I was invited to take part in an Anything But Books Tag Post by the lovely Author Shelley Wilson, who is not only a most fabulous author but a fantastic motivational writer too!

Seeing as I am sat here coughing and snivvling at home, I figured now is a good a time as any, to complete these cool questions!

Q1. Name a cartoon that you love

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There are so many that I love, being a big kid… you surely know that about me already! 😉 But one of my all-time favourites has to be Tom and Jerry. I remember my Pops recording episodes for my brother and me to watch on repeat! Simple fun which I think can still be accessed today!


Q2. What is your favourite song right now

I have to say that for the last few years, recent music has passed me by. I have been stuck in my bubble of favourite music from the 80’s and 90’s, to be honest. But now Lil Princess is getting older, she is introducing me to much more of the new music than I had access to. As a result, I am really enjoying the new stream of latino influenced songs that are out right now. I love the beat and sensuous feel of the music, and even though I don’t understand the words, my body and soul ‘feel’ it… do you get me? As a result, one of the songs I could listen to on repeat at the moment is Enrique Iglesias and Subeme La Radio!

Q3. What could you do for hours that isn’t reading

As Shelley mentioned, I could definitely people watch for hours, or find a great series I wanted to see, and binge-watch the whole thing! But as I have a job, and kids, and husband, and pets, the opportunities for either are few and far between!

Q4. What is something that you love to do that your followers would be surprised by

Sit quietly and alone.

I say this as I am quite ‘vocal’ on my blog, and I appear to be this great extrovert. And I am. But there are times when I want to be by myself, serene in my own silence. Honestly, I don’t just love hearing my voice all the time, I promise!

Q5. What is your favourite, unnecessarily specific thing to learn about

Old Indian traditions and customs and their roots. There are so many things we are expected to do, within our culture, and I love finding out the reasoning behind why we still fulfil those expectations.

Q6. What is something unusual you know how to do

I can count banknotes – really fast! A remnant of my banking cashier days! Not that I have many notes to count nowadays!

Q7. Name something that you’ve made in the last year

Hmm… aside from food that I make every day, I think I can safely say I have made progress in my career! As a teacher, I am being stretched, and I have been given new responsibilities, and also with the role of Governor tagged on, there is a sense of accomplishment I am feeling (along with the exhaustion that accompanies it!)

Q8. What is your most recent personal project

I think my self-imposed #RiNoWriMo in August was my biggest and most recent personal project. I have a book inside me that has been crying to get out for the last 17 years. It has taken this long for me to focus and take the first 13,000 words into something more in the region of 70,000! It still isn’t finished but I hope that in the new year I will create time to finish this and maybe I’ll have a novel on my hands sometime next year!



Q10. Tell us something that’s your favourite, but make it oddly specific

As I have grown older, I have become a little more discerning about the tea I drink. As a result, if I am having a brew, my favourite teabags to use are Punjana. I love the taste and the fact that they are created from tea leaves from both India and Kenya, countries that feature heavily on my family history, just add to the reason why I think they are the best!Image result for punjana

And there you have it! A few random facts about me!

I am nominating 5 bloggers, who I think might enjoy the Tag Challenge, and if you wish to take part, please do!

  1. Erika Kind
  2. Judy Martin
  3. Willow Withers
  4. Robbie Cheadle
  5. Lisa Amaya

Liebster Award Nomination – #grateful

Anindya from My Daily Journal has seen fit to give me a special mention on his award acceptance post, and for that, I am very grateful!


Check out his fantastic post here!

I have received and accepted the Leibster award a few times, and as always, I like to reblog the post to thank the Blogger who thought of me. Today, as I have a little time on my hands, I thought I’d answer the questions at least, as that can be fun to do!


Answer these questions, Set 1

  1. What inspired you to start blogging? A friend started a blog, helping with her depression. I wanted to comment but had to log in to WP or create an account. I did, then it asked if I’d like to start a blog, so I did!
  2. What is the best thing you love about your home city? Which city do I count as home? The one I grew up in or the one where I live now? My childhood home city of Birmingham is simply the best because it’s where my parents are! My home now, Gravesend, is the best because it’s where I started my own family!
  3. What are the types of music you usually listen to? I have a really eclectic taste in music. I listen to the radio sometimes and in the car my CD’s range from Bhangra and Bollywood, old and new, to Soul, R’n’B, Pop, Disco, Love songs, Dharmic Shabad too.
  4. Who will be your dream date on any day of the year? As a fulltime working mum, any date, with no kids, on any given day would be good!
  5. Kindle or hardcovers /paperbacks? Kindle for convenience, real books for the feel!

Answer these questions, Set 2

  1. What is your favourite colour, and why? I used to like Peach.. don’t know why, but as I have grown, purple has become my thing! It is regal, and deep, and makes me think of luxury.
  2. Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, for blogging, which is your most favourite? I’m not sure yet… Twitter is good, Pinterest, if you make pin friendly images is great, Facebook, if you have that kind of post that makes people want to share…
  3. Have you visited India? Yes, several times!
  4. For those who have and for those who live in India, what is your most favourite destination here? I really enjoyed my few days in Mumbai!
  5. Can you ever think of leaving blogging? Without a shadow of a doubt that answer is no! I have tried to take a break for a few days, and even that is too hard!!!!

There you go Anindya! Hope you like my answers!

And Peeps, please, go check out his blog!!!

Nominated For The Liebster Award! – Hot Mess Memoir

When it rains… it pours!!! But happy raindrops!

This time Angela from Hot Mess Memoirs has thought to nominate me for the Leibster Award!

As I have accepted this a few times in the past I would like to offer this share as thanks.

Her blog is hysterical. You just gotta go visit!

Blogger Recognition Award #2

Thank you so.much for considering me for another award! I am.most grateful! I have accepted this previously so will share it in gratitude!

Source: Blogger Recognition Award #2

4 Awards….For EveryBody.

Birthday boy’s been busy nominating….and I’m eternally grateful for him thinking of me! Thank you Mr MN!!!!

Source: 4 Awards….For EveryBody.

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