Liebster Award

Awards always make me feel special, especially if they come from someone whose opinion of my work matters to me. Luccia Gray (Rereading Jane Eyre) is someone whose blog I absolutely love and to think that it is she who has nominated me for this award makes it even more special. Thank you so much Luccia. To those who are not yet following her blog, I recommend doing so right now.

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However, right now, I can’t help feeling a little smug and happy with myself.

As with other awards, there are some rules:

  1. Post the badge on your blog
  2. Thank the blogger who presented this award and link back to their blog
  3. Answer the questions proposed
  4. Write 10 questions for those you nominate to answer in turn.

So on to the answers to Luccia’s questions:

1. What motivates you to blog?

Initially, for me blogging was just about writing. But then I found out that it is also about reaching out to different people and getting their feedback, reading others’ blogs and getting to know about them, their lives, and their cultures. It has been a fascinating way to connect with people across the globe and across all ages and look at the world from their very individual and unique point of view. So, my love for writing and reaching out and connecting with others are my motivation to blog.

2. Choose a post you’d like us to (re)read.

https://urbandementria.wordpress.com/2014/04/30/too-ordinary-to-be-extraordinary/

I had written this after watching the movie ‘Kill your Darlings’ and basically just typed the questions that came to my mind. You are more than welcome to answer them.

3. What do you feel strongly enough about to discuss for hours?

I love discussing almost as much as I love writing. I feel strongly about a lot of things some of which are:

a)    Condition of women across the world – No, I am not a feminist. In fact, I don’t believe in any kind of sexism at all. But, the plight of women across the world and in the Indian sub-continent in general really disappoints me. This has to stop. I plan on actively working on this area in the future.

b)    Free will versus predestination –Is everything in our lives pre-decided by Fate/God or do we really have a choice? The fight of the lone and vulnerable human being to make the best out of life in a world which always tries to suppress him is something that has always fascinated me and will continue to do so.

c)    Food – I am a foodie. Period. Any discussion on food and recipes or the best place to eat, from the local street food vendor to the expensive restaurant, is always exciting for me.

4. Write the first line of a novel.

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again… I came upon it suddenly; the approach masked by the unnatural growth of a vast shrub that spread in all directions… There was Manderley, our Manderley, secretive and silent as it had always been, the gray stone shining in the moonlight of my dream, the mullioned windows reflecting the green lawns and terrace. Time could not wreck the perfect symmetry of those walls, nor the site itself, a jewel in the hollow of a hand.”

-From ‘Rebecca; by Daphne du Maurier

These are my favorite opening lines amongst all the novels that I have read till now. With a few powerful and masterful words, Du Maurier weaves a web of Gothic mystery that sets the mood for the entire novel.

5. Write the last line of a poem.

“The world was all before them, where to choose

Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:

They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,

Through Eden took their solitary way.”

-From ‘Paradise Lost’ by John Milton

For me, these lines are an embodiment of the everlasting hope that propels us on as a race, the human race.

6. Where would you live if you could live anywhere?

I love my place in this world and believe I was destined to be where I am now. I would definitely like to travel all around the world but I would love to come back to my home in Hyderabad, India.

7. Which book(s) would you take with you to a desert island?

I would take Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’, collection of poems by John Keats, ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte, ‘Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand, ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne du Maurier, some Mills & Boon books (to keep the romance alive in my heart) and ‘Robinson Crusoe’ (hopefully to get some tips).

8. Which historical person would you like to have lunch with?

I cannot choose just one person from all of history. I think that history is always from the winner’s point of view. So, I guess I would love to meet Hitler and try to understand what his point of view was.

The other person I would love to meet is Plato to listen to his philosophy in his own words. It boggles my mind to think that certain ideas that he had so long ago still holds true in this world.

9. Which book would you have liked to write?

‘The Hungry Tide’ by Amitav Ghosh. This novel is about people who come from the same part of the world as I do and in fact, I feel like I meet them every day. So, I wish I could have written something like this novel which embodies the soul of both Bengal and on a different level, the human soul.

10. Which is the next book you’re planning to read?

Currently I am reading ‘The Agony and the Ecstasy’ by Irving Stone. After this, I will start reading Luccia Gray’s ‘All Hallows at Eyre Hall’ (which she has gifted to me very graciously).

 

I want to share this wonderful award with the fellow bloggers whose blog I love. My nominations for the Liebster Award are:

  1. K R Jefferson
  2. Love Happy Notes – Daily Fun and Inspiration
  3. Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog
  4. becoming a family

My questions to the nominees:

  1. Why do you blog?
  2. Tell the story behind the name of your blog.
  3. Which books are you currently reading?
  4. Which are the three books that you cannot live without?
  5. If there was a movie based on your life, which actor/actress would be best suited to play you and why?
  6. Which is the one novel/short story that you would love to have been a character of?
  7. Are you more comfortable with writing poetry or prose? Why?
  8. Tell us three random facts about yourself.
  9. Which book would you have loved to write?
  10. How would you like to be remembered?

I will be glad if you accept the nominations and will be looking forward to your nominations.

Very Inspiring Blogger Award: Facts about me and my Nominations

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Let me begin by thanking the very inspirational Luccia Gray (Rereading Jane Eyre) who has nominated me for this award. I have admired her writing since I started blogging here and I think it is something of a responsibility to maintain her very high standards.

These are the things that I am supposed to do:

1. Thank and link the amazing person(s) who nominated you. CHECK
2. List the rules and display the award. CHECK
3. Share seven facts about yourself. CHECK
4. Nominate 15 other amazing blogs and comment on their posts to let them know they have been nominated. CHECK
5. Optional: Proudly display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you. CHECK

Now moving onto myself, these are some things I would like to share:

  1. I am actually the female version of Clark Kent/ Superman. Nah! But, I do have two sides to me – the one that dresses every morning in the perfectly ironed formal attire and goes to office working in a managerial position in an import-export house and the other one whom you know as Urbandementria who flies with her wings of words in a world of imagination and loves nothing more than to write, read, and procrastinate. However, my duality cannot be explained by my zodiac sign because I am not a Gemini. I am a Virgo.
  2. I might be considered over-qualified by some, though I believe actual education has nothing to do with qualifications. However, I do have two Masters Degrees – the first in English Literature and the second in Business Administration owing, no doubt, to the two different sides to my personality.
  3. I have dappled with a lot of jobs in my lifetime. I have worked as an English Language Instructor, a teacher in a school, a Relationship Manager in a bank and currently an Export Manager.
  4. I like visiting new places and have stayed in different parts of my country. I was born in a very small town called Bandel, went to Kolkata to pursue my college education and currently staying in the beautiful city of Hyderabad. But, I have never travelled outside India.
  5. My love for writing started from the time when I was a student of Class Five, and my English teacher gave us an assignment to write an Autobiography of a tree. Not sure what to write, I approached my father. He explained it so well that I still remember every word of what he said. And from that very assignment began my love affair with composing things.
  6. I am an avid listener of music and am trained in Indian Classical music as a singer. However, I love listening to all kinds of music, especially rock music. I share this love with my two siblings, a younger brother and a younger sister, and whenever the three of us are at home, we love jamming together, much to the horror of my mother who doesn’t appreciate the loudness of our music.
  7. I eventually want to write and travel the whole world, meeting different people and getting to know different cultures. Yes, that is my dream.

I guess that is enough about me. Now, I want to share with you the 12 bloggers that I have chosen to nominate for the Award of Very Inspiring Blogger. I was supposed to nominate 15 bloggers but since I am new to blogging, I could manage to shortlist only 12.

  1. cyril bussiere – for inspiring me to improve my writing with his beautiful writing and pictures
  2. The Artistic Christian – for surprising me with his blogs
  3. K R Jefferson – for his fresh view of the world
  4. Journey in the Woods – for her courage to face a difficult situation
  5. Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog – for her unique take on topics and making me laugh
  6. Cogito Ergo Mum – who seems to be a kindred spirit
  7. becoming a family – who inspires me with her beautiful free-flowing writing
  8. epheMERAki – for sharing her amazing culture
  9. verbalising – because I love reading her ruminations
  10. wandering story teller – for her honest take on life
  11. That Saucy Tart – for being so originally “saucy” and being unapologetic about it
  12. Behold the Infinite – for her beautifully descriptive pieces

Each of them has a different story to tell and a different perspective of things. But, I enjoy reading their blogs and I hope you will too. Cheers 🙂