Sometime last year Vid penned a post on 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us – he thought he’d take advantage of my being away and pen lots of embarrassing facts about me. It went on to become one of the most popular articles on our website and so many of you have been asking for another post on those lines 🙂
Well it’s finally here. Only this time we’re doing it slightly differently – I’m writing 5 things you don’t know about Vid and Vid’s penning 5 things you don’t know about me. He’s promised me he won’t be mean – we’ll see how that goes 😉 Hope you enjoy 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us – Part Deux
5 Things You Don’t Know About Vid
1) The secret about Vid’s fangirls
Let me kick this off with something that makes Vid blush tomato red.
If you’ve been reading Bruised Passports for a while, you probably know both of us are passionate about women’s education and equality. Both of us firmly believe that truly happy relationships can exist only when one celebrates individuality and questions (and bins!) stereotypes based on gender. Neither of us ‘wears the pants in the family’ (yep, that’s one stereotype we loathe!) – we take all decisions together 🙂
Now I know feminist men are all the trend these days, ever since Justin Trudeau spoke about it (love him!). But here at Bruised Passports we’ve been seeing that trend ever since 2013. Back in 2013, we made Bruised Passports’ first ever video and I called Vid a feminist. We got lots of fan-mail from teenage girls addressed to him after that. So cute 🙂
3 years later that adjective still holds true – any of our friends/family will tell you this, Vid can often be found getting into discussions and arguments while questioning sexist remarks and contesting patriarchal stereotypes – I really respect him for it and seems like I’m not the only one 🙂 Even today, a lot of the young readers we meet want a photo with Vid and they’ll always tell him they love him for being a vociferous feminist! Yay!
Here’s the video I’m talking about:
2) Vid’s love affair with photography
If Vid’s family could change one thing about him – it would have to be his restless nature! Vid can’t sit still in one place for more than 10 minutes – you’ll find him pacing up and down rooms looking for things to do.
But all that changes when he has a camera in hand – he can stay still for 2 hours to make a 10 second long time lapse video, he can sit outside in extreme temperatures (think -30°C at the Arctic Circle!) to get that perfect shot of the sunset…. the list goes on!!
3) Vid’s the party clown
If you’re looking for giggles – Vid’s your person! In fact he’s infamous amongst our friends for saying the most absurd things with a straight face.
This spells trouble for people who meet him for the first time because they always take his jokes at face value. Ergo I need to carry around a disclaimer stating ‘Take everything he says with a pinch of salt’ whenever we meet a bunch of new people. It’s not a fun job!!
4) Vid and I are constantly bartering household duties
I know it’s probably considered good practice to be able to do everything oneself but Vid and I are constantly bartering household duties when we live in a house – I love cooking and hate ironing – Vid irons, I cook. Vid shops for groceries, I vacuum the house. The list goes on. But we take turns at washing laundry – that’s one barter I haven’t been able to settle in my favour YET! It’s an ongoing project 😉
5) Vid’s a shiny disco ball – of optimism!
It’s no secret. Both of us are glass half-full kinda people. But I won’t lie – it doesn’t take much to get me down in the dumps. If you’ve been following Bruised Passports for a couple of years, you’d know I was plunged into an abyss of darkness when my dad (he was my best friend!) passed away. For a year, I couldn’t even talk about it or get myself to go back to work. My recovery took really long, but Vid nursed me back to health like one does a baby. Every single day he’d tell me to value what I have – amazing friends, a gorgeous family, a job I love – instead of plunging myself deeper and deeper into grief. Thanks to his outlook towards life, I find myself getting better and better every day. Vid makes me see the light at the end of the tunnel every single day!!
It’s true – nobody’s life is perfect. But it’s better to concentrate on the good bits, leave out the negativity and clutter that seem to define modern life, and celebrate the everyday 🙂
Let me give you an example! On our recent road trip to Ladakh, there were many days when it took us over 12 hours just to drive 200 kms. All along the way, there were traffic jams and barely-there roads but then there were spectacular views too. This is pretty representative of life itself – look to the left and there are traffic jams and muck, look to the right and there’s gorgeosity. Life is truly what you make of it – Niggles come and go, optimism and smiles last 🙂
I’ll let Vid take over from here – remember point 4? I think you’ll get a lot of it soon 😉
5 Things You Don’t Know About Savi
1) Savi’s vocabulary is….errr…
Teehee – I can see all of Savi’s friends nodding their heads right about now. Savi uses the longest words while having conversations and writing. It amuses her friends (and me!) to no end. I blame it on years of studying English Literature.
In her world, it’s never ‘drunk’, always ‘inebriated’, it’s never ‘middle-class’, always ‘bourgeois’, it isn’t ‘repeat’ but ‘regurgitate’…. I could go on. I always need to proof-read blog posts on Bruised Passports in public interest – to weed out all the long words in order to make them readable.
She’s learning to reign it in but a short word is always followed by a cheeky “see I’m using short words” grin. There’s also no guarantee for the lapses that follow a drink or two. What do I tell you? The inebriated bourgeois starts regurgitating her favourite long words after a beer (sorry Savi, couldn’t help it) :-p
2) Savi doesn’t like expensive gifts but…
If you know the story about our $5 engagements rings, then you probably know about Savi’s disdain for expensive gifts. But she always asks for the craziest gifts – coupons for trolley rides around airports. Seriously who needs those? I still don’t know how I get blackmailed into it every single time!! Let me dig up a super old photo for you:
3) Bruised Passports is the way it is because of this elf
Savi’s the most conscientious worker in the world. I click photos for our website, manage our Facebook page, and help with the technical end of things but Bruised Passports is what it is because of Savi. She works so hard on all aspects and refuses to sacrifice our social media schedule or publishing articles for anything in the world. She can’t “let it be” – that phrase doesn’t exist in her dictionary. Instead she’ll fret, worry, burn the midnight oil, and somehow finish everything. Why? Because a missed post means a red blotch on the Excel sheet in her mind. Once a teacher, always a teacher 😉 This might be why she finished her PhD in just 3 years, much to everyone’s surprise!
All jokes apart, I’m so proud of her of being the perfect boss but I won’t lie – her conscientious behaviour amuses me to no end sometimes. Especially when she’s standing in the middle of a remote desert, wrinkling her nose and looking to the heavens for….. mobile connectivity, so she can upload an article or social media post on time 😉 Guffaws follow, I can’t help it
4) Savi loves naps
I think if Savi was born in Spain, she’d be a professional siesta-er (if there be such a thing!). She loves her naps and I find her crawling into bed most afternoons, irrespective of where we are! That’s not all – no sooner has an airplane or car started moving, Savi’s a-sleeeeeeeep!!
5) Savi lives in a fairy tale and makes sure everyone around her does too
It’s time for a story 😀
This one is about a li’l thing but one that is reflective of our take on life itself, so I thought I thought I’d share it with you. We often get asked how we end up in fairytale scenarios in life. Well this is how…
A few months ago, we rented our car to explore Latvia. On our last day there, we drove through our favourite stretches of the Latvian countryside. Mid-way, we spotted this magical woodland and decided to drive in there for a picnic. If I was left to my own devices, I would’ve just slapped sandwiches on a rug and feasted on them. But Savi dragged me for a rambly walk through woodland lanes dripping with wildflowers and berries, collected wildflowers, and arranged a picnic spread between prancing with wild squirrels. I put on some songs and VOILÁ a picture-perfect picnic.
To LIVE THE DREAM, you don’t need a lot of money or luck – you just need INCLINATION & TIME (and a dreamy-eyed girl hellbent on dancing with unicorns!). Then you can create your own fairy tale – just make sure it’s based on happiness and equality! 🙂
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