Liebster made my day. Again

I’m really overwhelmed by the affection that bloggers have for each other.

Marie, a fellow blogger and a friend (I daresay), has nominated me for the Liebster Award. I’ve already got this once, from another friend (again, I daresay) so I skipped the reading all the rules and pondering about whether or not to accept.

Thank you Maria, for appreciating my blog. It matters a lot more than I can say.

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I’ve said my thanks once before, and I’ll take the liberty to skip the drama this time.

The rules, if you’re wondering.

  1. Thank the Liebster Award presenter who nominated you and link back to his or her blog.
  2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answering the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.
  3. Nominate small (no more than 200 followers) blogs who you feel deserved to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know that they have been chosen.
  4. Display the Liebster Award logo.
  5. No tag-backs, meaning you can’t just re-nominate the person who nominated you.

11 random facts about myself. This is hard. I thought long and hard when I had to do this last time. Now though, I guess I’ve got a pretty good idea as to what I can and shouldn’t say.

  1. The first few English songs I’ve ever liked came from the Backstreet Boys. And I’m still a fan. Together for 21 years. Massive feat.
  2. People stare a lot, but I like walking.
  3. If only Chennai’s streets were less intolerable, I’d get myself a bicycle.
  4. I hate telling people about myself – like for instance – now.
  5. I can (and do) stare at the wall for hours without speaking. With my mind totally blank. Beat that, ha!
  6. I enjoy being alone. Just give me a book and some good music, and I’ll forget everything else.
  7. I say “I don’t care” a lot, but I hardly mean it.
  8. The first, and only romantic novel I’ve ever read was, Love Story by Erich Segal. And surprisingly, I liked it.
  9. I always wanted to create a bucket list page here, but somehow, I kept forgetting – until now.
  10. I want to travel solo for some time. (That probably should’ve gone into the bucket list)
  11. I like dark chocolate.

Now, for Marie’s questions:

1. When did you start blogging?

Exactly on the 6th of August in 2012. I wrote a post welcoming myself to the blogosphere. It was the first time, (of two) that I wrote a few words in Tamil – my mother tongue. But in terms of age, I was 18.

2.Why are you blogging?

Because I have to. Writing’s a passion, and I was doing it regularly on my personal journal. But then I wanted feedback and appreciation, so I took it to blogging. I still blog because I still want feedback. And for the friendships I’ve made along the way.

3.What was your favorite subject in school?

English. I liked both the teacher and the literature.

4.Do you think cloning is ethical?

I never really think about it, but if I have to, then I’d probably say not. I’m having trouble digesting the observation that there are seven identical people in the word. Clones would complicate stuff. Besides, what’s the point of replicating one person, with all the faults?

5. Do you trust your government?

I don’t trust myself to talk about it.

6. If you could travel in only one continent, which would you choose?

Europe.

7. Do you judge people by what they wear?

I try not to, because I believe that people always have the ability to surprise me. But sometimes, I find myself not liking people who sport odd nail colours. Like grass green for instance. Or sky blue.

8. What is the one thing you want to change about yourself?

Nothing. Happy as I am.

9. What is your favorite dessert?

Don’t take much dessert, but when I do, it’s mostly plain chocolate ice cream.

10. If you could have one super power what would you want it to be?

Flying. Always fancied it.

11. Who is your favorite writer?

I mix up the authors I read, so I don’t have favourites.

My turn.

  1. What’s the last book you read?
  2. Whose music do you listen to most often?
  3. How do you like your surroundings when you’re writing?
  4. What’s the one place you want to visit, but still haven’t?
  5. Name the one book you’ve read and reread over and over again?
  6. Have you ever stayed up all night working on a blog post (or many)? If so, tell us which one(s)
  7. What is your favourite/most common method of writing? (typing, paper and pencil/pen, smartphone)
  8. What is the one blog post that came out from your heart. And was so honest that you didn’t change much before publishing it?
  9. Which topic have you written most about in your blog?
  10. What’s your favourite beverage, hot or cold?
  11. There are loads of blogging services on the web. Why did you particularly choose, and decide to stay with WordPress? Any sentiments?

Here are the wonderful bloggers I nominate for the Liebster award. They are all great bloggers and I’ve personally enjoyed reading them.

  1. ‘R’ at The victim of my own body. Life can be chaotic. Here’s one who understands.
  2. Ranu at Ranu Chakraborthy Bhaduri’s Pink Cloud Monochrome.  If you like photos and monochrome, you’ll love Ranu’s work.
  3. My friend over at In search of lost muchness. I’ve never read anyone else I can relate to so much. And even if I don’t know her name, she’s great.
  4. Kimi at Hey there Delilah. Life throws a lot at you. Kimi takes them and writes about them.  (And I take it she likes the Hey there Delilah song. ‘Cos I do)
  5. Jill at Ripples of Truth. She’s bordering on 200 followers, but I guess it’s fine to nominate her. She’s that good a writer.

That’s all I have to say. And to everyone reading this now, thank you for coming back, every time. I appreciate it. A lot.

Liebster made my day

When I logged in to my email, I thought it would be just another ordinary day, but no, a surprise awaited me in the form of the Liebster award. Now, where have I heard that before? Oh yeah , in a lot of places that I can’t mention one. 😉

It’s thanks to Aadi who thought I would appreciate the award. Thanks, a lot buddy. You thought right!

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If I have to start thanking people who have encouraged me, I will have to create a long list. To make it short I’ll thank each and everyone reading this now, because they are the folks who read my posts every time I publish one. Just knowing that they spent their minutes on my writing is the biggest encouragement I could get. Also my brother, who really believed that I am a decent blogger. Thanks bro!

For those who look to know what Liebster is, here’s how it works.

  1. Thank the Liebster Award presenter who nominated you and link back to his or her blog.

  2. Post 11 facts about yourself, answering the 11 questions you were asked and create 11 questions for your nominees.

  3. Nominate small (no more than 200 followers) blogs who you feel deserved to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know that they have been chosen.

  4. Display the Liebster Award logo.

  5. No tag-backs, meaning you can’t just re-nominate the person who nominated you.

Those are the rules, now for the factual part. Here are eleven random facts (?) about myself.

  1. I hate the colour pink.
  2. I like the salty spray of the sea waves on my face.
  3. I like travelling adventures.
  4. I love my mother’s way of cooking mutton.
  5. I can spend a lot of time doing absolutely nothing.
  6. I’m addicted to freshly brewed coffee.
  7. I dream of being a novelist.
  8. I’ve tried hard, and failed many times, to write poetry.
  9. I don’t like romantic movies or novels. I avoid them if I can.
  10. I find it really difficult to orally express my feelings.
  11. I fancy photography.

My answers for Aadi’s questions.

1.  What do your friends and family think about your blog?

My mother and brother give me objective criticism that has helped me loads. My father reads my blog whenever he gets time and is the first person to rate my post with five stars. They’re encouraging and supportive.

As for my friends, there are only few who click on links and they mostly are the ones who come back for every post, encouraging me.

2.  If you must tell someone your secret – a scary embarrassing secret – who would that someone be?

My brother.

3.  What makes you laugh your head out?

My friends and certain books. Of late, Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (I haven’t finished it, yet it’s funny (particularly to Harry Potter fans))

4.  If you could change three things about yourself – be it physically or mentally or anything – what would it be?

Nothing; if I change anything, I wouldn’t be me.

5.  What are your “philosophies” that you strictly adhere (or at least try) to? (Eg. I must not tell a lie, I must not cheat etc)

  • I never cheat in any examination. ( I never thought it worth the trouble (but, it can also be said that I never had the guts))
  • I never have SMS conversations; I prefer voice.
  • I try not to make judgments based on first impression. I believe they can change.

6.  Name three films or three books (or both) that changed your life.

Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist’
Mitch Albom’s ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’
Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul – Letters

7.  Name three films (or books) that you despise.

This is really tough. I choose books and movies selectively, but I do hate exaggerated love stories.

8.  What Myer-Brigg type are you? Take the test here

ISFP – Stands for Introvert, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving.

9.  Do you think that the type that you got above actually describes you?

Yes. It does describe me quite well. Thanks for that!

10.  Name three of your favorite authors and three favorite directors.

Authors – J. K. Rowling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christy. I don’t have favourite film directors.

11.  Inevitable question : Why do you blog? What got you into it? And how’s the experience?

I blog because there are certain things that I cannot say effectively. Instead, I write them, to make a lasting impact. I write things I can’t keep in my head. I write because I like experimenting on the power of words. I blog because I have to.
Experience? I love it. Makes me feel important, like I am giving something to myself and others.

Now, my turn. Here are the questions for my nominees.

  1. How would you describe yourself?
  2. Who introduced you to the blogosphere?
  3. If you have one, what is your publishing pattern? (e.g. a post a day or a post a week)
  4. In which part of the day are you comfortable writing? (e.g. afternoon, mid-morning)
  5. Name three of your favourite books.
  6. What are your hobbies?
  7. From where do you draw your inspirations?
  8. What kind of music do you often listen to?
  9. What is the main purpose of your blog?
  10. What’s your favourite cuisine?
  11. What were your last year’s resolutions? Did you adhere to them?

Here are the bloggers whose blogs I enjoy, and nominate.

  1. Gitanjali – Poetry Espresso
  2. Nithya Grace – Well! It’s all Mine…
  3. Ana Jain – Pretty Pink Pebbles
  4. Pamela Satpathy – Resonner
  5. Haiku For You

P.S: I was nominated a long time back. But I am accepting it only now. I don’t know if I can do that, please let me know if I can’t.