The way I look in the photo is how I felt when my dear lady Cherylene nominated me for three awards. Not all at one go but over a period of time. I take my time in getting around to answering these award questions, not because I do not want to do them, but because I take time to babble. You know I take it seriously – the art of talking as little sense as possible.
Through her blog titled ‘Living Vs. Existing’, Cherylene motivates and inspires readers to stay strong through the travails of life. She almost always pops up on my various posts from time to time and leaves lovely thoughts. You can see why she is a great friend to have your back. To get to the task at hand, the questions under each award are all hers.
Thank you Cherylene, I had fun answering these questions. Made me ponder and smile.
Sunshine Blogger Award
Do you prefer to smell the roses or grow them?
Grow them, smell ‘em and see them wither away. The cycle of life is inescapable.
Are you the adventurous type or more reserved?
My stomach will tighten into knots and my heart shall pop out of my mouth, but Adventure, you scamp, you’re not getting away easy!
Do you prefer cake as a dessert or ice cream?
There are whiffs of existential crisis in that question.
Do you prefer to drive or be driven?
I drive in my dreams. My husband does not dare to let me drive in reality, yet. But I have agreed to polish up my driving skills by enrolling in a driving school in the US, ‘polish up’ being the key words here.
Where is your ideal vacation spot?
Can you cook?
What is your favourite dish to prepare?
Chicken biryani/ Aglio e olio
Who is the most supportive person you know?
My husband. My brother and father have been my rock during the formative stages of my life.
Who is you favourite singer?
Bob Dylan/Leonard Cohen. How do I choose between them?!
When you think of blogging, list one word to describe the feeling it gives you.
Do you pamper yourself as much as you like?
Unique Blogger Award
If you could be any Marvel superhero who would you be and why?
Marvel needs to contact me for a patent. Cuptain Cupcake. Need I say why after you read my name? I even know what I shall charge Marvel. A lifetime’s subscription to cupcakes from The Hummingbird Bakery.
How do you cope with stress?
Devouring popcorn and reading crime thrillers. Works like magic for me. I also walk around the room talking to myself (so I reveal at the cost of coming across as a certified loon).
If you were given the opportunity to act in any movie, would you take it? What type of movie would it be – action, romance, horror, drama, sci-fiction or comedy?
Why, of course, the superhero genre. Remember Cuptain Cupcake? I think I would be a darling at it.
Real Neat Blog Award
Your three favourite foods
Mustard Hilsa (freshwater fish cooked in mustard, atypical of Calcutta), Chicken Biryani (Calcutta-style biryani strictly) and Lal Shaak (red spinach the way my mother cooks it).
Do you prefer watching sports or playing sports?
Would you choose a vacation in Hawaii or Alaska? Why?
Both. I would love to walk upon the volcanoes of Big Island and soak in the charms of its canvas of environments. I have watched some fascinating documentaries on Alaska which intrigued me. Plus I would feel like I were on top of the world.
If you would go back in time, what year would you travel to?
To the year 2011. Adi and I travelled together through the UK and discovered our common passion for being on the road.
What has been your biggest challenge?
To return home safe each day when I lived and worked in Delhi. Just reminiscing about the incidents that were a part of my daily life makes me prone to ranting about the importance of safety of women in that city.
Something you miss the most from childhood?
The early idyllic years in Salalah, Oman. My brother would visit us from time to time during summer vacations – he lived in a monastic hostel on the outskirts of Calcutta. I remember days spent on the beach by the rugged Jabbal mountains; attempting to steal flowers from my neighbour aunt (who used to open the door just at the time that I reached it – I realise that I used to turn up at the same time every day); heading to the souks in the evenings with my parents for Lebanese bread fresh off the tandoor (the fragrance of which is still lodged in the memory cells); and long drives through the deserts of Oman.
What does a perfect day look like to you?
Just being in the company of my love.