Come to the yummy side, we have chicken.

Are you a picky eater? Share some of your favorite food quirks with us (the more exotic, the better!). Omnivores: what’s the one thing you won’t eat?

The 6 year old version of me would’ve looked up at this question and begun to laugh. Why?

The pickiest eater I know was she.

All she would’ve ate at any point of time was to the maximum, a bowl of white, cooked rice and Gerber baby food, actually bought for her brother.

It was probably elementary school?

No, no, was it the move to India?

No, it was probably slightly after puberty, did her love for food began to crawl out of the dark well on to the ground.

Standing at 17, I absolutely love food. I still have a rather small appetite, but that doesn’t stand proportional to how much I respect this divine stuff. I don’t really consider myself picky, apart from the fact that I do not eat all kinds of meat – primarily chicken and fish, and sometimes shrimp. I also don’t really like sushi. Or Indian soggy sweets like Rasagullas. Oh, I recently found out I’m allergic to almonds as well. And I hate pineapples and chickoos. I also don’t like gongugura curry. And I could keep going on, to just realize that hey, I guess I do have some picky no-no’s.

But doesn’t everyone? Be it food, be it daily sitcoms, one cannot possibly like everything that’s offered on the plate or the television. Similar to dislikes, one does have their special spots for their fetishes as well.

Tandoori chicken garnished with fresh lemon juice, served to the size of Paradise biryani.

Hot quesadillas spaced about with soft chicken pieces.

Mint chocolate ice cream dotted with rainbow sprinkles.

Arrabiata Penne Pasta with shrimp.

Homemade mom’s curries.

Give me all, you have my love.

Scratch Off Challenge

Deviating from my usual, and rather directly introspectively inspirational tone of writing, here’s a slightly more indirect version of that.

Today I’m going to be attempting the Scratch Off Challenge, which basically involves copying an already made tailored list into several categories. If anything applies to you or proves to be true in your life, you strike it off. To a few of them, I’ve added my own comments in italics.

Now off we start, to discover even that missing soupçon about me!


I have/had many scars I do; but I don’t consider it a bad thing. Scars are permanent imprints of memories. Be it from a good case scenario or a bad one, they teach you a little bit about yourself.

I tan easily But unlike most Indians, I don’t seem to mind anymore. I think the golden brown skin tone is actually a really beautiful one.

I wish my hair was a different color

I have friends who have never seen my natural hair color

I have a tattoo No although I plan on getting one of those really tiny soulmate tattoos when I grow up and find the one!

I can be conscious about my appearance at times I think it would be an absolute lie to say one isn’t ever conscious about the way they appear to others, at some point if not always.

I have/had braces


Disney movies still make me cry I’ve never actually cried in a Disney movie…

I’ve laughed so hard I’ve cried Story of my life.

I’ve glued my hand to something

I’ve laughed until some kind of beverage came out of my nose

I’ve shouted something so loud when the class was real quiet

I’ve touched sharp/hot/cold etc. to see if it would hurt


I’ve gotten stitches Laparoscopic surgery

I’ve had my tonsils removed

I’ve had my wisdom teeth removed

I’ve been afraid of getting a shot even during teenage years


I’ve been on a plane

I’ve been to the US

I’ve been to Europe

I’ve been to atleast one other country

I’ve never been out of my country

I’ve driven/ridden over 200 miles in one day Road trips for the win!


I’ve got lost in a mall Picture a toddler from Cali getting lost in a suburban store in Michigan

I’ve seen a shooting star I don’t think I have the real brain capacity to differentiate between a jet and a shooting star…so I wouldn’t ensure the accuracy of this one.

I’ve wished on a shooting star Refer to top.

I’ve seen a meteor shower

I’ve gone out in public in my pajamas My entire life in one sentence.

I’ve slapped someone

I’ve been skiing

I’ve been in a musical First grade as a butterfly and ninth grade in the annual big school play!

I’ve auditioned for something

I’ve been on stage

I caught a snowflake on my tongue

I’ve sat on a rooftop at night I’ve actually had some of my best nights spent on rooftops, as a matter of fact.

I’ve pranked someone

I’ve ridden in a taxi


I’ve done something I’ve promised someone I wouldn’t Sometimes breaking promises is only for the better.

I’ve done something I’ve promised myself I wouldn’t Resistance is key; but it doesn’t happen overnight for example, dieting.

I’ve cheated while playing a game Being involved in the black market when playing the all famous game of Monopoly.

I’ve been in a fist fight


I own over 10 music CD’s

I own over 10 novels

I own over 5 electronic gadgets

I’m obsessed with anime/manga

I collected comic books

I own a lot of make up

I own a lot of accessories

I own a gaming console(s)

I own a car

I own a bike

I like compliments I have a pretty low self-esteem; this just helps me remind myself that maybe I’m not really that low of a person.

I like hate


I can sing low key

I’ve stolen a tray from a fast food restaurant

I open up to others easily

I watch the news occasionally or always

I like to kill bugs

I sing in the shower I don’t think you’re human if you don’t.

I’m a morning person

I’m a sports cricket fanatic I wouldn’t say fanatic, but most definitely a fan!

I twirl my hair

I care about grammar

I love spam

I’ve copied more than 30 CD’s in a day

I bake reasonably well

My favorite color is either white, yellow, pink, blue, red, purple, black, orange

I would wear pajamas to school

I like Martha Stewart

I laugh at my own jokes

I eat fast food weekly

I’ve not turned in anything and still got an A in a specific class

I can’t sleep if there is a bug/insect in the room

I’m really ticklish

I like chocolate

I bite my nails

I’m good at remembering names

I’m good at remembering dates

My memory sucks

I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life. I mean, I know what I want to do. And I know I’m passionate about it. But is the path really custom or tailored to my character? Will I be happy with the plan sketched out in my head? That’s what I’m ambiguous about. And that’s what I’m going to be forever ambiguous about until I turn back and look at my journey, one fine day in my walking stick.


…called me fat

…say I’m skinny

…have said I’m ugly

…have said I’m pretty

…have spread rumors about me

…force me to eat

…say I eat too much

…say I eat too little

…say I eat too fast

…say I eat too slow

…have called me a genius

…have given me gifts


I’ve lost weight

I’ve gained weight

I’m at my thinnest

I’m at my biggest

I diet

My weight affects my mood

I’m vegetarian

I exercise *I try to.


I play a sport

I play an instrument

I have a pet and I play with it often

I love singing

I love dancing

I’m into theater

I love writing

I love reading

I’m a natural artist

I can do a split

I watch television over 3 hours a day

I’m obsessed with a current on-going television series at the moment

I’m addicted to Facebook

I’m addicted to Twitter

And that’s just a little bit more about myself.

I think I’m going to take this challenge 5 years later, and see if there’s anything else to it.

Because as natural humans, we’re inclined to change.

And now I wonder, is there a right way to measure this change?