I have been mercilessly tagged and awarded in the last one year. Ok. I was awarded only twice and tagged twice but I like to think that it was merciless. Feels good. And its my bloody blog so I will define what merciless means here.

I ignored the tags and awards for a long time but I had a dream last night in which a Tag and an Award took human forms and tried to strangulate me. They were crying while doing so and thus awoke my conscience. I promised them that I will honor them and hence this post.

I will try not to bore you with my answers.

U.S. Pandey who blogs at One Grain Amongst The Storm gave me the Liebster Award and here are the Q & As –

Top 4 authors, or photographers, you love

Charles Dickens (The first novel I read was an abridged version of Oliver Twist that I won in a debate competition in class 6. I don’t think there is any novel by dear CD that I haven’t read)

Arthur Conan Doyle (Ah! They don’t make them like him anymore. The Hound of Baskervilles and The Sign of Four are my all time favorites)

Orhan Pamuk (There is something very grounded in the way he writes his incredible stories)

J.M Coetzee (The most gifted writers of our times. Read Life & Times of Michael K and Disgrace and you will know what I mean)

Top 4 Movies

Ok. That is a crazy question. Anyways, my top 4 movies are – Spirited Away, Pan’s LabyrinthThe Shawshank RedemptionAmélie

Top 4 singers/albums

Kishore Kumar (For the sheer variety), Shreya Ghoshal (For the divine voice), Asha Bhosle (For those seductive punches), Mohammed Rafi (For melting my heart again and again)

What would you do if you were to be stopped from writing?

I will start painting.

Are you in favour of banning books?

God No! Adults write them and adults read them.

Are you in favour of capital punishment?

If we are absolutely sure that the person committed the crime, then Yes. If there is a 0.5% chance of his/her innocence, then No. You can’t bring back the dead.

Are you in favour of veils for women, as in hijab?

I am in favor of  religion not telling anyone what to wear.

Which is the best translated work (or works) you’ve read?

Night train to Lisbon by Pascal Mercier

Moments you cherish.

My time spent in Manchester. It was the first time I realized that humans are capable of not littering the roads and piss on the walls and not honk and….I can go on and on.

Moments you’d rather forget.

One day I will gather the courage to write a blog post about it.

Is blogging for everyone?

No. Sustaining your creative streak is never easy.

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Tushar who blogs at My Life, My World gave me the same award as USP and here are the Q&As –

1. Why did you start blogging?

I was bored.

2. You are getting an all expenses paid trip for two to a place of your choice? Where will it be and with whom?

I need mountains around and loads of snow. Place doesn’t matter.

3. Dog or cat? And why?

Errr…none actually. I am not an animal person really. I like them though.

4. Half a million dollars for slogging for 6 months year or a week’s peace on the beaches of Bahamas?

Why is that even a question? 🙂

5. What is your deepest fear?

That one fine day, I will wake up to realize that I cannot get up from bed without anyone’s help. One day a nurse will take care of me while I lie on a bed.

6. How did you propose your girl/guy? Or how you plan to do so?

I am married and I didn’t propose. I just asked – So, what do you think? And she replied – Mm..Hm. And that was pretty much it.

7. One ‘Ctrl + Z’ moment of your life? Something you want to undo if you had a choice?

Loads of them. I have a fear that I will leave my zipper open one day. I will jump off a building if that happens.

8. Who is the most ‘marriage-able’ celebrity?

I don’t know. I don’t know any of them personally.

9. One thing that can take you to the ultimate heights of fame?

You mean people-trying-to-grope-me and tearing-off-my-clothes-in-public fame? I don’t want that.

10. Do you follow any sports, team, club or a person? Why this love started?

Hell no! I try not to follow anyone. I am not a stalker.

11. Did you like coming to this blog? And will you visit again?

Too personal! 😛

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Afshan who blogs at The Pensive tagged me a long time back. She gave me 25 questions. 25!!!! Afshan, I can’t answer your questions right now with honesty because I will be lying in most of them. I will pick your tag later when I can give truthful answers. Thank you for tagging me though.

I love this aura of suspense that I have created!

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Reema who blogs at My Random Thoughts tagged me in the Stone Age. Here are the Q&As –

1) Your most beautiful post.

Costa Chatter – Sita and Draupadi – I found this series satisfying mainly because I can go back and read it without cringing.

2) Your most popular post

My most popular post was I am with about 1,25,000 hits. God knows why!

3) Your most helpful post

They were How to shop with a lady and stay sane & Facebook photos uploading etiquettes

4) Your most controversial post

I won’t call it controversial per se but a lot of people did not like what I wrote here – Why SBI is the worst bank of India.

5) A post whose success surprised you

The Hitchhikers Guide To A Sane Life. I don’t know why it was so popular back then and why I wrote it.

6) A post that you thought did not get the attention it deserved

Traffic control gadgets for the ASIRW (Average Stupid Indian Road Warrior). I poured my heart and soul into it and came up with such innovative ideas and no one read them.

7) A post which you are most proud of

I liked the caption posts I did a long time back – Fear and Have you ever…

I would like to thank all those who read the post till the end and if you have scrolled down and this is the first line you are reading then you missed all the gossip from my personal life. Also, I am not tagging everyone because honestly I don’t think there is anyone left.

And for those who awarded me –

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image from here.

About the Author:

Amit Sharma is the Author of fiction novel False Ceilings published by Lifi Publications in January 2016.
Amit always keeps a book and a portable reading light in his bag (much to the amusement of his fellow travellers). His other hobbies include watching world cinema, travelling, staring at hills, digging into various cuisines, cooking, listening to music, painting, blogging, making his daughter laugh and helping his wife with her unnecessary and prolonged shopping.
He is currently working on his Second novel which is a thriller.

55 Comments

  1. umashankar May 5, 2013 at 10:51 am - Reply

    It’s not often that one comes across scintillating wit and humour in confessions prodded by awards. It was a pleasure knowing you more, Amit!

    Time to read some more of your refreshing posts. Thanks for the acknowledgement!

    • Amit May 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm - Reply

      Thank you for giving me the award Uma. I am glad that you liked the answers.

  2. Dagny May 5, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Aren’t you cute AND clever? 🙂

    • Amit May 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm - Reply

      haha! I really hope so.

  3. Rachna May 5, 2013 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Good job! And it feels good to get those tags and awards off one’s back, doesn’t it? And did I read, you don’t care for animals. A big katti with you :-P. How can you not like animals? They are the purest you can find in the jungles inhabited by monster human beings.

    • Amit May 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      It took me a while to answer all the questions but it was fun. I like doing such posts once in a while.
      And I like animals. I just don’t like them on my bed. 😛

  4. Deeps May 5, 2013 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Congratulations on the awards! Loved what you said about ‘banning books’ and capital punishment. Yet to read a lot of your posts that are listed here. The Costa chatter was a master stroke from you! In fact the entire series :). Keep them coming!

    • Amit May 6, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Deeps. I am kinda embarrassed about my older posts. 🙂 You won’t find me mention them at a lot of places.
      thanks for all the encouragement. 🙂

  5. Maddie May 5, 2013 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    Congratulations!!! I think I have read most of the posts you listed. That picture is too funny. 😀

    • Amit May 6, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

      Thanks Maddie. Yes, you have read most of my older posts. 🙂

  6. Anonymously Disguised May 5, 2013 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    But… but… you didn’t answer to whom you will take along with you for that all expense paid trip of your choice?? Should Geet be worried? :mrgreen: 👿

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 5:59 am - Reply

      Haha! Now that goes without saying. 😀

  7. Nidaa May 5, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Infectious honesty!!!
    Whoa! you like Amelie too? I chose this for a movie date and in 5 minutes the guy was snoring on my shoulder. I tried to get my friends to watch it and they were like ‘kaisi ajeeb movies bante hai aajkal’…

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 6:02 am - Reply

      I think a lot of people like Amelie. I haven’t met anyone who has seen the movie and disliked it. It was a masterpiece. Each and every scene was poetry. It was magic.

  8. alkagurha May 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Good to know you Amit. And congratulations for so many awards.

  9. onehonestwriter May 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    First congratulations on the awards :). Second I loved the pic, it’s too funny and u just laughed out loud just seeing it). Third wats so big deal about the zipper being open, I mean I understand it might be embarrassing but jumping off a building, no there should be some bigger things kept for such an action.

    Fourth the mocha mythological series, just read it, hilarious thoughtful yet same time represents your knowledge and take on those characters. How did you even think about it, too good.

    And don’t you paint now? Please keep doing that too. Lastly I swathe the I am post too, it’s good too specially along with the captions but so many hits….unbelievable.

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 6:11 am - Reply

      The picture is too cute, right? 🙂
      I don’t know why but I have a fear of open zippers. It is too embarrassing. But seriously speaking, there should be no reason valid enough to jump off a building. 😊
      Thanks for reading my older posts. I really don’t know why ‘I am’ got so many hits. It is weird.
      No, I don’t paint anymore. Cant find enough time nowadays. 🙁

  10. seena May 5, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Amit…. you can every topic into a brilliantly hilarious post 🙂

  11. Vunderkind May 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm - Reply

    LOL. I arrived here because of the image pingback.

    Awards can be a pain to respond to, but it is sure as hell swell to get them. Appreciating everyone kinda takes the front burner.

    Gracias, hombre (whatever that means) ^_^

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 6:16 am - Reply

      Thanks for visiting. 🙂 I think you are my first pingback visitor.
      Yes, it takes a while to answer all the questions. I usually collect 3-4 awards before I write a post. 🙂

  12. afshan18 May 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    Lol
    It’s ok Amit . I can understand so not pointing gun at ur temple . After reading all the replies I know I understood its a time taking affair :)so those 25 can wait . Glad u atleast responded that u can’t reply :p
    Btw liked ur answers!! And that last image it is so darn cute . I recently used it in some post
    Good day

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 8:32 am - Reply

      Afshan, I really wanted to reply to the questions in your tag, but there are certain things that I am not ready to share on my blog yet. 🙂

  13. The Girl Next Door May 5, 2013 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    LOL
    Loved each one of your responses, Amit. 🙂 Had fun reading this post.

  14. latha May 6, 2013 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Was fun knowing more about you, Amit. 🙂

  15. Destiny's child May 6, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Well done! Enjoyed the Q&A. 🙂

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 8:35 am - Reply

      Thanks Destiny’s child. 🙂

  16. R's Mom May 6, 2013 at 9:47 am - Reply

    oh loved your answers..super congrats:)

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 8:36 am - Reply

      Thanks R’s Mom. 🙂

  17. ashreyamom May 6, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    congrats.:).

  18. Bhavia May 6, 2013 at 1:18 pm - Reply

    //God No! Adults write them and adults read them.//
    I loved this 🙂

  19. theSuda May 6, 2013 at 1:51 pm - Reply

    Was looking for my name in the list of your favorite photographers, disappointed. :
    Nice answers….

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

      Hahaha. I don’t have any favorite photographers, only favorite photographs. 🙂

  20. theSuda May 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I just noticed the percentage of Female audience to your blog.. 😀 Ahem…

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 8:40 am - Reply

      It has always been like that even in the Old times. 😛

  21. pixie May 6, 2013 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    good one!
    Congrats on the awards and yes, it was nice knowing some more about you! (is that even a phrase?!)

  22. reekycoleslaw May 7, 2013 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Nice! Especially since it made me revisit your Costa and SBI posts! 🙂

  23. C. Suresh May 7, 2013 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Ahem! Just as I was nodding my head with the resemblance between us when you said Charles Dickens and Doyle, you vanish into areas where I cannot follow you 🙂 And, great to know that there is someone else whose first thoughts of music do not wander over to Avril Lavigne and the likes or even the Beatles 🙂 We do share that attribute of liking animals provided they keep their distance 🙂

    But, seriously? Blog posts – even the most brilliant of them – can get hits in excess of 100000? Are you Amitabh Bachchan by any chance instead of just Amit? 🙂 I am now the color of your gravatar 🙂

    Wonderful read!

    • Amit May 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      Although I have moved to new age writers, classics will always remain my first love. 🙂
      And I am really now a very big fan of phoren music. For me good music has to be raga based.
      And yeah, the mystery surrounding those 100000 hits is not yet solved. I think I will have to live with the assumption that something went wrong with the internet.

  24. Giribala May 8, 2013 at 9:25 am - Reply

    Nah…you seem too unforthcoming! We need more answers 😐

    • Amit May 8, 2013 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Come on! I think I am the most forthcoming blogger around. Look at the way I splash my personal life on my blog. 😛

  25. Dr RoshanR (@pythoroshan) May 8, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    liked this post… and totally agree on the ‘is blogging for everyone’ bit. So many creative minds start and then just stop altogether because they find they cant sustain it.. very few actually post regularly over a period of 4-5 years

    • Amit May 8, 2013 at 2:47 pm - Reply

      I think most of us need a break once in a while. It is hard to churn ideas continuously.

  26. kismitoffeebar May 9, 2013 at 7:40 am - Reply

    Ahhh! Good to know more about you 🙂 Loved the last pic 😛 So cute!

  27. Indian Homemaker May 16, 2013 at 7:51 am - Reply

    LOL at the last pic 🙂 Enjoyed reading …

    One of your answers reminded me of the lovely beauty queen dolls you made for your sister, also made me wonder what I would do if I wasn’t blogging 🙂

    • Amit May 18, 2013 at 4:54 pm - Reply

      Thanks IHM. 🙂

    • Amit May 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks IHM. 🙂
      I hardly get time to pursue a lot of my hobbies so I would have picked up any one of them if I wasn’t blogging. 🙂

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