Meme – 8 least known facts about me

Updated June 27, 2007:  Some folks have responded, please see below.

Raj has tagged me and I am supposed to write 8 least known facts about me: 1. Thanks to my father’s war zone posting in Sikkim during my early childhood, I started schooling only from the 2nd grade.  That has made me perennially nursery-rhymes challenged. 2. I wasn’t into paintings that much. That changed after I encountered Monet, Van Gogh and Vasily Kandinsky. Priya Raju, my art lover wife had a key role to play of course. 3. I used to ride my father’s 30 year old Raleigh bicycle to school. My classmates used to call it the “rolls royce”. 4. A combination of my shyness and poor english speaking skills made me live in complete dread of public speaking.  Now I don’t miss any opportunity to make a speech, thanks to Donoghue Dunedin Toastmasters Club. 5. I’m passionate about anthropology and have an insatiable curiosity to learn about other cultures. These days our vacations are centered around this topic, thanks to Priya Raju’s shared interest and encouragement. 6. I directed 2 Tamil plays in high school. Interestingly, Ganesh who is one of the fellow bloggers on this site was the hero in both of them. 7. I can read/write/speak Sanskrit (speaking not that much) and Tamil – 2 of the 6 classical languages (Hebrew, Greek, Chinese and Latin are the other 4). 8. I have climbed both the no.1 and no.2 peaks in South India – Anaimudi and Mukurthi (Doddabetta is technically taller than Mukurthi but it has a motorable road right near to the top of it) I hereby tag 1. Ganesh and 2. Sibu who both blog on this same site. [Sibu responded saying he was on vacation and he will respond shortly]. 3. Kaps of Sambhar Mafia famous for his desipundit posts. 4. Ranjit Nair who is a KM aficionado from Satyam. [Ranjit has responded. Thanks Ranjit.] 5. Ram, a colleague at Cognizant who runs the Arre O Sambar blog.  [Ram has responded. Thanks Ram]

6. Mahesh, the Buddha, a former colleague based in Singapore. 7.  Joe Kissell of ITOTD, the must read everyday site.   [Joe got back and said he is in the midst of moving and is very busy. Thanks Joe]

8. Vinnie Mirchandani, the deal architect. [Vinnie responded that he already responded to this tag last year. Oops.  Thanks Vinnie].


  1. Anonymous said June 25, 2007, 2:12 am:

    Hi Priya

    I have tagged you for “The 8 Random Facts About Me” meme. Request you to respond. Refer to my post for the rules (

  2. Anonymous said June 25, 2007, 3:21 pm:

    I have responded to this meme in my blog. Thanks for tagging. 🙂

    Arre… O! Sambar… 😀

  3. Anonymous said June 30, 2007, 11:05 pm:

    Thanks Sukumar for tagging me. So nice of you. Having taken up a new assignment it is little hectic these days with quite a bit of travel. I’ll sure post mine shortly.

  4. Anonymous said July 11, 2007, 8:07 am:

    Finally I posted it. Huh !!!!