Awards Season

I was very recently nominated for the One Lovely Blog award and the Liebster award by the extremely talented and wonderful Aubrey Leaman and I’ve finally gotten around to fulfilling my award obligations. I enjoy these kinds of posts because I’m weird like that, and I love sharing absurd facts.

For the One Lovely Blog award, I’m supposed to present 7 facts about myself, and for the Liebster, there’s 11 questions to answer, so here we go!

  1. I have never learned to ride a bicycle. It’s true! I tend to get funny looks whenever that comes up in conversation (which is almost never, thankfully). I also don’t have a driving license and hate flying. I’ve got vehicular issues.

  3. I’m a Grammar Nazi. And a Spelling Nazi. And yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to start sentences with conjunctions, so don’t you dare defy me!

  5. I’ve been wearing glasses since I was 8. Too much time with my face practically glued to the TV screen, despite repeated warnings.

  7. When I was very young, I shoved my finger into a table fan. Why? I don’t know. I have the vaguest memory of my mom telling me not to and my hand hovering near it, but I don’t remember the incident itself. I do have a nifty scar, though.

  9. I love doing mental math. Sometimes, when I’m bored, I’ll try to add, subtract or multiply large numbers. Don’t do much division, though. Not sure why. I was also very stoked when I figured out the numerical patterns in multiplication tables and square roots. I also read dictionaries in my spare time as a child.

  11. People breaking into song drives me nuts. It’s why I generally can’t stand musicals. Sing-a-longs during long drives are my personal hell. That being said, I love music. A nice instrumental piece relaxes me. Singing, not so much, unless the singer has a truly phenomenal voice.

  13. When I was young, I wanted to be a voice actor for cartoons and animated movies. I thought it was the best job in the world. Come to think of it, I still do.

And that’s a fact! Or seven.

On to the questions:

  1. If you could have dinner with any superhero, who would you pick and why?The most obvious answer is Batman, but he’d probably just yammer on about the Riddler’s latest puzzle or run off mid-meal to punch Two-Face in the teeth. I’d actually go with one of the sidekicks. Probably Batgirl (the original). She’s the commissioner’s daughter, a computer whiz, and probably has some interesting stories about the Gotham Police department and the Bat. Plus, she just seems cool.

  3. What is your favorite sport?Haha, next question. Alright, I did like playing basketball well into college. I wasn’t very good at it, but I enjoyed it. I also discovered a love of golf in college, but I would hesitate to call it a sport. It’s an activity.

  5. If you tripped in front of millions of people, what would you do?Pretend it was intentional, or act like it was the ground’s fault for tripping me and run the hell away.

  7. What is a subject that you find really interesting in theory but would actually probably hate doing in real life?Archaeology. Discovering hidden aspects of our history and the history of the world is pretty fascinating. It sheds light on the past, which in turn illuminates the present and the future. Wouldn’t really want to spend my time digging through dirt and rocks, though.

  9. Pink or blue?Gray. Ha.

    Blue. It’s always blue.


  11. What is your favorite board/other game?Oh, so many…

    Clue is always a favorite, because I love a good mystery.Also, there are tiny weapons! How cool is that?!
    Any other game? We could talk about video games, but I guarantee you’ll get bored before I do.


  13. If you could claim a celebrity as your sibling, who would you pick?I’m not sure I’d want a celebrity as a sibling. That’s a long shadow to walk under. And I’m sure the paparazzi will be in love with me because I’m so-and-so’s brother. No thank you.

  15. If you could time travel to any time and place in the universe, when/where would you go?There are just so many wonderful and amazing possibilities out there. But really, I’d like to go back to my house, before my mom got cancer.

  17. What do you feel is the most underrated book?I don’t think I’ve come across any, to be honest. Overrated? Plenty. But I can’t think of a book that I would consider underrated.

  19. GPS or physical maps?Physical maps. GPS makes things easier, I suppose, but there’s a puzzle-solving element to physical maps that I just love. Unless I’m hopeless lost.

  21. Favorite type of music, artist, or song?My musical taste is split between classical music, orchestral movie soundtracks and 80’s pop. I am nothing if not eclectic.

And there we are. Once Trivial Pursuit: Artman Edition is released, champions will you all be.

As per the rules, I have to nominate some bloggers. But I’m going to be a rebel, so I basically nominate anyone who reads this. I’ve come up with a list of questions below, and you may answer them if you so choose. This is basically a fun little exercise in getting to know people and learning bizarre factoids. You can make a post about it or just answer in the comments. Or neither, really. All choices are valid here. Alright, enough rambling.

Here are my questions:

  1. What is your favorite condiment?
  2. What was your favorite toy as a child? What made it special?
  3. How would you define ‘happiness’?
  4. If you could use one sound to describe your personality, what would it be?
  5. Is one truly the loneliest number? Why or why not?
  6. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received, on any subject?
  7. What song can you listen to endlessly?
  8. Bar fight or dance off?
  9. If you had a Mr. Hyde-like alternate personality, what would they be like?
  10. If you were to become ruler of the entire planet, what’s the first decree you’d issue?
  11. Favorite toothpaste flavor?

And last, but not least, the rules:

  1. Link back the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions given to you by the nominator.
  3. Display the Liebster award logo in your post.
  4. Nominate other bloggers.
  5. Create 11 questions for the nominees.
  6. Notify all nominees via social media or blogs.

Similar rules for the other award. List 7 facts. Display the award badge. All that jazz.




Liebster Award, Part Deux

Another nomination for the Liebster Award, this time from Hayley over at Dear Dad. She was on my list of nominees, so definitely check her out. She’s a bright young voice that should be heard.

All of my biggest favorites were nominated in the last post, so I won’t be listing any more nominees, but I will gladly answer the questions posed to me. So, without further ado,

1. What is your favourite colour? Do you associate that colour with anything in particular?

My favorite color is blue; I generally prefer darker or more muted shades. It doesn’t hold any particular significance as such, I just like the way it looks.

2. What is your most embarrassing moment? The one your friends and family like to remind you of!

Oh boy, there’s certainly plenty of those. The one (well, two) that tend to come up now and again are the one time I got drunk at a party, attempted to do push-ups, and ended up bouncing my chin off the floor. I spent the rest of the party with a big plaster on my chin.

That same night, I was told (jokingly) to go walk in the snow by a close buddy, so I bounded out the door and started stomping around in my bare feet until my incredulous friend called me back in.

There’s actually quite a bit of backstory to both these incidents, but this doesn’t seem the right time for it. Let’s just say I wasn’t trying to do push-ups just for the hell of it. 🙂

3. If you could change one thing from the past, what would it be? Or do you prefer to live with no regrets?

I’d love to live with no regrets. I absolutely would. Unfortunately, regret might be my greatest wealth. Things I wished I’d said, feelings I wish I’d expressed, and so many things I wish I hadn’t done or said.

The one thing I’d want to change is my mother’s cancer. I wish she’d never had it. I wish I could have done more for her, or could at the least have made her passing easier than it was. That’s a pretty deep hole to go down, though, so I’ll stop there.

4. What is the funniest joke you’ve heard in a while? (Don’t worry if nobody else finds it funny – as long as it makes you laugh!)

A man comes across a disheveled old man on the street, furiously scribbling away in a book. Curious, he asks him what he’s writing.

“I’m writing a 200-page book called How the Horse Walks,” the old man replies cheerfully.

“How the Horse Walks?” the man says. “Well, that sounds interesting. Mind if I see it?”

He takes the book from the old man and looks through it. On the first page, in large, looping letters, are the words ‘How the Horse Walks.”

And the other 199 pages? “Clippity clop clippity clop clippity clop.”

5. What is one of your first memories from your childhood? It can be the simplest memory, or one which stands out for a particular reason.

One of the earliest memories I can recall, very vaguely, is my mother telling me not to put my finger into a table fan. It goes about as well as you’d expect. Still have all 10 of ’em, though!

6. How would you like to be remembered?

As someone worth remembering. Someone kinda and generous and funny. I’m actually curious how the people I’ve met do remember me.

7. What is the most inspirational book you have read (fiction or non fiction) – or the one that has left the biggest impression on you?

The Twenty Guiding Principles of Karate by Gichin Funakoshi. Why? Well, that might be the subject of a separate post by itself…

8. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

To not obsess over things I can’t control. Wish I could follow it, though.

9. What makes you literally laugh out loud? (and I mean full on belly laughs!)

Slapstick humor. Especially people walking into doors or walls. In movies, that is. It’s funny in real life as long as nobody gets hurt.

10. Finish this sentence: “I wish…

For more than I could possibly receive.
Thanks again to Hayley! Do check out her blog!

Infinity Dreams Award

Well, this is unexpected.

I’ve had a blog for over a year now that was sporadically updated and viewed with any sort of reglarity by maybe one other person. A few months ago, I decided to try out WordPress, creating a new blog and messing around with features. It was fun, much more fun than my old blogging platform, so I decided to stick with it. But I was still lazy about posting.

Until I came across Writing 101 and the daily prompts. That really fired up the writer in me and provided some much-needed inspiration. It’s been an amazing two weeks so far, telling stories both personal and fantastical. It’s been exciting for me to see so many people reading and commenting on my stories, and I’ve also read some amazing stuff that’s added to my inspiration. And now, to be nominated for a blogging award is just awesome.

A big, big thank you to TK at Beyond Beirut, whose reflections on life and her journey toward marriage are a joy to read. She’s got a very natural, conversational style that makes every blog post seem like a chat with an old friend, taking place over a cup of coffee. Check her out!

Now, the rules of the nomination state:

  • Thank the person who gave you this award, and include a link to their blog.
  • Next, select 10-15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 10-15 bloggers for the Award — you may include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things/facts about yourself.

The thank you is done, but I’ll throw that out again. Thanks, TK!

Next, we come to the Award for Most Awesome Blogger (or at least that’s what I’m calling it). And the nominees are (in no particular order):

Dear Dad

Beyond Beirut (I don’t think that’s against the rules)

All That Chatter


Scribbles to Compositions

Adoption =


Russell J Fellows


Healing To Live In Life’s Moments

Last item on the list, seven facts about me. Where to begin…

1. I’m kind of multilingual. I speak English and Hindi fluently. My family’s from Calcutta (or Kolkata, as it’s now known) and my mother tongue is Bengali, but it’s not my strongest language, and I often fill in the gaps with English words when speaking. Or just sorta mumble and hope the point got across.

I learned French in high school and was quite proficient at it, but a lack of practice since then has left me rusty. I also know bits and pieces of Italian and Spanish, which basically means if you strike up a conversation with me in either of those languages, I’ll say “Hi, how are you?” and then smile and nod the rest of the way.

2. I am an intensely private person. The idea of blogging about my life, sharing my story with the world is pretty new to me, and I think the relative anonymity of the internet helps. If I were asked to talk about these things in person, I’d probably find the nearest corner and retreat into it.

3. In a similar vein, I’m a man of few words. Spoken ones, anyway. Apparently, the one thing everyone remembers after meeting me is how quiet I am. But hey, it’s still something they remember, so it’s not all bad.

Writing lets me convey the ideas and messages that I’d constantly find myself tripping over in an actual conversation.

4. I never learned to ride a bicycle. This has always been the most surprising fact about me for people. I don’t know why. It seems every child except myself was whizzing around on bikes.

5. I like to draw. Calling myself an artist sounds a bit pompous, but I doodle from time to time. I love cartooning, and prefer drawing unusual looking people (or monsters) to regular folk.

The header image on my other blog, Tales of Unusual Strangeness, was done by me.

6. I’m a nerd. Simple as that. Comic books, video games, sci-fi, fantasy, I love it all. If you mention anything about Batman, I will listen, unless it’s to say Batman sucks, in which case our conversation is over. I also collect comic and video game related memorabilia, but I don’t have any themed pajamas, nor do I dress up in costume.

I did, however, visit the Middle East Film & Comic Con for the first time this year, and had a great time!

7. I’m a bit OCD. I know that word gets tossed around very flippantly nowadays, and I’m certainly not at a point where I spend hours washing my hands or adjusting my shoelaces, but there are certain little things that I get neurotic about.

Over the past two years, I’ve also become a bit of a hypochondriac, and worry about suffering from any disease or condition that I may have recently heard of. Fortunately, the logical part of my brain doesn’t let me get too carried away with that and recognizes my foolish fears for what they are.

And that’s about it, really.

I’m really happy to be part of the WordPress community, and delighted to have met so many wonderful writers in such a short span of time. Here’s to more amazing stories!