It is always a pleasant surprise to know that there are readers out there who appreciate your work. Readers who are able to connect with what you are putting out in words, sitting in your little desk, armed with a limited experience that’s unique to you. And it is a privilege to be given any kind of acknowledgement, in the web world, where all kinds of data — pictures, stories, podcasts, videos, etc. — are being generated at a dizzying volume every second. So, thank you Tracy Joan Reid for nominating my blog for The Mystery Blogger Award.
For those who are wondering what the award is all about:
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma (The creator of the Award, here’s a link to Enigma’s blog: https://www.okotoenigmasblog.com/ )
And it comes with a set of rules:
1) Put The Logo on your blog
2) List the rules
3) Thank whoever nominated you and add a link to their blog
4) Mention the creator of the award and provide a link
5) Tell your readers three things about yourself
6) Answer the questions you were asked
7) You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
8) Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
9) Ask your nominees any 5 questions of their choice. One weird and one funny one.
10) Share a link to your best post
On to Rule No. 5
Three things about myself:
I am a journalist by profession, with a focus on art and culture. You can find some of my published articles here.
My hometown is India. I was born in North India, but stayed a major portion of my life in the South.
I am a hobby artist (check out my One sketch a day challenge), and absolutely love gallery hopping.
Now, to answer Tracy’s questions:
1. What is your best childhood memory?
It was a hot summer. The sun shone the blue green water of the lake, near my grandparents’ house in Kerala, like a sheet of emerald. My sister and I sat on the steps leading to the cool waters, even as the rest of my cousins, splashed their way from one end of the pond to another. We did not know to swim.
So when my uncle called out to us to hit the waters, we took two steps back. All we had to do was just lay on a rope attached to a coconut on either side, he said. “Don’t be afraid, you won’t drown,” he reassured. The five-year-old me mustered up all the courage that I had, and let the cool tongue of water lick my feet. And before I knew it, I was lying on my stomach, and wading my way through the soft waves of water. I swallowed mouth-fulls of it, saw the green jelly-like weed carpet below my feet, and felt a sense of confidence fill in.
A few hot afternoons of practice later, I knew I was ready to go independent. So I let a school of fish nibble on my toes, and then followed them into the lake, mimicking their movement, and making them my own.
2. What do you feel most proud of?
After four years of engineering, and landing a job in a multinational company, the way forward was narrow and with little option. But was it? Having always had a passion for writing, I wanted to chart a new course for my life. I wanted to make a career as a journalist, follow my heart that was into writing. “But you have a stable job and salary,” said some. “Isn’t it too late to start over again?” said some others. But the loudest voice was that of my heart, which asked me to go ahead and make what I want, mine. So I went back to school, earned a degree in journalism, then a job, and a life that is on the right track.
3. If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
Antarctica. Two reasons: to watch penguins and sheets of ice, and penguins walking on sheets of ice.
4. If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
My last five journals.
5. What would you want your tombstone to say?
I just have one question for them:
What inspires you to blog?
And here’s my link to a post that I thoroughly enjoyed putting together: See post