Anita means grace. Hey, don’t look at me, I didn’t choose my name.
I work as a communications professional. I graduated in Physics and then specialized in Journalism and Communications. Don’t ask me why :-)
My greatest regrets are not being able to sing, dance and play a musical instrument. None, for the lack of trying though.
I’ve always wanted to learn languages. I know Assamese, Hindi, English. I can understand a bit of Marathi, Bengali and a few words of Kannada. I learnt French at the Alliance Francaise for well over two years. I made some genuine efforts but I’m not too good with languages is what I’ve surmised. After tying the knot with a Bangalore boy, the pressure to learn Kannada is now very high. Swalpa adjust maadi — it’s happening (albeit at snail’s place)!
It took me a while to get where I am in life. After a few stormy, turbulent years, I’d say I’ve reached a stage where I’m reasonably content.
My cat Kit Kit came into my life in 2001. It was a stormy, rainy night and her mother left her on my doorstep. She was a few weeks old. I took her in and she’s been with me ever since. I knew nothing about cats at that time. But with Kit Kit, I’ve realized they’re one of the most graceful, beautiful and independent animals and make lovely pets. You can never own them, and that’s why I love them! I think it was just meant to be.
My first crush was in school. The guy was from another school’s debating team. I thought he was awesome. He wore glasses, looked really intellectual. In hindsight, he was quite a dork. I never got to talk to him. Which was probably a good thing! :)
I have no roots. I have lived all over the place including:
– Jorhat (early childhood)
– Shillong (childhood/school)
– Guwahati (college)
– Pune (post-grad)
– Wollongong/Sydney (overseas adventure)
– Mumbai (mostly spent in local trains)
– Bangalore (work and play)
I have a wandering and restless spirit, which annoys my mom no end. She’d like to see me “settled” (as she never fails to mention in any conversation she has with me) while I continue to feign ignorance of that term in the conventional sense. She seems to be doing less of it now that I’ve crossed over to the “other side”.
I like the concept of being a global citizen. I don’t yet subscribe to the theory of growing roots and getting old in one place, living there for the rest of my life. Maybe, I’ll change my views once I get older. Maybe, I won’t.
I am passionate about travel. Stuff I’d like to be doing ideally (given the money and time):
– Scuba diving in Mauritius (or even Lakshwadeep)
– Riding camels in Egypt
– Trekking in the Himalayas
– Doing a long drive on Australia’s Southern Coast
– Tasting wine in the vineyards of France
– Crossing the English Channel
– Rafting in the rivers up North
– Chilling out in the Bora Bora islands
I’d also like to see much more of India — what a beautiful country!
I’m an enthusiastic amateur photographer. I love going out with my camera in hand and taking pictures. I can do it for hours on end. I also do assignments — mostly portraits, weddings, interiors, exteriors etc. whenever the opportunity comes up.
I dabble in art occasionally. It’s something that gives me a lot of pleasure. Mostly, I do it for myself, my friends and occasionally for people who specifically want something for their walls. I can do this for hours on end too. I must admit that I no longer paint and am hoping to take a sabbatical sometime to get back to it.
I like playing badminton but I don’t do enough of it. I also like swimming and would ideally love to live beside water (being a Piscean I could probably live in water!). But I also love the mountains, brought up in the lovely hill station of Shillong. I had a most blessed and charmed childhood — it was truly one of the most beautiful places to grow up in.
Over the last few years, I’ve taken to running and cycling as my ways to keep fit — they’re probably the best things I did after moving to Bangalore. As an aside, I also get to interact with some very interesting people across all walks of life. The great thing about being a part of different communities is finding others with common interests, like minded people and exploring what drives them — it never ceases to fascinate and amaze me. I am a part of Runners for Life and the Bangalore Bikers Club.
At 10, I wanted to be fed (mostly); at 15, I wanted to be a heart surgeon; at 20, a pilot; at 25 I wanted to be a career woman (whatever that means). Later, I realised I didn’t much care for that either. I’m taking things as they come right now and living life to the fullest.
When I first discovered blogs in 2001, I jumped onto the bandwagon almost immediately. I started my blog at this place. Later I moved to my own domain. I used MT for a few years and then moved to WordPress.
My blog journey has been interesting. I’ve met some wonderful people, made friends in many cities, had some great experiences. But when people ask me what it’s all about in a nutshell, it’s rather difficult to explain. I think it’s something that needs to be experienced. Over a period of time. If you don’t have one yet, get one!
I love writing. I used to keep journals while growing up, which I burnt, symbolically as I thought I was going to begin a new life. Now, I’ve switched to the online mode. When I’m in my 50s, I think it will be interesting to turn back to 2001 and read about the stuff I’ve written since.
I currently reside in Bangalore, India. It’s a lovely city. The weather is beautiful, especially when it rains. I dig the opportunities it offer for travel. The fact that I can get onto an overnight bus and reach another state. And all the great people I’ve met. But I hate the traffic (and I also realise the fact that we’re responsible for it). I hate the honking. And the badly designed speed breakers. And the fact that everyday I see those lovely old trees disappear. And I’m only too glad that there are organisations like treesforfree.org. And I think that it’s even more important that we all do our little bit before we say adieu! It’s a short life we have on earth — enjoy it, do something worthwhile and leave the rest upto… chance, lucky and destiny.
Love: Kit Kit (my adorable cat who came into my life in 2001), DS (who came into my life in 2006), corn (in any form), books, movies, music (long live rock & roll), photography, travelling, trekking, running, cycling, lazing around, cocktails, wine, almonds, cashews, letters, stationery, cats, tigers, wildlife, blue eyes, avocado, tea, trees, rain and the list goes on
Hate: Pessimism, people who have bad attitudes and are nasty, fanatics (of any kind), cowards (any kind), rash drivers (who honk too much), tempo trucks, spitting, smoking, shoving, staring, travelling in crowded Mumbai locals (ah, what a relief to be out of that!)
If you have something nice to say: anitabora5 at rediffmail dot com or use the contact form.