My Top Ten…
Ma (who is the centre of my universe)
Achan (who makes me see the beauty in genetics)
Ammuma (who loves me just because)
Muttachan (who taught me how to count… all the way to one hundred… in Sanskrit)
Nandini (who gets on my nerves all the time, but I love her)
Geetu (who is hilarious)
Geeta Akka (who inspires awe in me like no one else)
My Muse (whose identity must be protected)
My best friend (who will throw a fit if I name her)
The best history teacher in the whole wide world
… Things to Do
Talk with Ma
Talk on the phone with my muse
Study Shakespeare… with dearest my friend
Study, in general (I'm an impossible nerd.
Dance… not to any music, just the few pieces I've managed to learn from Akka over the years
Eat chocolate… positively shovel kilos of it down my throat
Dream about the future. My future. Where I'll have a delicious PhD…
Replay conversations in my head
My house… well, my parents' house
Ammuma's house, 'cause it's the house into which I was born
Nandini's house for that's where I get my solitude
Dance class. I've been there twice a week, every week for the past ten years. I've got to love it.
School. Yes, it figures on this list, as odd as that may be.
Ma's college… make a beeline for the staffroom, that's where all the gossip and the real intellect is
Achan's lab. Third floor. Rice research wing. They've got minus 80 freezers- what more can you want?
My orthodontist's clinic. Let's face it- he gave me my teeth. And he's a Freemason.
… Rules I live by
Avoid conflict. Dialogue FTW!
Aestheticism, to a certain extent
Wear stuff you can wear kajal and silver jewellery with. Makes life a thousand times easier
Harry Potter gets pride of place. All other literature comes afterwards.
Write down everything.
… Dreams for the future
The Rhodes scholarship
D. Phil, Oxon
Author's Note: Yes, this is banal. But I wanted to put this out there.
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