I first read about these’random facts about me’ kind of post on someone’s else blog and I loved reading about them.
So for my first blog post on this blog, I thought, why not start with a similar post as I write this one to introduce myself to you.
1.My name is Roli Yadav. You see, my late mother was adamant that her firstborn should have a unique name. After searching for months she zeroed on roli. My name comes after the red vermillion put on the forehead of devotees when visiting a Hindu temple. Fun fact: I have rarely met a person who could pronounce my name correctly in the first instance. It is always a game of tongue twister, moli-holi-goli-poli and what not. But never roli! Never.
2. I am born in this remote state of Arunachal Pradesh, India. I spent the first 18 years of my life there, surrounded by Himalayan mountains and natural beauty that I didn’t appreciate back then. As they say, the grass is greener on the other side, I never appreciated the peace and calm I was surrounded with until I moved to Bengaluru.
3. Professional singer as a kid. Singing like Alka Yagnik was a dream of my teenage years. Soon it was Kalpana Chawla and I wanted to be an astronaut until I realised I am terrible at Physics and Mathematics. Then it was a doctor, a chef for a short while, a biological scientist, and many things in between. I am now a content creator creating content on social media.
4. I love to buy crockeries than makeup or clothes. Buying crockeries and browsing about them is therapy to me.
5. Cooking for friends and family makes me happy. I enjoy having guests over to our home. The whole planning process of having guests over at our home sparks joy in me.
6. Book nerd: I used to be a book nerd until motherhood happened to me. My favourite books are Diary of a young girl, Goods own country by Arundhati Roy and A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman.
7. I am not into sports. I never remember playing one. I am just not into them.
8. I love walks by the beach. Watching sunrise by the beach with a cup of chai is my favorite thing to do.
9. A chai addict. Adrak(ginger) chai to be precise. A cup of adrak chai and newspaper headlines is how I like to start my day.
10. A wasted degree in management (MBA) I did MBA(marketing and retail marketing) as my masters. I rarely used my education, it often reminds me how disconnected our education system is with respect to the demands of the real world. I also have a degree in biotechnology that I never used. I regret my decision to leave science and take up management. I got carried away with the pressure of landing a job right after my education. MBA seemed like the shortcut to that, and I did get a job right after my masters. But, deep down I am still a science girl who misses studying microorganisms and the smell of science laboratories.
11. I am terrible at adventure sports. I tried scuba diving in Thailand once, got sea sickness and almost drowned myself. The story is, I and my friend, two broke girls decide to go on our first international trip to Thailand. I had read a thousand blogs and watched videos to prepare myself for the ‘adventure’ that was coming. Scuba Diving prominently featured in all of the lists of ‘Things to do in Thailand.’ We went to Krabi, especially to scuba dive.
God knows what I was thinking, as I am severely hydrophobic and doesn’t even know how to swim. They do advertise that you don’t need to know swimming to scuba dive, but sweety, you need to get into the water for the dive. I began getting seasick as soon as I entered the sea. What happened next is all things gross and straight out of a comic scene from a movie. I refused to get into the water in spite of a thousand assurance from our instructor. My friend stood there clueless, wondering what the hell is going on with this girl. I have actively avoided adventurous sports ever since and have no plans to Zindagi na milegi dobara to myself anytime soon. (Krabi is very pretty by the way).
13. Bengaluru is my favourite city in the world. I have spent 12 years of my life in Bengaluru and the city has been instrumental in shaping me as the person I am today. Paris comes a close second.
14. Paris, my favourite city in the world: I spent 3 days in Paris way back in 2018. We had a whole list of things to do as the trip was planned a year in advance. We were looking forward to our time in the most romantic cities in the world until we didn’t. Paris was too cold for my comfort and the grandma in me ended up running to cafes and places to warm myself up. We were travelling from Chennai, a city that is always hot and humid. I would love to redo Paris once again in the summer someday.
15. The writer dreams. I once wrote a novel (romantic) and almost got it published. I had invested all my energy in the book but then I was told it is incomplete and needed a few rewriting. I am sitting on the manuscript ever since. I feel I don’t have the energy and emotional wavelength to flip those pages again. It’s been five long years, the manuscript is still lying somewhere deep in my cupboard.
16. I have two left feet. Which means I can’t dance. I never danced in my life, not even in my shower. My body stiffens at the mere mention of the word dance. I am a shakira in my head though. (I think we all are, no?)
17. Minimalism: I am actively embarrassing a minimalistic lifestyle for the past year or so. It makes me feel light and at peace with myself. Except when it comes to books.
18. Bucket list: I am not a hoarder when it comes to books. But I would love to have a house someday with a room just for my books. A sofa in between would be my kind of zen of a place. That room would be meditating enough for me.
19. More of a cat person than a dog. I like dogs from a distance. I am intimidated by them when in closed proximity.
20. I am an Ambivert: It took me years to understand who I really am. There are days when I want to paint the town red, and then days when I don’t want to step outside of my home. I like being home, it’s my happy place.
21. OCD for cleanliness: I vibe so much with Mary Kando that I binge-watched all the episodes of her show in one day while simultaneously cleaning my home from scratch. I am a sucker for orderliness and that’s the first thing I do when I get up in the mornings, arrange the house. A messy home makes me feel something is crawling on my back and I can’t rest easy if things are not in proper order.
22. I avoid watching sentimental movies: I am a cry-baby. Watching sentimental movies makes me drown in a bucket of tears and my eyes and head would be hurting till the next day. I like a heads up before watching a movie on the amount of crying I would be doing. I stopped watching ‘This is Us,’ for the same reason as I was crying at the end of each episode.
I am going to finish post, right here or else this post will be dragged too long.
Do mention in the comments if you are as weird as me.