Thursday, July 1, 2010

My sins AGAINST Gender-stereotypes

My friends IHM tagged me first and then Smitha also asked me to do this tag, thanks to both of you!

I feel many of you know me in and out by now...I seem to write about myself a lot! Let me tell you some more things about me, here, since you have asked to do so! Hope it is not boring...

1. I used to climb trees when I was small...small type coconut trees, cashew trees, mango trees etc., which were at home in my grandma's place. Used to jump from heights chasing our dog or calf, which were at home then, to my grandma's horror! Girls were not supposed to run like that in those days! During summer holidays, played cricket with my cousins (all were boys and I was the only girl!), I was mostly like the 12th (wo)man. I did my best in bowling and batting! I taught my sons to play top and marbles!

2. My school, had a nice, big playground and liked playing all games from football (!), tennis, throw ball etc., I was not very good, though! Loved hanging in parallel bars and other exercise gadgets in our school. It was a girls school!

3. Love to READ BOOKS. Used to feel uneasy if I didn't read at least some pages before going to sleep, though the habit is slowing down now.

4. Love all gadgets, camera, cell phones, laptops etc. Dream of driving is not fulfilled, though!

5. I don't use make-up on normal days. Just use minimal make-up for important functions.

6. Not very much interested in jewellery!

7. Interested in discussing about politics. Like to watch news channels than serials!

8. I am not scared of dark and don't get upset easily, if any unusual incident happened. Start thinking about the next step to be taken. But get tensed up for small small things!

9. Love dogs too!

10. I like beige, khaaki colour than pink and I don't hate blue, IHM!

I love cooking, stitching, though not now, hearing melodious music than loud music, kittens, birds, any animal, flowers, butterflies, small babies...

Edited to add (02.07.10): Thanks IHM for this beautiful badge...I am overwhelmed!

Hmmmm, I am done with my tag, now, whom to tag? IHM asks me to tag 12 people (OMG) and she has done that and Smitha tagged the rest! Who is remaining?

'According to IHM, if you read this and you don’t take the tag up , you are, ‘cursed' to wear blue clothes/pants if you are a woman and pink shirts if you are a man – for the next twelve years’!

Let me try to tag these people, whom I think are not yet tagged - it will not come to 12, though and I am ready to do whatever IHM wants me to do for not doing this, huh!

Here’s the rules of the tag – Please list at least ten things you have ever wanted to do or did which your gender is not supposed to. The tag is called ‘My Sins against Gender-Stereotypes’.








Let me give you a treat of a beautiful song for reading about me patiently:


Swaram said...

Oh am first again :)

Swaram said...

crossbars, climbing trees is so much fun no Sandhya. Top and marbles too :)
Loved reading this list :)

Sandhya said...

Swaram: Yes, you are!

Thank you, Swaram!

Indian Home Maker said...

Read the list and then heard the entire song - I love it too... [Except the 'when the dog bites' line :) It's not like poor dogs go about biting people randomly!]

You climbed trees and chased your dog and your calf... that must have been such fun!! Sandhya that's an awesome childhood to have.. space and nature!!

LOL@ being the 12th wo(man)...not fair!

My sister was the one to jump from heights! How I envied her guts :) She was (still is) like you - hardly anything scares her...

I am scared of the dark - even now, but I take care to keep a torch and an emergency light around.

My granddad disapproved of my being scared but my brother was the one who had a tough childhood for the same fears I felt :( just because he was a boy.

BK Chowla, said...

You were naturally a normal child and were at the right place at right time.

Anonymous said...

I love that song, in fact all the songs of that movie and the movie, reminds me to see it again a 1000th time today :D

You know what, I never knew, talking politics, or loving dogs or reading books or playing ball games were a mail thing at all.. we all did these at school and at home irrespective of the gender :)

Jewellery and makeup... there are days when I frighten ppl with all that out of the blue :) :)

Anonymous said...

ooooops male* things :)
And to be female do I need to love my languages :) I guess we are all normal, normal and sinners too :)

SG said...

Nice one. Now we know some more stuff about you.

Sandhya said...

IHM: I didn't notice the line about dog bite...I don't like it either.

Yes, my grandma's house in Udupi was a huge one with separate area for trees, banana plants, flowers and fruits! Now, the flats have taken over that place. We had a very happy period living there.

Good to know that your sister is like me!

My nephew is so careful that he keeps two torches...if one goes off to use the other, one bamboo stick to hit the thief and some crackers in the hall shelf, to alert neighbours in an emergency!

Your brother must have been young at that time, he must have overcome the fear by now, IHM.

I loved doing this tag, IHM!

BK Chowla: Yes, I had, thank you, Chowlaji!

pinashpinash: Welcome here!

I did a post on a different song earlier from this movie! Like you, I must have seen this movie umpteen times!

My mother and her sisters started discussing politics after coming to the city and after watching television! We are experts in it now because of the television and print media.

Yes, we are all sinners in some way or the other!

SG: Thank you, SG! Will you take this tag and tell us a little about yourself?!

Renu said...

Wow Sandhay..I could nevr climb trees, I am such a darpok:)
and thank you for tagging me ! will take it up soon.

Pixie said...

I loved your list too Sandhya!
Yes, Climbing trees is fun! marbles! me too!!

and dogs, books - yes! this tag was amazing fun! :)

Pixie said...

The song is amazing isn't it?! :)
I love all the songs from the movie... Sigh! amazing!
I have the DVD and watched it a 100 times!! :D :D

R. Ramesh said...

hi...thavaru seithirindhal mannika vendugiren....

Bikram said...

yayyyy tagged again WOWOW.., I love tags :)

climbing trees and all... I did most of the stuff you have written , I have been tagged by three people and now i am thinking WHAT AM I going to write :)
I love dogs tooo, reading ...

Lots of things i learned ...

Thanks and i will take it up for sure this weekend TAG WEEKEND yayyyyyyyyy

Aparna said...

It was fun to read Sandhya. I have been tagged by Meira also to do this tag. Climbing trees must have been fun. I never tried it, where are the trees in the city?

Anonymous said...

I have never climbed any tress out of fear.. surely you are adventurous...

Hanging in crossbar is fun :) :)

hope your dream of driving gets fulfilled some day :) :)

Anonymous said...

And thanks for tagging me.. I think this will be the tag I am tagged by most... :)

I will do it in a week... :)

Sandhya said...

Renu: I am very eager to know more about you, Renu!

Pixie: Yes, it was fun doing this tag, Pixie!

R.Ramesh: Achchachcho...what happened? Please read my post, Ramesh! And comment!

Sandhya said...

Bikram: I should have included the rules for the tag. Can you please visit IHM's post on this topic.

Waiting eagerly to see your version, Bikram!

Aparna: Please do the tag, Aparna! It will be fun. Enjoy doing it like I did! Please visit IHM for the rules.

kanagu: Waiting eagerly to read your version...!

Smitha said...

That was so much fun to read, Sandhya!

Climbing coconut trees! I am so impressed! That is something! Wow! So many things we all do, which are considered a 'male forte', isn't it? It just goes on to show how mindsets are so prejudiced, despite the fact that most of us defy the norms, in more ways than one!

Loved reading this Sandhya :) I had a tough time tagging people too :)

So sorry about the delay in coming here - Poohi was not well yesterday , so I was in no frame of mind to blog :(

Sandhya said...

wordsndreamz: Is Poohi better now? These are secondary, Smitha! Take care of her.

Yes, I enjoyed the period I was with my grandmother. I wonder if I would have approved of my daughter doing this...we would be worried of their injuries! No one bothered in those days...that was sort of made us what we are today, I think...we don't get scared that easily about anything!

I peel coconut even now with an arivaal (big knife) sons were not interested to try even and I doubt again of the injuries!

This tag was fun to write and read too, right?

vimmuuu said...

I dont understand. I have found this in so many blogs - what has reading gotta do with gender !! Someone please clarify this for me before you all listen to a news of a person breaking his head after reading blogs !! :D :D :D :D

R. Ramesh said...

climbing trees? never tried though wish i could..but scared of the scorpions and other insect bites..darkness n me never jel...hmmm keep up the cheers S

Sandhya said...

vimmuuu: Let me help you, vimmuuu! Normal women watch Ekta serials and cry with the characters! We don't cry for that reason! We are DIFFERENT!

Ramesh: Good boy! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Such a fun read, Sandhya! You climbed coconut!! Impressive!
Oh I always wanted to learn to play tops and marbles you know..I tried so many times but never succeeded.

My husband and I both have this habit of reading before going to sleep too.

It was wonderful to know a bit more about you, Sandhya :)

Sandhya said...

deepsspeakingup: The coconut trees are of small size, like Kerala tree type. It was slightly slanting and not very tough to climb!

You know what, I loved to eat the tiny coconut seeds, as a small kid. I was spoiling my other male cousins also, offering these to them! It was not very tasty, though, if I remember correctly!

SG said...

Sure. No probs.

Anonymous said...

I think either gender have their ups and downs - talents and blunders. Its more important that we think like one people.

Destination Infinity

vimmuuu said...

Sandhya..... Its reading what I meant. READING BOOKS !! what does that got to do with gender ??

Sharda said...

You seem like a very sweet person:)
Like your blog;)

Sandhya said...

SG: Please do!

Destination Infinity: Yes, Sir!

vimmuuu: Ohfo! People of my generation don't need to read books before going to sleep. I was a bookworm since my childhood days, unlike my other female relatives. Even now, many of them just live in their cocoon...just cooking, cleaning, monitoring their children's studies (some of them get feverish when their children have exams, literally!). Then TV is there!

Sandhya said...

Sharda: Welcome here, Sharda! Thank you!

Kavita Saharia said...

Climbing coconut tree is not easy -i know it as i have tried it so many times and failed.Teaching marble wohoo....nice idea,gotta buy some for my son.Interesting tag Sandhya and thanks for tagging me.

R. Ramesh said...

i just took the clipart from a friend who works with me..god knows from where he picked up yar..:)

Anonymous said...

Nice list Sandhya :) Dint know even you were a sinner! Even I like stitching, embroidery etc but I am a sinner nevertheless !

Deepa said...

Hi Sandhya. I've been dormant on the blog space for nearly a month. Just completed the tag. Do take a look.

Yours was interesting. I think you must have been a pretty cool mom teaching your sons to spin the top and play marbles!

I love reading too. And I love dogs too. I hope to have another dog again in the future. A nice mongrel will do nicely. :)

R. Ramesh said...

Your words of consolation on loss of my brother helped me strengthen myself. I really appreciate it and pray for peace and good health to you and yr near ones. Really lucky to have come across you.

R. Ramesh said...

sandhya ji
Your words of consolation on loss of my brother helped me strengthen myself. I really appreciate it and pray for peace and good health to you and yr near ones. Really lucky to have come across you.

Sandhya said...

kavita: The coconut trees were not the tall ones, they were Kerala type red coconut trees and short in size. At that age, we never bothered about scratches or wounds!

Playing marbles and spinning tops were fun with the children. I taught them skipping too and I used to jump with my son in my forties too! I miss all those things now, because age related weaknesses have started settling in!

Pleas do the tag and enjoy knowing yourself, like I did!

Ramesh: They are really very good, Ramesh.

evanescentthoughts: Would love to read about the list of your sins, Ashwini!

Deepa: Having dogs is really enjoyable, Deepa. We did that for 11 years!

Ramesh: Take care, Ramesh.

Chandrika Shubham said...

Nice to know that u love to climb trees. :)
Interesting post! :)

Swaram said...

Been so long Sandhya .. hw r u dng?

R. Ramesh said...

hey nanri ya...

Anonymous said...

How r u?? No posts for a long time....

Any problem????

Sandhya said...

Chandrika: Those were THE days, Chandrika!



Thank you Swaram and Kanagu. My sis in law's grand daughter's wedding was there, yesterday and so I was busy. Have got people at home. Will be free from Monday.

Thanks for the concern, Kanagu and Swaram. I felt happy reading your message.

radha said...

my turn to ask - Busy?

Sandhya said...

Radha: Family wedding! Will be back after Monday.

Thank you!

Saritha said...

Nice tag sandhya but didn't find my name (just kidding)

Oh u used to climb coconut trees and that was supposed to be fully male dominated,i used to climb walls.

Not interested in jewellery,i love but not the heavy ones,just simple and small things.

Sandhya said...

Varunavi: Welcome back!

Sorry for not including your name. I will be happy to know more about you, Sarita. Please do the tag.

Bikram said...

where are you ? dont see you anymore

Usha Pisharody said...

Loved the list, and the like the resonance I feel here :)

Your cookery blog is wonderful too! 'M comin back :) Thank you for the visit :)

And this list is so so like mine :) :) Enjoyed it v. much!

Sandhya said...

Bikram: I am back, thank you!

Usha Pisharody: Welcome here, to my blog, Usha! I am a great admirer of you...I had been reading your comments in many posts of my friends and have read some of your posts too. And we are animal lovers!

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Still busy with the wedding,no post since long and didnt see u in my blog :(

Anonymous said...

Still busy with the wedding,no post since long and didnt see u in my blog :(

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