31 Random Things About Me

I don’t have much of personal info in the About page and figured this might be a good time to share some with you.

I chose to do a 31 random things about me as I am stepping into my 31st year today, the 31st.. And it turned out to be the hardest one to write.

  1. I was born in Chennai, India
  2. I am 30 today
  3. I love travelling and if I won the lottery, I know exactly where I’ll go first
  4. I have a bachelors in Chemical Engineering and a masters in Computing Info Systems
  5. I live in East Lansing, Michigan in the U.S. with my loving wife Priya. Go Spartans!
  6. I have been married to Priya for 801 days
  7. I have a little brother & a sister living in Chennai.
  8. My parents live in Chennai too in the house I grew up.
  9. Our house is less than a mile from the airport and grew up watching airplanes flying in and out of the airport from our terrace.
  10. Our current house in E.Lansing is 5 miles from the airport and I still love to watch the airplanes fly in and out from our deck in summer nights.
  11. I can’t ski but enjoy long walks with my wife.
  12. I love playing pool even though I am not good at it.
  13. I play in a BCA 8-ball pool league (in my 7th season).
  14. I love playing volleyball – I am in a long break since Sep after an ankle sprain.
  15. I drive a Mitsubishi Eclipse – always wanted a sports car!
  16. I enjoy bowling. I once scored 222 on a Thanksgiving day just to see my buddy score 223.
  17. I never played any kind of sport for the best part of my life.
  18. I like cooking but hate cleaning up after.
  19. I enjoy fiction – Irving Wallace, Ken Follett, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton kind of books and an occasional book like ‘The World is Flat’.
  20. I can’t swim well but love to be in the water.
  21. I am very bad at returning phone calls. Friend, if you haven’t heard from me just know it’s not personal. I’m just lazy at that.
  22. I love nature and Grand Canyon has to be the best place I have been to.
  23. I registered ShanKrila.com in Sep 2006 in hopes of creating our family website with pictures & such. ShanKri-la is a play on the word – Shangri-la. shan being a part of my wife’s name and the K, is of course me.
  24. I love movies – comedy, mystery, drama & action. For a geek, I really don’t enjoy Sci-fi as much. Recent favorite – Charlie Wilson’s War. All time favorite – Forrest Gump.
  25. Favorite actors – Rajnikanth (tamil), Tom Hanks, Will Smith & Adam Sandler.
  26. Favorite actresses – Asin (tamil), Catherine Zeta Jones & Julia Roberts.
  27. I wear a lot of hats in my day job and love it. No, I am not a male model. Far from it, actually. 😉
  28. I am running out of things to write.
  29. My favorite food – Lamb Briyani (a spicy aromatic Indian rice dish). Obvious plug: SpicyTasty.com – the best Indian Recipes site. Ever. (honey, did you read this?) 😆
  30. My favorite cuisine – Indian (surprise!), Mexican, Thai & Italian.
  31. I am Karthik Ramadoss. Nice to meet you too. 😛

Karthik priya

Priya & Karthik

If this hasn’t put you to sleep, I don’t know what will. Thanks for sticking along with me and you are the reason I am blogging.

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24 Responses to “31 Random Things About Me”

  1. Andrew January 31, 2008 at 3:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday, Karthik! I just stumbled here courtesy of BloggingGal! And while this post was a personal one, rather than a tech-help one, I found it quite entertaining. Especially since my high score in bowling was a painful 199. I guess getting an awesome score above 200 only to be beaten by 1 point is just as painful.

    On a side note, I LOVE Indian food, particularly vegetable biriyani (sorry about the spelling!) and masala dosai! Mmm…

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  2. Shankar Ganesh January 31, 2008 at 3:22 pm #

    Happy Birthday buddy!.

    Great to know that you’re also from Tamil Nadu 🙂

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  3. patrick January 31, 2008 at 3:23 pm #

    Happy Birthday Karthik! Great post, those are a real good selection of random facts. I love Indian food too – acquired that taste during many years in the UK – all the mild stuff for me though. Sag Paneer my favorite side. Hope you have a great daya on your birthday …

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  4. K January 31, 2008 at 3:26 pm #

    Andrew, thank you for your birthday wish and welcome to ShanKri-la! Almost for a year, I have been kinding of hiding behind my nickname with my readers and except for a few friends here, most of my readers knew little about me. I figured this would be a good opportunity to stray away from tech stuff.

    199 is equally painful.. just to clarify I usually score less than 150 and it was just my lucky day with a couple of turkeys in bowling (after having turkey for lunch on Thanksgiving day 😆 )

    That’s awesome that you love Indian food. May be you might find something you could make yourself from one of my wife’s recipes. (she loves it when I plug her blog here 😉 ) And she likes coupons and deals too. I will have to ask her to check out your blog.

    Looking forward to seeing you around too. Cheers and have a great day!

  5. K January 31, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    Thanks Shankar! Haven’t I mentioned that to you yet? Gosh! Born and raised in Chennai until I moved to the US in 1999.

  6. K January 31, 2008 at 3:39 pm #

    Patrick, great to see you here man! Thanks a lot for the wishes. It’s great to hear that Indian food is so liked around the world. Of course, it is pretty big in the UK. Instead of plugging my wife’s blog in every comment, I went back and edited the post to add the link right there. I can now get one big brownie point! 😆 Cheers and thanks again!

  7. Suresh January 31, 2008 at 3:47 pm #

    Oh my gosh……. Of all the people..i could never imagine karthikeyan writing a tech blog… looks cool anyway.. keep up the good work..

  8. K January 31, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Suresh, great to you see you here buddy! Life is full of surprises, isn’t it? 😆

  9. IngaOz January 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm #

    WOW!! Happy Birthday!!! All the Best to you 🙂

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  10. Sheila @ GoVisitHawaii January 31, 2008 at 5:07 pm #

    Happy Birthday!

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  11. Kyle Eslick January 31, 2008 at 6:52 pm #

    Happy Birthday man! I’m about to join that 30 club.

    I really enjoyed that post, except of course that stuff about the Spartans. :mrgreen:

    Mitsubishi Eclipse is a great choice!

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  12. Madhur Kapoor January 31, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Happy Birthday buddy. Good to know so much about you and see your pic.

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  13. K January 31, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

    IngaOz, thanks for your wishes!! 😀

    Sheila.. thanks a lot!

    Kyle. thanks buddy! It doesn’t feel as aweful as some people say! I’ll see you soon here. 😆 Great to hear you enjoyed it.. and yes I love my car.

    Madhur, thanks a lot buddy! I was hoping atleast some of you would like to see this and I am glad to see I was right.

  14. Tish January 31, 2008 at 10:51 pm #

    Great post, K! It’s great to learn more about you! And I love the photo of you and your wife. 🙂

    Happy birthday again!

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  15. Troy January 31, 2008 at 11:42 pm #

    Happy birthday K! It’s nice to see when bloggers add a little human interest to their writing, and this is a great time to do it.

    Like many others here I am a lover of Indian food but I had no idea your wife had a blog. I’ll have to check it out!

  16. K February 1, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    Tish.. thanks again! That picture was taken at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas.

    Troy.. thanks man! I was surprised at the number of people who found this interesting. I almost scrapped the idea but figured if i didn’t do it now I’d never do it. 😉 She just started her blog a couple of months back and she has gained almost the same traffic as this blog! Go figure. 😆 In fact, this is the first time I have mentioned it here besides having her in the blogroll. Hope you find some food you like over there.

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  17. Mark February 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm #

    Oops, I missed the birthday…so happy belated birthday, buddy! :mrgreen:

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  18. K February 4, 2008 at 4:23 am #

    Hey no problem.. thank you! 😆

  19. Nirmal February 4, 2008 at 10:30 am #

    Great to know more about you, belated birthday wishes. BTW, frankly speaking you dont look like 30 year old. 🙂

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  20. K February 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm #

    Hey Nirmal, thanks buddy! That’s so nice of you to say that but pictures can lie. 😆

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  21. Suresh T February 4, 2008 at 7:29 pm #

    Hey Karthik, belated bday wishes, was wondering its 31st Dec/Jan. lost in time. Have a great year…

  22. K February 5, 2008 at 5:09 pm #

    Suresh! Thanks a lot.. great to see you here! 😛

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  23. Stephen Cronin March 21, 2008 at 5:52 am #


    Almost 2 months late, but Happy Birthday!

    It’s great to find out a little more information about you. I have a question: Where would go if you won the lottery? I love travel too and I think about this from time to time, but I keep changing where I’d like to go!

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  24. K-IntheHouse March 21, 2008 at 9:20 am #

    Thanks a lot buddy! Mine changes a lot too.. but one place I definitely want to go is Lake Manasarovar in the Himalayas. 😛

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