C.Suresh and BlogwatiG have awarded me The Liebster!
It looks like tagging is alive and well in the world of blogging. I was recently tagged separately by two of my favourite people in the Blogosphere, C. Suresh and Vinita Bahl, also known as BlogwatiG. If you haven’t visited their blogs yet, run don’t walk your fingers on that little smartphone of yours and seek them out.
The rules of tagging are simple, but their execution can seem excruciatingly arduous. Just read them and you will know why I say that –
Section 0 : Rules of Engagement!
If you are tagged/nominated, you have to post 11 facts about yourself.
Then, you answer the 11 questions the tagger has given you, and make 11 questions for the people you are going to tag.
Tag 11 more bloggers (with no more than 200 followers).
Tell the people you tagged that you did.
No tagging back.
Now, do you see my predicament? I kept thinking – One, I am an enormously boring person – there aren’t 5 interesting facts about me, let alone 11! And two, since this game has been on for a while (and I am a new entrant into the blogging world, practically a baby-blogger!), I think everyone I will tag has probably already been tagged a few times!
In other words, EPIC FAIL even before I started!
The good news is, as I later remembered, that I had played the “Facts about me” game a million years ago (February 6, 2009, to be precise). That was another tagging game – “25 Random Facts About You”, which had made its rounds on Facebook a few years ago. So, I have decided that I am just going to copy/paste (plagiarize?) my old responses from there. Except for the fact that I was young and innocent then, living a sinful life in New York, things are not too different today! (If anything, it was very interesting for me to see how my own self-projections have changed in 3 years). So, here goes – 25 Random Facts About Me, of which, at least 11 are probably still sort-of, to-some-extent, more-or-less, pertinent. (I bolded them)
Section I : Facts About Myself (circa February 6, 2009)
1. I am ashamed of my iPod playlist.
2. I have never owned a camera.
3. I cried when I saw ‘Schindler’s List’. ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ is the funniest movie I have ever seen. And I have seen ‘Sholay’ more than a 100 times.
4. I think ‘love’ is overrated.
5. I will write a book someday. It will be a nice, simple, funny one. And I’ll probably be the only one who will enjoy it.
6. I am amazed at how selflessly my family cares for me.
7. I wish I knew my extended family better.
8. I might be getting tired of New York City.
9. The only places I would want to see as a tourist are the Pyramids of Giza, and Tokyo. But, I hate travel, so this is probably never gonna happen.
10. I stumbled into Market Research (my profession). Talking of a bad stumble.
11. I am a Republican. Mainly because Democrats behave as if they are the Cool Kids in school.
12. I still buy Mega Million lottery when the jackpot gets huge. Hey, you never know.
13 I need to have a big glass of milk every morning. It’s very odd to me that so many people don’t like milk.
14. I think cooking is such colossal waste of time.
15. School days were the best days of my life.
16. I am convinced that Delhiites are morons (except family and friends). They are the only bad thing about that city. Oh, them, and the weather.
17. I believe Coca Cola is the second best invention of Man. (The first, of course, is Air conditioning, but that’s common knowledge)
18. I am done with corporate life. Clearly, I was not born to do this.
19. I wish I was 6 feet tall.
20. I am convinced People and Us Weekly can see the future. Conversely, it ain’t true until People and Us Weekly say so.
21. These days I can say – ‘But I always liked Britney Spears’ – without feeling stupid or embarassed.
22. I am terribly bad at remembering names.
23. I wish I knew Urdu and Punjabi languages well.
24. I hate memoirs and biographies. I’m sorry but no one’s life story is that interesting or inspiring.
25. The last time I voted, it was for American Idol.
I am afraid this list is more than 11. Well, people will just have to deal with it!
Now, on to part 2. Dealing with 11 questions each from Suresh and Vinita. That makes it 22 questions! Anyway, here is my koshish at honest answers. You can directly skip to Section III if this part gets boring!
Suresh’s questions –
1. What do you think is your best post?
My left profile. Especially when I am pretending to look off-camera, to the right. Chin in my hand. Oh wait, you meant “post” not “pose”? In that case, let’s just say that the best is yet to come!
2. Which of your posts do you think was most under-appreciated?
All of them! How is it that my phone is not ringing off the hook with calls from the Editors of The Times Of India, Indian Express, India Today, NDTV and New York Times begging me to write regularly for them?? I am the future of writing and yet nobody but me seems to recognize that. So strange!
3. What genre are you unable to attempt and wish to?
Poetry. The good news is that I wished to attempt it for all of 2 seconds and then the feeling passed very quickly.
4. What is the one unachieved dream that you look forward to achieving?
The Nobel Prize for Physics. But if that is unachievable for some reason (I think I might need a lab or something), I will peg my expectations a bit lower. The Literature one will have to do.
5. What is the aspiration that you think you can never achieve?
The Miss Universe title. For obvious reasons. I don’t have naturally blue eyes.
6. What is most important to you – Values, Relationships or Money & Fame?
Money, obviously. I will buy the rest of it at the Big Bazaar called India.
7. Which do you prefer – a peaceful life or a life of passion and turbulence?
So, I am an extremely lazy person…and it looks like “passion and turbulence” might involve expending calories. I think I will have to pick “a peaceful life”.
8. Which place in India do you most desire to visit?
A clean washroom.
9. Which place in the World do you most desire to visit?
Burkina Faso. What a delightful name that is! Wouldn’t you just want to tell your friends about all the wonderful things you did when you visited a place called Burkina Faso?
10. What is it that you like the most about India?
Our sense of perhaps misplaced confidence. That, somehow, despite our politics, shambling infrastructure, poverty, educational shortcomings etc, we can still be world beaters.
11. What is it that you dislike the most about India?
The same answer applies here as well. Our sense of perhaps misplaced confidence. That, somehow, despite our politics, shambling infrastructure, poverty, educational shortcomings etc, we can still be world beaters.
Vinita’s questions –
1. Do you think a 3 am friend is a myth?
Hah…try waking me up at 3 am! Or, imagine any of my friends doing that for me at that ungodly hour! As far as I am concerned, yes, totally a myth!
2. Who would you rather be? A celebrity or the Prime Minister of the country?
As a PM, can I ever hope to be invited to live in the Big Boss House? I think the answer is no. So, what practical use is being the Prime Minister?
3. What is the one quality you’d like the older generation to imbibe from the younger one?
My grandmother sadly passed on before the rise of Eminem. I would have really liked her to do rap. I wish older people could be cooler like that. How quickly they forget that they were once young and cool. (She did like Abba a lot, though)
4. What is the one quality the older generation must pass on as legacy to the next?
Patience. We totally lack it! And they seem to have oodles of it!
5. What is your take on beauty contests?
I have mixed feelings about them. For example, they gave us Aishwarya Rai, so I absolutely love them for that. But they also gave us a certain image of Aishwarya Rai which we are loathe to have her deviate from, and I absolutely hate them for that.
6. If there was one thing you could do to make a difference, what would that be?
Work hard to improve, or learn to accept defeat and get out of the way, if you think someone else can do a better job at what you are doing. Just stop wasting yours and everyone else’s time by being average. (I so wish our doddering politicians learn this simple mantra). Of course, I am certainly not implying that some people are born average. All I am saying is that everyone must keep the quest alive to find what they are good at.
7. What has your electricity consumption been the last month? Is it gonna change for the better?
I recently cut a cheque for Rs. 11,500 as the bijli-ka-bill payment. That’s probably lower than what is usual for this time of the year, thanks to the grid failures and ubiquitous power cuts. You see, I am an environmentalist, and thankfully, the Government of Haryana is on my side. We are both working hard at reducing my carbon footprint by bringing my bijli consumption to zero.
8. Who is the one person that inspires you?
My maid, Seema. You’ve got to love her You-Think-I-Care-? attitude. She comes and goes as she pleases, works hard or not as she pleases, is polite or rude as she pleases. And yet, the world of our household is at her feet. Hopefully someday, I shall have the same kind of success.
9. Did you ever go back to school and meet your teachers? Why?
No. What’s the point? The harm’s done. It’s all water under the bridge now. I have forgiven them. We can all move on.
10. What colours would you paint with if you had just two shades to choose from?
Black and white! Because that would give me grey, and that is where I truly flourish!
11. Since I am bestowing the award, what one liner would you write describing me?
So, when I think of you, I imagine a Salvador-Daliesque painting in which there is a Giant Leg kicking a Giant Ass. And underneath the painting are the words – Laaton ke bhoot baaton se nahin maanenge.
And now, it is time for me to cook up my own list of 11 questions. Here goes –
- What do you think is the best invention by humans? Why?
- ShahRukh Khan or Aamir Khan? Why?
- If you didn’t have a cellphone and laptop for a week, how would you keep in touch with everyone and everything?
- Who is your favourite door-ka/ki-risthtedaar that you meet very rarely but would want to more often? Why? And what’s really keeping you from meet him/her more often?
- Between Maya, Mamata, Jaya, Sonia and Sushma, who will make a better PM? And will she be better than Atal and Manmohan? Why?
- Why do you love/hate Ayn Rand? (I am pre-supposing that you are not indifferent to her)
- What would it take for you to pose nude (no fig leaf, please) for Playboy/Playgirl? What will be your pre-conditions and what will they have to give you as compensation (cash, kind, charity, whatever)
- Describe the physical appearance of Lord Rama (including attire) based on what you imagine him to be.
- What is your definition of a good human being? On a 10-point scale, where 10 completely describes this good human being, what rating would you give yourself? And who is the closest to 10 that you know of?
- If you were the President of Pakistan, what would you tell India to change so there is peace in the region?
- If your child was an ace mathematics and science student and an ace boxer, what would your career advice to her/him be?
Here is my attempt at passing on the torch (and the Liebster Award!) to friends and fellow bloggers that I have come to know in these past few months. Tagged folks, please excuse me if you have already played this game before! I have excluded those who I know have already been tagged by others for sure, and included those who are more-than-occasional bloggers (e.g. those who had at least 3 posts in August) because, hopefully, they will have the time to keep this flame alive! There is also the additional stipulation that says that the blogger must not already have thousands of followers – that led me to exclude a couple of people I really wanted in my list.
So, keeping all that in mind, here goes –
Aabha Midha (http://www.smilewidabha.com)
Akanksha Dureja (http://expressionssss.blogspot.com)
Amit Sharma (http://mashedmusings.wordpress.com/)
Arvind Passey (http://www.passey.info)
Giribala Joshi (http://giribalajoshi.blogspot.com/)
Gv Sparx (http://gvsparx.blogspot.com/)
Ritu Lalit (http://
Priyanka Dey (www.priyankazneverland.blogspot.in)
Subhojit Goswami (http://metheobserver.wordpress.com/)
Subhorup Dasgupta (http://subhorup.blogspot.in/)
The Fool (http://luciferhouseinc.blogspot.in/)
Thank you for reading. And good luck to all those who have been tagged!