|Thank you Renu and a Rat (Meera)!|
THE LIEBSTER AWARD
The Liebster Award is used to highlight smaller, lesser known blogs, blogs that have less than 200 followers. Liebster (meaning kindest, dearest, beloved, cute, endearing in German) is an award that you accept with an intention of paying it forward.
I am extremely fortunate and grateful that I was awarded the Liebster by The Domestic Goddess-Next Door herself, Renu Sethi.
Renu is a prolific writer who writes about love, life and everything in between in her blog Loves me; loves me not. Her nominations for this award can be found here.
EDIT : I just received another nomination (Yay!) from a Rat who puts down her musings at A Rat's Nibble. Her short stories and poetry burst with characters, emotions and ideas that make you pause for thought. Her nominations for this award can be found here.
This is an extremely special award for me, since this is the first award of any kind that my blog has received. A peer-to-peer recognition is especially encouraging, since it means fellow bloggers and writers acknowledge your work. Once again, thank you Renu and Meera.
While accepting the award you have to:
- Post 11 things about yourself
- Answer 11 questions set by the nominator
- Choose 11 deserving bloggers meeting the criteria
- Set 11 questions for them.
- Inform the nominee by commenting on one of their posts.
You are not obligated to accept the award to send it forward. This is just a way to get a word out about new blogs that your followers may not know.
11 THINGS ABOUT MYSELF
- I am a proud alumna of St. Stephen's College, Delhi and IIT Roorkee.
- I am a firm believer in God, but I am not at all religious, even though I celebrate all festivals with equal enthusiasm (because there's always good food!)
- I sing very well (and apparently, I'm not too modest!)
- I am not a very good cook, but I am a neat freak. So the house is usually spotless, and our takeout budget is bigger than our investments.
- As the daughter of an Air Force Officer, I have lived in over 10 cities ranging from Chabua (Assam) to Pune, from Kasauli (Himachal) to Mysore. I have studied in 5 schools, 2 colleges and started a new life in a new place every two-three years.
- In continuation of my eclectic upbringing, I am a Tam Brahm married to a Bihari, and we live in West Bengal. We strive to epitomize national integration and unity. We mostly succeed at it, except when I refuse to sing Bhojpuri songs and he refuses to accept that curd rice is a valid dish.
- I love reading fiction. My favourite authors are Agatha Christie, P.G. Wodehouse, Alistair McLean, Enid Blyton and J.K. Rowling. I think I've read everything any of them have ever written, but they are still my go-to choice for a rainy afternoon or a lazy Sunday read.
- I have read the Twilight series (all 4 books) and the 50 Shades of Grey books (2 of them). I am not proud of this fact, but they held a morbid attraction, a self-loathing fascination. My eyes practically bled while reading them, but I could not stop. (At least I admit reading them. I know people who've borrowed the books from me and declared they've never touched the stuff. Yeah, right.)
- I am a night person. That is when I'm at my best and sharpest. Early mornings are best spent sleeping.
- I enjoy watching rom-coms, even the really bad ones like Due Date.
- I believe that Father's Day, Mother's Day, Sister or Brother's Day, Third Maternal Aunt's Day, Fourth Cousin Twice Removed's Day etc. are all occasions created by greeting card companies and as such do not deserve to be acknowledged. It is hard enough to keep track of birthdays and anniversaries without having to worry about all these other dates.
11 QUESTIONS FROM RENU (AND A FEW MORE FROM 'a RAT')
- If I gave you a million dollars, how would you spend it? Half of it will go towards building my dream house, the other half towards building my dream school for kids.
- What do u like most about blogging? It lets me be whoever I feel like being at that moment.
- If you were deserted on an isolated island and you could take a thing and a person along, what and who would it be? My husband and a laptop with a solar battery charger and a net dongle that works.
- How do u think, the culprits of Delhi gang rape case should be punished? With a very long, very painful life that would make them wish for death.
- What would be the first and the last line of your biography? I am/was the best me that anyone could ever be.
- 5 things that you carry almost everyday to your workplace? Since my workplace right now is my home, I carry only one thing to every room that I have to work in - Myself.
- One advice you would like to give to your fellow bloggers? Write for yourself. Always.
- One person you look up to? My younger sister Pree.
- One city/country you really want to visit? Japan
- One song that describes you best? When it comes to my loved ones, Everything I do by Bryan Adams.
- Honest opinion about my blog (Renu's question)? You capture the laughter and the tears, the built and the broken, the meeting of hearts and the breaking of hearts with words that are sincere and touching. Keep it up!
- What scares you the most? Being abandoned
- What is the best word to describe you? Friendly
- Debajyoti Ghosh @ Some Facts, Some Nonsense : One of the best humour blogs I've read in a long time. He's already famous, but I can't help acknowledging his talent :)
- Bhavana Nissima @ Tilling the Earthwoman : A passionate advocate of social responsibility and a prolific writer. Her posts will force you to reassess all that you thought you knew about our country and its issues.
- Vishal Rathod @ Travel India with Vishal Rathod : A travelogue written with a warmth and personal touch that makes reading this blog a delight.
- Subhabrata Dasgupta @ Subh Dasgupta's Blog : He started the Voices for Damini initiative on his blog, a call to share words of solidarity, support and strength on gender inequality in the wake of the Delhi gang-rape case. His personal blog is a great read as well.
- Amit - The Frivolous Analyzer @ The Shitt Analysis : An author in his own right, short stories are his forte
- Ganga Bharani @ Scribbled by GB : GB is already pretty well known in blogging circles for her sharp wit and her unusual take on everything under the sun.
- TTT @ Tangy Tomato Twist : I like her short stories, which can make you laugh and cry in turns.
- Chips from a life @ Asteria's Canvass : Her BAT entry "and then there were none" is enough to show her prowess as a writer and a creator of human characters.
- Maliny Mohan @ Chasing Passions : Although she already has a dedicated audience, I am compelled to call attention to her brilliant short stories.
- Rayla Noel @ Lyrix & Life : Thought-provoking and evocative poetry, lyrical in their composition
- Ritesh Agarwal @ Some Bedtime Stories : Some enjoyable 55-fiction stories to be read here
I would like to make a few special mentions here. These are multiple-Liebster Award winners, and amazing writers who I envy and admire in equal amounts for the same reason - they are insanely talented.
Meenakshi Malhotra @ Woman 'n' Beyond
Panchali Sengupta @ panchalibolchi
Deepak Kripal @ The Original Poetry
- What else do you love doing, besides blogging (and sleeping/eating etc.)?
- Who is your favourite person in the world (apart from yourself)?
- What is your favourite genre of writing?
- Describe yourself in 5 words. (Just like this question did)
- Which movie can you see any number of times (because you want to, not because you're forced to like "Indra the Tiger" that is on every channel, every day at any given hour)?
- What do you do for a living (I'm just curious. You are free to lie and say "social uplifter" or something if you're a politician)?
- If you had to choose between money and love, what would you pick?
- What has been your favourite vacation till date?
- If you could be anyone/anything in the world, for one day, who/what would you choose to be?
- A piece of advice that you would like to give your fellow bloggers -
- Who is your favourite Khan among the following - Fardeen, Zayed, Malaika Arora or Kareena Kapoor (I ran out of questions at this point)?
Since you have been generous enough with your time, patience and attention to read this far, THANK YOU!
I know this is one long acceptance speech. If this had been the Oscars, I would have been cued out after the first para itself :)
I hope you will continue to visit my blog and share your thoughts with me. I assure you, not all my posts are this long, or this much about myself.