Wednesday, 11 June 2014

I'd Like To Thank My Mom, My Dad, My Pet Turtle And...

One fine day I stumbled upon that precious comment left on my blog post by Pawan Hegde informing me that he had just awarded me the Liebster Award. I didn't know what it was. But the thought of being awarded something by a fellow blogger was both unique and endearing to me. After a few minutes of much needed R&D, I found out that The Liebster Award is an award given in the blogger community as a way to appreciate other fellow commendable bloggers and also to get to know them better.
This being my first ever blog award, I was on the moon! Thank you Pawan for nominating me for this award. I sincerely admire the eloquence that your writing possesses and I also admit that I'm a little jealous of your vocabulary. :D
Thank you once again! I'll be proudly displaying this one on my blog for all to see!

The Liebster Award Official Rules:

    If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
  6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  7. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
  8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!
Following are the answers to the questions that I was asked: 
  1. Why do you write?
Writing for me is cathartic as it is for most writers I’m sure. I write because it is the only place where things are the way I want them to be. That does not mean that I’m a control freak :D It provides an escape. It is an alternate reality. My pen takes me places where there are no limits and I’m not bound by anything. I run free.
  1. Do you have a procedure that you follow when you write a story or a poem?
'There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.' - Ernest Hemingway

Those words ring true. For poems, I usually write whenever I have a dark cloud hanging overhead. Whenever I’m dejected. The pen just yields whatever mood I’m in. However, sometimes, for say, a WoW post, there is no particular road map that I follow. My imagination is quite hyperactive so I write whatever comes to mind.
  1. Do you enjoy reading? If yes, what do you like to read? Poem? Fiction? Comic Books? History of Medieval European Blacksmiths?
Yes! I love reading. Reading and collecting books. I believe once you get a book you shouldn’t give it back. It’s like you’re returning the knowledge you gained through it. I love reading poems, fiction, it’s been a long time since I’ve read a comic book though. If given a chance I’m sure I’d devour a good comic too. Early teens saw me reading a lot of Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and The Famous Five. I love reading classics as well. Once on a bus trip I saw a girl reading Robin Cook (yes I do that), so I picked up Abduction and loved it. I’m a fan of Stephen King for life.
  1. If you were a character in a book, how would you describe your appearance?
Some lines could be taken from a li’l something I had written on a post as a comment ;)
Although that was written from an interviewer’s perspective I would like to be portrayed as someone not too heroic. In other words, the same imperfect, human me. (With a pinch of healthy boasting :D)
  1. How do you think people view you?
Understanding me is a task in itself, believe me. Sometimes I really feel like I belong to another century. The way I think doesn’t sit too well with most people and hence I have very few trusted people in my life. I prefer it that way too. People who don’t know me usually think of me as a highly reticent creature who doesn’t mingle much. Myths dispel IF and WHEN they get to know me better. Because people who do know me, know that I love clowning around. And then there are people like my folks who think I’m a little girl and will never grow up. EVER. :D
  1. If your life were a movie, which one would it be? And why?
I’d always pick some classic. Like the movie version of Jane Eyre or something. Precisely because then I’d be paired with Michael Fassbender. ;)
  1. What do you see yourself doing in 3 years?
I’m currently working as a Graphic Designer but I have been realizing slowly and steadily that my true passion seems to be writing. So I hope to be a good writer soon. Get some of my work published. God, I really want to do that!
  1. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My inability to express verbally. Definitely. I’m not too vocal about how I feel. That has always created some irreversible blunders in my life.
  1. Can you change the above mentioned thing about you? Have you tried?
I have. Or maybe I haven’t tried enough. I carry around with me an orb of twisted logics concocted by me. One of them states that letting people in and showing how you feel makes you vulnerable and weak. So I tend to bottle things up.
  1. Which is your favorite language? Why? (Expect more than 'it's my mother tongue')
I’m not saying it just for the sake of it but I really love all languages. This feeling stems from my mother. My mother tongue is Urdu and thanks to my mom I can read, write and speak decent Urdu. She inculcated in me the respect I have today for all languages. I find myself being curious if I hear an unknown dialect and don’t shy away from asking those around me for its meaning. 
For e.g. I remember I was quite taken with these lines from the song Nagada Sang Dhol from RamLeela

“Lili limbudi re, leelo nagarvel no chhod
Parbhu parodh na re
Maar gher uttaara karta jaao
Utaaro nahi karun re
Maar gher Sita juve vaat
Sita ekla re
Juve ram-lakhan ni vaat”

I asked my team leader to translate it to me. Then there is this verse that is sung in Tamil in the song Titli from Chennai Express. I’m proud that I’m surrounded by such diverse languages living in one country. I have also been very eager to learn Spanish. Hoping one day I will. :)

11 Random Facts About Me

  • ALL the WoW posts that I write are written in those precious 30-40 minutes that I get during the one hour lunch break at work. As soon as the new prompt comes out, the wheels in my head start churning and I have to challenge myself to come up with something unique. Fast.
  • I love The Walking Dead. Although I haven’t seen the most recent seasons but I still love it. If ever the world should end, it should go The Walking Dead way. Zombies, blood and gore, guns – I'd like that! 

  • Two of my most favorite poems are The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes and What Is Love by Mihai Eminescu.
  • As a school going kid, I used to eagerly wait for the day my Dad would bring home the new books for the new syllabus as I got promoted every grade. I used to be the only kid in class who would’ve finished reading all chapters from the English and Hindi textbooks before they were even taught in class.
  • Is it possible to fall in love with an edifice? In my case it is. I really feel an indescribable connection to a building near my house. It is a quaint place which gives a very different vibe to me. Weird much? :D
  • I love engaging in debates provided the topic incites me. Since school I loved participating in debating competitions. A good debate always gets my adrenaline pumping!
  • I believe you haven’t really seen anything till you’ve seen ‘Lost’ – the TV series. I fall in love with it every time I watch it or hear about it. 

  • I’m a Twihard. And I hate it when people make dumb jokes about it or create stupid memes revolving around it. I just love it all - the books, movies, soundtracks. I had a phase in college when I used to carry the books with me and read out my favorite parts aloud much to the irritation of my friends. 

  • I’m not a major auto junkie but I love muscle cars. A Camaro, Mustang or a 1969 Dodge Charger. I daydream about owning the Chevy Impala 1967 that the Winchesters drive around. I keep searching for stores or shops that make custom car models. If any of you know, please do tell me! :)
  • I’m an ardent believer in admiring things from afar. Because getting closer might mar its beauty. (Another one of my twisted logics)
  • I can’t finish this without mentioning my dear friend Robert Skeaff. He’s someone I’ve never met. Just my Canadian friend (that’s what he used to call himself). He was the one who really motivated me to write more often, everyday sending me links on how to write better and focus on my passions. Bobby, I really miss your words of encouragement. Hope to see you tweeting again soon. May you be happy wherever you are! 
Gah!!! That's the longest I've spoken about myself!
Let's get to the bloggers that I'd like to nominate for The Leibster Award.

 Pawan Hegde
Midnight Scribbles
The FactFiction
Tale of Two Tomatoes
Anmol Rawat

Dear nominees, here are your questions.
Hope you enjoy answering them as much as I enjoyed framing them! :)

  1. Tell me about an incident in your life that moved you
  2. When was the last time you cried?
  3. When was the last time you laughed so hard your belly ached and why?
  4. What song describes you best?
  5. What do you do AND do you love what you do?
  6. You would write an ode to …? (Could be a person or a thing)
  7. Your favorite childhood memory
  8. One dream destination you’d want to visit and why
  9. Love or Lust and why
  10. A book/movie that got it all wrong and your advice for the same
  11. ‘Forgive and Forget’ or ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’? 

I hope you all enjoyed reading all that I had to say and that I didn't leave you feeling as if you had a one sided conversation with an irritatingly cocky person. :D


Midnight scribbles said...

Congratulations on the liebster award Sana :) hehe i love your random facts. They really are random! :P Just one point here, Maybe i dont know if it holds true for you, but maybe because you aren't very vocal that you can write all the more beautifully. I've seen that a lot. holds true for me anyway :)

And thank you, humbly. i feel thrilled for you to nominate me for the award. Hopefully shall answer ur questions soon :)

ps I love all languages too! particularly spanish. i hope to learn spanish, urdu, spoken arabic, french and german. phew!!

Midnight scribbles said...

u know what..i cant wait..and ur questions are amazing! here goes! :P

Tell me about an incident in your life that moved you.
Im emotional a lot. the last time i went to pakistan and hugged nani at the airport, that moment i realised i might never see her again cuz of the horrible conditions btwn our countries. that moment changed my way of thinking. life is short!

When was the last time you cried?
aah last night, dont ask!

When was the last time you laughed so hard your belly ached and why?
hehe todayy! 8 girls chilling out, bliss!

What song describes you best?
ok this may sound weird, but..masakali..hehe i wish i were a bird.

What do you do AND do you love what you do?
i loveee to readd

You would write an ode to …? (Could be a person or a thing)
jane austen, just wow.

Your favorite childhood memory
haha i would faint a lot if i didnt get my way, out of panic, yeah. thats one of them!

One dream destination you’d want to visit and why.
shucks, i wana go on the moon. i hope space travel is possible soon!

Love or Lust and why
heheh love..uhm lust :P
love..lust fades away..true story.

A book/movie that got it all wrong and your advice for the same.
lol so manyy, i cant even imagine. chetan bhagat and his movies,blah!

‘Forgive and Forget’ or ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold’?
forgive and forgive. ok i once read this, that, you refuse to forgive people for their mistakes, yet on the day of judgement you will stand before Allah, begging for his forgiveness. worth a thought no?

aannd done :D haha i loved these questions :D aah wish u could answer them too!

Anmol Rawat said...

Thanks a lot for the liebster award :)
I have accepted the award here

Also, it was nice to read your post and to know a few random things about you :)

The Wanderer said...

That is really heart wrenching Sabeeha! Having your loved ones living in another country and not just any other country but someone who was once a part of us and with whom we share a convoluted and difficult history.
Loved reading your answers! :)
And yes I agree there with the Chetan Bhagat bit you revealed! :D

Pawan Hegde said...

Thanks a lot :)

It's amazing that you manage to write all this in the half an hour during lunch time!

It was also interesting to know about your most-sought-after waist :P

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