11 Things Every Woman Should Write Down.....

There's no better way to celebrate the rich, full life you've lived so far—and the big, bright future ahead—than telling your story!

The ever diligent Shilpa (Yo that's the word I associate with you, Shilpa) has tagged me in her post to complete this very interesting list complied by Oprah  -  11 Things Every Woman Should Write Down Before the Year Ends!

Go on, read my story so far...

1. What Younger You Would Like About Present You

For having a 'life' .. a life beyond the every day rut of living. A life revolving around books, friends, blogging - how these simple things make a huge difference to the quality of life!  Another facet I am truly proud of is the fact that I am somebody many would think twice before picking a squabble with!

2. The Watched/Read It List

Courtesy Goodreads, today I have the complete  list of books I have read through the year and a even bigger list of "to-read" books. Go on, visit my page to see what's on my bookshelf this year! Though I have managed to read only 34 of the 50 books I signed up for, it was a beautiful journey of books this year!

As for movies, I already have a list of movies I am hoping to watch the coming year !

3. The Mistake You Never Want to Make 

A mistake I was very close to making, but then as usual the fate had the last laugh! To bring a child to the world for sake of society and not cause you want to bring a child into the world. I see many couples popping out a child within a year or so of marriage - its almost as if producing a child is the one and only obligation in marriage! No child really deserves it.....

The irony though is that today I am more than ready to welcome a child into our life but we have been having no luck in conceiving one :-/

4. Your Ideal Outfit

Am sitting at home writing this post in my comfy PJs ... indeed my ideal outfit ;). But on a serious note, I would love to have more of western formal attire in my wardrobe - well blame my 'personal shoppers' (read my sis n Sabs) for the lack of it :-P

5. A Deep, Dark—Shhh—Secret

Let it remain that way huh ;)

6. The Most Unexpected Compliment You Ever Got

This must be somewhere in grade eight or so. Nobody until then had ever complimented me for my "looks" - instead in their foolishness had made me an awkward and conscious teenager. So it was a pleasant surprise when my class teacher signed my autograph book complimenting me on my radiant smile . I still remember the exact words she wrote! Haa the difference a simple compliment makes to a teenagers psyche

7. That One Quote

When life hands you a lemon make lemonade (or better still get some tequila!).

8. The Best Surprise You've Ever Had

Must be indeed the peter pan of my life - my husband. He truly lives up to the adage "Like father, Like Husband" ;). What more can a daddy's gal want... especially considering I  married him a couple of months after I lost my daddy!

9. Your True Happiness 

Lies in the small things in life....

 The simple pleasures of reading a good book, watching a good movie, of traveling, of rustling up a good meal together and of good times! By no standards do we lead a fancy life - I dream of traveling around the world, of a better home, of a decent bank balance and a complete family. But as my peter pan says "It's the journey, not the destination, that really matters"!

10. Your Favorite Failure

For having ditched the damn software engineer job. Funnily I was good at it, but always knew at the back of my mind that it's not what I want to do! Today my job doesn't pay me half as much as a programming job would have -  but  I know, I have made a change for good! Though honestly there are times I regret it -  for the extra penny it would have paid along with the foreign assignments!I Am still optimistic that time will erase this teeny-weeny regret a day soon!

11. An Amendment to the Bucket List

Ho the slacker in me would love to slash out a few items in my bucket list - to read and write Malayalam(my mother tongue), to give driving another shot among other things - but lets leave the list as is for now - shall we?

An interesting questionnaire rt. I will tag Cory who originally shared this list with us.... I am sure she will have a v interesting story to share with all of us!

With this, I bid 2013 a warm adios and welcome 2014 which am hoping is a more happier and fruitful year......


  1. Cool 11s, Meena!!
    1. So glad that you now live your life. Usually, we're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are!!
    6. Oh yes, teenage is such an impressionable age... anything good or bad simply stays for a long time
    9. Agree completely!.
    3. {Hugs}

  2. Nice post Meena and nice to get to know you a little better. Wish you a wonderful 2014 - all dreams come true.

  3. Lovely Meena. I would have loved to know the deep dark secret but yeah it's a secret. Maybe we'll pop up the question again sometime during the year.

    Have a wonderful year 2014.

  4. The first one saw me laughing, the third saw me praying and the sixth one saw me agreeing with your class teacher. Though I have never met you personally Meena but from the pictures of you on FB I must say you truly have a radiant smile maybe a wee bit impish too. Keep smiling and have a wonderful 2014.

  5. This is a great list which gives us more insight into your life as it is.

    Wishing you a great year ahead and I hope all your dreams come true..ate least they start making their way this year ! God bless!!

  6. You know all thanks to these eleven questions do I know you a lot better. And that tequila thing is soo true! Also Pheno as Peter Pan is completely acceptable and even something I can picture. And yes woman he does say it right, it is the journey that matters...


  7. What a delightful post, Meena! Gosh, I hear you when you mention the regret about the job. The best part of your answers is your absolute ease with yourself. For that I love you. Hugs! Here;s looking forward to 2014 and meeting!

  8. Meena, it's one of your best posts yet, my dear. Having seen your beautiful smile in person, I know just what your teacher meant. But it's your authenticity that makes that smile even more special - and authenticity comes shining through here! ♥

  9. Loved this post. I think of all the people in my country that don't even bother getting married before having kids and I cringe. I was in the minority here. I got married, enjoyed my time with my husband and then had a baby after 3 years of marriage. Awesome to learn more about you through this list. ♥

  10. I loved this post, Meena. Beautiful, from-the-heart post. Hugs!

  11. Hugs Meens!! :)
    Loved your post and your answers!! I'm glad we are friends! :) :)

  12. Loved this post... I already love you for the person I know virtually. And reading all these, I could relate with you much more now... <3