About Moi

ShailHi! This is Shail, your friendly neighborhood homemaker.

I stumbled upon the net one fine day a few years back and have felt like Alice in Wonderland ever since. An incurable romantic at heart, I blog, read, listen to music, and play sudoku, apart from my good old ‘homemaking’ duties of taking care of three Martians, a dog, sundry cats and kittens that enter and exit my life at will. Nothing extraordinary about that, right? …and yet, like the ketchup ad goes, I am different. Keep that in mind when you read what I write.

Irreverent is my middle name. I question anything and everything. Period. That things have been practiced for eons is not good enough reason for me that they be considered sacred and followed to the letter. On the contrary. Probably sheep with herd mentality are the only ones who follow without thinking, questioning. Since I am no sheep, you will find ideas expressed here that go against the popularly accepted ones set out by society.

But that’s only occasional. Most of the time I am looking at life through a mirror that makes everything look out of shape and funny. It may not be everyone’s brand of humor. But hey, to each their own.  I also write absolutely sad drivel in the name of poetry. Be warned. For those brave souls who can stomach such stuff: Take a look at Words in verse… my poetry blog.

A warning: Anyone who interacts with me beware! I most definitely will use the conversations with you in my posts if the topic so demands. Of course, anonymously. So it is now up to you whether you would like to interact with me or not. I have had friends turn foes just because I used conversations we have had as a starting point of a post, a part of it or sometimes just as humor. I have also had friends who have understood this approach of mine perfectly too. I have always protected the identity of the persons concerned and will do so in the future too.

A note: NO, I was never an English Literature student, but am a post graduate in Economics. So you might find mistakes in my written work. My apologies.

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99 thoughts on “About Moi”

  1. Your migration to this new domain looks good. The look & feel is very neat and attractive with a simple look approach avoiding jazzy looks.

  2. I love your About Moi 🙂 You. All the way 🙂 Stay that way…. 🙂

    • It’s hard how the world around you tries so hard to not let you stay that way; but guess what, I try even harder to stay that way 😉 Thank you Usha 🙂

  3. Love this ‘very to the point’ intro! Shail have you not synced this blog to FB? I didnt see any update, so wondering. Its been a while since I have opened my reader( and now it has reached a stage of a dreadful prospect 😛 ) so FB is what I rely on to read your posts. Hence asked :0

  4. Love your new home in the blogosphere!! Welcome to wordpress 🙂

  5. Hi,
    Just stumbled upon your blog, and I realise you have a fantastic blog and good content – I like the style you write in and for sure will be coming back more regularly.

  6. Great to come across your blog – I enjoyed several of your posts whilst surfing here and will look forward to more to come. Best wishes from a neighbour in Bangladesh 🙂

  7. Hi Shail,
    I love you for being you. Stay that way. It is worth all the effort. I will be following your blogs.

    • Thank you Bhagi 🙂 I agree, it is worth the effort to be yourself, though sometimes it really becomes tough. I appreciate your words 🙂

      • Shail, I do understand how tough it can be, especially in a country like India where everyone (far and near) has a say in other’s lives. But vocal people like you are an inspiration to other women. Keep up the good work!

  8. What a beautiful nest you have here….you quote friends…hey its a dream come true..quote me please even if under some not worthy of mention comments list….
    and please do not protect my identity..I am not in any witness protection programme 😆
    hugs 🙂

    • Welcome to Shail’s Nest Soma. I am glad you decided that the Tiger’s tummy was no place for you 😉
      I’ll keep your offer in mind 😀 And I am chuckling at the, ‘I am not in any witness protection programme’ 😉 As a writer you know how it is. Sometimes something someone (that’s three ‘some’ in a row!) says gives you an idea for a post. And when it is all written, you have people standing outside your blog door with swords and other dangerous weapons, “I thought we had finished talking on this!” or “I thought we parted on good terms” or “I thought… (insert appropriate words)”. Pisses me off. What the heck, I want to write on the topic and just used the conversation to convey a point. Is that so difficult for them to understand? *rolls eyes* That’s the story behind this. 😀

  9. You have been tagged :D!!! Shail, you’ll love doing it, since you’re not in any witness programme either :P, as Soma has said 🙂

  10. karishma said:

    Hi Shail, came here thru blogadda and I wish I had read you sooner…your post on feminism reflected my ideas to the T..this intro of yours too was so evocative…love your way of writing and your thoughts…intelligent, to the point, and makes you want to read nonstop! Keep ’em coming! Am following you on fb pronto….tc!

    • Welcome to Shail’s Nest Karishma. 🙂 Thank you for the heart-warming appreciation 🙂 Thrilled to have you on my FB page too 🙂

  11. I love your middle name-irreverent 🙂
    I loved your writing style shail-it is so logical and hence, makes sense! I am blogrolling you. Hope that is fine 🙂

    • Welcome to Shail’s Nest and thank you Mypunchingbag (now that’s a mouthful!) for blogrolling. Honored. 🙂 Much obliged for the ‘so logical’. I’d like to believe I am indeed so 🙂 The ‘illogical’ comes through only when writing verse! 😉

  12. Hi,
    I am MANOJ KUMAR YADAV , i am having a keen interest into three things- Spritualism, Writing and Activism. I want to discuss you at many issues related to Indian Family, Indian Marriage, Alternative way of living, Writing of fiction and short stories and analytical thinking and so-on.
    You can see my short profile and some bit of analytical writing on my blog- ‘think2makechange@blogger.com.’
    Allthough, this blog is not representing me in letter and words, because most of my writing is in Hindi and not put on that page so-far. But, you can guess about my depth of thinking from that page.
    Afterall, we can make a discussion forum and more to do somethink grand and creative.
    if you are interested into my proposal, then send me a short message for the same.

  13. Dear blogger friend,

    The 2011-12 edition of the Directory of Best Indian Blogs is out and your blog happens to be one of the 46 blogs that have been included afresh in the latest edition of the Directory. Congratulations!

    IndianTopBlogs team
    1. We are posting this message here as we could not easily find your email ID on the blog.
    2. If you have questions about the listing, do read the FAQ on http://indiantopblogs.com . After this, if you – for some reason – do not want your blog to be shown on the ITB site, do email us and we’d remove your blog from our listing.

  14. loved it Shail 🙂

  15. Hey Shail…I have nominated you for the Capture the Colour Contest on http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/ …was supposed to inform you on facebook/twitter…but since I don’t know your facebook account and am not on Twitter, I thought this is the best way to let you know…

  16. Hi Shail, liked what i read in about section. I’m learning English and the best way to learn is to write. I would like to read more of your posts. Thanks for visiting my site.

    • Welcome to Shail’s Nest Indira. I hope you are reading books, that helps too in learning. I loved the poem of yours. Will drop in again 🙂
      Always welcome here 🙂

  17. very you:)

  18. A post graduate student in economics! Poor you! I will have to follow your blog to see how you survive.
    (Tongue is in cheek, I spent four college years majoring in economics only to discover not too many years afterward that I was always an English major at heart!)

    • Welcome to Shail’s Nest T2T 🙂 That was pretty long back that I studied Economics. I have been a homemaker for the past 30 years and Economics been left behind for good 😉
      And yeah I agree 100% with you. I am an English major at heart too. Discovered it just like you!

      • I too was more inclined towards English but was made to do Economics as “it would fetch me a job”. I never worked after marriage and it is 30 years now. I might as well have done a masters in English. At least I would have enjoyed it. The subject “Economics” seemed to make parents feel secure for our future

  19. Hello Shail. I nominated you for the Award 2012. Please feel free and copy the Award from my blog with the posting *2012*. Congratulations and regards

  20. Hii, I’ve nominated your blog for an award, kindly check the link below, and confirm it when you have the time…Sorry for the late intimation!


  21. Happy to have made your acquaintance Shail! Look forward to seeing you around 🙂

  22. Hi Shail,

    Wanted to connect with through mail!

  23. Thanks so much for your kind comment on my blog today. I just spent some time pouring over your posts and I love your writing! I look forward to visiting again real soon!

  24. This had me snorting in laughter

  25. Hi Shail.
    I have nominated you for some Blog Awards. Enjoy!

  26. Hey Shail!thanks for stopping by and liking my post.The introduction is just right.You seem to be really different.I like your approach of questioning things.That is why I was wondering what made you like my ‘controversial’ post on religion when most of the people disagreed with it.

  27. you know Shail, I was reading your blog and a thought crossed my mind, that since you and Captain Karva chauth are around the same age, and from Kerala and you could have been married to him (hehehe Scary thought ha?).
    Love your intro.

  28. Hi there! I am passing on this nomination for the Liebster award to you. I trust that you will know what to do with it and am excited to see the results. If interested in what I came up with check it out at Ramblings of a Mad Kat. Have a fantastic day!!

  29. Hi Shail… gr8 writing.. glad to meet you… 🙂

  30. Hey!
    I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award. For details check the nomination post here – http://dreamzandclouds.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/some-more-love/
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work! 🙂
    Have a good day!

  31. Hi Shail, I wanted to thank you for the follow! Please be aware that my blog is a bilingual one. So you may get links to some poems in English as well as to some in Italian… Pictures, on the other hand, have no language barriers 😉
    Keep up the good work.

  32. Hello!
    I have nominated you for an award. You can check the details here – http://dreamzandclouds.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/working-to-change-the-world/

    If you don’t do awards or have already received this one, kindly accept it as my appreciation for your wonderful blog. But then, if you want to, you can acknowledge the award & share that one thing which you feel can make the world better. That will be fun!
    Lots of love,
    Madhusmita 🙂

  33. Hey, Shail! Tried looking for your e-mail ID, but couldn’t find it here. Could you please share the same – want to send you something. 🙂

  34. I am not going away..I am sticking onto your blog..The intro about yourself was truly different..enjoyed it 🙂

  35. Thank you for stopping by my blog, or I would never have been introduced to your refreshing writing. 🙂 Keep going!

  36. Hi Shail – thanks for leaving your mark on Beauty Along the Road so I could follow you here. I like your “irreverent” approach to life and the fact that you live with “Martians” 🙂

  37. Hello Shail,
    Have nominated you for Dardos award – http://sayadpoet.wordpress.com/2014/09/25/premio-dardos-my-first-award/
    hope you like the surprise. 🙂

  38. Your writing style is different..you know just like the ketchup ad.. ;)!! Jokes apart, I truly find your write-ups substantial, straight-forward yet maintaining sense in whatever you write. I have become a fan of your crisp and clear English… I am so so glad to have found you.

    There is a lot that I can learn here!

  39. Shail 🙂 I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award.. 🙂 hope you like the surprise – http://wp.me/p4OdYi-as

  40. Love, love, love your tagline,” Where fingers tap dance.” What a wonderful description for writing. I also, love that you are authentic and true to yourself, political correctness be damned. A woman of kindred spirits. I look forward to reading more of your blogs and future interactions.

  41. Thank you very much for following my blog Shail. I’m a relative newbie, so it’s an honour to connect up with you :). I can tell I’ll be spending a lot of time here 🙂

  42. Hi, Shail! Love your about page, and have a feeling I’ll enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for the visit at my place, recently…nice to meet you! 🙂

  43. Shail,
    Just a quick note to give you my new personal blog id: https://diptoeblog.wordpress.com

  44. Dear Shail,

    Hope you’re doing well. It was great reading your blog on feminism. Your style of writing is very intriguing and at the same time very informative.

    We are currently working on building websites with content which isn’t readily available in India. Content which is engaging, which brings new ideas and works for our new ‘internet generation’.

    We have three websites so far:

    A website related solely to feminism issues in India. (www.feminismindia.com)
    BuzzFeed style website where we give concise information – this covers all topics, news, sports, bollywood, tech etc. (www.timechor.in)
    A travel website where we showcase the beauty of India.(www.pathsofindia.com)

    I feel you can be a great asset to our team. Please let me know if you would like to join us in our venture and we can discuss further.



    (Head Of Operations)

  45. Love your about page. Love the way you think and write.
    🙂 It got me thinking and then made me smile too. A big thank you for the later.

  46. Shail, I want to direct you to my latest post because I think you will be able to relate…

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