Usha
Passerby wants me to talk about 10 things that define my style - Yes, Style, Ishtyle, stylu - you heard it right!People who know me in real life know that style and I dont belong in the same sentence, not even the same page but what the heck, I will invent one for myself now!

Folk music is what I closely identify with - simple, no artifice, demands no skills - anyone who knows it can join in or you can learn as you go and it gets better as more people join in. And the things it talks about are quotidien stuff - the simple joys and sorrows that we all experience and can talk about. There is no difference or distance between the artist and the audience - everyone sings, everyone listens. That is my style of blogging.

Hibiscus - a flower that is always there unlike those other flowers which are prettier and fragrant but seasonal. You can always count on it to be available anytime you need it. Doesn't mind when you reach for it only when a jasmine or rose isn't available. No one who comes looking goes away disappointed. That is my style with people.

Mirror - neither flattering nor unfairly critical. Just say it like it is. That is my style with friends - no wonder I have so few friends! (In truth,most of my friends and even people who I am not so intimate with, who confide in me and actually seek my advice!)

Fish out of water - that is my style in parties and places where there are more than 4 adults I don't know but am forced to hold a conversation with. It is a matter of life and death and many times I prefer death to making the effort to be charming to strangers.

Holi- unrestrained, colourful, happy and noisy - that is my style with kids. I am such a willing victim to their charms that a four year old knows how to make me cry and get away with whatever he/she wants!!

Shahrukh khan's performance - usually boring but occasional flashes of inspired brilliance - that's my style of cooking.

Himesh Reshammayya's voice - Keep off and best avoided!! Or be prepared to face consequences - That is my style when I am upset or when you have done something to offend me.

Water - Take the shape and colour of the container, blend with the dish without standing out - that's my style in a team. The result is more important than my personal identity.

Government departments - That is my style of managing my time. Everything known well in advance, no changes ordinarily permissible, stick to rules, totally routine and boring!

Wine - my style of growing old (I hope!!)- getting better with age and time, thankful for passing through the press and ageing in the oak.When I am 80, I hope I will have a wonderful story to tell that I am proud of and which everyone wants to have a taste of!

I guess it is time now to sign off in style:
“Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.”
-Gore Vidal.
NOw, THAT is EXACTLY MY STYLE!
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  1. passerby55 Says:

    USha,You definitely have a style. Not in the modern way of looking at it.

    I would keep the WINE....
    OLDER the wine tastier it is ...

    I often feel when i read ur posts that:

    USha is like an unstirred glass of juice, kept on the table, .read her and when u reach the bottom of the glass you find the crux(heart,root,essence)

    this post too has its essence..That is exactly your style

    thankyou...


  2. Shruthi Says:

    Usha, that was an excellent read!


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  4. Shruthi Says:

    For some strange reason, I haven't been able to comment on some of your previous posts. Just wanted to tell you that I have been enjoying reading all of them.


  5. Biju Says:

    oohh! that's brilliantly eloquent.


  6. Kishore Says:

    Having no style is also a style. Like, not making a choice is also a choice. :)


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  8. Hip Grandma Says:

    Why haven't you mentioned your new hair style.I felt that was an intelligent move.Planning to follow your example.God needs to give me a little courage.That's all.Your style is being honest and forthright and it shows........Great reading,keep up the good job.


  9. artnavy Says:

    That was a nice way of doing it- diff styles for deigg\ff ocassions/ people....

    very much the usha brand as usual
    did u read my version? still miles to go...


  10. Orchid Says:

    You only confirmed what I sort of knew certain aspects of "your style" from reading most of your posts. Nice job...different take really. This tag is really doing the rounds now and I did mine y'day, stop by.
    Cheers1


  11. well written usha. I enjoyed reading yours. have to do my version of this one too.


  12. Anonymous Says:

    Totally enjoyed your post!

    -nn


  13. Mahadevan Says:

    You have really excelled in defining your style.

    Himesh Reshammaiya's voice too has certain charm and those who have been enamoured by Saigal and Mukesh would not mind lending their years to Reshmaiyya. I therefore feel, even when you are upset, you would not be offensive.

    The example of mirror, 'neither flattering nor unfairly critical', certainly sums up your style.

    'Blend with the dish, without standing out' - yet to come across a better explanation of team effort.


  14. Mahadevan Says:

    You have really excelled in defining your style.

    Himesh Reshammaiya's voice too has certain charm and those who have been enamoured by Saigal and Mukesh would not mind lending their years to Reshmaiyya. I therefore feel, even when you are upset, you would not be offensive.

    The example of mirror, 'neither flattering nor unfairly critical', certainly sums up your style.

    'Blend with the dish, without standing out' - yet to come across a better explanation of team effort.


  15. hari Says:

    Hi Usha,

    That was really re-difining style. I am spell bound and can say nothing more after what passerby55 said relating you to a glass of unstirred juice.

    This post puts your simplicity in style and the comment by passerby set a trend for commenting in style too.


  16. Ardra Says:

    Hi Usha!
    coming back to say after a hiatus ( not self imposed) - "catching up with u'r posts" - seems to have become my style...


  17. Usha Says:

    Hi all,
    Thanks for the approval!


  18. A.R.Malik Says:

    Excellent post. very stylish.


  19. Usha Says:

    Abhilash:
    Heheheh..Did you really like it?


  20. Absolutely appealing - your style! Absolutely Bindass- your blogs (ass literally bound to the chair;-))I would give you 10/10 for your style quotient.


  21. Usha Says:

    JLT: *Taking a BOW*