Saturday, 22 August 2009


This is a business blog – where “weighty matters” are thoughtfully commented upon in a classic and serious style, that demands wearing a suit when typing out the post.

And then comes a tag. Now readers of this blog know that I convert tags into a businessy one and still post wearing a suit. But then Rads is a cheeky girl. She says she loves tagging people like me as we go to great lengths to keep our blogs “one dimensional” and don’t reveal any personal stuff.


Now that is a challenge. How can one ignore a “challenge” from the one and only Rads. So taking a break from wearing a suit, I’m wearing Bermudas instead and opening my heart out !! All personal stuff. No business. Deep breath. Here goes …

1. What is your current obsession?
Easy one – Blogging

2. What are you wearing today?
What else will a man wear ? A trouser and a shirt. Oops sorry; I’m supposed to be wearing Bermudas.

3. What’s for dinner?
Roti, Dal, Sabji – all made by myself !

4. What’s the last thing you bought?
Afraid life is too boring – Milk

5. What are you listening to right now?
Con te Partiro (for some reason I’m in love with this song)

6. What do you think about the person who tagged you?
Naughty, Naughty, Naughty Rads who digs Italian men !!

7. If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you like it to be?
One of the uninhabited islands in the Maldives

8. What are your must-have pieces for summer?
??? – This tag must have been started by a girl. Do men have “must have pieces” for summer ??

9. If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
In the next hour, I can go from Tianhe to Yuexiu – the next post code in Guangzhou – that’s all !

10. Which language do you want to learn?
Chinese, desperately trying and miserably failing. Boo Hoo

11. What’s your favourite quote?
Here’s looking at you kid (no surprises for those who read this.)

12. Who do you want to meet right now?
Zhao Ruirui (for the uninitiated, she’s a tall leggy, stunning Chinese women’s volleyball player)

13. What is your favourite colour?
Lü se (Chinese for green – see, I’m trying to learn something at least)

14. What is your favourite piece of clothing in your own closet?
God; this tag is really from a girl. Do men have “favourite pieces of clothing” ?? OK OK – Black trouser; white shirt !!! I once told this actually to a lovely girl and you can imagine the reaction.

15. What is your dream job?
Being on a sabbatical, as I am on now !

16. What’s your favourite magazine?
Even at the risk of The Thoughtful Train calling me some names (Boo Hoo again), I have to say, The Economist.

17. If you had $100 now, what would you spend it on?
A Chinese massage. Its bliss I tell you. And for you naughty folks – its not that sort of stuff …

18. What do you consider a fashion faux pas?
Another girlie question. What’s fashion ?? OK – maybe a hitched up lungi !!

19. Who are your style icons?
THE lady herself. Click here

20. What kind of haircut do you prefer?
This assumes you have hair to be cut. I invoke the Fifth Amendment (Thou shall not be forced to incriminate thyself)

21. What are you going to do after this?
Do you really want to know ?? I have two choices – take Zhao Ruirui out for lunch. Or iron clothes. Can you help me decide please

22. What are your favourite movies?
The one and only one . Click here (If you’ve clicked on the link in 11 and 19, it’s the same thing)

24. What are three cosmetic/makeup/perfume products that you can't live without?
I can answer this truthfully. Skin whitening cream, talcum powder and tooth paste; not because I love them, but because they paid my salary for a good number of years.

23. What inspires you?
The smile, the look, the voice, of a certain 8 year old, who’s angelic.

24. Give us three styling tips that always work for you:
Oh these girls … OK to needle all ye gals – comb sticking out of back pocket; nicely castor oiled hair and key chain dangling out from the pocket. The very picture of a roadside Romeo of the yester years

25. What do you do when you “have nothing to wear” (even though your closet’s packed)?
Go naked ; what a question ??

26. Coffee or tea?
You know, in the traditional question, there’s a third option – me !

27. What do you do when you are feeling low or terribly depressed?
Cry; what else ??

28. What is the meaning of your name?
My Chinese name (Lao Ming Zhi) means hardworking, bright and wise. Now this was given to me by a pretty 25 year old . What sort of a compliment is that to a man ?? I would rather have preferred Tall, Dark and Handsome (of which at least two would have been actually true !!)

29. Which other blogs you love visiting?
See sidebar

30. Favorite Dessert/Sweet?
Ice Cream, especially if shared with a pretty , young, thing.

31. Favorite Season ?
Holiday season

32. If I come to your house now, what would u cook for me?
See 3 above. That’s all I can do.

33. What's your favorite cartoon character?

Phew ! Off with the Bermudas. The suit on again …..


thethoughtfultrain said...

It was good getting to know the Bermuda guy! Give the poor suit its well deserved rest on weekends atleast!
And your answers to all the girly questions were superb! :D Had a good time LOLing! :D
PS: You should think of your blog as a classroon and us as students (Atleast I am!) And imagine you are taking lessons everyday??? Weekends should be light hearted! :D

raghavendra kotla said...

Loads of interesting facts about our ex boss :-), which we would'nt know if he has'nt taken sabbatical and started blogging. Thanks to the person who tagged you. May be you should wear bermudas once in two weeks. Having said that, I enjoy all your "suit writings" as well.
Have a nice weekend. I am visiting "your country" next week, for delivering some training to Unilever China users. Bye.

A journey called Life said...

finally!!! rads- i really owe you one.. a non businessy angle.. i loved reading it..know what i loved in the entire list.. point 23- brought instant tears to my eyes..

Ramesh said...

@thoughtful : As always, a sweet comment. Won't make you "stand up on the bench" teacher style. I am flattered that you view the blog as a classroom. I am much honoured.

@Kotla - Oh god - Wearing Bermuda for two weeks ... Lol. I suppose you'll be going to Shanghai and not come to Guangzhou. Shangai nu hais beware - the dashing Kotla is coming.

@AJCL - Your comments always lift my heart. You have magic with words indeed. Thanks. Only after I look back, I realise the numbering of the questions is a bit wonky - you see I just cut and pasted it from Rads and here's inarguable proof that girls can't count ! LOL.

Preeti Shenoy said...

LOL..Your styling tips were superb!

Liked the song too.

I think every one should tag you LOTS :)

Everyone enjoys you in those Bermudas ;-)


rads said...

I'm wondering, when did I become geeky to cheeky :D

And hey, first of all, I never met any Italian men so dunno if they r worth digging, and I DON'T DIG OTHER MEN, ITALIAN, OR ANY OTHER FOR THAT MATTER...

But I jus loved reading this :D

And I copy-pasted this from someone else's blog jus like you did, didn't notice the numbering until you pointed it out...

But look at the amazing response, and a blog author shud heed the audience's needs once in a while...

Great post, frankly I didn't think you'll be taking up this one...Like all the above said Thanks to me :)

Ramesh said...

@Preeti - Thanks so much for kind words from a master blogger. But don't tag me lots ....please .... LOL

@Rads - All is forgiven for writing such a wonderful comment !!Just kidding ... Thanks for the nice words

A journey called Life said...

my math skills (none exist) are legendary.. one more feather in my math-y cap.. ;)

Ajay said...

Those were some very nice bermudas you had on :) A penny for your thoughts :) (that was Ingrid Bergman too right?)

Ramesh said...

@Ajay - Raise the glass to a fellow Ingrid fan.

Incidentally, would you do a guest post on this tag. It would make fascinating reading. I know you don't want to take on the responsibility as a regular blogger (as yet), but why not test the waters with a guest post I'd be happy to publish. You are tagged !

Reflections said...

LOL at both the 24's & 23 is awwwww;-))

Ramesh said...

@Reflections. Oh thanks so much. Especially for the awwwww ...

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