Many thanks to my friend Moumita at Perceptions Unplugged, who breathes life into words with her unique perspectives on life. She has a way with telling stories, like a fresh breeze, so make sure you pay her a visit!
I also invite anyone who would love to participate, to answer these questions and nominate themselves. I hope to hear from many wonderful bloggers this way!
The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.
What to Do if Nominated for the Liebster Award?
- Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog.
- Display the award on your blog
- Write a small post about what makes you passionate about blog posting.
- Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional).
- Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel would enjoy blogging about this award.
- List these rules in your post.
- Inform the people/blogs that you nominated.
- Leave a link to your response post in the link provided below.
For further guidelines (must read) on this Award, visit this link right here:
Why I love the blogosphere
Pencils and pictures were my constant companions over a relatively lonely and quiet childhood.
I wasn’t much of an introvert as a child, but when I had to move to my new neighborhood at 8 and there weren’t many opportunities to socialize with children my age, solitude and I developed a bond that still grows stronger with time.
My source of entertainment in those years were the stories I created in my head. Sometimes I’d pick a character from some story or movie, and try to understand their motives and their personality, and I quite enjoyed the developments I came up with, which were almost always presented in writing.
This love grew on me as the years passed, and that’s how I developed a passion for blogging.
In many ways it is a return to simpler days, a reminder of Home.
So here I am, writing away about the little that I know of the world, and presently working on answering this brilliant blogger’s interesting questions as best as I can.
What is that one thing you hate doing the most and yet need to do it often?
Nothing, to be honest.
Because even if I do come across anything I loathe, I would eventually find something to love about it as well.
For instance, I dread picking myself up and doing housework, but once I start on it I’ll enjoy the little steps to a squeaky clean home. The satisfaction at the end is worth is all.
Who is that one person you would like to thank for standing beside you in times of need?
My parents, always. They made me believe in family, love and the beauty of commitment. They helped me understand true love, which gives me faith even in the darkest of times.
As a tree needs its roots no matter how tall it grows, I need them and derive my strength from them, and hope to one day give back to them as much as they have given me.
What is the advice you wish you had followed in life?
‘Speak up, you’re worth hearing.’
My childhood extroversion gave way to adolescent introversion, and this left me with a slight inability to express myself fully. There were times when I let go of people and opportunities because I wasn’t sure if my voice was worth being heard.
Even now, I struggle with this though not as much as I used to. I’m actively trying to break this barrier because the beautiful people in my life deserve to know just how precious they are to the world.
If you are given a chance to rewrite the ending of any novel, which one would it be?
Let not my amateurish literary hands pollute the work of a great author, haha!
I resonate with the kind of connection an author would feel for their characters. No one can quite hope to understand these characters as best as their own creators, so they would already have provided them with the best of all.
Besides, a true story never really ends.
What do you look forward to read when you follow another blog?
The childhood fascination with personalities clung on to me, and that’s precisely what I look for in other blogs. A certain transparency in them, and my need to understand the people I share this planet with.
The blog space has some of the most insightful and intuitive people, and it’s great fun listening to them. I’ve come across true artists and incessant learners, and have learned so much from each of the blogs I’ve ever followed.
Are you a selfie lover?
Not at all. In fact I’m rather shy of them, but that’s perhaps because of the limited smartphone use (I don’t own one, as of now). I prefer to commemorate the place and the little quirks about it. Thanks to my sparse social media presence, leaving a digital stamp of my visit doesn’t mean much to me.
What will you prefer to do the most – travel to an unknown location or read an interesting book with a cup of coffee?
I could read a book anywhere, anytime. The chapters would stay the same. But if I grab the chance to travel, I’d be writing a new one in the book of my own life because a trip presents so much more than just a new place.
Have you ever judged someone entirely by his/her physical appearance?
I would never want to be judged that way, so I always take care not to do that to anyone else. Besides, I learned early in life that shallow pools are often deeper than they seem, and the brightest lamps may be hiding the most petrifying darkness.
What were your expectations when you published the first post in your blog?
I value every new experience I receive, and my first blog post was an important turning point in my life. I hoped it would let me train my voice (I’ve always wanted to be a writer) and meaningfully connect with people, and those expectations were met beyond measure, which I’m grateful for.
What is that one (good/bad) habit that has stuck with you since you were a kid?
As a child, I was blindly devoted to everything magical and firmly believed it existed. Even after the age where children usually grow out of this stuff.
And I never ceased believing. I still believe this life is a miracle, that each one of us is a miracle, that everything that happens is magical. That’s one thing that helps me stay optimistic, most of the time.
You can’t stop laughing when you think today about an incident that happened few years back. What is it?
As a baby, I loved chatting up random people and getting friendly with whoever gave me a kind smile. Of course, I don’t remember all this and it’s just hearsay from my parents. There’s one particular instance that cracks me up every time I think of it.
My parents and I were travelling by train, and as usual I was playing with a friendly stranger. My parents weren’t too happy with this, so when he excused himself for a moment, they took me aside and told me there were people who would pretend to be friends and kidnap children. By the time he returned, I was subdued and he inquired about the change in attitude, at which I promptly asked him if he would kidnap me and take me away from my parents, because that would make me very sad.
Thankfully, he took it lightly, from what I hear. And I for my part, will always think twice before telling anything to young children.
And now for the most interesting part (drumroll!), here are my nominations:
I also invite Perceptions Unplugged to answer these questions if she so chooses. If I’d known I could nominate myself, you’d be right up here. I know you’ve already submitted your post, but hey I’m curious!
Here are my questions to you:
- If it’s not too personal, how do you kick start your day?
- If there was just one magic spell that you could use to change one thing in your life (this magic spell can do just ONE thing and you can use it only once), what would it be called and what would it do?
- Which celestial body would you be, if you had a chance to choose? It could be anything – a planet, a satellite, an asteroid, even a black hole!
- Which geometrical shape, according to you, best describes your life? Do elaborate!
- Suppose you came across an alien that could understand and communicate in whichever language you speak, and (by some twist of technology/ intuition/ fate) you know they can. What would be your first instinctive response?
- Both crossword and sudoku have empty boxes to fill. In a crossword, you’re explicitly given the clues and guided by the letters you already filled in. On the contrary, a sudoku needs you to look closer and let yourself be guided by the numbers already present. Do you prefer that you be explicitly given the clues, or would you rather find them yourself like little treasures on the way?
- Love. Hope. Faith. Which food item, according to you, portrays these emotions best?
- If you could build your dream home in any fictional land, where would that be? (Said land need not ‘exist’ in contemporary works, it could also be of your creation – just make sure you give it a name! )
- Would you prefer to be forever trapped in a maze of all your favorite things in the world or go on a journey where the most exciting yet unknown things are thrown at you?
- If you are your own fairy godmother ( or father, for that matter ) what would you protect yourself from and why?
- Which character from a movie/book/show would you want to invite for tea and have a one-to-one chat with? Do mention one thing you would ask them.
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and nominate those blogs you love and pass on the magic!