Monday, July 12, 2010

The Tag

I was tagged by Renu more than a month ago. Thanks for tagging me Renu. I wrote this post immediately. But just now found time to publish it.

8 TV shows/News Channels I like to watch:

1. CNN
3. Outsourced (Saw preview. Coming this fall)
4. M.A.S.H. (rerun)
5. Rookie Blue
6. The Mentalist (rerun)
7. Metti Oli (rerun)
8. Nadhaswaram

8 Places to eat and dine:

1. My Home (My wife is a great cook.)
2. Washington Square Bar and Grill, San Francisco (Excellent Bar)
3. Sahn Eddar in Burj Al Arab Hotel, Dubai (For Afternoon Tea)
4. Max Brenner, New York (Best Chocolate Pizza)
5. Olive Garden (Italian Restaurant Chain)
6. Lizza’s Pizza in Salt Lake City, Utah
7. Dhaba Indian Cuisine, Tracy, California
8. Sankara Vilas Hotel, Trichy, India (The Best Rava Dosa)

8 Things I Look Forward To:

1. My visit to Vancouver next month (which did not happen)
2. My visit to India next year.
3. Watching the movie Toy Story (Part 3).
4. Successful launch of my new project.

8 Things That Happened Yesterday:

1. Wrote a post for my blog
2. Watched Obama rip apart BP for Gulf oil spill
3. Finished reading a book (The Book of Questions)
4. Bought tickets online for the March 20, 2011 cricket match India vs. West Indies in Chennai
5. Went to an Indian grocery store
6. Had a fight with a friend of mine (When you make-up it feels good. So want to fight frequently.)
7. Had a long distance call with a relative in India
8. Washed my car, finally (and then it rained here).

8 Things I love about Winter

1. Welcomes a new year
2. Ice (I love to ski)
3. Bright cold sunny days
4. Mulled wine
5. Everything is lovely and green
6. Sitting near the fire place in the family room

8 Things on my Wish-list

1. Good health for me and my family and our friends
2. Apple share should go to $400 (now at $260)
3. Buy a Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
4. Take a cruise vacation on the ship MS Oasis of the Seas. (It is the largest cruise ship. 6,300 passengers and 2,200 crew)
5. Buy a house in Dublin, California, with a bedroom downstairs (That is the trend now.)

(Since I cannot come up with more than 5, I will add World Peace, Solve World Hunger Problem, and Permanent seat for India at the United Nations, as additional 3 items.)

8 Things I am Passionate about

1. My family
2. Helping those I dearly love
3. Watching TV (especially news and sports)
4. Visiting restaurants of different cuisine
5. Helping (anonymously) people who are in need
6. Do things my own way
7. Never take “no” for an answer
8. Cooking (my new hobby) (learning from my wife)

8 Words/Phrases I often use

1. Bingo (means: “that is correct”)
2. Inshallah
3. The whole enchilada (a group of related things taken in totality)
4. Aruvai (most boring) (when I watch any Tamil serial)
5. Mucho Dinero (lots of money)
6. Guruvayoorappa
7. The difficult will be done now and the impossible will take some time.
8. May God show mercy on my enemies because I won’t (I like this phrase but I rarely use it.)

8 Things I learnt from the past

1. It may appear some people are buddy buddy with you. Beware. Most of them are here only to pass time. They sense you have a problem? They will just take off and disappear.
2. Those who stand by you and support you during tough times are your real friends. Rest are just train friendship (friends only until they reach their destination.)
3. If you want something to be done on time then do it yourself.
4. If people around you are not happy then you will not be happy. Therefore, make them also happy.
5. If you keep quiet, people think you don’t know anything.
6. Favorable public opinion does not happen. It is manually created.
7. Except those who you really trust, never discuss your ideas or future plans with anyone else. They will steal your ideas.
8. If you don’t do anything, most of the times problems will be solved by itself.

8 Places I would like to go/visit

1. Hawaii (again)
2. Niagara Falls (again)
3. Penang (again)
4. Akshardham Temple in New Delhi (again)
5. Bangalore & Mysore
6. Golden Temple at Amritsar and Wagah Border
7. Venice, Italy (for the umpteenth time)
8. Tirupathi (for the umpteenth time)

8 Things I currently need/want.....


8 Blogging Buddies I want to Tag

1. Chitra
2. Lostworld
3. NRIGirl


  1. SG
    Last few days I am only reading post on tags. One way it feels good to know about your blogger friends. When I started reading , I don't how ,I had a feeling my name is at the end of the post and I am right.Thank you for the same.I would take up the tag and write it leisurely.

  2. Thank you SG! Nice knowing more about you! Will keep it going...

    ~ NRIGirl

  3. Words/Phrases I often use..this is the part I liked most, though you have done the tag in a good way..going to India in March?

  4. great u booked the tickets of the Ind- WI series.. i like that :)!!

  5. Thanks for your comments Chitra. Too many posts publishing tags. A little over kill. You had the feeling I included your name? Is it called intuition? Or, is it great minds think alike.

  6. Thanks for your comments NRIGirl. I am looking forward to reading your tag answers.

  7. Thanks for your comments Samvedna. I am glad you liked the "words/phrase I often use". The last one on that list was first used by Gen. Douglas Macarthur.

    Yes, planning to go to India in March 2011.

  8. Thanks for your comments Nazish. Yes, booked tickets for India vs West Indies on March 20, 2011 in Chennai.

    Last year, on June 13, saw couple of Super-8 Double Header T20 World Cup matches at the Oval in London. (South Africa vs West Indies and Pakistan vs. New Zealand)

  9. SG! Just posted mine. Please check it out.

  10. Olive Garden is one of my favorite places to eat. I love their Tiramisu :)

  11. Hey SG,

    What the hell are you talking about?
    I read some of your answers and while most hold omitted some things and included others that just floored me.

    TV Shows - CNN and MASH are no brainers but you included Rookie Blue and left out All In The Family?
    Please explain.

    Eating Places - LG's cooking and Lizza's are no brainers but you included Dhaba and left out Komala Vilas?
    PLease clarify.
    Come on now...Dhaba over the best Indian restaurant in the world (outside of India)

    Things to look forward to - You included Toy Story 3 (umm yeah whatever...maybe if you take B&R&L&L with you)...what about looking forward to this Friday, July 16?
    What do you have to say about that BIRTHDAY BOY??

    I do agree with you on 3 things -
    1- it rains the day after I wash my car too.
    2- A house in Dublin with a bedroom downstairs is trendy.
    3- Love the saying, "May God have mercy upon my enemies because I won't."

  12. Ok The Cagey Bee. You caught me in the wrong time (when I am having a glass of wine at 8:30 PM)

    Here are my answers:

    Oops. I made a mistake. The last one on “words/phrases I often use” is not by General Douglas Macarthur. It originated from General George Patton.

    I would have included “All in the Family” and “Happy Days” if I had been sober when I wrote this post.

    I left out Komala Vilas in Singapore because it is too crowded and at dinner time too many Chinese people the rice and sambar in such a way it was disgusting. No ambiance. People sit on the dining table even before they remove the previously eaten vazhai elai (banana leaf). Disgusting. But the food is good.

    Hey beggars cannot be choosers. Therefore, I have to choose the Tracy Dhaba because of familiarity and frequency.

    I would love to go to that movie with BRLL, but love if R and J come with us also.

    Nothing special on July 16. Why you even asked this question? Do you know something that I don’t know?

    For all the readers: Please excuse this comment. I know you cannot make head or tail out of this. But I have to give an answer to The Cagey Bee.

    I have seen in certain posts some people write comments to show off to other readers how cozy cozy and friendly they are with the writer of that post. Disgusting. I don’t want to be like them. This is an one time exception.

  13. Thanks NRIGirl. Will visit your post soon and check it out.

  14. Thanks for your comments Titaxy. You love their Tiramisu? Me too.
    And their eggplant parmesan.

  15. Already booked tickets to watch cricket in India?!?!?! ;-0 WOW!!!! You watch Metti Olli - my grandma's fav serial! :D
    Chocolate pizza makes my mouth water.

    Btw I'm waiting for Toy Story 3 too.
    Your list was great. When I was tagged to do this last yr, I gave 8 excuses (and wriggled out of it) ;-) I shall do it in time SG. Thanks a lot!!! :)

  16. Good to know about you.. i am so glad that you wrote your wife' name on the top..

  17. Thanks for your comments lostworld. Yes, I have booked the tickets for the cricket match on March 20, 2011. If I don't buy on the first day it comes on sale, all tickets would be sold out. Cricket is a religion in India.

    I like Metti Oli's director Thiru Murugan. That is why I watch Nadhaswaram also. It is produced and directed by Thiru Murugan.

    Looking forward to reading your answers to the tag.

  18. Thanks for your comments Swatantra. Hey I have to maintain peace at home. No I am joking. My wife is really a very good cook.

  19. SG,
    Thats a nice long list of very interesting stuff!I hope the year bring loads of fun filled days for you!

  20. Thanks for your comments A New Beginning. And, welcome to my blog. Thanks for your best wishes. I appreciate that.

    Please visit here as often as possible. Thanks.