Questionnaire: Booklist

While I’ve been having some trouble writing recently, my friend Nia‘s been on quite a roll. So, I decided to steal this post template from her.

1 – The best book you read last year:

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

It made me cry, smile, marvel at literary brilliance and look into the hearts of people who view life as a privilege and not a right.

2 – A book you’ve read more than 3 times:

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.

Convenient sort of plot, but very enjoyable.

3 – Your favourite series:

This is hard. It would probably be a tie between:

a) The Sherlock Holmes Series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. These stories encapsulate a good amount of my childhood reading list. Apart from the fact that I would one day marry Holmes, I appreciate Conan Doyle’s unparalled ability to concoct an enjoyable story with literary panache.

b) Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series. I just can’t get enough of those books no matter what the critics say.

4 – A guilty pleasure book:

I would say The Girl’s Quartet by Jacqueline Wilson. I honestly feel those books were written just for me. I can totally relate to the protagonist, Ellie.

5 – A book that made you laugh:

Wodehouse always makes me laugh.

I recently read ‘A Year In The Merde’ by Stephen Clarke which was surprisingly delivered more hilarity than it promised to.

6 – A book that made you cry:

The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

7 – Most underrated book:

The Diary Of Anne Frank.

8 – Most overrated book:

I might get slaughtered for saying this, but it probably would be The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. At the time I read it, a lot of my friends and a lot of random people on the internet went on about how it was the best book ever which left me expecting a lot. It was very good, but not as good as I had hoped. So, more than anything, I guess I was disappointed.

9 – A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving:

The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor.

10 – Favorite classic book:

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

11 – A book you hated:

The first one that springs to mind is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. I read it because it was popular and couldn’t persevere further with the series (especially now that I hear Twilight is apparently the best book of them).

12 – A book you used to love but don’t anymore:

Clean Break by Jacqueline Wilson. I wouldn’t say I’ve outgrown it completely, but it’s fallen a few ranks in my booklist.

13 – Your favorite author:

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

14 – Favorite male character:

Sherlock Holmes, undoubtedly.

I also had a soft spot for Carl Johnson from Kiss by Jacqueline Wilson.

And Tariq from A Thousand Splendid Suns.

15 – Favorite female character:

Anna Karenina.

Irene Adler (fueled by envy, but justified).

16 – Your biggest fictional crush:

Sherlock Holmes.

17 – A good quick read:

The Catcher In The Rye.

18 – A book that disappointed you:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Fault In Our Stars by John Green.

19 – Favorite book-to-movie conversion:

The Sherlock Holmes movies starring Jeremy Brett do justice to the books. I don’t think I’ll ever think of the new age Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch as anything but classic slaughter, although I am taking a liking to him.

20 – Favorite romance:

Tariq and Laila in A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.

Oliver and Jenny in Love Story by Erich Segal.

Carl and Sylvie in Kiss by Jacqueline Wilson.

Sherlock Holmes and me. (I might write that).

21 – Favorite book from your childhood:

My Asterix Collection by Goscinny and Uderzo and probably some Enid Blyton series.

22 – A book you can’t wait for:

The Winds of Winter- George R. R. Martin.

23 – A book you’ve been meaning to read for ages:

The Picture Of Dorian Gray- Oscar Wilde.

24 – A book that you wish more people would read:

To Kill A Mockingbird- Harper Lee.

25 – Character you are most similar to:

Ellie from the Girls Quartet by Jacqueline Wilson. I’m actually quite similar to Jacqueline herself.

26 – A book that changed your opinion about something:

A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. It made me realise that freedom is not synonymous with happiness and sometimes, you have to give up one in need to realise the other.

27 – Most surprising plot twist or ending:

Ender’s Game- Orson Scott Card. Whoa!

28 – Favorite book title:

How To Tell If Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You- The Oatmeal.

29 – A book everyone hated but you liked:

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.

30 – Your favorite book OF ALL TIME:

To Kill A Mockingbird-Harper Lee

The Sherlock Holmes Series- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

So, you can get the questions here.

Happy Reading,

CP.

Questionnaire #2

These are addictive.

1:Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Closed. They’re always closed. God alone knows what they house among the mess of clothes.

2:Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?

Only if they smell good.

3:Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?

Tucked in.

4:Have you ever stolen a street sign before?

You can’t steal stuff like that in India without someone noticing. Not that I’ve tried, or have I?

5:Do you like to use post-it notes?

Hell Yes! I go through them faster than I go through Nutella jars. And that’s an alarming rate.

6:Do you cut out coupons but then never use them?

My Mum does that for me. All the time. Especially when I ask her not to

7:Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of a bees?

A bear, preferably a Panda. I’ve always loved bears.

8:Do you have freckles?

No, but I have blackheads.

9:Do you always smile for pictures?

I can’t pout to save my life. But, yeah, I try to smile all the time.

10:What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who mishandle books.

11:Do you ever count your steps when you walk?

I used to, when I was little.

12:Have you ever peed in the woods?

Not to my knowledge.

13:What about pooped in the woods?

When I do, I’ll let you know! xx

14:Do you ever dance even if theres no music playing?

Sometimes. But in my own company.

15:Do you chew your pens and pencils?

No, because I’ve seen others chew them.

16:How many people have you slept with this week?

Does my soft toy Panda count?

17:What size is your bed?

It’s a sofa cum bed, so it’s single, but can be pulled out to a double.

18:What is your Song of the week?

Swallowed In The Sea- Coldplay

19:Is it okay for guys to wear pink?

It’s actually cute.

20:Do you still watch cartoons?

Yeah, I do.

21:Whats your least favorite movie?

I would go with Kung Fu Hustle.

22:Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?

And why would I tell you that?

23:What do you drink with dinner?

H20.

24:What do you dip a chicken nugget in?

BBQ Sauce or anything hot and spicy!

25:What is your favorite food?

Sushi!

26:What movies could you watch over and over and still love?

Life is Beautiful, The Sound Of Music, The Pursuit of Happyness, What A Girl Wants and a ton more.

In Bollywood, it would have to be Lage Raho Munna Bhai. I just love that movie to bits <3.

27:Last person you kissed/kissed you?

Ma ❤

28:Were you ever a boy/girl scout?

Never.

29:Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?

No.

30:When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

Last month to my folks in Goa.

31:Can you change the oil on a car?

No, I don’t drive yet.

32:Ever gotten a speeding ticket?

When I do, I’ll get back to you.

33:Ever ran out of gas?

^^See previous two answers.

34:Favorite kind of sandwich?

Well, I’ve kind of invented this sandwich. It’s pretty simple. It’s got butter as the base, but the butter should be cold and not completely melted. And there are these stuffed chillies called “Sanghya mirchya” which are to be fried and crushed into the sandwich. And there you go…heaven! ❤

Oh, if you plan on making me one and can’t source the above, Tuna will also do. Hold the cheese.

35:Best thing to eat for breakfast?

See previous answer.

36:What is your usual bedtime?

11:00 p.m.

37:Are you lazy?

I’m not gonna answer that. I’m too lazy.

38:When you were a kid, what did you dress up as for Halloween?

We didn’t have two many Halloween parties. But once, I wore a blonde wig and went as Hannah Montana. Hands down the scariest costume on there.

39:What is your Chinese astrological sign?

A Rat.

40:How many languages can you speak?

Four. And I’m learning French.

41:Do you have any magazine subscriptions?

No, I just read hand- me- downs.

42:Which are better legos or lincoln logs?

Legos!

43:Are you stubborn?

I shall NOT answer that! Okay, I will.

44:Who is better…Leno or Letterman?

I think Letterman.

45:Ever watch soap operas?

Not really.

46:Are you afraid of heights?

Yes.

47:Do you sing in the car?

Yes.

48:Do you sing in the shower?

Yes. All the time.

49:Do you dance in the car?

Teach me how, and I will 😀

50:Ever used a gun?

No.

51:Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

I think in Year 9 for my Hall Ticket Photo.

52:Do you think musicals are cheesy?

Not at all. Although I hate cheese.

53:Is Christmas stressful?

Nope. It’s fun 😀

54:Ever eat a pierogi?

I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know what that is, so no. I think.

55:Favorite type of fruit pie?

Apple.

56:Occupations you wanted to be when you were a kid?

Detective, Cardiologist, Scientist, Ballerina!, Artist.

57:Do you believe in ghosts?

I don’t NOT believe in ghosts.

58:Ever have a Deja-vu feeling?

Yeah, actually.

I went to this birthday party as a kid. And there were these hosts and anchors and they asked all these riddles and played these fun games that I’d never played before. And there was this guy who was painting tattoos for the kids and I asked for a butterfly. And I was a volunteer for the magic show.

A few months later, I went for another birthday party. The same group was conducting the party. And I knew the answers to all the riddles and I knew how to play all the games so I won a lot of prizes. I was scared they would find out and snatch all my prizes away. I asked the tattoo guy to paint me a mermaid. And when the magician asked my name, I said a different name.

There have been other moments too, but this was when I was genuinely scared.

59:Take a vitamin daily?

No.

60:Wear slippers?

I live in them.

61:Wear a bath robe?

No, but I want one.

62:What do you wear to bed?

A loose tee and pajamas or a loose nightgown.

63:First concert?

Symphony Orchestra of India at NCPA.

64:Wal-Mart, Target or Kmart?

I’ve only shopped at WalMart.

65:Nike or Adidas?

Nike.

66:Cheetos Or Fritos?

Cheetos.

67:Peanuts or Sunflower seeds?

Peanuts.

68:Ever hear of the group Tres Bien?

No, but I would love to listen to them.

69:Ever take dance lessons?

No.

70:Is there a profession you picture your future spouse doing?

Writing or maybe a cartoonist.

71:Can you curl your tongue?

Yes. *even though you can’t see, I’m doing it to show you.*

72:Ever won a spelling bee?

Yes! Twice!

73:Have you ever cried because you were so happy?

Yes.

74:Own any record albums?

Sadly, no.

75:Own a record player?

Nope.

76:Regularly burn incense?

Never, actually.

77:Ever been in love?

I don’t know.

78:Who would you like to see in concert?

Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, U2, The Beatles.

79:What was the last concert you saw?

I don’t recall the group’s name, but it was a beautiful Western Classical Music concert.

80:Hot tea or cold tea?

Hot black tea.

81:Tea or coffee?

Black Tea.

82:Sugar or snickerdoodles?

Snickerdoodles, cuz I don’t like sugar.

83:Can you swim well?

Yeah, I can.

84:Can you hold your breath without holding your nose?

Sure.

85:Are you patient?

In some matters, but in some, I’m terribly impatient. Like opening new gifts or stuff I’ve just bought.

86:DJ or band, at a wedding?

Band, definitely.

87:Ever won a contest?

Yeah.

88:Ever have plastic surgery?

NO.

89:Which are better black or green olives?

I don’t like olives.

90:Can you knit or crochet?

I had learnt to crochet, but I’ve forgotten now.

91:Best room for a fireplace?

Every room.

92:Do you want to get married?

Maybe.

93:If married, how long have you been married?

2 years (in my mind to a fictional character)

94:Who was your HS crush?

*blush*

95:Do you cry and throw a fit until you get your own way?

Sometimes.

96:Do you have kids?

Nope (not even in my mind).

97:Do you want kids?

I don’t think so.

98:Whats your favorite color?

I love all colours except orange and brown.

99. You like pets?

Especially puppies <3.

100:Do you miss anyone right now?

A lot of people.

Questionnaire #1

 These questions were asked to me by someone on tumblr. I thought it’d be fun to answer them here. That has got nothing to do with the fact that I’m too lazy to think of something to write about.
1) Put your iTunes on shuffle. Give me the first 6 songs that pop up.

1. Here, There and Everywhere-The Beatles

2. An Innocent Man-Billy Joel

3. Photograph-Nickleback

4. All My Loving-The Beatles

5. Mercy- One Republic

6. Comfortably Numb-Pink Floyd

WOW! Amazing artists but to be honest, not their best work.

2) If you could meet anyone on this earth, who would it be?

Wow, okay! There’s so many people who’d make that list, but given my Inferno hangover at the moment, I’d have to go with Dan Brown.

3) Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 23, give me line 17.

“Without warning, I turn and reach up, curling my fingers onto the high ledge, pulling myself up, scrambling on my knees, then standing…unsteady at the precipice.”

No prizes for guessing where that came from.

4) What do you think about most?

I dream. I dream about an impossibly beautiful future.

5) Ever had a poem or song written about you?

I’d like to say yes, but then I’d be lying. I do identify with a lot of poems and songs, though.

6) Do you have any strange phobias?

Yes.

Pyrophobia- the fear of fire/flames/heat. Is it any wonder I can’t cook?

Acrophobia- the fear of heights.

Athazagoraphobia- the fear of forgetting and being forgotten.

7) What’s your religion?

I was born a Hindu, but I have a different personal vision of “God” than is decreed by the religion. I’m not agnostic, I do believe in a certain force and the supernatural and in the concept of Karma. My views are quite similar to the Buddhist philosophy, but also quite unique.

8) If you are outside, what are you most likely doing?

Waiting to go back in. Haha! No, I would be catching up with my friends over a meal or a movie.

9) Simple but extremely complex. Favorite band?

This has to be the toughest question on here, or EVER. I could never choose, but at gunpoint, I’d go with The Beatles.

10) What was the last lie you told?

I blew off a friend today. He wanted to meet me, I said I was busy. When I wasn’t.

11) Do you believe in karma?

Yes, I strongly believe in Karma.

12) What does your URL mean?

It’s made up of two random words.

Chimerical,(which was kind of a spin off on my nickname Chim) which means something unreal, imaginary or visionary; something that could not exist in real life.

Redamancy which means “The act of loving in return.”

13) What is your greatest weakness; your greatest strength?

My greatest strength would probably be that I’m an optimist. I always hope against hope for the best and it has led to a lot of disappointments. But I always look for the silver lining, no matter how faintly microscopic it may be.

I think being over optimistic would also be a weakness, but my greatest weaknesses are definitely laziness and procrastination.

14) Who is your celebrity crush?

Kakà, ❤ and lately, I’ve been finding James Lafferty cute.

15) How do you vent your anger?

I don’t normally express my anger. I just hold it in, and take it out on the people I’m closest to. I know that’s terrible and I’m trying to work on it. I fling pillows and type furiously on a Word Doc or I draft a text to the person I’m angry with (CAPS LOCK ON) and then delete it.

16) Do you have a collection of anything?

No, I’ve tried collecting stuff, but failed hopelessly, be it feathers, sea shells, stamps, foreign currency and what have you? But I did collect my clipped toenails and fingernails in a jar once for almost three months until my Mum found out and had me get rid of them in disgust. I don’t think it’s that gross, do you? Well, maybe it was because they were my own nails.

17) Are you happy with the person you’ve become?

Yes. I mean, there’s some things I don’t like about myself, but on the whole, I’m comfortable with them. And if I’m comfortable, why shouldn’t anyone else be?

18) What’s a sound you hate; sound you love?

I hate a lot of sounds. There’s this beautiful white bird outside my window that makes the most annoying, cacophonies ever. I hate the sound of my Mum’s ringtone. It’s jarring. She’s set it so she can hear it in that universe of a purse. Okay, I’m exaggerating. Maybe it’s the amount of calls she gets. It isn’t that loud. Someone in Melbourne didn’t hear it ring.

I love the sound of a piano, an acoustic guitar and a violin. Instrumentals on these sound sublime. I love the sound of Bono’s voice.

19) What’s your biggest “what if”?

What if I was not afraid of sharing my work with anyone?

20) Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens?

I don’t know if I believe in ghosts, but I definitely don’t NOT believe in them. Aliens too.

21) Stick your right arm out; what do you touch first? Do the same with your left arm.

Right arm: Empty space, air.

Left arm: A chair

(That rhymes :O)

22) Smell the air. What do you smell?

Mushroom Tonak! (Like a mushroom curry)

23) What’s the worst place you have ever been to?

Micromax Service Centre, Dadar, off the top of my head.

24) Most attractive singer/s of your opposite gender?

Bono, because of his sexy, sexy voice.

25) To you, what is the meaning of life?

I think life is about finding yourself. Finding out what makes you happy and just contributing to the happiness of others.

26) Do you drive? If so, have you ever crashed?

I don’t drive yet! When I do, if I ever crash, and I survive, I’ll let you know.

27) What was the last movie you saw?

The Fast and The Furious 6

28) What’s the worst injury you’ve ever had?

I’m extremely fortunate to not have had any serious injuries to date. That’s surprising for a klutz like me. But I have minor bumps and bruises all the time.

29) Do you have any obsessions right now?

I am currently obsessed with Dan Brown. All over again.

Otherwise, I am obsessed with books and writing and good music.

30) Ever had a rumor spread about you?

Yes, there was a rumour about me dating someone I wasn’t dating.

31) Do you tend to hold grudges against people who have done you wrong?

I hate to say it, but yes. I mean, suddenly everything they do just annoys me no end. As much as I try to see the good in them, the way they hurt me always paints them in a negative light. This just happens initially. After a while, I move on. I’ve managed to stay friends with a lot of people after a bit of friction and am almost successful in never bringing the “fight” up. I forgive. I don’t forget.

32) What is your astrological sign?

Capricorn.

33) What’s the last thing you purchased?

A set of gel pens- two black, two blue and a red one.

34) Love or lust?

Love.

35) In a relationship?

No

37) What is your secret weapon to get someone to like you?

I don’t show them my writing.

38) Where is your best friend?

Singapore.

39) What were you doing last night at 12 AM?

I was asleep. Yes, no life.

40) Are you the kind of friend you would want to have as a friend?

I think I’m a good listener. I give good advice (I wish I could follow it myself). I love making special, personalised gifts for all my friends, I love to have long text message conversations.

But I’m also very private, I’m my own person and I like my space. It’s not easy for me to share stuff with a lot of people. I am easily pleased and easily heartbroken, but I don’t show it. I rarely tell people how I feel, and that kind of pushes them away.

41) You are walking down the street on your way to work. There is a dog drowning in the canal on the side of the street. Your boss has told you if you are late one more time you get fired. What do you do?

I hate to say it, but I would honestly rush to work.

42) You are at the doctor’s office and she has just informed you that you have approximately one month to live. a) Do you tell anyone/everyone you are going to die? b) What do you do with your remaining days? c) Would you be afraid?

a) I don’t think I would tell anyone, at least not initially. It’s not easy for me to open up and share stuff close to my heart. I know people say they would give anything to have fair warning before the death of a loved one, to spend time with them. But, if I were dying, I would want people to spend time with me, not because they were obliged to, but because they wanted to.

b) I would write as much as I can. A lot. Day in and day out. I would draw, be productive. I would also spend quality time with all my loved ones.

c) I would definitely be afraid.

43) What’s a song that always makes you happy when you hear it?

Here Comes The Sun- The Beatles. It just makes everything okay.

44) In your opinion, what makes a great relationship?

Trust. You should be able to have enough faith in your partner and give them their space.

You should be able to be yourself with your partner, however weird you think you are. They should be comfortable with all your eccentricities and you with theirs. If you’re always hiding something from them, or are not comfortable with them seeing certain shades of you, that doesn’t sound like a very happy relationship.

Partners must bring out the best in each other.

45) How can I win your heart?

Turn on your sense of humour, have a side smile, get me to open up, have dimples, make me smile and preferably know how to cook.

46) Can insanity bring on more creativity?

Definitely.

47) What is the single best decision you have made in your life so far?

The decision to be happy with all my decisions.

48) What would you want to be written on your tombstone?

The link to my blog, maybe?

49) Give me the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “heart.”

LUBB and DUP

50) Basic question; what’s your favorite color/colors?

I love all colours except orange and brown.

51) What is your current desktop picture?

It’s a picture of a beach.

52) If you could press a button and make anyone in the world instantaneously explode, who would it be?

That would be my ego.

53) What would be a question you’d be afraid to tell the truth on?

Would your life be better if XYZ didn’t exist?

54) You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what’s even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What is that power?

Invisibility. I’m that kind of a person.

55) You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?

Swimming in the sea in Goa. Infinite.

56) You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

Losing a friend.

57) You have the opportunity to sleep with the music-celebrity of your choice. Who would it be?

I love Bono’s voice, but have you seen the way Marcus Mumford strums that guitar? Love.

58) You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?

London.

59) Ever been on a plane?

Heaps of times.

P.S. Bet you didn’t see the missing 36! 😛 If you did, you’re jobless. Or you just cheated by reading this first, in which case, it doesn’t count.

Bye xoxo