Here we go with my Academy Award acceptance speech-

I have reached a milestone both in my experience as a blogger and as a student. ‘A Fresh Outlook‘ has recently crossed a hundred followers! When I started blogging, I had one email follower, my friend, Katie, in the United States. This number has grown to over a hundred now, implying that I have been able to assimilate into this beautiful WordPress community of thought-provoking ideas. This experience of blogging is an ongoing one and every day, there’s something new and delightful to read! Thank you all for your continued love and support!

As a student, I’ve reached the culmination of my tenth grade finals, (affectionately called Board Exams by the student body in India). ๐Ÿ˜‚ This is the first major academic milestone of my life, and I’ve made it through with extensive support from my parents and teachers.

The task of simply making it through each exam, day by day, was arduous and now, it has come to a point where just the fact that the exams have reached an end is enough to give a feeling of excessive gratification, before the anticipation of the results sets in…;)

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank superheroes009 for nominating me for my first Sunshine Blogger Award and Rida Yumn Ahmed for nominating me for my second Sunshine Blogger Award.

End of Academy Award acceptance speech. ๐Ÿ˜‚

(I have combined the two award nominations in one post to create a more comprehensive set of answers).

Sunshine Blogger Award #1-Nomination by superheroes009– Questions and Answers-

1. What does the name of your blog stand for?

-My blog’s name stands for my perception of the society we live in. It’s a series of unrelated articles that I write on the spur of the moment. Nothing elaborate or deeply meaningful. Uhhh….Sometimes, I wish I could be Shakespeare.

2. What’s the one thing that makes you feel amazing about yourself?

-I can’t answer this without indulging in self-praise, can I? I guess, the best thing about me is that I’m not a rebellious teenager….

“This comes too near the praising of myself; therefore no more of it…”–Portia (The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, Act III, Scene 4)

Thank you, ICSE English Literature. I can’t be Shakespeare, but I can quote him.

3. What are your hobbies other than blogging?

-I love learning languages, especially French. I aim to be fluent in it.. Along with that, I’m a full-time student. I like following Donald Trump’s antics as well.

4. What/Who is your source of inspiration or motivation?

-Helen Keller is my inspiration; I cannot even begin to describe a deaf-blind woman who overcame all deterrents to emerge as one of the most versatile and self-reliant people of the twentieth-century. Her versatility ranged from performing onstage to writing to charity work and fundraising.

5. Describe yourself in six words.

-I am sociable but mostly introverted. (I was trying my best to stretch that sentence. Honestly, I really do not know).

6. Do you think your current leader or government is propelling the country in the right direction?

-Yes, the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) is performing decently under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP members are intrinsically nationalistic in their approach and I disagree with their jingoism, but I think they are economically quite a progressive party. Their economic moves, especially demonetisation, introduction of GST (Goods and Services Tax), though poorly implemented by the administrative officers, were probably flawless action plans on paper.

Coming to the ‘intense nationalism‘ propagated by the party, I think that this is a problem which plagues the entire world right now. Nationalism is good to the extent where it helps in constructive nation-building programmes, but jingoism is flawed and only builds hatred for other communities. So, BJP should change in that sense by giving up its extremely pro-Hindu stance. And the Indian National Congress (the Opposition Party) should focus on staying secular and stop all the minority appeasement, which they do only to obtain votes, not with any good intentions. The British focused on minority appeasement when they ruled over India, and now the Congress is doing it.

7. Name any of your five favorite movies.

English-
Pixar is truly the most amazing thing that has ever happened to the world of filmmaking.

1. Toy Story trilogy (especially Toy Story 3)
2. Ratatouille (This ties in with my interest in the French culture and I think the movie is seriously underrated)
3. The Dark Knight
4. Baby’s Day Out- (Yes, I’m sorry, but I loved it!)
5. Dunkirk (I really liked the lack of spoken dialogue in this film. I think watching the movie in IMAX really enhanced the experience).

Get Smart (Steve Carell) was probably the first Hollywood movie I watched; I was five or six at the time, didn’t understand anything, but loved the slapstick comedy.

Hindi-
1. Dangal
2. Rang de Basanti (I enjoy social issues portrayed in a unique perspective)
3. Airlift (Tells the story of the real-life civilian evacuation of 170,000 Indians living in Kuwait when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990. It was the largest-ever civilian evacuation in history and was carried out by Air India….My mom and i both adore this movie).
4. Lagaan- (Finally, a movie which makes cricket even remotely interesting)
5. Hindi Medium- (A parody of the current state of the Indian education system, very intelligently scripted)

8. Name any songs you’re hooked onto.

-Anything by A.R. Rahman or Coldplay. My dad introduced me to music. He likes ghazals, couplets with an intricate rhyme scheme, sung by Jagjit Singh and written by Mirza Ghalib (my dad even learned Urdu for this). So, at age seven, I asked him if there’s anything better in the world of music, (normally, seven-year-olds don’t enjoy ghazals). ๐Ÿ˜‚ That’s how it all began.

9. What’s your idea of a healthy friendship?

-A healthy friendship is one where both friends don’t have any expectations from each other. I don’t have much experience here…

10. What is one message you want to convey to your readers?

-Start writing. It’s fun.

Sunshine Blogger Award #2- Nomination by Rida Yumn Ahmed– Open-ended Prompt-

Haters will see you walking on water and say it’s because you can’t swim.”

-This is a great question for an essay, but I have just a simple response. Don’t bother too much about what haters or followers think, you can’t keep everyone happy. I’m currently in the fast downward-spiraling vortex of trying to please everyone and it’s not fun down here. The only person you are accountable to is yourself and let the negativity of the haters be channelized into positive energy.

The question initially prompted me to think of Moses for some reason…Anyway, thanks for the nomination and the beautiful prompt!

My Nominees (For the same set of questions):

1. Zankhana Goyal
2. KraftingThoughts

All readers of this post are also nominated.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

46 thoughts on “Several Milestones- One Post

  1. Babyโ€™s Day Out is my favourite, tooโ€ฆ. That โ™ฅโ™ฅ li’l cutie pieโ€ฆ. !!!!! And woahhh!!!! Congratulations! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
    I still have one paper left. After it’s over, Iโ€™ll take a shot at answering your questionsโ€ฆ..

    Hey! Thank you so much โคโคโค๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜ for the nominationโ€ฆ.!!! And each answer was pitch perfectโ€ฆ.!!! So yeah!!!! Keep Writing ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    Much โ™ฅ Happiness ๐Ÿ’ž

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      1. Yep, both the awards. You have to answer both the set of questions, one from Rida and the other from superheroes009..:)

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  2. Wow!! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ And congratulations to you for all the feats๐Ÿ‘โ˜บ๏ธ! Such an intellectual post this is! I mean, it seems you can easily engage in numerous topics at your disposal, because you are aware of all thatโ€™s happening around; you stay aware and try to observe and absorb!! Thatโ€™s huge, you know, definitely at your stage of life- Nascent and strong๐Ÿ˜. And for someone like me, I would just say, I just love the speaking minds!! And a mind that reasons!!๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡ Great going MS..!! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Yeah, I would, though, like to add briefly- Demonetisation didnโ€™t fail due to the administration. It failed because it was poorly implemented/executed/designed in the first place. I was one among millions who was awestruck with our PMโ€™s master stroke!! All the hardships were fine with such a great intent! But after RBIโ€™s report, it just appeared to be a blank shot, just in the name of good intentions and will! The administrative wing, the banks did a fair job, given they were badly prepared!! As for GST, it was just a matter of time to be implemented in our economy. And the present government just had the will and courage to bring it on the table! Great work!! ๐Ÿ‘ GST overall is a complex tax structure (India with 5 tax slabs is more complex), so it will take time and work to show its positive side. Now as for the nationalistic tone of BJP, we all are nationalists and patriots! But BJP is a Hindu Nationalist party at its core. And there it stumbles the arithmetic equation of the 1.3 billion strong in our country, which has great human diversity. But thatโ€™s not the problem. Any political party should not be a problem till we all know and acknowledge that we, the people, citizens are always the solution and always have been. โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ. Thank you for such an awesome read, MS..โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ Enjoy your leisure…. and yeah.., learning French๐Ÿ˜ thatโ€™s on my to-do list, too! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Thank you for such a lengthy ๐Ÿ˜‰ but enjoyable and appreciative comment. I agree with your point of view and am moved by the fact that you actually read each and every answer so carefully…

      Curious to know what you think of my movie choices, though ๐Ÿ˜‰

      As far as political opinions go, I am always ready to engage in debates and I love this blogging community for this particular reason. It has room for some thought-provoking exchanges of ideas and opinions. Really appreciate your detailed perspective and totally agree with the fact that the citizens are always the solutions to problems facing any society. I aspire to be such a responsible citizen one day…Thanks for your wishes and please do keep writing as it’s a pleasure to read your blogposts.

      Thank you again for the nomination!

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      1. Hahaha.. and thank you for reciprocating in almost the same length ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. No I really appreciate this gesture to connect in the comment section. And of course I read sincerely. What’s the point of getting into something if not paying attention?!?! Right!!๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha.. I have been literally a movie/tv series buff since school days, in short i will only say, you got to watch 100s of more gem-kinda movies! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹. This is what I found absolutely remarkable in you; to understand and engage and reason in our nation’s building fabrics and world in general.๐Ÿ˜‡. I too enjoy Donald Trump’s antics. Almost everyone across globe mocks him, but he definitely has the enthusiasm! ๐Ÿ˜€. Hahaha.. thank you.. but you see my comments are larger and more frequent than my blogposts so you get the idea how bad I’m at writing..๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚.

        Education is fine, but it’s more important to be scientifically aware and informed about things that matter in the social fabric and who we become as an individual. I see that theme in you.. so keep it up.. ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’› ps. Hope this all๐Ÿ‘† won’t get auto-edited at your end๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜!!

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      2. Thanks for the comment and appreciation…No, I have absolutely turned off that autocorrect feature after I saw the damage that it can do…;)

        Donald Trump is the worldโ€™s favourite comedian. Even world leaders, top diplomats, mock him. But his enthusiasm and luck are certainly remarkable.

        And youโ€™re not bad at writing at all. Your blog is a delight to read…

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      3. Oh Lord!! My comments look like they’re running off the page๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ!! Youโ€™re welcome, dear.. Enjoy, learn and focus ahead on your vacation, and never stop becoming a better version of you..๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Hi Maanini! First of all, congratulations for achieving such milestones and thanks a lot for the nomination. I am a little busy these days. Though I tried to catch up with it, I couldnโ€™t, so I will post my โ€œAcceptance Speechโ€ and other related requirements in a few days. Besides that, all your answers are really beautiful & well-written. Now since you have a good time left till results come out, you can really enjoy this part of life. It is beautiful, but sometimes boring because you literally have nothing much to do. ๐Ÿ˜‹๐Ÿ˜‹

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    1. Thank you so much! I can completely understand that you’re busy, but definitely waiting for your “Acceptance Speech”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thank you so much for your kind words about my answers. Yes, summer vacation can be extremely boring and monotonous if you have nothing planned. I can attest to that…:)

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      1. Oh wow! Thatโ€™s amazing! She must be pretty strict and disciplined, but youโ€™re probably really good academically, so no worries. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      2. Iโ€™m based in India now….Bangalore. My parents wanted me to be able to complete eleventh and twelfth grades here.

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  4. Hello!
    Congrats on 100 followers and for your Sunshine Blogger Awards! I am also a big fan of Pixar and Coldplay. I’m with you when it comes to haters- There are miserable people out there who want to make our lives terrible. It’s not worth it to try to please them.
    Have a great week ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks for your wonderful comment! It made my day..Pixar can truly stir some beautiful feelings inside, isnโ€™t it so? Thanks for your wishes and wish you the same!

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  5. Congratulations on the awards and the milestone, very well deserved. So lovely to see a young person raising their voice on important matters. Completely agree with the nationalistic tendencies in India, it borders on the extreme (recall the ban on Pakistani artists in India: what did they exactly do to India?!), itโ€™s very youโ€™re either with us or against us.
    Rang De Basanti is a truly wonderful film! And A. R. Rahman does Hindi music best… period. ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ
    โ€œThis comes too near the praising of myself; therefore no more of itโ€ฆโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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