The Liebster Blog Award

And, it’s award time. After a long while. 🙂 I was just wondering what to blog about and I got the answer in the form of a nomination. So, let me get to it, right away!

Hira Nazir from her blog of the same name has been kind enough to include me in her nominations for the Liebster Blog award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award (second time!). Thank you very much, Hira. Do check out her blog, all ye readers. Her posts are fun to read, witty and thought-provoking.

I’ve already complied with the rules for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award; you can check it out here. Now, to get to the inevitable rules for the Liebster Blog Award. I was wondering about the meaning of the word ‘Liebster’ and just googled it. Apparently, it’s a German word meaning beloved or dearest, and the award is intended to help up-and-coming blogs to get the attention they deserve. I also found this blog post about the possible origins of the award. The rules seem to have changed a lot. Like, a LOT! Anyway, as per Hira’s post, these are the rules:

1. Post the award image on your blog. There are several varieties. Google them and find the one you like the most.

2. List 11 random facts about yourself.

3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the person/people who nominated you.

4. Make up 11 questions for those to be nominated.

5. Nominate 11 people to receive the award. They should have fewer than 200 followers on their blog.

6. If you’re nominated, your name and/or link will appear at the bottom of this post.

Rule 1 – Done!

11 random facts (I’m seriously running out of random facts about myself).

* I’d love to get into acting, because I like acting and because I want to know what the experience would be like.

* I hate it when people mispronounce or use words in the wrong context.

* I’m an atheist but love to know more about different religions, their histories, customs, so on.

* I’d love to work as a librarian, probably because I love the thought of being surrounded by so many books!

* I like observing people and deducing (more like making up stories) stuff about them.

* I have developed a new-found love for photography.

* I’m brilliantly skilled at scaring my sister and mom (never tried it on anyone else) with my scary noises/expressions. 😀

* I hate superhero movies!

* I started playing Criminal Case on Facebook last week (because I was jobless, OBVIOUSLY) and now, I’m tired of/bored with it.

* I love books (fiction & autobiographical) about war-torn Muslim countries. I’m strangely drawn to such books, and want to visit those countries sometime in life.

* I like thinking up crazy, stupid nicknames for people I’m close to.

Whew! And I’m done. Now, to answer Hira’s 11 questions –

What is that special thing you’d present globally as a recognition of your country?

The first things to come to my mind were the sari and/or the national flag.

Do you believe in equal rights globally, irrespective of the nation, color, tribe, religion? Enlighten your answer.

Yes, I do believe in equal rights globally. Irrespective of a person’s nationality, colour, tribe, religion and gender, everyone has the right to strive for what they want in life. And how can a person possibly achieve or try to achieve something if they are not given equal rights? For instance, being denied an opportunity to fulfill your dream because of your nationality. [I hope that made sense]

One favorite best seller book of yours?

First book to come to mind – A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

One person you’d love to dine out with?

Lucky Ali 😀

The biggest nightmare you keep?

A supernatural happening in real life

Do you believe in love at first sight? If yes, then why?

I do not believe in love at first sight.

Anything that makes YOU special than others or is your plus point?

My attitude, the way I question everything and refuse to let others’ views change mine.

Do you have any phobia? If yes, then mention.

I’m scared of cockroaches, actually most insects. 😀

How do you interpret the phrase: “Be and it shall be.”

I’d interpret it as: You believe something to ‘be’ and it shall be. If you strongly believe in something, it will happen.

The lesson from  life you have got so far?

Never stop dreaming, believe in yourself and keep striving for what you want.

Why did you answer the above questions?

Honestly? Because I love answering questions! 🙂

 

11 questions for the nominees –

1. Name one movie you would watch over and over again.

2. What are you thinking, right now? As in, now now now.

3. Why do you think I nominated you?

4. Name one value you strongly believe in. And explain why.

5. What do you love most about yourself?

6. If you could choose to take up any profession of your choice, what would you choose?

7. What do you love the most about blogging?

8. If you could be in the shoes of someone from the past, who would you choose?

9. Name a book/movie character which you felt was exactly like you.

10. If you could make one change in your country, what change would you bring about?

11. What supernatural power would you like to have?

I hope you have fun answering the questions, because I had fun coming up with them.

Here are the nominations –

Anarya Andir’s blog 

My Elegantly Cluttered Chamber

Manu Kurup

hasty words

Wanton Creation

vagabond-esk

Mockingbird, Looking Glasses & Prejudices

A Dowg’s Life (it’s been inactive for about two months, but I’m sure you will love the posts; make sure you check out his open letter to SRK)

Your Daily Dose

Sarah Smiles Awhile 

kkeilly

And I’ve come to the end of the ordeal. 🙂 So, thank you, Hira, once again. And congratulations to the nominees. You rock!

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Reading Realizations

That was a random title I came up with, combining some words that came into my head. I don’t even know what it means! It probably doesn’t matter, though, since you will find out what I meant, as you read on.

I have noticed that some books are so easy to read through. As in, they do not have anything deep or complicated that involves extra thought. All you have to do is read on. You know that even if you skip a few sentences or read at an unusually fast pace, you won’t be missing much. Because what the book offers is a simple but interesting read (interesting, because, you wouldn’t be reading it otherwise). Anyway, my point is that it may not have much that requires you to think about or spend time pondering over. My best friend, Kiran, often skips through a few pages (sometimes a lot more than ‘a few’, if the book is exceptionally boring). I don’t think I could do that because skipping pages would leave me with a feeling of having left the book incomplete, which is literally true! The book I’m currently reading – The Other Side of Midnight by Sidney Sheldon – is one that falls under this category. I’ve kinda grown out of the Sidney Sheldon phase, to be honest. It might be thrilling but somehow, it doesn’t hold the same kind of interest for me as it used to, a few years ago. But Merlin told me she loved this particular book and that’s why I thought I would check it out.

Anyway, there are some books which cannot be read in that almost-casual way. These are books that demand your attention, which you cannot read without ensuring that your mind is in it. They force you to think about what you’re reading. Each sentence in it maybe laden with so much depth and meaning that you just can’t read through it like you do with some other books. These books, often, make you pause for a couple of seconds (or more) and try to understand or digest what you have just read. I have come across quite a few books like that. Most of the books that have deeply influenced me would fall into that category. Almost all of Paulo Coelho’s books are a perfect example! I have never been able to read one of Coelho’s books without feeling a need (a very strong one, at that) to reflect deeply on it. In fact, I got a book of his – Brida – and haven’t been able to get to it yet because I don’t seem to find the time that I’ll need (or in other words, time that the book will demand). Sometimes, even simple books, which may not seem to be very profound in what it has to say, has made me stop in the middle of a sentence and think about what I had just read.For instance, The Love Verb by Jane Green and P.S I Love You by Cecelia Ahern were some books that had a quite simple story to tell, yet it struck some inexplicable emotional chord within me and has failed to leave my mind ever since.

I suppose that’s enough of book-talk. 🙂 The day’s been fine…let’s see what else it has in store for me. Before the final full-stop/period, I read a post in a blog I follow (The answers lie in the questions)…and there was this part where the author mentioned about the importance of always asking questions. And to quote her: “At the heart of every great piece of writing lie questions”. I’m a person who asks questions incessantly, about anything and everything. Others don’t always enjoy it but I can’t seem to be able to stop myself from asking questions. When I read this post, I realized that, perhaps, my abnormally active habit of asking (too many) questions is just a part of the writer in me, part of who I am. 🙂 Happy questioning!! 😛

 

WATSUPPP?????

There’s this one question that people ask each other most often. Yet it also happens to be the most overlooked question ever. In significance, that is – “How are you?” (currently replaced by the cooler What’s up/Watsup/Wazzup/Sup/some other weird variant). I might have to answer this question a hundred times in a single day…probably, more than that. But for some reason, everyone, including me, have this reply that we are trained to give: “I’m fine” or some variant of it. We, almost never, take the effort to answer honestly. I don’t understand why. I guess I should be asking myself first. My reply: I think it must be because I’m, in a way, taught to give that certain reply than bothering to honestly tell the person how I am. Or maybe it’s just too difficult and complicated to explain how I am to a person, especially if the person is someone who isn’t very close (read: someone who isn’t interested in knowing how I am) and if I’m supposed to give a short answer. Still, have you thought about what exactly you are questioning when you ask a person how they are? It has so much significance…yet we never bother to give a thought to the depth of the question we are asking. It has become a very casual question, now, and even when we ask it, we don’t really expect any in-depth response, probably just a casual response, matching the tone of the question. So, why don’t we take a genuine effort to know how the other person is? Why not ask the question and mean it, want to know it? I read something about this in a book, and since then, it has always struck me as weird. We ask something so profound but never bother to listen to the answer. How many of us would want to sit and listen to exactly how a person is doing? Very less, I’m sure. Maybe, with the rat race we all are caught up in, it doesn’t really matter anymore. Hell, do we even take the time to ask ourselves how we are?

I’ve started trying to ask others how they are and listen to them; I’m beginning to take an effort to mean it when I ask how they are, to actually listen to what they have to say. Spread the message, all of you. And by the way, how are you? 🙂

If you ask me how I am, well, it’s been a boring day. I woke up feeling kinda weird, moody and dull. So, my day started off bad. I did cheer up later, but the underlying dullness is still there. So, not one of my best days, I suppose. Perfect day for some crazy chocolate-indulgence! 😀 What do you do/have to fix up your bad day?