7 Things You May Not Know About Shama

By: Shama Hyder

It’s a blogger chain! You write 7 things that someone may not know about you, and then you tag 7 other bloggers who do the same. Well, I’ve been tagged by the remarkable Kevin Eikenberry. Think email forwards on steroids! I usually pass on these things, but I do get a LOT of questions about what I like to do in my free time, etc. So, I thought this was a good chance to give you a peak behind the curtain.

1. I love country music. No, seriously. You can stop laughing now…When I was a kid, my uncle used to listen to the Judds (Why not me…), and I fell in love with the genre. My favorites: LeAnn Rimes, Taylor Swift, and Brad Paisley.

2. I read ridiculously fast. And I don’t speed read. I don’t even know what that means. I don’t use a technique, I just read fast. 750 pages in 4 hours fast. 400 blog posts a day fast. I retain about 80%.

3. I am NOT first generation. Most people assume that I am 1st generation Indian (or Middle Eastern). I am not. I wasn’t born in the U.S. I was born in Goa, India and spent the majority of my childhood in Bangalore, India. I moved to New York when I was 9. My kids, most likely, will be 1st generation.

4. I am a history buff. Freshmen year in high school, they called me the history channel. Again, seriously. The past holds a very deep fascination for me. I find history alluring. There I said it. If I didn’t run an online marketing firm, I’d most likely be a history professor or a librarian.

5. My mother is an actress. She has acted in several Indian-American independent films and plays. She also wanted wants me to be an actress. = )

6. Astrology is a hobby. When I was a junior in college, I made some friends who LIVED by the stars. I don’t do the same, but it was quite an education. I have never let that go. I enjoy studying the stars. And in case you were wondering…I am a Taurus Sun, Cancer Moon, and Scorpio Rising (just barely-29 degrees).

7. I have only 2 vices. I don’t drink (not even coffee), smoke, or party late. I have 2 vices. Books and Chocolate. People have lured me into doing speaking engagements in exchange for chocolate (not kidding). And, I am addicted to books.

Now, your turn ; )

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  • http://www.austinbridalsecrets.com DJ-RJ

    Wow! Great things to learn about you and I wish I could read like that.

  • http://www.digitalfangirl.com Naomi

    Hi Shama,

    I actually love reading posts like this. It gives you a deeper look into the person you follow and there’s always something you NEVER expect the person to reveal about themselves or their family. I had initailly assumed you were born in the U.S. I think it’s really awesome you were born and partially raised in your country. You must have a strong sense of background due to that. Do you ever plan to return to India to work or do you see yourself remaining in the U.S. indefinitely?

  • http://marketingfit.com Leesa Barnes

    Oh, sugarsnaps! I’ve got to put my 7 things list together. I think I did one about a year ago. I’ll find it and link back to you. Thanks for the tag :)

  • http://www.ireflectm.com Carlos Hernandez


    I enjoyed meeting you at BlogWorld ’07 during your Facebook marketing presentation.

    Almond Joy does it for me!

  • http://www.vividepiphany.com Carolann Jacobs

    Country Music? I would have taken you for a techno girl!

    OK… how to I participate in the 7?

  • http://vivavisibilityblog.com/blog-tag-game-7-random-things-about-me/ Nancy Marmolejo, Viva Visibility

    Oh, the country music one floored me! But you live in Texas so I shouldn’t be too surprised. Can’t wait to see the others!!

    I did this recently, here’s mine… you’ll be really disappointed about me and chocolate.


  • http://mafc.com Angel Adams

    I can read really fast, but don’t retain a lot of the details. For instance, I can read a 600 page book in one sitting, but sometimes only remember a few of the names in the book.

    What’s your secret for retaining 80%??

  • http://www.inspiredbyfun.com Tia Singh aka @TiaSparkles

    I did this on facebook but with 25 things about me – so 7 is a cinch ;)

    Love # 1 Shama – I grew up listening to country music too! Dad was in the Indian airforce and we travelled every 2 years till I was 14, the only constant was the music :)

    Oh that’s 2 things about me!

    # 3) I used to bite my nails till I was an adult

    # 4) I love hula hooping and won a competition the 1st time I ever hooped in 2001 (at a slip and slide party nonetheless hehe)

    # 5) I am addicted to reading (even used to brush my teeth and read at the same time.) Once I took my book into the shower and tried to read it with my hand sticking far out so it wldnt get wet. Didnt work too well …

    #6) My favorite flower is the sunflower – bright happy and sun shiny

    # 7) I did a month long mountaineering course and climbed a mountain at the end of it (17,353 feet – Friendship Peak, Himalayan range) in 2003. The most physically challenging thing I’ve ever done!

    OOps just realised you had tagged 7 people to do this but I jumped in before I read that part haha. Oh well :) great to know a little more about you.