Here are some answers to the questions posed.
1. If given a chance to choose between a solo trip or a family trip, what would you choose and why?
-Oh, I would definitely choose a family trip! It’s a far more exhilarating experience to create memories together instead of just being alone. As far as self-discovery is concerned, I’m severely restrained by my inability to get up in the mornings. Adventures like hiking, boating, kayaking, etc. are all up my dad’s alley. My adventures are limited to reading a book in bed.
2. Do you prefer dusk or dawn? Why?
-Dawn, because I’m never around to see it. The best place to be at dawn is in bed. At dusk, if you’re in bed, people frown. But yes, on a serious note, the diffused sunlight in both cases is beautiful.
3. Which is one characteristic of yours that is completely different from your current personality? Share and explain.
-I’m a talkative introvert. (My favourite oxymoron right there). I mostly blabber only to close family members, but they all smirk when I call myself an introvert.
4. What is that one moment of your life that you wish to live again, but have severe doubts about its comeback?
-I have two such moments…
I want to be a five-month-old baby again; no stress, no high school, no career choices to worry about; my mom cooing over me and brushing my hair lightly with her fingers, my dad playing with me as soon as he gets home from work. Those were the days. Times were simpler back in 2002, no internet or devices stealing our attention or our parents’ attention. However, the problem with turning into a baby is that I have to live through all these years again. Sighhhhhh…
I want to relive the day of my sixth grade graduation ceremony. That was probably the best day of my academic life. I had more certificates than I could hold. I am really scared that I won’t be able to live up to the expectations and have another, more ceremonious day ahead.
5. If you are given a piece of land to construct a building, what kind of building would you get constructed? Why?
-I would probably want to construct a library that boasts of a fusion of technology and paperback books. I would perhaps even want to get an orphanage constructed. But whatever the building is, there would be a lot of greenery surrounding it.
6. Do you prefer foggy-sky-and-snow-filled-mountains or clear-sky-and-green-mountains? Why?
-Foggy-sky-snow-covered-mountains are just ethereally beautiful and picturesque. If they’re tall, rugged peaks, my dad wouldn’t take my mom and me hiking there. We would just admire the landscape. That’s the main reason I prefer them over clear-sky-and-green-mountains, where we’ve done a lot hiking, (this involved a lot of screams, tantrums, getting up early in the morning, more screams and tantrums).
7. When was that one time you fell down, but adamantly got back up? Think & share.
-I fell off a swing once, when I was alone on the swing-set of my elementary school playground. I then got back up quickly before anyone could see that I had fallen face-flat.
I’m kidding….I had once really hoped to win this photography contest that my elementary school had participated in, but I didn’t even make it as a runner-up. I still pursue my interest in photography, with some very patient advice from my dad, (as well as a lot of disagreements and deleting).
8. What is that one social issue which needs to be talked about, but has not been given its due attention yet? (Try to give us a new perspective at the issue).
-This question deserves to be an essay topic for a 10,000-word dissertation. Expectations from students and the resulting academic pressure are quite under-addressed social issues. I think the global competition for standardised test scores and admissions into universities has increased so much that it has become a major cause for teenage depression. Although teenage depression is a well-addressed issue, this cause is often overlooked. Nothing can be done about it either. You cannot control the cut-throat competition, but the only way to deal with it effectively is through educational reform.
9. Lastly, share some random well-known 5 facts about yourself, that create a puzzle in the reader’s mind regarding your personality. (Describe five traits which your family and friends know. Write those 5 traits in an elusive manner, which confuses the reader about your personality).
–1. My dream destination is Paris (of course, it’s only a part of a larger Europe tour package); it’s a bit cliché, honestly, but it would be so amusing to see my parents’ awestruck faces at all the French they would encounter. It would be further amusing to see how they would react when I am unable to communicate effectively in French even after years of training in the language. (I can write, but I don’t have the parlance of the natives).
–2. I have achromatic vision, yeah, go look up that term. Even I found out the meaning very recently.
–3. My favourite cuisine is Thai, though I’m Indian. I love pad-ki-mao, vegetable fried rice, green curry and vegetable massaman curry. (I’m vegetarian).
–4. I have no fondness for animals. We co-exist in the world, and that’s enough. I occasionally find some pictures of animals cute, but that’s it.
–5. I can only read and speak in my mother tongue, Hindi. My writing ability in Hindi is equivalent to a fourth-grader’s. This is because I grew up mostly in the United States. My parents often sigh at this. And guess what? My mom had Hindi as a minor in senior high school and my dad is well-versed in the language, reading works of poets even in his engineering and business school years.
My nominees- Firstly, I would like to nominate any blogger who writes keeping their readers in mind.
3. Ben Aqiba
Here are some questions for my nominees.
1. Describe your personality in five words (a single sentence). List any five novels you would recommend to readers of all ages.
2. What is your take on the proliferation of xenophobia and other fears regarding immigrants?
3. Do you believe in aliens or non-carbon-based life?
4. Do you think that Artificial Intelligence can take over the world?
5. If you had to visit the beach or an amusement park, what would be your choice and why?
Hope to hear from you all and thanks to everyone for reading my blog with so much enthusiasm! I would like to request everyone to refer to The Global Aussie for rules of the Liebster Award 2018.