Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Honesty Tag

Here are the rules.

“This award is bestowed upon a fellow blogger whose blog’s content or design is, in the giver’s opinion, brilliant.”

“When accepting this auspicious award, you must write a post bragging about it, including the name of the misguided soul who thinks you deserve such acclaim, and link back to the said person so everyone knows she/he is real. Choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. Or improvise by including bloggers who have no idea who you are because you don’t have seven friends. Show the seven random victims’ names and links and leave a harassing comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog. Well, there’s no prize, but they can keep the nifty icon. List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself. Then pass it on!”

Thank you Shruti for presenting me this award. I am honored.

10 honest things about me? I don’t know what to say. Here are 10 thoughts come to my mind at random.

1. I have lived in 7 cities in 3 different countries.

2. I had the best job in the world. My bosses thought I was a super hero. There is an Irish proverb: If you have a reputation as an early riser, you can sleep until noon. Therefore, I read Wall Street Journal for 2 hours and took a long lunch every day. I believe my job can be done in 2 hours time instead of 8 hours a day.

3. Even though I have lived in USA for most part of my life, I am a vegetarian. I enjoy vegetarian dishes from Indian, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese cuisine.

4. I love red wine, especially Merlot.

5. I do not decide anything instantly, either at home or at work. I take my own time to decide. But once I decide, I never change my mind. Even if it is a wrong decision. Sorry, I can not say “never”. Occasionally, my wife puts her foot down and makes me change my decision.

6. I believe kids should not be sent to school or day care center before they are 5 years old, if any one parent is able to take care of the family financially. Once they go to pre-kindergarten, those precious days of “kids at home” are gone forever.

7. I have been smoking cigarettes since I was 14 years old. Two years ago, one day, I decided to quit. Then, I quit cold turkey.

8. I am a news junkie. I can watch news channel like CNN for ever.

9. I am afraid to go in an underwater tunnel. We have BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) here to transport passengers. It is a computer operated train. Everyday thousands of passengers take BART to reach their destination (like the London Tube). I also take the BART. However, I never go on the BART between Oakland and San Francisco. Between Oakland and San Francisco lies the Pacific Ocean’s Bay. BART connects these two cities through underwater tunnel. As for as I am concerned, I like BART (Buses Are Reliable Transportation) between these two cities.

10. No offense to animal lovers. I don’t like pets. I don’t want them in my home.

And now, the award is presented to: RajLakshmi, raMmY, SiMbA tAgO

Please accept the award and the tag. Thanks.


  1. Nice Post.
    I agree with you on #10.
    I hate pets - especially dogs.

    Michael Vick

  2. Thanks for your comments Michael. I usually write smart alec remark. But I like you. I pity for you. You went to jail for 23 months. You lost your $130 million contract (over ten years). No wonder you hate dogs.

  3. Hey SG,

    Thanks for the award! Thats my first one!! thanks a ton!! i'll write up the tag this weekend for sure!!

    Thanks a ton again !!!


  4. interesting concept!
    now we know you a little more about u!!

  5. Thanks Rammy. You deserve this award. Looking forward to reading your tag answers.

  6. Thanks for your comments P. I hope I made a good impression.

  7. thanks a ton dear .... surely wil do the honours very soon

    and i love this concept.. honesty ... how many of us are honest today.. very few ... this one might help

  8. Nicely done!! :)
    Why do u say you "had" the best job?? U don't feel that anymore???

  9. Awww thank u thank u my first award... Thanks a lot.. U dnt like pets! Wel most of the guys dnt :)

  10. Thanks for accepting the award SiMbA tAgO. I have been brutally honest in my answers.

  11. Thanks for your comments Shruti. Please pardon my grammar mistake. I still do and work only 2 hours a day.

  12. Congratulations RajLakshmi. You deserve this award. I don't know about pets. May be it is a guy thing.

  13. wonderfully done ! I too hate pets, and taketime in taking in any decision and have lived in more than seven cities in India and 5 places abroad( for 2 months stretch.

  14. 1) hmm, staying at different places must be an interesting experience na..

    2) wow, good to know that you still have the job you are satisfied with...we have this similarity..

    3) a vegetarian? nice have become one or u have always been one?

    4) me too quite like red wine...second similarity :)

    5) poor wife...just is a nice thing not to take impulsive decisions, but sometimes it is required..

    6) I agree with u..

    7) 14? tht's something...but I am sure it would have been common in US then..

    8) yeah u have mentioned this earlier that u r a news junkie..

    9) hmm interesting

    10) me too hate pets...another similarity...:)

    sorry for the long comment...nice to know so many facts about u...

  15. Kudos to you on sure it must have taken a lot of will power to quit just like that!!!

  16. Congrats for the award SG!!
    How were u able to quit smoking...hav tried but always failed!!

  17. Thanks for your comments Renu. Nice to know some facts about you.

    My problem is once I decide, my mind/brain never lets me change that.

  18. Thanks for your comments Neha. Don't feel sorry for the long comments. You have commented on each one of those 10 items. This makes me happy because you read all 10 of them, analyzed them, and chose to write comments.

    I have always been a vegetarian.

    Looks like we have many similarities.

  19. Thanks for your comments Jayashree. Yes, it takes will power to quit smoking cold turkey.

  20. Thanks for your comments Nazish. I never tried any other method to quit smoking. One day, all of a sudden I decided to quit. From that minute I stopped smoking. I used to smoke Winston cigarettes. There are 20 in a packet. On the day I quit, I had smoked 8 from that packet. The remaining 12 cigarettes in that packet is still lying on our coffee table in the living room. I keep it there as a "show case" material.

  21. That's nice one!! Good to know about you!!

  22. Thank you very much Swatantra. I appreciate it.

  23. 7 cities in 3 countries.. care to elaborate??

  24. Will be glad to Vishnu. Here are the cities and countries in no particular order:

    1. Madras, India
    2. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
    3. Chicago, Illinois, USA
    4. San Fancisco, California, USA
    5. Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
    6. El Cerrito, California, USA
    7. Mountain House, California, USA

  25. wow.. so thats where u got all the "highly proper" tamil words from.. btw.. i dont even know ur name.. n which company do u work for??

  26. Nice tag ! and hats off to you to quit smoking..I hate even the passive smoke:)

    Even I take a decision with lot of think and once taken, I an very very reluctant to change my family I am considered a good decision maker:)

    I am also a pure vegetarian.

  27. Funny, I rode the BART through the tunnel for the first time between San Francisco and Oakland two weeks ago (even blogged about it)...the only thing that felt different was having ears feel plugged as if in an airplane....

  28. Thanks for your comments Vishnu. Answering these tags have been very difficult one. In addition, once in a while, I write about my workplace, my bosses, and my colleagues. Therefore revealing my name and the company I work for will compromise me. I am also a very private person. I am sure you will understand.

  29. Thanks for your comments Antarman. I am glad we have some similarities.

  30. Thanks for your comments Apurva. I am glad you don't have this phobia like I do. I am eager to read your blog about BART.

  31. hi-five on not liking pets :)
    kudos to you on #7.. sometimes few decisions made in life are sudden and make a lot of difference.

    and WoW on working 2 hours a day.. am still glaring at it. T-W-O! :D

    congrats on winning another award :)

  32. Thanks for your comments Shruthi. I said I can finish "my" daily job in 2 hours. It should not be applicable to all the jobs.

  33. Nice tag.. gives a bit of insight.

    Cold turkey on the smokes.. oh la la.. now that's something.

  34. I love pets :( Nicely done tag btw.

  35. Thanks for your comments J. And, welcome to my blog. Yes, I did quit smoking cold turkey.

  36. Thanks for your comments Dhanya. And, welcome to my blog. I am glad you love pets. When I said "I don't like pets", I meant i don't like to raise them in our home.

  37. Very interesting SG.
    I do not like pets too.

    Liked your # 2 - Lucky your boss thinks you're a superhero!

  38. Thanks for your comments lostworld. I think I am lucky that my boss think I am a superhero. Raising pets in our home? No way.

  39. I agree on the pets bit absolutely! good to know you some more.

  40. Guess they are too honest. Congrats SG

    I feel the same. I can finish my job in 2 hours and laze around the rest 6 - blogging, reading, long lunch.....

    Hope my boss doesn't read this :-S

  41. Thanks for your comments Sujata.

  42. Thanks for your comments Insignia. Be careful! I could be the guy sitting in your California office. But again, since we both goof off, let this be our secret.

  43. Hahahaha, now that's a thing. Yeah, let it be a secret :-)