The Alphabet Tag – R and G

I had been voluntarily tagged ages ago by museditions to write 10 things I love with letter ‘R’.

Racket/Racquet: This is significant, for it marks my brief sporting career in badminton. Who knows, I could have been named next after Prakash Padukone if I had continued. πŸ˜‰

Raconteur: You bet, I would say this, I love stories, so I have to love story-tellers. I appreciate all the local, amateur talent as well.Β  Mark Twain and Ruskin Bond and are few of my favorite raconteurs.

Rafting: I have been to rafting trips several times. I can be a lousy rafter, I was actually. There is less power in my forearms, yet I love the thrill and continue to put myself against the tides. I am getting better.

Ragpickers: Readers of this blog would know that this is a issue close to my heart. Recently I discovered severe drug addiction amongst ragpickers. Helping one or two ragpickers randomly is not going to help, an entire system overhaul is required.

Raisins: Well, I love them! I always have a pack of raisins at my place. I have them with cashews.

Reading: I am a voracious reader, something that is common knowledge amongst people who know me. I read mostly while I travel. Last year I read about 53 books. Currently I am re- reading Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence. I just finished a boring book  The Nanny Diaries. It was a poor rip-off of Devil Wears Prada. I heard that they made a movie about it? 😦

Rejuvenation: What I won’t do to haveΒ  a relaxing back rub or a spa? Now do me a favour, do not relate rejuvenation to ageing, mine is more about recreation. Travelling to beautiful locales around the country is also part of my rejuvenation therapy.


Roller Coaster: Whoa! I loved rides, especially roller coasters. I am soon going to boast of riding all those scary rides around the world.

Romance: It adds spice of my life. Yes, I miss it when its not there. :sotto voce: Read this love tag to know the romantic side of me. πŸ™‚

Rum cake: Christmas was here, and I gorged on some yummy home-made rum cakes baked by friends. πŸ™‚

I had been tagged yet again by Withering Willow (btw why does this willow have to wither? :P) to write ten things with letter G. Here they are:

Garden: I love houses with garden. At school, I wanted to take up gradening seriously as a hobby. I did spend some hours everyday in my friend’s garden, digging and getting myself soiled, till my parents put a stop to it. I will soon have a terrace garden in my house.

Genealogy: This is very important, something that we Indians ignore. First time I heard about genetic diseases was through Reader’s Digest and found out how genealogy can help. Recently I insisted that a friend,who has cancer patients on both his parent’s side to get his genealogy charts done. It’s a tedious task that can look romantic only in mystery books.

Generosity: Well, this never fails to turn me on and respect a person. Very important, even for my man to have. πŸ™‚

Gifts: Who doesn’t love gifts? My favorite gifts are books. I recently discovered that I love it if people (some specific people ) gift me with exquisite clothing like an evening gown/skirt and…. I too love to gift books, though I am not restricted to it.


Grafitti: I pay lot of attention to it while I travel or read travelogues. I am known to search web for best grafitti around the world.


Graphology: I find it intriguing. Willow has also written a post about graphology in past. You can read some articles here and here.

Green: I love things about environment, greenery and also sometimes green clothes. πŸ˜› Greenpeace is an organisation I have always supported though sometimes they do get over-the-top.

Guitar: A guitar playing hero/singer has always done something to my insides. Though I no longer hold any ambition to learn to play guitar, a guitar still holds a charm for me.


Gutsy: I love and admire gutsy people. Gutsy men can make my knees weak. Speaking of which, it has been long time since I have had any knee-weakening encounters. :sigh:

Gymnophobia: This one is a special memory involving school, saved for last. When I was in fifth grade, I was intrigued with words of Greek and Latin origin in English. I stumbled upon this list of phobias, shared it a friend, D. Together we played a silly prank on each of our classmates. We would ask them, “Do you have gymnophobia?” Baffled, all of them would answer in negative. And we would split into rapturous laughter at their expense. Our suspicious classmates looked up the word frantically in all the dictionaries available in the school library.Β  They were outraged when they discovered the meaning.Β  Gymnophobia means fear of nakedness.

Update: I tag everyone on my blogroll who has not done this tag yet.

23 Responses to “The Alphabet Tag – R and G”

  1. 1 arvind January 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    i love roller coaster too ….
    the ups and downs of life makes the word roller coaster so special to everyone πŸ˜› ..

  2. 2 Anshul January 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I don’t love roller-coasters but I do like stock markets, if that would do. πŸ˜‰

  3. 3 Reema January 9, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    okk we got the hint for next month πŸ˜›

  4. 4 Dev January 9, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Oh this was an interesting post! Loved reading all. πŸ™‚

  5. 5 Sahaja January 9, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Wow….nice tag….i love raft races too, though i mite be a lousy rafter πŸ˜‰
    afterall mazaa aatha haina?

  6. 6 Poonam January 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    @Arvind: I know what you mean. πŸ™‚

    @Anshul: Stocks are just one way now, downside.

    @Reema: Shhh! Let it be our secret. πŸ™‚

    @Dev: Glad to know this is enjoyable to read. πŸ™‚ I m missing lallopallo though. πŸ˜›

    @Sahaja: yes, rafting is fun. You should try it this year.

  7. 7 Dev January 9, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Who’s lallopallo?

  8. 8 vimal January 10, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Guitar and you ???? That was a surprise !! πŸ˜€ (Ok ok, no more digs at that!)

    You will have to fly down to chennai to make your knees weak πŸ˜‰

    I love roller coasters too, actually all the amusement park rides πŸ˜€

    I’d love to try my hands at rafting !

    …..but guitar??…seriously??…( lol, I couldnt resist, dont murder me now !)

  9. 9 Kiran January 10, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Nicely done πŸ™‚ Romance, love stories, knee weakening..WOW!.. Your “love tag” post did revealed the romantic side of you. I am glad I now know more about my blog friend, Poonam πŸ™‚ Good luck in chancing upon true love πŸ™‚

  10. 10 dinu January 10, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    tags never end on your blog !!

  11. 11 harsh January 10, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    that cake looks yummie… πŸ˜€

  12. 12 Arpit January 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    cakes! yum…….anything sweet for me ! πŸ˜›
    i think both you and withering should go and have spa sessions ( you both are craving for it ! πŸ˜€ )
    and gardens …..i love them but cant have one as i have a balcony !

    and sports…….i suck a big time at it ( be it any sport) …..( i just felt that i would fail in in school ….hated my physical education teacher !

  13. 13 Amit January 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Where did you go for rafting? I think here its near Haridwar. And my favorite gifts are books too!! πŸ™‚

  14. 14 Chirag January 12, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Love Graffiti πŸ™‚

  15. 15 Liju Philip January 12, 2009 at 11:17 am

    A rollercoaster ride, some rum cake and a rejuvenating spa session is what i desperately need now πŸ˜‰

  16. 16 museditions January 12, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    Terrific answers, Poonam, and thanks for doing the meme!
    I loved Raconteur! Very colourful. Wow, another fascinating tid-bit about you: badminton? Who would guess? Mmmm, Rum Cake.
    And we get a “G” meme, too, double fun!
    I love gardens too. Graffiti is an unusual one. Gutsy—long time without knee-weakening; made me laugh, but I’m sorry! πŸ˜‰ And gymnophobia Hahahaha! I’d had NO idea! πŸ˜€

  17. 17 Poonam Sharma January 13, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    @Dev: Do you want me to find him/her? πŸ˜›

    @Vimal: πŸ˜€

    Well, I am not that daft really. I once used to be enamoured in music. Now movies and books take precedence. And I don’t mind your digs, vimmmuuu πŸ˜›

    @Kiran: I hope to find my love too. πŸ™‚ Wish you luck for your MBA!

    @Dinu: he he what’s with you? You have oermanently become Dinu from Dinsam.

    @Harsha: Eat it then. πŸ˜›

    @Arpit: Yes, will be going for spa soon. I was unwell and have cold for some time, so avoided it so far.

    You can have a mini terrace garden in your balcony. This could be your hobby after board exams. And I only activity I missed a prize ever at school was at sports. (If you discount my near-win in frog race in grade 2 because all otehr contestants left the race. :P) But surprisingly, I was good with Badminton. ITs just a matter of discovering, these days I do get time for Badminton as it is played in my residence premises almost everyday.

    @Amit: yes, Shivpuri is the place. Have you been there?

    @Chirag: πŸ™‚

    @Liju Philip: Get it thena and post your expereince, I too will be motivated to get it again.

    @Museditions: Don’t be sorry, I am very optimistic person. πŸ˜›

  18. 18 Oxy January 13, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    R-Rum and G-Gin it would be for me.. ten times.. πŸ˜‰

  19. 19 Nimmy January 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    I loved the R tag relates to many of my tastes…

    Good day Poonam

  20. 20 Arpit January 13, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    oh i was poor at frog race as well πŸ˜›
    but i love swimming……i joined swimming classes in one of these school nearby my house during vacations……..just think i forgot everything the next year i joined the classes πŸ˜›
    so i had to again do the beginners level……..but it is one sport which i love ( but my school doesnt have a swimming pool ….so i think i was never able to continuously polish my skill )
    gardening is interesting ( may consider it as after retirement hobby πŸ˜†
    right now i just wish to join sdipa after my boards… and i told withering that we both could commence with french language together in june πŸ˜›

  21. 21 Arpit January 13, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    ahah……lucky you πŸ˜›
    tell me how it was once you have a session

  22. 22 Poonam Sharma January 14, 2009 at 9:29 am

    @Oxy: πŸ˜€ I will believe that. πŸ˜›

    @Nimmy: Rum cake, roller coaster, romance? They seem to be almost all blogger’s thing. πŸ™‚ May you have a great day too!

    @Arpit: Yuo have reminded me of a life’s to-do list. I have to go for swimming too this summer. I will, hopefully. Sure will let you know once get spa done. Learning French must be interesting, but now I am looking fir activities that provide me with physical activity too. so, dance and swimming, it will be for me. πŸ™‚

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