The Writers Community on WordPress keeps surprising me with their immense love and support. I can’t believe this is the second bloggers award that I got nominated for within the same month! Thank you so much Rishika for including me in your list. Perhaps, it has to do with how both of us belong to the same Indian subcontinent that I instantly felt myself reflected in your writings and soon a friendship began budding between us. I would frequently refresh my feed, waiting for you to update the next piece so I could go and read that too. I sincerely hope those who follow me would also find a similar sense of familiarity and enjoy her site as much as I do.
Having said that, I’m absolutely touched by what getting nominated for this particular award actually means. I looked it up online (by now those who have read my previous Liebster Award post, would know how curious I get about finding out how these awards came to become such popular trends as what they are today) and it seems that this practise was originally started by bloggers to encourage their fellow bloggers who spread optimism and creativity through their works among the writing community. What a wonderfully wholesome initiative! I love it.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Remember to list the rules and indicate your award nomination by including the logo (or like in my case, I got a little too excited and went ahead to make a doodle, but basically the idea is to play, have fun, get innovative, if you want to)
- Answer the questions that has been given to you
- Nominate 11 bloggers who inspire you (or as many as you can, no pressure, since it has been brought to my notice that a lot of the emerging bloggers are yet to build their social circle on the platform)
- Make a new list of 11 questions for your nominees (please keep them interesting and as interactive as you can think of, so everyone involved can enjoy this process)
My Answers along with Rishika’s Questions
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you?
Honestly, I love the idea of travelling and going on trips to different places, be it visiting Bhutan or going on an impromptu trip to Darjeeling over the weekend or even spending a month at an old village somewhere in Provence, France. But I cannot think of settling down anywhere other than where I’m living right now, Mumbai. It’s become home to me, the central point where my life is a circle extending around and beyond it.
2. Do you prefer books or movies? Why?
I never trust adaptations, I just can’t and yet I have been guilty of sneaking out movies from my ‘To-be-watched-after-I-read-the-original-source’ list late at night under moments of weakness (sighs). My ready-made answer to this question would be books because I absolutely love reading and of course, there is no way a film can build a world filled with such intricate details, where you’re completely involved in every part of the character’s life, in the span of just a couple of hours. Yet, they are two very distinct medium of expressions and I do love watching films as much as I enjoy reading. I know, I’m rambling… simply put, I can’t choose between the two.
3. How do you define happiness?
Ah! This one’s easy. Freedom. Happiness for me is being free to do what I want to do. Imagine being appreciated for the work you do, or the art you create, getting to travel once in a while, having time to spend with friends, family or alone enjoying your solitude, eating whatever you wish to eat… man that’s pure unadulterated happiness for me!
4. What is your favourite quote?
Probably could mention many but if I have to choose one, I think I’ll go with this: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” – Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire)
5. How would you spend your perfect day?
Difficult to decide, I have always been a little moody and take things in my stride, make decisions on the spot when I have to, so… right now, I would love to have the watered down coffee from a particular canteen in my campus (we used to call it Milan Da’s canteen, by the name of the person who had owned it) and just sit on the ledge of my university department, peeking at the students who pass by beneath, maybe wave to some who I know, talk with my group of friends and wait for the next lecture to begin. Mhm, sounds like a perfect day. (Yeah, I miss those pre-lock-down days so much!)
6. If you had a chance to time travel, would you visit the past or the future, why?
Definitely the past, I will be prepared for what’s in store for me, despite my terrible memory and half-baked mastery over history, at least I would know something about what has already happened. Whereas, the future seems bleak with natural resources depleting, fascism and aggressive political forces rising everywhere, the environment is under threat, but more than all this, the future is an unknown prospect, an unpredictable and uncontrollable situation that makes me uneasy.
7. Describe yourself in three words.
Empathetic. Impulsive. Passionate. (I was unsure about what to include as the third one since so many words kept zapping through my mind at once)
8. Why did you start blogging?
Five years ago, I knew zilch about blogging but I made this site nevertheless with the hope of keeping an online record of the best writings I wrote. By best, I mean the ones that satisfied me to some extent. I can be very choosy and when it comes to my own writings, I tend to find them quite distasteful awhile after creating them. So I mostly remained anonymous, barely shared the posts I uploaded here with anyone except a handful of friends and was extremely irregular. I didn’t follow anyone nor did I participate much with those who were kind enough to leave comments or nominate me for a bloggers award. But a few years back, I finally had to revamp the site when I discovered the free theme that I had been using until then had been discontinued. And, it was not until last month that I actually started what you might call blogging. The lock-down has given me a lot of free time and with that I became restless to do something productive, to stay busy, and with great pleasure I ultimately began browsing other people’s blogs here. I have never felt more fascinated with how vast this community is and how diverse the range of topics that people discuss or engage themselves in. So far, it has been an interesting journey!
9. What is the first thing you notice in someone?
Eyes! I’m not sure if they are really the windows to the soul of a person but I love it when people smile, like really smile, not out of politeness or for a formal greeting, but out of actual happiness, the kind you see when friends meet and hug or when your cat jumps in your lap and kneads on your thigh, that smile reaches your eyes and the corners crinkle. It’s just so beautiful.
10. Tell me about one of your fears.
Seeing my face change in the mirror at night. I swear I try my best to avoid glancing into mirrors in the dark because I always have this intense feeling that the one reflected on it would not be me but someone else, a stranger. It literally freaks me out.
11. If you had to choose between money and love, what would it be? Why?
Love! Do I really need to say why?! I mean, love is rare and precious and all those very cliche things, but also love is strength, it’s friendship, it’s courage and it’s whatever you need it to be when you’re not in your best form. It complements your lack, accepts your shortcomings and sticks around even when hell breaks lose. I don’t have to be a hopeless romantic to choose love over money. I can earn enough to survive somehow, but love? You can’t even buy that with money!
- A Man Deep (Stunning photography along with simple quotes that would leave you feeling nostalgic but in a good way.)
- Benyapoesy (A poetry blog that is maintained by a very interesting person who is not only a polyglot but also loves anime! I have been enjoying his works quite a lot recently and would love you all to go and visit.)
- Bustling Mind, Blank Verse (Ranging from confessional poetry to narrative poetry, this blog has pieces that are silently stirring and is sure to make an impact on your mind.)
- Darnell Cureton (An author who shares his own insights and gives us tips on going that extra mile in becoming better at our own writing. Extremely optimistic and inspiring!)
- Judeitakali (Another inspiring blogger who often brings up important topics such as depression or mental health awareness in his poems and haiku sequences.)
- Lance Sheridan (Another poetry blog that I would request you all to check out, the poems are filled with intricate imagery and metaphors worth getting immersed within.)
- Lauren M. Hancock (One of my dear friend and fellow blogger who writes poems that can both compel and disarm you, disturb or reassure you.)
- Osharlequin (Love the small illustrations that accompany his poems but I think the highlight of his blog are the Wednesday posts where he discusses and shares various types of music with his followers.)
- Virginia (If you like diversity in your feed, make sure to check this one out! The tagline for this blog describes it perfectly: Finding inspiration in rubble, books, movies, music and more…)
- Wardah (A kind blogger who I hope to become close friends with in time, her poetry is enchanting even when they are sad and it’s difficult to read them without feeling attached to the poet herself.)
- Wildonline (This blog mainly shares wildlife photography and little anecdotes on how the narrator/photographer came across these interesting animal or bird species. Expect to see lots of cute foxes!)
My Questions for the Nominees
- Are you a tea or coffee person?
- Do you have a sibling(s), what are they like?
- Do you own a pet, include their picture in your post and if you don’t have any, would you like to have one?
- What’s the most interesting TV series that you have watched?
- If you had to recommend a book to someone who generally hates reading, which one would it be?
- What do you prefer reading more in blogs? Poetry/short story/interviews/reviews/personal rants/historical articles? (You name it, if not on this list)
- What’s your favourite music band or album? (Share a link!)
- Did you ever consider blogging as a source of income? What’s your views on it?
- How many drafts do you make before you finally publish something?
- Would you call yourself cautious or carefree?
- What’s your favourite flower?
Thanks to all those who survived till the end of this long post. Your patience is much appreciated and I’m excited to read about your views regarding the questions/answers or the award trend itself. Please leave your opinions in the comments below. I would request all my readers to check out the blogs I have mentioned above, many of them are new and emerging writers. Please show them your kind support and encourage them in their journey. Happy reading and spread the love!