did this jumping act before his wedding and he had forwarded the video to the girls family even before the engagement? I thought he was against the whole wedding thing and used this gimmick tos scare them. After their wedding, my bro made my s-i-l jump too 🙂

  20. 20 vimal June 17, 2008 at 12:05 am

    Btw, I just finished posting my version of this meme !

  21. 21 Arpit June 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    sorry but i couldn’t get you . though i read prachi’s comments and got an idea about it but i dont know how to start……. is it like i have to post the answers on your blog itself??????

  22. 22 Arpit June 17, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    well thanks for your guidance … i think i ll complete that by week end ….. 😀

  23. 23 Shefaly June 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm


    “I never read self-help or inspirational books.”

    That would make you a rarity in India 🙂 India is apparently one of the largest markets for self-help books (and for PG Wodehouse but that is a different story altogether).

  24. 24 Sakhi June 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    when i read that you have read “monk…” i was almost sceptical to read further, but when i came t “hogwash” i felt like , “okay, i can go on!”… 🙂 i never, ever read self help books. If its self help, how is the book going to help? 🙂

    I couldn’ finish “monk…” got headache half way through.

    And rasam is sour-spicy , but yummyr! just love the taste of it!

    u have got a cool singnature there! 🙂

  25. 25 Poonam Sharma June 19, 2008 at 11:52 am

    @Debjit: Yes, I was out of town. 🙂

    @Vimal: I like this video idea. It would have been fin to make wife jump too. I would love to. 🙂 I will be reading your meme.

    @Arpit: I hoped I answered your questions satisfactorily on your blog. 🙂

    @Shefaly: yes, I am a rarity, at least taht’s what I like to think. Ek baat batao, where ahd you been?

    @Sakhi: Welcome to Visceral Observations

    I am not surprised to know that you ahd a headache reading “monk”. 🙂 I am glad you liked the signature, I was appprehensive about using it. 🙂

  26. 26 Shefaly June 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    @ Poonam: You clearly did not read the recent blog post 😉 But so nice that you noticed I was away.

    I was in India, for a wedding, in Jaipur. I foiled the Gujjar agitation’s conspiracy to derail and deroad things by flying everywhere; even the baaraat flew in from Calcutta. I did however return to Delhi by car with my cousin, b-i-l and niece. I ate for the last 11 years and it is a surprise I did not explode or die. Now my “atman” is “santript”.

  27. 27 rambodoc June 26, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Nice meme. Amazing to hear that someone has not had rasam. I, too, never manage to read self-help books, except that I read Bruce Tegener’s (sp?) book on Aikido in school, and was good at it THEN.

  28. 28 Poonam Sharma June 30, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    @Shefaly: Read your post and commented. 🙂

    @Rambodoc: I had to google Bruce Tegener. And out of all my posts, is this the only post you found comment-worthy? :giggling: I long ago had a comment from you on my post about reservations. 🙂

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