Wednesday, February 28, 2007

In Style, truly Mine...

Style is a beautiful word. I discovered this after I got tagged by the one and only Hip Grandma.

She has asked me to write about ten things that define my style, and it is then that I discovered that in every person`s style there is an identity, there is a self realization and a craving for one`s inherent dreams.

So I look at my self and set out on an exercise in finding out the things, which I really feel define me a lot, or rather are in sync with my 'style'.

* The Black Umbrella - I usually feel very uncomfortable walking outside if my hands are empty, so I take care to take something in my hands, and most often it is my umbrella, and a black one at that.! My friends at times even tease me, that I am being a typical Malayali, but the truth is it defines me. I never open it, but the memories of my grandfather and the other old people at my native place walking majestically with a long black umbrella in their hands, it really gives me a rooted feeling.

* Old Photographs - Old, in the sense very old. Photographs are reminiscent of a time period, a happening. They have character and stand testimony to those golden ages. They can be sad, they can be happy or naughty, proud and damp, but they retain that one value. They are true and remain so and I love them, especially, the black and white ones.

* Rain - Yes!, just rain. A rainy day, looking outside the windows, watching those raindrops trickle down from the trees and rocks. I truly feel liberated on a rainy day. In essence I feel a rain is a gift from nature and there is an element of divinity in it. The nature of gifting and blessing, the urge to help and nurture.

* Food - Now wasn't that simple.? Yes I love food. I simply cannot bear to waste a single morsel. Eating, is something which defines me. I am not good at cooking, though. Maybe that's not part of my style.

* Travel - I am not much of a traveler, but whatever small journeys I go on, I try my best to make it a great experience. After all, Man will take some time to go beyond earth and conquer space. Until then we only have the earth to roam around.

* Lonely Mountain - The lonely mountain, with no mountains nearby. Looking majestic, yet solemn and sober. Looking down at the world around, with a kind of peace and sense of total satisfaction. I think that defines my style. I would like to be like that mountain, detached yet completely near, completely noticed from everywhere silently.

* Laughter - I love to have a good laugh. To laugh hard until my stomach hurts. It is a momentary state of bliss, which I truly love. I remember how once while in college, we used to break into a fit of laughter impromptu without reason enjoying it thoroughly. My laugh is a goofy kind of laughter. I get teased about it, and then I laugh again.

* The Hare and Tortoise Story - When I first learned this story as a child, someone asked me, what I would want to be. I said I want to be both. I like both of them. I like doing things fast like the hare and the innocence of the tortoise. I generally like tortoises anyway.. and to top it all I liked the story very much.

* Water - The great scientist Ramanujam described water as the elixir of life. He couldn't have described it better. I love water. To drink, bath and swim in this wonderful elixir of life. It`s ability to purify itself is something which truly inspires. Water defines me.

* Writing - Yes, finally writing is something which defines my style and personality. I may not be good at it, but still keep going on and on. I remember since my school days I have been writing poems and stories. Most of them are downright bad. In fact most of my earlier posts on this blog are rubbish. But still I like them, because writing is something close to my heart. It defines my style.

I am going to tag Lera, Vishesh, Sunil, Sreejith and Seema for this one. Come on!, Show us your style.


iamvisheshur said...

true style!!
ill do the tag after 2nd-im preparing for the boards-my first exam is on 2nd...after that i get 6days 4 d next one-so ill do it then..

Nariyal Chutney said...

Old Photographs :) . History is a mute witness that testifies with time is it and as time goes on history become more interesting :)

Seema said...

Hey that was unique style statement...n a good one too !
Loved the mountains, rain, laughter, food, photographs bit !! Good ones !

Finding clouds on yr blogroll is a pleasure ! Finding your comments at the clouds was a delight !

I've had a love hate relationship with tags till sometime back..just broke the ice with doing one of the other tags i've been gladly accumulating lol...So ive just begun mah affair with tags lol...but, will surely take this interesting STYLISH ;)one ON !!!

Meanwhile,u take care !

alex said...

Except the black umbrella, i too like all the rest.

The picture of the hare and the tortoise was exceptionally good. :D

PS: The change of looks must be associated with the change of workplaces. Aano? ;)

priya said...


Black Umbrella reminds me of carrying wither in the sun or rain too during my college days. The are always in my bag safe.

Old Photos: How true to go back and check all tose smiles and innocence.

Rain: To play from home/ bus is always unforgettable:)

Beuatiful tag and enjoyed it so much.

starry nights said...

loved your style .I also love rain, old photographs and writing.

Anand Prabhu said...

nicely written... i love the way you have come up with your own style... great post friend... :)

Lera said...

Most of us do create our own style , I would say your style is very articulate& verbose . enjoyed reading . srijith ,Thanks for Tagging me with this lovely tag...:)
Good day to you!

Srijith Unni said...

@Vishesh:Take your own time.. Do your exams well.. Wish you all the best..!

@Nariyal: Yes very true.. there is also a lot of truth in history, which stands out in photographs.

@Seema: Thanks Seema.. for those encouraging words.. I`ll be looking forward to see your tag.. :)

@Alex: May, I know why you do not like the black umbrella..? ;)
Illa, workplace maateetu illai, collegil ullapo idutha photo aanu.

@Priya: I`m so happy to see that you enjoyed the tag and that we share our liking for most of these things.. :)

@Starry: Yes Starry, I knew you will:) Thank You..!

@Anand Prabhu: Yes Anand, each one of us have our own unique style don`t we..? And I must let you know you are wonderfully stylish.!

@Lera: Yes Lera, I like to play with words.. Thanks a Lot..! Looking forward to read your tag..!

Ardra said...

Hi srijith!
had been waiting to read this one- the things that relfected your style-and as usual the wait was worth it.
warm regards

Deepak said...

This tag tells your true style more than the contents of your tag. :)

Indeed, I see panache in your way of thinking and way of writing.

Keep up the good work!

Srijith Unni said...

@Ardra: Thanks a lot, Ardra. Nice to know that you liked it.. In fact i actually found out that our styles match a lot.. :)

@Deepak: You know what, Deepak..? You might be right.. I might not have defined my style appropriately by just talking about these things which I like.. :) Thanks for your support and encouragement..!

Hip Grandma said...

i did not know that an umbrella is typical of grandpa was no malayali but he always carreied an umbrella.well written.

mathew said...

old photographs..rings a bell with me..amazing isnt how can u surf the old albums again and again..weill written tag!!

Seema said...

The Clouds are on IN STYLE !!!
The tag is done !

(Unlike my heavy posts...i guess its a lighter STYLE this time !!!)

Sreejith Kumar said...

You did it again! Hahahhaha! Will be doing this today itself! :-)

Srijith Unni said...

@Hip Grandma: Haa haa.. well all malayalis do carry umbrellas at least in kerala.. Nice to know that you like the umbrella too

@Mathew: Yes mathew, albums are always pastime.. thanks my friend..!

@Seema: Yes Seema, a tag pretty well done.. Happy to see that :)

@Sree:Thanks a lot, Sree.. I`ve seen it..! you`ve done a great job..! :)