Thursday, 13 June 2013

The Liebster: Número Uno!

As you've probably guessed from the title, this is about my first Liebster Award. Namrota nominated me for this prize and I’d like to thank her for doing so. I’d also like to thank her for taking the time to read my posts and commenting on them. Also, I believe congratulations are in order to my fellow bloggers who were nominated with me. Each one of them are definitely deserving of the same.

For the uninitiated:

The Liebster is given new and upcoming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. The word ‘Liebster’ is a German word that means kindest, nicest, dearest, and other synonyms of these words. So if you get it, it’s really cool to show it off on your blog. Secondly, it helps you get your confidence going in a rough time because then you know that you can really do well. So, it’s a real honour to receive the Liebster.

Terms of Nomination:

1.) Each blogger should post 11 random facts about themselves.
2.) Answer the 11 questions asked by the one who has nominated you and then frame 11 of your own for the bloggers you nominate.
3.) Nominate 11 other bloggers to pass the Liebster on to. Link them to the post and inform them of the same. You cannot nominate the blogger who gave it to you.

Now that we are done with the explanations and the vote of thanks, let me get down to business. I will now fulfill the terms of my nomination for the Liebster.

Here are 11 random facts about myself:

     1.)     I love to read. My favourite genres are war, history, adventure, thrillers, detective fiction and war, oh, I already said that?
2.)   I collect coins. Presently, I have coins from over 35 nations and some going back to the East India Company.
3.)   I love to see my work get published. I have carefully collected every work of mine that has been published.
4.)       I write poetry. It releases me from this world, at least in that moment when it is penned down.
5.)   I love the Terminator series and can watch them however many times it is shown on television. Apparently, the guys over at Star Movies love it as well.
6.)       I've discovered a new love in prose writing, thus the blog.
7.)       I cannot live without tea.
8.)       I collect books. It is not safe to leave me in a book store with a credit card.
9.)       I regret not being able to see Michael Jackson perform live.
10.)  I absolutely hate spinach.
11.)  I capture in my lens what I cannot capture in words.

Here are my answers to Namrota’s questions:

When did you start blogging and why?
- I started blogging on the 3rd of May 2013; exactly 22 days before I was awarded my first Liebster. I started for the simple reason that I love having my work read and that I wanted something constructive to do in all the free time that I have.

What inspires you to write?
- Anything that strikes my mind or hits me suddenly and forces me to question things. I’d say that the World is my muse!

When you become a world renowned writer, would you give up blogging?
- Ever since I've started blogging, I've felt a close connection with my readers, at least those who have bothered to comment and share their views. I would love to maintain my relationship with them. So no, I’ll not give up blogging.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
- Jack of all trades, master of none.

Which is your most cherished memory till now?
- There is no single memory of that kind. I have cherished moments with people in all facets of my life. I cannot single out one.

Something that you learned recently...
- Driving a four wheeler!

What is your pet peeve?
- Customary cheek kissing. It’s very and I mean very annoying.

Did you ever have an imaginary friend? If yes, tell us something about him/her.
- Never had an imaginary friend but always have random characters from books I’m reading flowing in and out of my head, giving advice and such.

What is your idea of heaven?
- I believe that for heaven to be the perfect place, each person would need a personal heaven. So mine would be a library with huge French windows, oak wood study table, maple trees outside and the fragrance of old volumes filling the air with the weight of history hanging on to it.

Which fictional character from a book would you like to be and why?
- I’d like to be Dr. Watson from Sir Arthur Conan Ignatius Doyle’s detective fiction series, Sherlock Holmes. Well, because he’s a gentleman, an upstanding human being, an honourable man and above everything, he’s a writer.

Whom would you like to play you, in a movie on your life and why?
- Well, I’d like to do it myself but if an actor had to do it, I’d choose Will Smith. He’d be the best choice to play me.

Now, by the power vested in me, I name my successors. Kneel and accept thy claim to the Golden Trophy, oh chosen ones!

Shruti Chaturvedi


Sreedev Soman 

Aziz Ampanwala 

Rayla Noel 

Kriti Bhatnagar 

Aliasgar Mukhtiar 

Yamini Krishna 

Anunoy Samanta 

Jahid Akhtar

R. Vyas


Now THAT was hard. It was an extremely strenuous job nominating the above 11 bloggers. I should get another Liebster just for that. It’s amazing how many good blogs are out there. I almost selected some blogs who had above 200 followers. But in this cut throat competition, these 11 have emerged victorious. Congratulations and best wishes on a successful blogging future.

Here are my 11 questions to the nominees:

1)      How do you make time to blog?
2)      Which character from a book or movie do you relate to the most?
3)      What/Who is your motivation to write and what if he/she/it goes away one day?
4)      What is your opinion on Journalism (media) in India?
5)      Do you think India is secular? As in really secular?
6)      Give five reasons for why you should be named President of India.
7)      Name your all time favourite singer and the song you love.
8)      Do you believe science and religion can go together? Hand in hand?
9)      Do you think the printed word will be wiped out by technology someday?
10)   What is your idea of an ideal death?
11)   Do you think the internet will one day become self-aware and take over the world?

So, that’s that folks. Not getting very high on my first achievement, I’ll try to keep the blog lively, interesting and regularly updated. Happy Reading!