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I was tagged by :iconamyhooton: I have to write ten things about me :blush:. So here goes:

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1. I was born in the Eastern Command Military Hospital in Calcutta, India, in 1977. My earliest memories are of rolling blue hills and lush tea gardens in Assam, where my father was posted for a few years after my birth.

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2. My mum is my best friend. She is the most beautiful, most intelligent, and most understanding woman I’ve ever known. I never stopped missing her, ever since I left home at 21, missing her in a way that makes me want to run back to her, hold her tightly, put my head on her lap and pretend that I’ll hallucinating about growing up. It’s  “momsickness”, akin to homesickness, something that should have dissipated over the years, but didn’t.

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3. I am socially awkward, incapable of making small talks and impatient with people that don’t seem to use their minds. Thankfully my friends and colleagues understand me, my “queen of faux pas” status accepted, and misunderstandings get cleared.

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4. My oldest friend is someone I have known for the last 26 years : ) she lives in Virginia and just had a baby! :clap:

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5. I started writing for ‘The Statesman’, one of the oldest newspapers in India when I was sixteen.  Working for this newspaper was the only job I held until I finished college and moved to Pune to pursue an M.A. in sociology. I also published poems and freelanced for a few national women’s magazines. I believe some of those editors did not know how young I was or that might have been an issue! I was adept at artistic white lies to sell my writing :D

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6. I have one sibling, a younger sister. She works as a human resource manager. She is very smart, level-headed and efficient. Our personalities are very different; and we have some difficulty connecting, in spite of our best efforts. I love her very much but I miss the simple delightful relationship of our childhood.

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7. I am getting a PhD in women and gender studies from ASU. I live in Tempe. I like belonging to the academia in spite of its obvious flaws, the most disturbing of which is what I call “reflexive hypocrisy.” Before I came to the States as a graduate student I worked as a magazine writer, social worker and content developer in an E-learning company. And of course, I taught classes in the university and worked as a research associate, the same kind of things I do now.

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8. Bombay (now renamed Mumbai), Pune, NYC and Chicago are my most favorite cities in the world [Earth]

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9. I love animals. As I child I had rabbits, birds and the best dog in the world. I sneaked in stray kitties with my sister and set up homes for them under my grandpa’s huge bed. Ever since I started my PhD in the states, I am pauperized and my schedule is not suitable for keeping pets. But thankfully I have lived with roommates who have pets and I tend to spend a lot of time with them, sharing the carework : ) getting a dog is high on the list of my priorities when I get a job with a less hectic schedule.

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10. Art keeps me sane. As do good food, nature, literature, movies and music.

The above might seem like a drab list. But if I were to reveal some of the more “interesting” aspects of my personality and life experiences, that would be shocking for most. I’d rather save the dark and dirty for my semi-autobiographical book : )

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I am tagging ten of you in turn.
:iconpeggymintun::iconmisterwackydoodle::icondeannajoprivett::iconglunac::iconjunetown:
:iconenigma-thats-me::icongavinthebard::iconphatpuppy::iconmustafamortas::iconfelt-heart:

[Target] The Rules [Target]

1- Post these rules.
2- Each tagged person must post 10 things about themselves
on their journal.
3- At the end, you have to choose and tag 10 people and
post their icons on the same journal.
4-. Go to their pages and send a message saying you tagged
them.
5- No tag-backs.

Of course, I know how busy you are so treat this as completely optional.  I am happy to know more about you, and this is just one way [High-five!]
  • Listening to: Billy Holiday
  • Reading: The Hidden Messages in Water
  • Watching: The Hummingbird Checking out the Prickly Pear
  • Playing: With Kona, the Forever Puppy : )
  • Eating: Pasta
  • Drinking: Chai
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:iconmisterwackydoodle:
misterwackydoodle Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Hi! It's interesting to read this short biography. I will have trouble replying, I hate writing stuff like this. But I will try. You sound like you have Asperger's syndrome, because of the faux pas thingy... but then everyone does nowadays... It's almost as pop as ADD. Well I know the feeling... open mouth, insert foot. Or maybe, open mouth, remove foot, insert other foot. Note the slight differences in flavor and texture that make feet so interesting. The reason God gave us TWO feet is so that when we get one out of our mouth, the other one will jump into it. It's part of the Curse of Babble On. I know I am cursed because I am still babbling on. I like your deviant ID as it is the hat because you look so dreamy in it. Maybe it's the hat or the tilt of your head but you look like you're staring at something nobody else can see.

I wrote a book like that on my notebook computer then I hated the book so much that I threw the computer against the wall. Well it was a horrible book and that was all I really used the computer for. I find it impossible to write about myself honestly because I don't really know. The things most people would find 'the honest truth' are just the things that pertain to the conscious mind, the world of consensus reality. But most of my life is not lived in that world. So I feel like I'm lying if I stick to that. But then when I start going into subjective and subconscious it gets stranger and stranger and I wonder if I'm lying to myself. There's a book being published about now -- I read an article about it less than a month ago -- that was Carl Jung's exploration of his own subconscious. It turned really weird like my own and so was never published until now. Even after he died his relatives were like 'oh this must never be read by anyone'. First on my reading list. I'd read your book too, if you ever get around to publishing it.
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Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009   General Artist
Chris, I can't tell you how happy I am to see your comment. I was beginning to get worried about you :(

And I understand the frustration of not being satisfied with your own creation, be it a painting or a book, but really, you shouldn't have destroyed it. Throwing the computed against the wall, the symbolism there and the actual act seem pretty violent. It's also a privileged position in my mind. I couldn't do it, I won't be able to afford such a honest, intense, BUT expensive outburst. I wish I had read some of your book. Do you really need to "know" in order to create? Can't it be more intuitive than that? I mean technique is important. But not THAT important. Please write again, make peace with the act and with yourself just enough to create something lasting.

I must read Jung's book too. You'll read my book? That calls for a hug I cannot physically give :hug: but that statement made me very happy.
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:iconamyhooton:
amyhooton Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Wow, You know Deb, I think you are wonderful! People like you make the world a better place. I learnt a lot from reading that, thanks for participating. :tighthug: If you get the chance to visit Scotland I'd love to meet you. x
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Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   General Artist
I think you're wonderful too, Amy :D and I really hope that I get to meet you someday.
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amyhooton Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Professional General Artist
:aww: :hug:
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glunac Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   General Artist
Tag journal completed/with visuals [link]
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Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   General Artist
Thanks Gloria :hug:
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glunac Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   General Artist
I have three children that suffer from mommy separation every once in a while. The 4th has a more hate then love relationship with me.

Everytime I have done one of these tags, I have alienated people with my answers.
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:icondreamydeb:
Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   General Artist
:D alienated? Why? I am assuming those answers were about YOU, so why would that irk others?
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glunac Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   General Artist
I think it is cause people connect with your art in a certain level & then just assume that YOU are who THEY see reflecting from your art (mirrors of them) & get angry or disappointed when you shatter the dream.
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:icondreamydeb:
Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2009   General Artist
Hmm, makes sense.
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Felt-heart Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009   General Artist
That was really interesting to read^^ I think I have mom sickness too but in this spicific case, it cant be cured.

Ill do the tagg thing in a munute k!
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:icondreamydeb:
Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   General Artist
Thanks sweetie :hug: and may be I shouldn't ask this, but why can't it be cured?
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Felt-heart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   General Artist
Well, my mom ided a few years ago, so thats why it cant be cured :( But its ok.
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Dreamydeb Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   General Artist
I'm sorry. I'm an idiot, should have understood. You seem very brave :hug: and very talented of course. She would be proud of you.
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Felt-heart Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2009   General Artist
No, Its ok. I dont mind.
:hug: Thanks
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