Ek Lo Ek Muft ;)

Nancy has tagged me to share my favourite photograph here. Being avid lovers of photography, we have loads of them. It was a difficult task indeed but this one is really close to my heart.

This was taken when we had been to Gangtok in August’06. We both love kids and the kids there were so cute that we never missed the slightest opportunity when they were willing to pose for the camera or have a few words/play with us.  We met these li’l guys on their way to school. They saw Su with the camera and I still remember how they were pulling at his tee n said ‘Photo’. They spoke another language [guess it shud be Nepali] and neither of us understood what the other said but then we had fun together and this photo warrants it.  That guileless smile – Priceless! Been 3 yrs almost but it still is my desktop pic most of the times 🙂

Picture Perfect !!


And now, I tag



Aryan’s Mom


Crafty [If its anything in Crochet, I am taking it off from the screen ;)]








to share their most favourite pic [rather one of the most] with us with the idea/story behind the same 🙂

Others willing to share pics are welcome to do the tag. Pictures do speak better than words 🙂


And now, Rohitha has tagged me to enlist 10 things which drain me out emotionally. Not that I am a perfect being, far away from it rather, but there are some basic ethics which I fail to see in people and they turn me off.

I don’t want to even mention casteism, religious disparities, gender inequality, dowry, child marriage, child labour etc .. I will not be in my senses then 😛 And so is it with everyone I think.  So, here goes my list of 10 things which tax me emotionally.

** I hate hypocrites. Period.

**People who think simplicity lies only in what they wear, what they eat etc.. and not  in their thoughts n actions .. I wonder why do they have the most complex of thoughts then?

* *Those who can’t write their names in the books of history and in turn revert to the easy route of engraving them on the historical monuments! Also, people who are not open to healthy competition and look for short-cuts like mascafying 😉 or use someone else’s hard-work to show off as theirs, is something called ‘conscience’ a part of their dictionary?

**Never to miss them who go on spitting on the roads, passing urine as though its their own bathroom, throwing garbage all around, I get so pissed off.  Why the hell do they then complain Indian roads are not like those of the other nations? Also, those who leave the wash rooms so dirty thinking that people are there to clean it anyways. They are human too and their work is not to clean ur shit 😦

**Anybody who wastes food can just not get into my gud books. There are millions of hungry people and atleast some of them close to each one of us willing to take it. I have no shame in getting anything which seems to be extra when we dine out. I have had to listen to people who have said it looks cheap but I just don’t mind.  Thanks to the hubby who instilled this habit in me; he makes sure we hand it over to any person soon after so that it does not go waste.

**Whatz with those who think they can go on n on having fun at the expense of others. Calling someone names, laughing at their physical structue  may be fun for some time but when it crosses certain limits, u just can’t know how adverse the consequences are.  I have seen people being reduced from social-butterflies to just being confined to their home or a small circle of friends and being so low on confidence, that it silently kills them.

**People who don’t understand they are not supposed to chit-chat but read in a library, that they have to listen to music and not narrate their household tales at a music concert, they have to take care when on a wildlife safari etc not to disturb the habitat of the animals, why do they ever make it to that place? Just to show someone that they are great book, music n animal lovers?

** Men who made conscious decisions [I hope so] when they married a home-maker/working woman knowing the pros/cons of each but now complain that it shud have been the other way round, were u off ur brains when u took the decision? How the hell can u ask another individual or let her down in front of others just because ur mind is playing monkey-tricks now?

**People who want to see what they wanted to be in their children .. this goes on and on and each one wants to see what he missed being as he was satisfying his parents in his own children. Aren’t they individuals too? They do have an idea and have dreamt about what they want to be. Y the pressure?

**People who interfere in others lives and have qs why they don’t have kids yet when all their cousins have or they r married for ‘n’ years[Baah!!!!], why they are not in the US, why are they in India [I don’t feel that this qs even deserves an answer], why are they not married yet etc.., don’t they know they are being really stupid? What’s with so much interest in someone’s life?

[Disclaimer: This does not relate to any of my dear friends who may ask me about my future plans out of concern or pull my legs for fun .. plz do not think so for heaven’s sake 🙂 Any resemblance or reference is purely unintentional and coincidental .I am the last person to do that . I prefer telling them rt then n there if  I feel so instead of back-biting]

Oops! That’s over 🙂  Hv any of u come this long 😉

Okie okie … Now, I tag the following people to share their views on the same.













Anyone else who has not done the tag, plzzzz take it up. Wud love to read ur views on the same 🙂

Thanks Nancy n Rohitha 🙂


      1. oh glad you ahve seen it… !!!

        Hey you want me to rant… !!!!!!

        Me: Nahin kar sakte kya 😉

        na na… the second tag sounds deadly…. I m in too good a mood to be ranting rite now… !!! some time when i m in the ranting moood i ll do it… !!!

        Me: Deadly!!!! LOL 😛


        1. I think i was tagged for this tag earlier too… but i generally am in a good mood… ! unlike you all ranters….

          Me: Oh, is it? I saw that Solilo n Vimmuuu were tagged. U too? Dekho, how many ppl know u r gud @ ranting then 😛

          ***Swaram is happy she is @ Hyd n Hitchy @ Indore; hopes he does not take the next train/ flight 😉 ***

          **ducks the chappals** tee hee :mrgreen:

          *** Me: grrrrrr! Wat abt the rotten tomatoes n eggs 😛 **


                1. Oh really … I will hv to look for a hide-out then.
                  Yeh baar baar garib log kya bolte ho Hitchy? Mere paas to aquarium bhi nahin hai 😦


          1. Its hard to beat u @ being first and @ commenting Hitchy 😉

            ** Swaram trying to c that Hitchy feels on cloud no.9 n contributes to more no. of comments on her blog 😛 ****


  1. first of all!!!
    THANK YOU for shifting to WP!!!!!! 😀 😀 now we will have some crazy commenting fun swaram!!!! heee haw haw haw!!

    Me: Thank u dear .. Am all set to play the perfect hostess for crazy commenting .. obvious I think 😛

    😀 😛

    that is the cutest photo swaram! they were actually asking for a snap??!!! Awwwwww!!!!

    Me: Oh yeah Crafty .. They were! Been 3 yrs and may be that was the first n last time we wud meet up in life but I still feel they are so close to my heart. Can never forget the way they laughed when they realized we cud not understand a single word of what they were saying 🙂

    its really a good snap!!! me loves!

    *** Swaram is overcome by emotion ****

    yup! will do my fav snap tag swaram!

    *** Swaram takes a bow ****

    gotta think if its crochet or not! if it is, then take it off the screen by all means!!!! 😀

    Me: He he thank u. Haven’t u realized some of them r missing already 😛

    list wala post will get another comment…all on its own!!!!
    in a while… me heading out now!

    Me: Ppl r being lured by the pic … no one to read my rants 😦
    Have a nice time dear 🙂




  2. U knw……ur title is just wht I thought of originally……but somehow it didnt sound so good in english;-D

    Me: Oh yeah, some things sound gud only when they are said as-is. I realize it so many times when we share a joke in the mother-tongue n the same thing is translated for others, they just can’t get the fun 😛

    Same thing happen with me for that nos tag. Whatever I thought of, people had already taken it for a title. This was the best I cud come up with 😛

    The pic is wonderful…..looking at the kids we too so want to laugh…..infact I’m curious wht the joke is all about 🙂

    Me: They found it very amusing that we cud not understand what they were saying/speaking between themselves. They wud look at us, say something n start laughing 🙂

    and the 2nd tag…agree with u on most points but do want to specially emphasise how much even I cant stand people who make fun of others & about men who marry working women or homemakers….there are so many of these namoonas around;-/.

    Me: Yeah! There’s no dearth of ‘namoonas’ on earth .. that is the rt word 😉 And it kills me when they are said to be ‘educated’ 😦


        1. Yeah Nancy .. come on .. ditch blogger ….. u have done enuf …even written a nice letter to them 😉
          Now. join us n we shall hv fun 🙂


  3. Love your list. Writing on walls/monuments, Spitting on roads, wasting food, chatting in library/concerts are certainly on my list too. Very annoying. What bout those people at offices, who do anything to get a good rating by the manager? That breed is found everywhere alwa :p

    Me: Seriously, I din’t know I hated so many ppl 😛 Esp. those writings on the monuments I hate them … as though thatz the only way they can show their love n affection 😉 Haudu .. aa breed ildheidhre yaav firm kuda ulhiyadhe illa 😉

    Loved the picture 🙂 so innocent and charming.
    Thanks for tagging me . Will take up the tag. It might take sometime coz I have to search for my favorite pic. YeshTond ide adikke 🙂

    Me: Yeah; How nice we cud hv the same charm n innocence as grown-ups too .. none of them were forced to give a smile .. that was the highlight 🙂
    Wow! U too hv so many pics … next time in Bengalurur .. I will spend the full day with u seeing all of them 😉


  4. Loved the pic. I had clicked a similar photo with the Tibetan kids when I visited Tibetan Monastery in Madikeri. Your photo reminded about that.

    Me: That’s a lovely place alva 🙂 Those kids are so cute 🙂

    Sure will take up the tag. But I must say its difficult to pic just 1 photo out of so many which are my favorites!

    Me: Yeah! That’s y I modified the tag by adding ‘one of the most’ 😛
    Esp. when u have a baby, each expression n each thing they do will make a favourite pic rt 🙂


  5. I will take up the photo tag later when I go back to Pondicherry….so, I am stupid eh? it was unintentional…


    1. Waiting to c ur pic(k) 🙂

      Oh come on girl … I said people (not friends) … I wanted to put up a disclaimer. And I dint mean the way friends who are concerned and ask or ask for fun. Cheer up 🙂


      1. Oh..don’t expect too much..I hardly have any pics…..

        OB’s pics?

        Tx, I already feel better…..I seem to have lots of followers after moving to wordpress….great going.

        Nice 🙂 Thanks 🙂 Come back to blogging soon


        1. Please read it as “u seem to have ….”

          Yeah, got it 🙂
          At first, I went n checked if u hv moved to WP 😉

          OB’s pics…I have not taken many pics of OB, there r hardly any…..everything will have to wait until I go back to Pondy….

          Will wait for it 🙂


            1. How come I have not seen ur honeymoon pics? ..more details plz…

              Dint get u?

              Okie… got it nw .. I told him I saw his; it was nt that he saw mine.

              We had been to Gangtok, Sikkim … pics must b on picasa .. will share them 🙂

              i also need to ask u a personal question, shall do that when I catch u online sometime as u have told u dont mind ur friends asking questions..hehe…curious me….

              not asking personal qs though 😉 I am selective in answering them 🙂

              luv this comment part in WP

              Yeah; its cool 🙂


              1. I just noticed names were in alphabetical order……was it intentional…hhee

                Yes .. I do that .. best way of sorting out


                1. Okai….i better refrain from asking questions…..

                  Shaayad u r too sensitive re 😛

                  anyways, I noticed I did not comment on ur pic…hehhe….great pic with the kids….

                  Thank u so much 🙂

                  luv ur dress….favourite combo of mine

                  Red n White …. Ready to Fight 😉

                  and that leather bag too….

                  My sis’s gift.. I like it too 🙂


  6. The pic is super Swaram . Such genuine smiles & lovely faces. 🙂

    Thanks Monika 🙂

    & most of the things on your emotion-draining tag would apply to me too .

    Hmm … Namoonas as Nancy said 😦

    Well done. will take up the fun tag soon 🙂

    Thank u .. waiting to c ur favourite pic 🙂 . I din’t want 2 tag u with the rants tag now; a fun tag it is for u wishing that u have fun all the time 🙂


    1. Oh yes…….I know I am full of rants these days. Trying deliberately to lighten things up in my heart & mind 🙂


  7. Absolutely fantastic pic ! U with ur big bindi and the wonderful kids around u ! Do u keep it on ur desktop to remind u of ur later days Ram-Lakhan ?????

    Ha ha ha! The priest of a Hanuman temple placed that Bindi 🙂
    Oh yeah! Ram, Lakhan, Bharat all 2gether 😉 U r smart Uma!

    What a contrasting tag, the second one ????

    Yeah, two faces of the same coin – Fun n Rants

    The feminist in you has taken out on all the dirty and immoral things that these men are capable of. Kudos to you for pinpointing every aspect in the nature of men, which is disgusting.

    I know .. I wonder when they will change or rather will they ever 😦

    And for the habit which ur hubby instilled in you…. same pinch on that. My S too always packs excess food, when we eat out, and give it to somebody who doesn’t have any. This has clearly made a mark on me, for the better.

    Same pinch 🙂

    Is there anything left for us to write about, now ???? (for the people u have tagged )

    I was thinking the same when I read it at other blogs. But believe me there are too many specimens who are capable of agitating us … like the bank fellow who was qsting u 😛


  8. Hey, totally enjoyed reading this 🙂
    The snap is too cute for words.. That lil kid has a charming smile 😉

    Thank u Rohitha 🙂 Yeah, I love these kids 🙂

    I agree with all your points, most of all the last 2. So correctly pointed out.

    Hmm … We are all human beings (in the real meaning of the word 😉 ) and can’t do something like this rt 🙂

    Thanks for taking up the tag!

    Thanks for tagging me .. I feel so much at peace after getting it all out of my system 🙂


    Hugs girl 🙂


  9. Ok,first thing’s first…I loved reading bothe your tags.

    Thank God for friends like u 🙂

    The first tag-the snap looks lovely.The kids have such innocence in their eyes 🙂

    Yeah … I just adore them though I no nothing abt them and that was the only meeting probably for life

    The 2nd tag…I can find lot of similarities here…list#1,2,4,6&10..totally totally me..I abhor people who spit on the roads…and you knw what,swaram u’ll get to see such people aplenty in Delhi!

    Eeeks 😛 Even here in Hyd, I never ever walk next to a standing/moving bus. Never know when it wil start pouring 😛 All the pavements have been painted red by them 😦

    Thanks a ton for tagging me…will surely do it…please give me some time though :P..my pending tags are piling up!

    My pleasure girl … take ur time 🙂


  10. Loved reading your tag! It was great!

    Thank u 🙂

    The picture is so cute! The children are the cutest!

    Yeah! I can’t take my eyes off them 😛

    And your emotionally draining tag – well , You have covered everything I would want o say 🙂 What do I say now 🙂

    😦 Those ppl hv to b punished for draining so many of us emotinally 😦

    Thanks for tagging – will do the tag 🙂

    My pleasure 🙂
    I was highly impressed by the way u wrote a few posts on social issues and hence wanted to know ur views on this 😛

    And please tag me for the picture tag too – so want to do it 🙂 If you don’t – I’ll steal the tag and do it 🙂

    Plzzzzzz … i will b so glad … There it is rt on top .. have tagged u 🙂
    That’s y it is Ek Lo Ek Muft 😛


  11. Nice pic, swaram.
    Thank u 🙂

    I saw some of ur pics from ur honeymoon trip – ground work to know whether u put up pics on the blog n they r gr8!

    and thanks for the tag.

    🙂 U r welcome

    will take it up soon 🙂
    gosh i have so many pending tags! 😦 Lazy me!

    Whenever u can .. me waiting to see the pic 🙂


    1. Oh you did? 🙂

      Yeah 😛

      Those were posted nearly a yr n a half back!

      Oh … I do catch up with the archive of blogs I like 😉

      Even I haven’t seen them in ages! 😉 *i hope my wife doesn’t read this. looks around frantically*

      ****Blog to be hidden from Masood’s wife ;)****


  12. wow..cool u moved to wordpress…for some reason i am not able leave the blogville though I know W looks better and more organized.

    Was in the same state a few days back … finally gave in to the temptation 😛

    new look Mubarak ho:)

    Shukriya 🙂


  13. Hello there..


    First time here on your blog. I liked reading about your tag.

    Thank u 🙂

    I agree with the spitting and urinating part, when I first came to India, I was pretty shocked to see people just doing their business in the public, so open and not at all ashamed. Even now, when I see someone spitting from the rickshaw or bus, I always give them a dirty look.

    Yeah! I have seen that they have no shame even if we let them know they have not gone unnoticed. Sad state 😦

    Very nice pic.

    Thank u 🙂 Y don’t u take up the picture tag too? I know its very diff to pick one out of Anushka’s. She looks so sweet in each one of them. Luved the mad face one 🙂


  14. Absolutely loved reading both of your tags.

    U r such a sweet friend 😛

    The picture is really so sweet, such cute kids laughing away. A very precious pic indeed.

    Yeah! I luv it. As soon as I saw the tag, I knew it would most probably be the one 🙂

    And the 10 things that you have listed as emotionally taxing, are serious emotional atyachars for me too.


    Thanks for tagging me, will do it soon.

    Waiting to read urs 🙂

    Y don’t u do the pic tag too? I know u r a gr8 photographer having seen all those pics of urs 🙂


  15. Hey…great tag…have been feeling really drained recently…nothing more therapeutic than a rant-blog…will take it up soon! Thanks!

    Ha ha .. it is. I feel so much @ peace now. What better place than a blog to rant n still get have friends to read it and be with u 😉

    I hate hypocrites too 😦 And ppl with long noses:)



  16. Liked your new sasural, but wordpress rather intimidates me with the huge overflow of comments and smileys.

    Thanks. I was feeling the same before but somehow seem to like it now.

    thanks for the tag, will take it up soon.

    Luv to read urs

    Loved the photo with the cheeky kids.

    Thanks Sucharita


  17. Nice pic. So you are the one in the far right, na? with the tie ??? 🙂

    Ha ha… u cud make out 😉 Sharp eye-sight Vimmuu 😛

    and I second on all those points that you had mentioned there; and some of them would actually come under your first point itself !!

    Hmm … but the tag said 10 😛

    Both tags nicely done !



  18. nice pic…

    Thanks dude

    & u know wat – I easily fit into more than 1 listings of ur “draining out emotional category”…. thanks for giving me the recognition (I deserve rightfully)

    Don’t tell me … I disagree

    N u r dng the tag rt?


  19. yes!yes! taken the tag!! 😀

    Thanks 🙂

    ramble and me?

    U can do a gr8 job of anything Indy ma’am
    ****Swaram is still hoping to get the first rank with li’l help from Indy ma’am 😛 ***

    will read the post now 😀



  20. I love the pic Swaram 🙂
    its so cute and so natural 🙂


    Look at the innocence and charm on those young faces 🙂

    U r so lucky to be with them all day 🙂

    and you are looking so cute as well 🙂

    Thanks 😛

    very charming and pretty 😀

    ****Swaram is on Cloud NO.9; will take time to land on the ground n reply to the next comment ****

    you know this reminds me of a pic of mine long time back 🙂 when I had gone to Ladakh and lil kids had crowded around to get a pic of themselves clicked 😀

    Choo chweeeett … N am I am J of u; Long time since I have wished to c Ladakh but the wish has nt been granted 😦


    the second tag?
    Would have to agree with EACH point Swaram… 😦

    Let’s form a group n fight against them 😛

    specially the point that ppl scribble on monuments! 😦

    Yeah … They don’t feel ashamed even if u tell them rt on their face 😦

    and the one where ppl talk in the library! 😦
    that gets me irritated like nothing else!

    I agree with all the points . PERIOD.

    Which leaves me wondering as to what will I write now? 😀

    ****Swaram rolling her eyes but knows Indy will do it better than the best 😉 [No mascafying here Indy; sachchi :P]****

    hmmm… no dearth of issues in India to rant about 🙂

    Yeah … sad state 😦

    tag will be done ! 🙂

    Waiting to read .. all eyes on the google reader 😛


  21. Ooh.. I love buy 1 get 1 ofers 🙂

    Me too; my bank balance goes nil in the offer season 😛

    Loved the beautiful picture you posted !!

    Thanks Parul 🙂

    I guess its us adults who need to specially pose for pictures
    children, they are cute in all aspects !!

    So true .. their mind n heart r in sync with what they do; they don’t need to ‘Pose

    And you list… I can say same on most of the things there.


    And frankly after reading this list on your blog and one of the other blogs I follow, it has made me seriously think “What if I have one of the mentioned problems. Because I firmly believe most of the people are not irritating by choice, it’s just a difference of taste, likes, dislikes and preferences between the people.

    Well said … may be true. Its all abt perceptions .. what mite annoy me may nt be so to others .. I am not anywhere nr perfection too 🙂

    Interesting post, though !!

    Thanks. Y don’t u take up one/both of the tags too?


  22. I love this tag…any rant tag for that matter. 😀

    Ha ha … really? BTW, hv u done this .. had tagged u then saw that IHM had already done that.

    That picture of yours is really nice. Love it more than the avi one. 🙂 Those cute kids.



  23. Wow…I loved the picture..

    Thanks Aryan’s Mom 🙂

    will do the tag soon….I was on vacation for the past ten days…
    Sure .. take ur time.. So, u had fun

    Thanks for tagging

    Pleasure is mine 😛

    Aryan’s Mom


  24. nice nice :)…the people in gangtok are very friendly. we encountered the same friendliness all around. it’s an amazing place, isn’t it?


    1. Yeah .. it is. U know, we had even left for Darjeeling but came back half way to spend time with those ppl whom we had met the first time but had become such an integral part of our life. And the place is really amazing 🙂

      BTW, I luv this profile pic of urs 🙂


  25. Loved the way you have put things 🙂 and the snap is really sweet Swaram…the kids’ smile..yea.. priceless 🙂 and your smile 🙂 glittering 🙂


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