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!

Cruel Twists

I had wanted to blog today morning, but got busy with work. In fact, I got this thought while brushing my teeth, and since then, I’ve been thinking of writing it out. While walking to work, I thought about it, mentally jotting down what all I wanted to write about. Surprisingly, I got another touching thought after I reached office. I did try to write it out, but got busy with work. And that’s again something to talk about! 🙂

So, before I get into the actual thought that triggered this urge to write, let me tell you about a news item I read today morning. If you have noticed, we read a lot of stuff each day; a lot of articles, information and random facts cross our mind. But there are some that stay, that touch your mind enough to make you think! Today morning, while going through some  news updates, I read an article. It wasn’t the first article I read, but it was the first (and the only one, I think) that moved me. Obviously, why else would I be blogging about it?

So, I started my day at work, feeling emotionally moved by this news item. In a country where deaths, accidents, injuries and mishaps play prominent roles in newspapers, this might not be unusually shocking or anything. But when I read it, I kind of imagined myself in her situation, then in her parents’ situation. She was (it feels weird saying ‘was’) my age…and she had got placed in the same company as me (remember the campus interview, the job I decided to let go?). Meaning, I might have met her if life had taken a different road.

Life twists and turns…

She was supposed to be take part in a TV show later this month. It’s easy to say life had other plans for her. But very difficult to come to terms with those plans. Sometimes, life’s twists can be so cruel. This was the one thought that kept ringing in my head, when I started work today morning. Kind of like a reminder that the next moment can be happy, shockingly disastrous or just normal…that all I can do right now is MAKE MOST OF NOW! 🙂