Linked to a Tag..

One of my new year resolutions was to post once a week,  you have to believe me on this one, people. Anyhoo I will go back to my trademark dialogue that life has been getting into the way of living too often and therefore I have been busy doing other things. Thanks are in order to the lovely Altoid who tagged me and poked me out of my self imposed dormancy. Scarlett loves tags (hint, hint to all those that have been checking on me and have been questioning me about my disappearance) and Scarlett can be bribed with tags. Most times, anyways 🙂

Without further ado, here is the tag that Altoid wants me to take up.  So the rules go thus :
Post 5 links to 5 of your previously written posts. The posts have to relate to the 5 key words given : family, friend, yourself, your love, anything you like. Tag 5 other friends to do this meme. Try to tag at least 2 new acquaintances (if not, your current blog buddies will do) so that you get to know them each a little bit better.

Family– Hmmmm. As someone that uses the term family, very loosely, to refer to my extended family and friends and all those wonderful people that have made a difference in my life, a quick walk down memory lane (this blog) indicates that the usually loquacious Scarlett has been rather reticent in this instance. But there are two people that stand out when I mention the word family. My aunt who filled my life with hues and colours that every child needs while growing up and who never once made me realize that I hadn’t received the love of grandparents, is someone who I define family by. I wish I had told her just how much love she sent my way. Why is it that sometimes the most important things are always said during a goodbye? Why did I have to wait till an obituary to express my love for her?

Then there was my adopted grandfather – a fine and gentle reminder that a family is held together by bonds of love.And that these bonds of love are not always with people of our own flesh and blood. A tribute to the old man who loved me like his own granddaughter and left me a legacy of an eternal spring even when he was in the autumn of his life. 

Friends– There are those that stayed when others left. There are those that are a phone call away, an email away and those that I haven’t seen in ages. There are sepia memories and  stolen fragments of time of a life and a time far away and yet there are friendships that are a part of who I am and who make me what I am. They are friends separated by time and distance and yet all I have to do to reach them is to take a walk down memory lane.

Love – Scarlett is a romantic. Enough said. Somewhere along the way, I learnt that the season of red roses gives way to the cycles of nature and fate and human frailities but sometimes, just sometimes, you find a love that stays for all times and all seasons. So I have loved and I have been loved but I am a believer and an optimist enough to believe that there is mad, irrational and overpowering love for those that choose to recieve it. And that keeps me going and keeps me a romantic.

Yourself – Really, this is a bad, bad idea. Anyone who knows me would vouch for the fact that Scarlett does not need any more prodding with this particular topic. But since you asked so nicely dear Altoid, I shall be my usual humble self and merely point to this tag that the lovely Asuph passed on to me at some stage. There are not many other posts on myself (yes, it is hard to describe myself in words) but this pretty much sums my philosophy in life.

Anything – I scrolled through all my posts but then I decided to settle on a personal favourite, just because in my mind’s eye, the whiff of a summer afternoon soothes and heals me like no other. And when we talk of afternoons and seasons and the whole cycle of giving and receiving and loving and leaving love behind, I decided to end with the feeling of relief that comes from knowing one’s role in the grand scheme.

Phew that took time but it was fun. Thanks Altoid, m’lady. Scarlett is honoured that you asked.

So who do I tag [insert evil grin here]?? Asuph, IW, Priya, Ano and Aria, please, please take up the tag because I would love to hear your take on things. IW please note that since you turn my tags down all the time, I need you to convince me that you are indeed my dear brother, dysfunctional family not withstanding.

Have fun, people. Scarlett would love to hear from you.


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. IW
    Feb 11, 2008 @ 08:25:20

    “Dushman Na Karey.. Dost Ne Woh Kaam Kiyaa Hein
    Umrr Bhar Kaa Gum Hamey Inaaam Diyaa Hein..”

    Why O Why you had to tag me ? To complete this tag, I will have to write brand new posts revolving around :

    “Family” (from whom I have been away for 7 years now )

    “Friends” (who have all got married and deserted me)

    “Love” (yeh kis chidiyaa ka naam hein ? Aur kaunse jungle mein milti hein, tell me that first )

    “Myself” ( Who am i ? I will have to first find answer to this eternal question..before I can blog about myself)

    “Anything” ( Now this category takes my goat ! It reminds me of the episode of Seinfeld where George comes up with the concept of making a TV series which is about “Nothing” .. For goodness sake, what’s anything ?! IW gets really mad when someone takes his goat.. IW is miffed.. very miffed.. IW is missing his goat *sigh* )

    p.s. : I haven’t turned down the tag (yet) . I am merely stating my handicap(s) in completing this tag.. Let me sleep over it for a while.


  2. Altoid
    Feb 11, 2008 @ 12:19:27

    *Clap Clap* Scarlett has woken up. Thank you so much for taking up the tag, always a delight to read old posts of yours.

    Take care and love to Miss A


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  4. Scarlett
    Feb 15, 2008 @ 05:26:51

    IW bhaiyya,
    Kitna footage khaoge? You are my dear brother,aren’t you? I am your dear sister aren’t I? Ano the Ma has taken up the tag with such grace and Asuph the Austere has done it too. Ye bahane baazi nahi chalegi, I shall check on you soon 😛

    Thanks for a much needed poke during my very dormant and self imposed exile 🙂

    Thanks so much for taking up the tag. Scary is bhery pleased…I might even start writing again just to feel the sheer thrill of getting comments on my almost dead blog. Thanks 🙂



  5. ano
    Feb 16, 2008 @ 11:02:23

    LOL – Ano the Ma? Rhymes with Manorama :))
    Scarlett, do write – I promise I’ll comment.
    IW – imtihaan ho gayi intezaar ki – jaldi jaldi likh le, beta. 😀


  6. Aria
    Feb 16, 2008 @ 20:55:46

    I love tags too .. esp when I’m desperate to write something and am not able to write anything .. thank you for remembering me :>)

    that aside .. this post has links of some of your amazing writings that I had missed .. love them all .. spent a long time going through the links and as usual it was time well spent …
    “the peach tree” post is another (have lost the count) masterpiece of yours ..


  7. priyamvada
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 04:47:40

    The tag is done! Check it out.



  8. scarlettletters
    Feb 20, 2008 @ 09:20:40

    LOL Ano, Ano the Ma -Manorama, sounds great. The errant Beta is yet to write though 🙂

    Aria, I am always delighted when you visit my blog, thank you for your kind words. I am honoured as always 🙂

    Thanks Priya, will check it out soon 🙂


  9. IW
    Feb 27, 2008 @ 09:08:08

    Done Danaa Done Dunn . Check it out (or maybe it’s better you don’t check it , lol )


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