What are my nicknames? What do I prefer to be called?
Anu, Shilpi, Das, A, Babu. I don’t care what nicknames people give me, if they want to talk to me I will answer to only those names I associate myself with else I may not respond to your call.
What books on my shelf are begging to be read?
Pursuing my Master’s at the moment, the only books I have time for are my study books. However, I do want to read The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, Men Are from Mars and Women Are From Venus, as of now these are the only two unread books in my Kindle.
What do I do if I can’t sleep at night?
I prefer to read my study materials, those get me drowsy immediately else talk to myself making up hypothetical situations in my head till I fall asleep.
How many days could I last in solitary confinement? How would I do it?
I am a very “people-person”, I love being in the presence of those I am comfortable with. I do not think I can last very long. I’d probably die because of loneliness than of hunger or thirst. However, if I had to do it, I would make myself an imaginary friend.
Do I save old greeting cards and letters?
Yes. All of them. I am a hoarder. Not just greeting cards, any letters, souveniers, mementos from memorable moments are all boxed up with me.
When making an entrance in to a party, do I make my presence known?
Depends where I am going. I love attention, but I don’t like to take away other people’s thunder. If the party is meant for someone else, I’ll not try and take that away. Else, I prefer to go and make small talk with people I know.
What is my strongest sense? If I had to give one up, which would it be?
I have a very strong nose. Hahahaha!! If I had to give one up, it would be my sense of smell. I have survived with a blocked nose many times, I do not think I could survive without any of the other senses.
How many times a day do I look at myself in the mirror?
Never counted, which means a lot!! Any reflective surface I come across, it would be safe to say, I would have seen myself in it.
Are my actions guided by love or fear?
Love. Always love. I cannot do anything if there is no love involved in some way or the other, even if it is just 0.0001%
What would be the “one thing” I could start doing today to improve the quality of my life.
Hands down, it must be working out. Sounds like a cliché but I feel, I could better channelize my energy into toning myself. I have no intentions to be a size 0 or have muscles whatsoever. I am in love with y curves and I only wish I could my body to accentuate them better. That would add to my confidence, make me feel radiant which would improve the quality of my life, in a way.
What is the strangest thing I believed as a child?
That if I bite my tongue, it means someone is bad-mouthing me. As an adult, I realized people do it all the time and even if they do bad-mouth me, I couldn’t care less.
What is one guilty pleasure I enjoy too much to give up?
Who performs the most random acts of kindness out of everyone I know?
My Dad. It annoys me how people take advantage of that and he still chooses to do it.
How often do I read the newspaper?
Almost never. I work in Social Media and Content writing, so I only read the newspaper if my company posts any ad or article in it.
Which animals am I scared of?
Crocodiles, alligators, snakes and any kind of flying insects.
Are I more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?
Avoid. Conflict only causes more conflicts. I believe in the power of communication.
What was the most recent compliment you’ve received and savoured?
“I thoroughly enjoyed reading your work.”
“I am very happy you happened. You are the best thing to have happened to me recently.”
What is something about myself that I hope will change, but probably never will?
My willpower to wake up in the morning to go to the Gym. Hihihihi!!
Are I a creature of habit? Explain.
Yes, very. It is believed that any activity we do everyday for a period of 21 days at a stretch becomes a habit. Stands very true for me.
Am I high maintenance? Explain.
No. I am not. Something as small as a compliment would make me super-happy. Materialistic things act as memoirs of my happy moments, but they are not a necessity for me.
When was the last time I really pushed myself to my physical limits?
I went trekking for the first and last time in my life, with a sprained knee. I was drunk, so it wasn’t much of a discomfort as compared to if I would have been sober.
Do I have a whole lot of acquaintances or just a few very close friends? Why?
Plenty of acquaintances. Very few close friends. I am an open book, I don’t keep a lot of secrets, however understanding me and loving me takes efforts which not everyone can do.
Am I more inclined to “build my own empire” or unleash the potential of others?
I am more of a “unleash potential of others” kind of person. I get this trait from my Dad.
What’s a strange occurrence you’ve experienced but have never (or rarely) shared with anyone?
I re-lived a moment, in person, like traveling back in time for a few seconds. Hard to explain the phenomena.
What do I think about more than anything else?
What people think about me.
What’s something that amazes you?
How much a human is capable of being hurt yet still being able to give love.
Do I prefer that people shoot straight with me or temper their words? Why?
People should be straight-forward or to-the-point. That does not mean that they can use harsh or rude words, just convey them directly.
Where’s my favourite place to take an out-of-town guest?
Al Seef or The Global Village
What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
Do I have a catchphrase?
That’s so Vanilla.
What’s my reaction towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs? What conditions cause me to dislike or, conversely, enjoy talking with them?
No judgement towards people who are outspoken about their beliefs, I like listening to people who do not have the same thought process as me. Makes me a tolerable person and sometimes I get to learn new perspectives. People who judge too easily, have conceited thoughts will always have a one-way communication with me, I will listen to them but they will not get any reactions from me.
How and where do I prefer to study?
In terms of education, I feel one should go out of the comforts of home. It’s liberating, not to mention fun. For daily studies, I do not get much of an option, I usually study in my office. At home, I prefer to study on my sofa and center table inside my bedroom. A mouse, laptop, notebook and a pensil.
What position do I sleep in?
On my tummy, face down or sideways – to my left.
What’s my all-time favorite town or city? Why?
Gokarna, so far. It just is. I think I have done my longest amount of thinking there, probably stayed the quietest there too. No place has been able to do that to me before.
What are the top three qualities that draw me to someone new?
Ease of talking to. Not being too touchy. Able to understand the language.
Any materialistic possession I own and love? Why?
My car, Kevin, a maroon SUV, my absolute favorite. He isn’t my car, he is my best friend, my secret keeper, my protector and my identity. Kevin is like an old, fuzzy teddy bear, always warm and welcoming others I hang out with.
If I could eliminate one weakness or limitation in my life, what would it be?
I cry when I am angry. I wish I could control that.
If I could restore one broken relationship, which would it be?
None. Everything happens for a reason. We don’t restore relationships, we mend them.
If I had to change my first name, what would I change it to?
I don’t wish to but if I had to it would be Isabella.
Do I believe ignorance is bliss? Why or why not?
No, it isn’t, it makes one gullible and annoying.
What do I consider unforgivable?
Have I forgiven myself for my past personal failures? Why or why not?
Always. Personal failures have taught me lessons.
How difficult is it for me to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?
No forgiveness for them, but I move past it and go on with my life. I block them out and I do not consider them part of my life anymore.
To what extent do I trust people? Explain.
I am a very trusting person, doesn’t mean that I am not cautious. I can never forgive someone who breaks my trust but when someone says something, I take their word for it.
In what area of my life are I immature?
I am very immature when it comes to birthdays and special occasions. I cannot do birthdays like an adult, I still need cake, balloons and all the childhood birthday things. I am also very immature when it comes to my health, I can frequently be spotted eating an ice -cream when I have a severe cold.
What was the best news I ever received?
I have had many. However, my favorite would be the day I got to know my brother was born. I was 10 and I didn’t know the gender before he was born. I was thrilled the day he was born, a tiny ball of a human, he means the world to me.
How difficult/easy is it for me to be honest?
Like I mentioned before, I am an open book. I do not usually indulge in lies (other than white lies :P) It just helps me in being clear with my intentions
When did I immediately click with someone I just met? Why? What was the long-term result? Conversely, am I close with anyone now that I really disliked at first?
To answer the first part of the question, I have met several people who I hav clicked as soon as I met. However, most have been long terms. Every relation, every person is different, have their own ups and downs. Hence, I like to believe, it isn’t the quantity, t is the quality of time together with anybody that matters.
Of course, 2 of my best friends. Met in college, did not have a great start, we still laugh about it, how much we hated one another.
When do I find myself singing?
When I am most comfortable. Of the many talents I have, singing isn’t one of them, I can only sing around people in front of who I can let my guard down, and of course it can only be inside my car, Kevin.
If you were given a choice of any super-human gadget what would it be and why?
Doraemon’s “Multiplier Gadget” – it is a gadget where if you place any 1 item, it multiplies it to a hundred, I think it’s very cool.
Either that, or Doraemon’s “Anywhere Door” – because duh!! Power to go anywhere at any time.