Showing posts with label Navin Samuel Mathew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Navin Samuel Mathew. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Perks of dating me!

Inspired by a search to find out what it is about me that I like in myself. 

  1. I may not be book-smart and do not have a fancy degree from that Ivy League varsity, but I am quite street-smart and you will find that I am a wonderful conversationalist and can talk about anything you can possibly think about. I might appear nerdy and can be quite opinionated but I love bouncing ideas and we will learn a lot from each other. Of course, that's because I love learning new things and languages.
  2. I won't do casual relationships. Are you a married/committed woman stuck in a dead-end relationship looking for a fun 'no-strings-attached' nookie? You could be the most seductively wonderful lady and what you are offering could be the dream of any guy out there but I'll still not date you because I just can't be 'the other man' in your life. Plus, I need substance and commitment in my relationship.
  3. A former 'people-pleaser', I am not a 'Yes' man. Which means I have the spine to say No on occasions. Invaluable trait.
  4. Give me a blueprint and I can assemble a tree house while you get me the lime soda and towels.
  5. I am a foodie. 'nuf said. Some of our dates will be to the most interesting food joints in town.
  6. Want to know which dress fits you best? I'm the guy who will stand there while you are trying a dozen outfits until you get the one that makes you look like a star, and I will be honest about every single one.
  7. I will get you infected with wanderlust. Period.
  8. I will watch any TV program with you, as long as you tell me what's happening and we are cuddling.
  9. Feeling down? I will play with you, pamper you and pet you. I will clown myself so silly until you have a smile on your face.
  10. Thanks to my mom and the fact that I've been single for so long, I can cook beyond the odd maggi and omelet. Ta da!
  11. I have good genes - great skin & hair, am reasonably tall and look atleast 10 years younger than what I really am. I've been cute when I was young, and I am a looker now. I have an incredible smile and awesome pearlies. But don't take my word, scored my face a 89/100. 
  12. I can do almost any household job known to man, with reasonable perfection.
  13. Thanks to the variety that I've dated, I am now very non-judgmental and unconditional when it comes to loving you. Been around the block quite a lot? No problem. I will be the last guy you'll ever date.
  14. I am great with - a) kids b) parents / grandparents c) dogs
  15. I am very low maintenance. A hug when I am back home, a cuddle at the couch, a surprise kiss every now and then, a sensual touch and a cuddle. I am all yours.
  16. I'm for chivalry so I will defend you if anyone trash talks you, will open doors for you, will let you sit first, will pay for dinner and will kiss you at your doorstep goodnight.
  17. I love shopping. I seem to have infinite patience while helping you choose exactly the right color for your handbag, shoe or dress. Retail therapy - Hell yeah! And I'll carry the groceries too. 
  18. I can and will communicate articulately. I will sit and spend an hour trying to make you understand the how and what I feel when I feel it and I'll encourage you to reciprocate as well.
  19. Along the same topic, yes. I am a great listener too. I will sit down, and listen to you. I will try and understand your point of view but by the end of it, we will have closure.
  20. I will fight fair. I won't use words that will hurt and will tell you when you use hurtful words, but will move on. After all, I've always loved the make-up sex after big fights.
  21. I clean up quick and nice and I'll be ready and willing to help you decide on which bra or shoe to wear.
  22. I photograph well but I'll always make you look better in our photos.
  23. You don't need to buy me gifts, but if you feel compelled, get me something that shows an intimate knowledge of what I like. Getting me gift coupons is a really bad ideaOn the other hand, I will glean out precious information on what you like and will give you gifts every time we meet.
  24. I give the best pedicures and manicures known to man.
  25. Bad breath? BO? I will tell you about it and buy you perfumes and take you to the dentist and or help you with dental hygiene tips.
  26. I am a go-getter and I will push you as hard as I push myself. Having the mental block? By week 1, you wouldn't even remember why you hit the glass ceiling.
  27. Are you physically sick? I will nurse you back to health. Soup and bed pans, right up my alley.
  28. I can't sing but will put you to sleep with a bedtime story and a lullaby.
  29. Want some personal Me time? Granted. I am really good at understanding when you need personal space.
  30. I am extremely perceptive to mood swings and will give you my shoulder and an eager ear.
  31. Mood swings? Knot in the neck? Sore muscles? I am your personal masseur. I have put many a girl to sleep with just my back rubs.
  32. Do you have a hobby? I'm your new hobby partner! Howdy!
  33. I will laugh at all your jokes. And you will laugh at all my antics. Guaranteed.
  34. When you are with me, we are always the A-Team.
  35. I will never stare at other women in front of you.
  36. I am kind to animals and homeless or otherwise disadvantaged people.
  37. I know my P's and Q's and will never burp or scratch my unmentionables in public (or in plain view).
  38. I will leave the toilet seat down.
  39. I OCD with the broom and my home is probably tidier than yours and everything in my home has a place for itself.
  40. I will ask for directions when my map-reading skills fail on me.
  41. I do what I love and I love what I do. So I will push you to follow your heart too.
  42. I am 176 cms. So that's above average height for an Indian male. Top shelves in kitchens? No problemo. 
  43. I am a people's person and will have no problems in getting along with your friends and family.
  44. I will never take advantage of you when you are drunk or otherwise too intoxicated to bother. 
  45. Designated Driver. Can drive stick and auto and all the more reasons for you to take me along when you want to drink.
  46. Will call a spade a spade. Always.
  47. Affectionate and a very touch-friendly person. I can cuddle you till you are warm, toasty and room-temperature.
  48. I am not superstitious in relationships. I don't believe in 'rahu-kaal' and all that crap.
  49. I am resilient and when I have a situation or a crisis at hand, I am curious to learn how to deal with a situation that I don't understand.
  50. Friends who know me for an extended period of time find it easy to confide their secrets in me. 
  51. I can instill confidence in complete strangers. 
  52. I am organized and meticulous. Everything in my home will have a place and a purpose.
  53. Personal hygiene is really important, so you have to have above par levels of hygiene or I am not going to date you.
  54. Call it an unintended by-product of all these years of good solitude and alone time, I won't demand that you message/call me every hour on the hour for a status update of what you are doing and I am not going to do that to you either. A message every few hours (at max) or one call a day is all I need.
  55. I pack luggage like a science! Do you need more reasons to travel?
  56. I will serenade you with poems and blog posts.
  57. I love trivia and searching for trivia about random (mundane) stuff.
  58. Want to dig your nose? Sure go ahead. I will even teach you how to roll it into a ball and flick it long distance.
  59. Our children will have your good looks and my great hair. Oh and all my qualities as mentioned above.
  60. Not a stalker. I don't stalk my exes and I can't understand why people would want to stalk their exes either. If perchance you aren't happy with 'us', then we make a non-sticky break. I won't ask you to reconsider/reconcile/explain why you didn't want to stick to your 'with you forever' promises you made when the going was good.
  61. I won't cheat. Caveat: You shouldn't cheat or otherwise betray my trust in you. I am not magnanimous enough to let you try and build trust in me a third time, so if you are the kind who falsifies/conceals information about yourself/situations, then this list is off-limits and should be the read '61 reasons why you cannot date me'. 
While this list is intended to be a mix of my strengths and weaknesses, this does not mean I am dating but was a fun exercise in self-discovery and serious introspection. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Of lesser gods..

He is like any of us.

Like you and I, he has a family, who cares for him, loves him and looks up to him. Respects him for the job that he does.
He faces the same struggles that you and I face in today's economy. Yet, I've never seen him upset or heard him complain. Lives far away from his family who yearns to see him once every 6 months.

Raju works hard for his meager salary of Rs 3000 (about $67). Meets all his food and shelter expenses and is still able to send Rs 2000 ($45) back home to his family. Enough to meet all the expenses and more.

But he is not any of us. He is one among the army of housekeeping personnel who silently yet unfailingly strive to make your life at work so much more comfortable.

Cleaning, mopping, dusting, serving they make sure your workstation is clean and spotless even before you wake up. Working insane hours of the night, I've seen them tirelessly toil almost like robots coming out of the woodwork to clean and pick up trash and exit the floor just as silently as they come.

Yet we snarl at them if they forget to clean the stinky toilets or have forgotten to pick that piece of trash that we left.

As a nation, most of us are highly impatient towards people that are perceived disadvantaged. Perhaps, because we've lived charmed lives.
While some of the more privileged among us aspire to buy the latest car or that opulent apartment, many like Raju are happy if they are able to meet all their expenses this month and have a few hundred rupees for next month's mela.

While many of us have a lot of 'job security' (or the misplaced feeling of one) and the certain assurance that we'll get our pay like clockwork, folks like Raju have a silent yet looming threat of unemployment hanging over their heads. Maybe they'll get their pay. Maybe they'll not.

Most of us would have never had (and probably will never have) to struggle for our food. But for the millions of people like Raju, they are just one paycheck away from starvation.

As a person, who did struggle for a square meal myself, I've never forgotten my roots or my milestones. Recalling those days, I'd ration a single banana to last me for 2 days, taking a bite and then carefully wrapping the skin around so that it remains fresh until dinner, I've used community toilets and worse.

I've come a long way since, but I still remember those days like it was last week.
When I see a person struggling, I see myself in them. I talk to them, as I would've wanted someone to talk to me when I was struggling. I encourage them and show them how I've grown. Amidst challenges.

I've seen people who've started out at the lowest rank, climb up the ladder only to make the lives of those below him/her much harder. The story of the Indian Crabs come to my mind.
If talking down to waiters is considered rude, how can we condone our general attitude of disregard to those to make sure our toilets are clean, tables spic and span and dustbins cleared?

Butchering a more popular adage, the lives of our housekeeping army make me believe 'With much money, comes much misery'.
They don't need your money or your leftover food. They don't need your sympathy.

But, its time we said 'Thank you, Sir/Madam' to the next housekeeping staff you meet. Let them know that you appreciate the work they do, that they are not invisible any more.

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