On Thursday, the lovely Suma Fiore nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It’s the first time I’ve been nominated for any kind of blogging award, so many many thanks to her. You can check her blog out here!
The rules for the award are as follows:
- Write a blog post thanking the person who nominated you and link back to their blog
- Answer the questions they have for you
- Nominate blogs for the award, preferably eleven, and ask them eleven questions of your own
- Post these rules along with the award logo displayed on your post/blog
I have a separate page listing all my favorite blogs that I follow on WordPress and elsewhere, but I’m including a line or two about some of them to give you an idea of what they’re about (and why I love them so much!).
- Abigail Shepherd – Abi’s the author of the historical YA novel, Victoria’s Victorian Victory. I met her on Instagram and over the months she has so kindly helped me make my writing better and believe in myself more. Her blog’s filled with practical writing and marketing advice, and lots of humor.
- Amanda Fairchild – I love Amanda’s writing. She writes simply, but her words hold so much truth and beauty, especially when she writes about loneliness, be it fiction or non-fiction. I read her blog whenever the loneliness gets too overwhelming.
- Cats and Chocolate – I cannot recommend Liz Ward’s blog highly enough. She’s like my role model in the blogging community. She writes about feminism, writing, mental health, motivation, traveling, books, and of course, cats.
- Johntesi – John uses his blog as a medium to explore his struggles with depression and to connect with others, whether while traveling or in the comments section. His writing is raw, honest and inspiring. He also has a really adorable dog.
- Spirit Meets Bone – Creative non-fiction that shows you the beauty of the little things in life. Every post on there is a gem, a slice of life. You won’t be disappointed!
- The Bloggess – This is the blog of Jenny Lawson, the author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Furiously Happy. I’m just using this post as an excuse to get you to read her blog, because it’s flooding with humor and awesomeness.
Here are my answer’s to Suma’s questions:
What do you struggle with mostly in life? Overthinking. My other problems (school, loneliness,etc.) aren’t as troubling as my very bad habit of over thinking. I’m a very optimistic person, but sometimes the over-thinker in my is overpowering and I keep thinking about the most trivial of things. I think about things that I know won’t happen and of worse consequences to a situation instead of better ones. I keep myself busy to ward such thoughts off.
What are you wearing right now? A harem my mother made out of her sari (and is very comfortable, by the way), a red t-shirt that I’m soon getting rid of and a red woolen jacket over it because the weather is both warm and cold. This might sound like a very weird outfit but it’s completely normal and, honestly, I don’t care because I’m not going out of the house.
Have you ever colored your hair? What color? Do you want to? What color? I haven’t colored my hair (all grooming reserved for after school’s over and honestly I’m too lazy) but I would love to have red ombre hair someday (is that even the correct way to put it?). Just as an experiment.
What’s your favorite and least favorite ‘ism’? Most favorite:
Feminism – because I don’t see a reason why anyone should not be a feminist.
Optimism – I’ve been taught to think positively all my life and I’m here today because I looked at the brighter side of things. My life would have been completely different if my elders hadn’t taught me to be optimistic.
Minimalism – I love having a decluttered life – physically, mentally and virtually. It makes me focus on things that are important. Unwanted stuff goes to the trash can. It’s my aesthetic.
Least Favorite: Sexism, Racism…any kind of -ism that spreads hatred or control over others’ life.
What’s your favorite kind of grub? If by grub you mean food, then I cannot choose with all the variety around me (I live in India). I love Sambhar-Dosa, I love Chhole-Kulchhe, I love Bharwa Bhindi, I love Momos, I love Dal-Baati. And I haven’t even started on the desserts yet.
Give me some pet-peeves People leaving any kind of electrical appliances/switches on when not using them, interrupting someone repeatedly while talking, irrational excuses for unacceptable behavior, judging someone by their wealth, job or clothing, making faces at people when they’re eating meat – sure you’re a vegetarian but that doesn’t mean you make people feel uncomfortable or bad about their choices. Let people live!
Do you like any celebrities? Dislike any? Give me some names and tell me why.I can’t recall any celebrities I hate because I either don’t think about them because you should be thinking about the people you love or because I ignore people I consider odd. But I don’t hate people falling in the second category. It’s their life and they’re free to do whatever they want to.
As for celebrities I like – Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Kalki Koechlin, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Jimmy Fallon, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Kendrick, Kapil Sharma – all those who make me laugh or use their position to bring about some change. And in case any Indians reading this are wondering why I’m mentioning Alia Bhatt, it’s because she taught me to laugh at myself and not bother myself with what the world thinks about me.
What makes the world go round? Respect, Honesty, Trust and Love.
What did you do last night? I read an essay and a flash story as a part of the Ray Bradbury reading challenge after dinner and then wrote to my diary about my Political Science teacher praising me in front of the whole class for my hard work in the eleventh grade (results out on 29th March; we’re having extra classes right now) despite being a newly admitted student. (Yes, I’m shamelessly bragging here :D).
What kind of chips are your favorite? Lays – American Style Cream and Onion, and Magic Masala. Also banana chips and Jackfruit chips (you should try them sometime).
Best moment of 2017 thus far? When I’d first read this question on Thursday, I’d thought it would be receiving the acceptance letter for my story, Monochrome, but now, two days later, it’s that moment when my teacher so happily declared that she was proud of me and that she was glad to see me in her class. I’ve never been so happy in my life. It’s the best compliment I’ve ever received, and it’s motivated to work even harder this year.
And now, here are my questions for you. You’re not obliged to answer, but I would love to learn more about you!
- Have you ever kept a diary?
- Are you a feminist. If yes, what issues are the most important to you? If not, then why?
- Something you used to think (like I used to think it was elomeno and not “l-m-n-o”)
- Something you wish you were brave enough to do
- What’s the one thing you really want to share with the world but haven’t?
- Have you ever felt lonely? How did you deal with it?
- What will your auto/biography be called?
- One fact that changed the way you looked at the world
- A crazy fantasy? (Remember they’re called crazy for a reason.)
- Three things you never noticed you had and should be grateful for?
- The best compliment you’ve ever received
I want to ask more, but I’ll stick to eleven questions for now. I just wish I could meet all these amazing bloggers that I follow and get to be friends with them.
Thanks again to Suma Fiore for thinking my blog’s worthy of being nominated. It means a lot to me! 🙂