Category Archives: Awards

>Back on the red carpet!

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…When awards for this blog were not few and far between. Now they are an occasion. An event. And one I shall not let pass by without enough pomp and show.

The profilic blogger, Patricia of Colours Decor conferred this lovely award on me last month:

Heartfelt thank-yous Pattie, for the honour.
Unfortunately, this award comes with no tag. Like tell 7 random things about yourself’ or tag 10 lovely bloggers! But what the heck, I can surely change the rules a bit.
New rules of the game:
1. Make a list 5 things you’d like to be awarded for in real life
2. List 5 fav awards you’ve received in your life ever
3. Pass this award to 5 lovely bloggers

Ha! As you can see, I leave no chance to indulge in some self-praise. But, hey I’m giving others a chance to do the same. So here go my lists:

5 things I’d like to be awarded for:
1. Working non-stop for the last 9 years and loving at least 8 of them!
2. Making the best fat-free cold coffee in the world.
3. Being in love with one man all my life.
4. A Lifetime Achievement Award – for watching enough cricket in the last three months to last me a lifetime.
5. At some time in my life, I’d like to receive an award for writing. Some day…
(That was tougher than I’d thought!) And now for my 5 fav awards:
1. I got a ‘Smart Baby’ prize when I was one, tells my Mom, even though my parents had not entered my name for that competition at a carnival. I still gloat over it!
2. I’ve got a lot of prizes for academics, but my first award in school was for ‘Helpfulness’. I’ll always cherish that.
3. My first and last award for Maths – in Class 3!
4. A prize for my cursive writing in school

5. And an award for English in every year of schooling.

Now, to pass this award on to 5 bloggers:
1. Monika Manchanda, the consistent blogger who’s roped me in for NaBloPoMo!
2. Aneela Babar, for who she is.
3. IHM, for her passion and positivity.
4. Soulmate, for being a sweetheart.
5. Dee, who has more in common with me than our blogging names.
Phew! Over to you, women!
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>I can’t think of a title for this post, honestly

>And that admission is just right for this post, because I’m being awarded for such honest admissions! Just when I was out of blogworthy stuff, came this award from The Double Inverted Commas (interesting name, eh?)


Thank you DIC, for coming to my rescue. And since I must tell you honestly10 things about myself, here I go:

1. I want to see the world, but America figures last on my list of must-see places. Actually, as of now, it doesn’t figure on that list at all.
2. I want to be an Indian princess or hope I was one in one of my past lives! At least I can have a dasi in this life (?)
3. If I listen to music for too long, it starts sounding like noise to me! I’m not a music person at all except on rare days.
4. Also, I’m not a TV person at all. I know by now you think I’m strange but honestly, I can easily live without television, not the internet though!
5. I’m not easily impressed. I can appreciate people and things, but I’m difficult to impress. What does impress me is intelligence.
6. My attitude to smoking is that of a vegetarian towards non-veg food, if you know what I mean!
7. I’m a foodie in disguise. You can never look at me and tell how much I think of good food!
8. I love writing letters, always have loved it. When I was a kid, I would write notes and leave for my parents in odd place. When my grandfather passed away, I wrote letters to him asking him to come back and hid them in newspaper stacks. I used to write letters for others. I still write letters, a lot of them in my head, some on my blog.
9. On most days, I love my life!
10. I’m moving.

Now I must pass on the award to honest bloggers (like me!), some of whom may already have received it already:
1. My namesake, Dee
2. Roop, one of the few bloggers who impress me with their honesty!
3. Goofy, who’s better known as Passionate Goof
4. Aneela Z, who doesn’t tell all but seems to tell what she does honestly
5. Childwoman, who may not even acknowledge this because she’s still trying to overcome the loss of her mother
6. Unsung Psalm, who is honest on his blog at least
7. Monika, who’s just had a baby and seems to be off blogging, but that’s no reason for me to not give her the award.

And all you award winners, the award checklist goes like this:
1. I must thank the person who gave me the award and list their blog and link it – Check
2. I must list 10 honest things about myself – Check
3. I must put a copy of Honest Scrap logo on my blog – Check
4. I must select at least 7, 8 other worthy bloggers and list their links – Check
5. I must notify the bloggers of the award and hopefully they will follow the above three requirements – Check

>Better late than never

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And that’s why the award acknowledgement and the award giving ceremony is taking place today.

Long, long ago, Unsung Psalm honored me with this award :


Thank you, Unsung, for telling me that my “simplicity advocates humility”. That’s a precious compliment.

According to the rules, I have to pass it on to 6 people. Let’s skip the nominations and get straight to the winners. And the winners are:
1. Piper: Sometimes I cannot tell you how much your words resonate with me. And though I don’t know you at all except for your blog, I wish I could take your pain away.
2. Aneela Z: Still trying to figure out what about your blog, your life, your words touches me so much but something sure does.
3. Finn: Your life is so far removed from mine, yet your blog reflects my mental state of being more often not.
4. Monika, Ansh: For your simplicity and honesty.
5. Devaki’s Jottingsnmusings: Your posts take me on a trip within because they strike a chord with the person I am.

6. IHM: With the kind of variety on your blog there is, it’s difficult for anyone to come back without being touched.
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We now move on to the next category. Monika, Ansh (who said these nice things about me: “For her warmth and lovely blog posts that I always look forward to) as well as IHM gave me the Friends award!


Thank you! Let it be known that I’m fiercely loyal as a friend and you can bank on me always if I’m yours. I shall pass this award to: Goofy Mumma, Unsung Psalm, Avaran, Abha, Mystic Margarita, Just A, Devaki, Chandni, Roop, Piper, Aneri masi, Chakli and back to IHM and Monika.

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Monika also awarded me the Blogger with a Purpose award:

Thanks babe! I do everyone blogs with a purpose just that some purposes are more evident than others. Like Quirky Indian’s whose tongue-in-cheek look at current affairs is definitely award worthy! And Sraboney, whose blog is thought-provoking in its content, to say the least. Ditto for Chrysalis whose makes us think and question identities and stereotypes. How Do We Know, from whose blog you cannot come back without having learnt something – a philosophy, an idea, a little gem of knowledge. Then there are bloggers like Roop, whose posts always have a purpose – they sometimes will make you laugh, other time they’ll make you think.

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Then comes the Lovely Blogger Award from IHM, which, she says, is to be given to “bloggers we get to know through their comments more than through their posts! These amazing commentators, they are the ones without whom there would be little inspiration left to write.” This award is special for me because I do like to leave comments wherever I read a post that gets me thinking. And without the comments, blogging wouldn’t be half as much fun.


No wonder these bloggers are wonderful to have around: Avaran, Chrysalis, SSQuo, Unsung Psalm, Sindhu, Just A, Jira, I scribble here, Piper, Monika Manchanda, Monika,Ansh, GM, Indyeah, SMM, Patricia, Sangfroid, Spontaneous Mini, Soulmate, Abha, IHM, Mampi, DewdropDream, Mumbai Diva, Mystic Margarita, Chakli, Edita, my space and so many others! The new names I see in my comments section these days: Smitha, Ranjish, Solilo, Meira, J, Just Like That, Saima and Eram.

Thank you all for taking out the time to tell me what you think. It makes a difference to the way I blog!

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Another one of my fav awards is this one:


I like to think I am essentially a creative person – whether I create with words, pictures, fabrics or even pages (like I used to as a full time journalist). I’ve come across many creative bloggers and I draw inspiration from them: Finn, for her photographs. Roop, the only blogger I know who doesvideo blogging. Sirop deVanille, for her artful spinning of words. Maid in Malaysia, for being so economical and so clever with her words! OJ, for her pics and her poetry. Vineeta, for her excellent work that she shares with us. Archana, for getting me to think about my ideal home again with all her pretty posts!

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The next award is really interesting and was bestowed on me by, who else, but IHM again! The Triple Award, I learnt, is for “blogs of attitude and gratitude, a member of a proud sisterhood, and a best friend of all blogs.”

And it’s supposed to be handed over to 10 worthy recipients. Here goes the list of winners: 1. Goofy Mumma 2. DewdropDreams 3. Roop 4. Just Call Me ‘A’ 5. Devaki 6. Mampi 7. IHM 8. Broom 9. Sraboney 10. Chakli

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I received this award just by being on IHM’s blog! And I think it makes sense to carry on the tradition and give this award to everyone who is on my blogroll. They are there because I love their blog, right?

Are you prepared with your thank you speeches?

>’Tis the season to give

>’Tis the season to give and so I must pass on the cheer I have been receiving. Through all these awards, that is! This one by Monika of Everyday Life is given to a blog that invests and believes in PROXIMITY – nearness in space, time and relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must choose eight more and include this cleverly-written text into the body of their award.

I pass this on to the friends I’ve made here
1. Chandni
2. Aneela Z
3. Abha
4. Devaki
5. Anonymous
6. Goofy Mumma, who gave this award to me before I could give it to her!
7. Narcoleptic
8. And I want to give it back to Monika!

And Goofy Mumma has honoured me with another award.

This award, I am told, is bestowed with the purpose of “acknowledging the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.” Wow! Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?

And I shall forward it to:
1. The Lover, for being the poet that every lover should be!
2. Dharmabum, who’s been missing from blogging action and needs to now move the other kind of bum 😉

3. Kiran Manral, who is a new addition to my bloglist but whose writings instantly convey a sense of her cultural, ethical, literary and personal values
4. Mampi, who is also a recent addition to my bloglist.
5. IHM, who has opinions but isn’t opinionated.

Last but not the least is the award I get for my honesty by IHM:

And the honest bloggers who get this award from me are:

1. Sue, for being Sue even on her blog!
2. Unsung Psalm, for his posts that come straight from the heart, whether they are about his English obsession or his gay life or whatever!
3. Rambunctious Whippersnapper, for his tongue-in-cheek yet honest account of his life
4. Roop, for her frank opinions on the serious and the mundane
5. Broom Box, for the honesty required to come out of the closet

>Kya Cool Hain Hum!

>How cool is this: an award for being one of the coolest blogs around given to me by DeeplyDip!


This is one of those surprises that I categorise as pleasant, because I had no idea she considers my blog award-worthy. How wonderful!

According to the rules, I need to:
1. Put the logo on my blog.
2. Add a link to the person who awarded me
3. Nominate 10 other blogs.
4. Add links to those blogs on my post
5. Leave a message for my nominees on their blogs.

So here goes my list:

1. The Indian Home Maker because of the regularity with which she blogs, the relevance of her posts, her tab on current affairs and for always making us think.

2. Mad Momma for her candid, thought-provoking posts – a staple on my blog diet!

3. Ritu from Weaving a Web for being the coolest mom I’ve known on blogosphere and for her creativity.

4. Goofy Mumma for that bond I feel with her and her writings.

5. OJ for calling a spade a spade.

6. Fealdamar – the youngest blogger I know, first blog I blogrolled and which still impresses me for being so hi-tech and generally ‘cool’!

7. Twisted DNA, who rarely blogs but when he does he’s hilarious!

8. My Space for her short stories that blur the line between fact and fiction.

9. PostSecret which is more of a site than a blog but it’s technically still a blog and one that I look forward to reading every Sunday.

10. This Fish whose writing is so read-worthy!

Phew!

>Updates

> I’ve got the Brilliant Weblog award again from Monika and Roop. Thank you people 🙂

And Chandni has given me this wonderful BFF Gold Card which I shall flaunt here:

Thank you Chandu! And I’m going to pass this on to lots of new and old friends in blogosphere – people I would love to meet one day, some day soon:
I’ve also been tagged by Blue Mist to do this little interview. And though I can’t do it as innovatively as her, I’m just going to do it the only way I know – by being me!
The rules for the tag are:
RULE #1 People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blogs and replace any question that they dislike with a new question formulated by themselves.
RULE #2 Tag 6 people to do this quiz and those who are tagged cannot refuse. These people must state who they were tagged by and cannot tag the person whom they were tagged by continue this game by sending it to other people.
1. If your lover betrayed you, what will your reaction be?
I’d be angry and hurt and extremely so.

2. If you can have a dream come true, what would it be?
I’d dream for a happy home.

3. Whose butt would you like to kick?
Oh, that’s such a long list. To begin with, the government of India.

4. What would do with a billion dollars?
Blow them up: build myself a mansion, indulge in all my silly whims and fancies, travel the world and go back to the places I love, invest so that I don’t have to worry about my old age, give away to a charity.

5. Will you fall in love with your best friend?
I did once, and married him.

6. Which is more blessed: loving someone or being loved by someone?
The latter, because when you love someone you give a part of yourself to him/her. But when you are loved, you become whole.

7. How long do you intend to wait for someone you love?
As long as it’s worthwhile.

8. If the person you secretly like is attached, what will you do?
Continue to like him secretly. And make my peace with it.

9. If you could root for one social cause, what would it be?
It would be women’s rights.

10. What takes you down the fastest?
Lies.

11. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Tough one because I never think of ten years ahead!

12. What’s your fear?
Besides losing my loved one, I fear being a bad mother.

13. What kind of person do you think the person who tagged you is?
Creative, to say the least.

14. Would you rather be single and rich or married and poor?
Single and rich definitely.

15. If you fall in love with two people simultaneously who will you pick?
The person who loves me back more.

16. Would you give all in a relationship?
Yes, there are no half measures for me.

17. Would you forgive and forget someone no matter how horrible a thing he has done?
I’m incapable of such maturity and equanimity yet.

18. Do you prefer being single or in a relationship?
If the relationship is marriage, I prefer being single.

19. List of 6 people to tag:
I’d like to tag some new acquaintances so I can get to know them better.

>An announcement and an award

>The pressure to make this a relevant, celebratory, feel good post was getting too much to handle. So I just wanted to get this over with:

This is the 100th post on this blog. You can please congratulate me now.

Updated to add:

I finally have a feel good, celebratory post, thanks to Chandni, who has passed on this award to me: Thank you, thank you! *Bows and throws flying kisses in the air, in true winner style*

And my apologies for this photoshopped image of my award. But all pictures on my blog are eternally damned to look like this, thanks to one Amanda , who designed this template!

Coming back to my award – I feel no less than Abhinav Bindra today – Chandni’s also been nice enough to tell me why I’ve received this award. And lazily I quote: “The Brilliant Weblog award- a prize given to sites and blogs that are smart and brilliant both in their content and their design. The purpose of the prize is to promote as many blogs as possible in the blogosphere. Here are the rules to follow:
1. When you recieve the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back
2. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or even more) that you find brilliant in their content or design.
3. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Brilliant Weblog’
4. Show a picture of those who awarded you and those you give the prize (optional).
5. And then we pass it on!

And the seven brilliant weblogs I award are:

1. Finn for her Life Less Ordinary

2. Det-res for being Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

3. Piper, even though I’ve just got to know her, because there’s something about her blog’s content that’s so like me.

4. Jottingsnmusings for the way she writes.

5. RambunctiousWhippersnapper for being one of the few funny blogs I read, even though he insists his confessions are not funny!

6. Dharmabum who’s anything but a bum

7. And I give the award back to Chandni for being her.

Much work lies ahead: I have to go and deliver these awards to all these blogs. So more later.