I am really grateful to Rishika Kakar (https://whimsicalwordsmith00.wordpress.com/) for this nomination. I just recently discovered her blog. She writes with a flair, making you feel as if you’re in the experience yourself. She lives up to her name, ‘The Whimsical Wordsmith’ – so do check it out!

My favorite thing about award nominations is that I get to answer so many questions and ask some of my own – and what better way to know fellow bloggers than holding an interview with them? Here goes!


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers
  4. Ask your nominees 11 questions
  5. Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

Here are the answers to the questions I was asked:

  1. What is your favorite book? Favorite is a very confining word that I tend not to use – especially with books, since each one that I’ve read has given me something that another couldn’t give. I do admit though, that I share a special relationship with the book ‘The Palace of Illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This post is all about me fan-girling over this book.
  2. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Every time anyone asks me that question, I go blank because in all honesty, I don’t think too much about that. I’m more of a person who would like to live her todays in a way that truly does them justice (and my goals for the future tend to go in a direction opposite to what I picture), so where and who I am in ten years is truly a mystery.
  3. What did you want to be as a child and what did you end up becoming/want to be now? As a child, I just wanted my Hogwarts letter. As a grownup, this hasn’t changed. Other than that – I used to wish as a child for my older self to be a true explorer. Trekking over mountains, discovering unknown lands; there was a phase when all I wanted to be was a space scientist. I no longer want to travel to space, because having seen the world a little more than I did then, I realize there is more magic right here than I gave it credit for, and would love to discover all of that first.
  4. Do you believe in fate and the Universe? Yes, I do. It’s one thing I can say with certainty about myself – I’ve always believed in some unknown power that answers to no one. That serves to humble, inspire and most importantly, teach. In a way, the personification of this power as a friend served to help me learn from every experience in my life so far.
  5. What is the first thing you think of when you wake up? The fact that it’s a whole new day with its own unique possibilities, joys and lessons. I feel grateful and excited for this new adventure – a new day.
  6. What drives you to push through everyday? The explorer’s mind that my younger self had, which is mostly the same today. I find joy in the smallest things, and I admire the ways in which those joys present themselves.
  7. What does success mean to you? The ability to remain calm no matter what the situation. Our greatest tortures come from the mind – though it is also a great weapon and the most consistent friend, if only we could master it. The more I see life, the more I’m convinced that if you manage to master your own mind – you can call yourself a true conqueror.
  8. Your greatest regret? I used to regret many things. Like the fact that I wasn’t kinder or wiser in my earlier days. However, I soon realized that regret doesn’t help with anything. Blaming myself for how I was earlier is also a tad unjust. I didn’t know then what I know today. For that reason, I try not to regret who I used to be.
  9. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? It’s not set in stone, but I tend to prefer the fruit flavors – strawberry, mango, blueberry. You get it.
  10. Are you happy? Yes, thank you for asking.
  11. What is your favorite TV show? Before they ruined it, Game of Thrones. I appreciate the work they put into the VFX and Ramon Djawadi’s incredible compositions, but starting season 5-6 it went downhill. I say this as a book reader who used to love the show for its intricate political ploys and the complexity of its characters. After that got over, I haven’t committed to any show (even those I started, I left off in the middle) as I feel it takes up too much energy. I’d rather watch a movie instead.

I nominate :

My questions for the nominees:

  • If you could describe your view of life in just one color – which color would that be, and why?
  • Imagine that you keep a journal, and one day it suddenly began to think for itself. What would it have to say about you?
  • You have a job – to christen a recently discovered star. What would you name it, and what does that name mean to you?
  • If you could go back in time (any point in the past) and experience the locale of your choice for exactly an hour, what would you choose to explore?
  • If you could be an exception to a rule, which rule would that be?
  • What does freedom mean to you?
  • You can grant one boon to your childhood self. Would you trust their choice or decide for yourself what to give them? And what would that be?
  • How did you choose the name of your blog?
  • What is the one big question regarding this world that puzzles you the most?
  • Give a word (preferably in your regional language) that truly speaks to you, and if there’s a story to it, do tell!
  • Is there a technology, principle or belief that you think can change the world for the better without any side effects? If the answer is no, do you think humanity – at any point in time – will be capable of designing such a system?

18 thoughts on “Liebster Award Nomination – 2020

    1. My pleasure. 😄 Your blog is amazing – specially because I’m interested in anything that’s even remotely connected to hills. Congratulations, and I hope you enjoy the process!


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