Thank you to Sophia Ismaa Writes for nominating me for my first Mystery Blogger Award; I don’t know why I seem mysterious, but I gratefully accept the honour. She is a genuinely brilliant writer, fiercely passionate about bringing positive changes in society and is unpretentious; her writing showcases her true beliefs, whether it is about politics, justice or feminism. Please do visit her blog.

Here are the answers to the questions asked. (Honestly, I found them really interesting to answer and hope that everyone finds the answers just as interesting to read.)

1. What is one book you read that made an impact on you?

-For all practical purposes, all I can hope is that my textbooks have left an impact on me. A lot of my dream career hinges on that.

Although I’m committing an act of injustice to the multitude of classics that I have read, I think the most impactful book would be ‘The Story of My Life’Β by Helen Keller. Through her book, she allows the reader to experience everything she felt in her early years, the frustration, the moments of pride, her equation with her teacher, her graduation, etc. Her sheer determination really speaks volumes to the reader.

2. What is the strangest, weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

-Where do I start? Peas, broccoli, cabbage….Those aren’t bad enough? Okay, let me try better than that.

Just this past year, my school had planned a trip to Coorg, a hill station close to Bangalore for all us tenth graders. (I still feel bad for the teachers accompanying us. Ma’am, if you are reading this, the-loitering-around-the-resort-like-ghosts-at-11-PM was not my idea, I promise.)

The hotel room I was sharing with three of my friends did not have a functional microwave, so we only had a tea kettle to boil water. We had a packet of noodles with us that we decided to cook, or in more teenage terms, have a ‘Maggi party’. You are probably wondering what could go wrong with that. When teenagers are involved, practically everything can.

One of my friends decided to demonstrate the superiority of her cooking skills and boiled an excess amount of water in the kettle. Then, she forgot the pouch of tastemaker (masala) inside the wrapper and proceeded to throw it out. (To this day, I don’t know whether it was a prank or not.)

The rest of us, who were totally unaware of what she had done, spent the next half-an-hour trying to eat/drink flavourless noodles submerged in hot water. I advise you, never try that. Aware of our own cooking abilities though, we did not criticise her at all, we just made fun of her for the next three months. Excusable, right?

3. Name a few things about blogging you love and certain things that irritate you.

Things I Love About Blogging-

-1. I love the fact that most bloggers, at least on WordPress, welcome new ideas and are ready to have discussions without ridiculing one another. This is really heartwarming, considering that in an era of social media, it is extremely easy to troll and bully people under the garb of anonymity.

-2. Blogging is a great creative outlet which allows readers to share their views with the blogger. The interactive environment and immediate feedback are conducive to high levels of discourse. Personally, I also feel that blogging enhances the quality of my writing. When I used to write essays just for myself, I had no incentive to improve upon them. Now, I am increasingly trying to get better in hopes of satisfying and widening my existing readership. Yes, I am praise-oriented.

Things I Dislike About Blogging-

-1. It takes a long time to acquire a readership. I am certain that every blogger reading this can relate to that. Becoming an overnight sensation is next to impossible and although we all dream of that when we start blogging, it just doesn’t happen to most of us. No matter how good you think your content is, readers come gradually. The most important thing is to continue posting your best work while waiting for readers to notice you.

-2. Lecturing bloggers like ‘A Fresh Outlook- Maanini Singhvi’ are quite agonising to be around. However, she asked me to endorse her in this post, so I will. Please visit her site. She desperately needs readers.

-3. Sophia Ismaa asking me complicated questions like this one is something that absolutely terrifies me. πŸ˜‰ (Please do excuse my humour, Sophia. We’re friends, right?)

4. Take BuzzFeed’s: ‘Everyone Has a British Food That Matches Their Personality Quiz’Β and post your results; food and description included!image1And I thought I was going to get Welsh cakes, because I’m so sweet. But no….

Well, as they say, BuzzFeed knows best.

5. Recommend a book in one paragraph (3 sentences max)!

-Khaled Hosseini’s ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ is truly a masterpiece, beautifully written, yet painfully sad. It is an interconnection of stories that span nearly 60 years of Afghan history, delving deep into the consequences of an act of separation that scars the life of two young siblings, who reunite much later, but under completely different circumstances. The reunion is not one which the reader wants; it is not hugs and tears; rather, it is heartbreaking and riddled with the bitter truth of reality.

-(I can’t believe that was three sentences.)

My Questions:

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 worldwide?
3. Do you believe in aliens or non-carbon-based life? (Humour intended).
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?

My Nominees:

1. superheroes009
2. Rida Yumn Ahmed
3. poeticallyyours360
4. KraftingThoughts

All readers are also nominated.

This award was created by Okoto Enigma to celebrate blogs which captivate, inspire and motivate bloggers. It is a fun way for bloggers to get to know each other’s interests and preferences better.

59 thoughts on “Why So Mysterious?

  1. “Krafting Thoughts” is a blog, which is quite agonising to be around. Please visit this site. She is brilliant. Must follow her on WordPress, Instagram, Facebook, in all walks of life. Before waking up remember this blog, before sleeping remember this blog, and even in dreams, see this blog. πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹
    I hope this is the height of exaggeration that does justice to your point 😜

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    1. KraftingThoughts is certainly a very interesting blog! I follow you with great interest in your posts, but not by all the exaggerative means you described. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

      I have to worry about many other things when I get up, such as my mother screaming at me for waking up in the afternoon. While going to bed, I have to worry about my mother screaming at me for sleeping so late. I wish I could think of KraftingThoughts, but things around me just don’t allow that to happen.

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      1. Well, thats bad! Waking up in afternoon is so tiring & boring. Even after waking up, it feels not much energetic. Your mom is correct in her screams.πŸ˜€
        And my words were just a piece of exaggeration. Such a thing is destroying, and surely something I don’t want. Its obsession, and very much negative! 😁
        & thanks for the first few lines 😍

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      2. Well, I was exaggerating about getting up in the afternoon. In the morning, 9:00 is my limit. And that too, lasts only during summer vacation. During school days, it’s actually 6:00 and that is quite a challenge considering we don’t even get Saturdays off. πŸ˜‚

        I got the sarcasm; I was just making a joke about my lifestyle. πŸ˜‚


      3. I can understand what it was waking at 6am always. Even I faced that phase, but I found that phase the best part of life. The last days of school life are the ones nobody can ever forget (even if one suffers from Memory Loss 😝).

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      4. Yes, I agree. With all the board exam preparation leave and everything, we tenth/almost-eleventh graders haven’t been to school in almost four months now. I do miss regular school now. πŸ™‚


      5. This feeling gets even worse as your school year ends, (I mean twelfth standard), but you are gonna love these last two years!

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      6. It gets even worse during your school end. ( I mean twelfth standard actually) but you gonna love these last two years!

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      7. My first experience, but quite weird. Though I too have certain issues with wordpress, like before posting anyone’s comment over my blog, it asks for authorization, however, whenever I check the comments were already authorization (by WordPress) 😣

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  2. Great answers!
    Broccoli is delicious! :O But flavourless maggy noodles are so terrible and slimy that you might as well have not eaten it at all. Scotch egg description sounds awesome and it suits you from what I can see from your writing, although I do believe your content it witty and satirical as well which is really impressive.
    And yes, completely agree about the blogging community being one of the very few social media communities (if not the only one) where there’s a lack of/absence of bullying and trolling… I think this is because there’s a limited use of selfies, materialism, the topics we discuss and our opinions tend to be well explained that they do not always need to be picked apart and mocked.
    P.S I must get down to reading And The Mountains Echoed one day based on the many times it’s been recommended to me.

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    1. Perfectly elucidated. Our opinions are quite well-elaborated on our blogs and therefore we are thankfully not mocked. Yes, do read that book.

      Rotten broccoli in the trunk of your car will ruin broccoli forever for you, I promise. πŸ˜‰

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  3. Congratulations on the award. πŸ™‚
    I have read a couple of your posts and you truly deserve the award.
    Also, the answers are quite interesting. πŸ™‚

    Keep writing and take care.
    P.S. You are endorsing yourself? Pretty ingenious move, I must say!

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words. Also, it seems like you have quite a sense of humour. Thanks for taking the time and interest to read my posts. And do visit my poor, desperate site again. πŸ˜‚

      It’s quite annoying to be me, frankly.

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      1. You’re welcome. ☺
        I do? Stand up comedy sense of humor or ok-ok types?

        Ofcourse, my pleasure. ☺
        And I will, definitely.

        I can only imagine.
        So Bangalore, huh?

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  4. Oh My My.. !! πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ 😍😍 This is freaking-beautifully-lit .. i mean all of it combined.., your MBA.. 😜, your answers, you nominating me and.. myself acknowledging it after so many days..,feels good but yeah, My sincere apologyπŸ™ for an unintentional delayπŸ˜‹. Thank you so much dear.. 😊😊
    And.. yeah.., this is just my acknowledgement for now!!
    Ps. Will get back to it(this post)and your questions in details.. πŸ˜‰

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      1. Allow me to do the same with you maanini..😝😝!!
        Actually.. you know what, awards turn me on..!! Wait.. turn me as in a lazy-ass.. !! πŸ˜†πŸ€£πŸ˜†πŸ€£

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  5. I loved your blog and yes can totally relate what you said. Becoming a blogging sensation is tough but not impossible. That is the only thing that will make us write quality posts. Keep writing. I would love to read more ❀️

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    1. Thank you so much and I am so sorry for the delayed response. I was travelling and had no Internet connectivity. Really appreciate your kindness and will visit your blog soon!


  6. It doesn’t have to take a long time to acquire a readership. In my 11 years of blogging I have determined that it’s very much a tit for tat world. I go to a blog and leave a like and within 7 days that blogger will come to my blog and leave a like. So if you want an overnight following, spend just one day doing nothing but liking and commenting on the blogs of others. I spent one day back in 2012 doing nothing but liking and commenting on 1,040 blogs. Within 30 days, all of them had been over to my blog leaving an equivalent, or more, number of likes and comments.

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