A friend had put up this Proust Questionnaire from Vanity Fair. I found it fun and thought I'd share my humble offerings here to my humble cross-connectors...
What is your most marked characteristic?
Indecisiveness and over-sensitivity
What is the quality you most like in a man?
The ability to take risks (that would be me!), can cook, politically and socially observant and pro-active. A good voice will help make me listen a bit more…
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The ability to take risks, feminity, tenacity, politically and socially observant and pro-active. And a great sense of aesthetics.
What do you most value in your friends?
What is your principle defect?
A short temper and blind trust.
What is your favorite occupation?
Doodling, humming, taking pictures, sitting in the dark and meditating…
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I’d be too afraid if it were perfect, but watching the sunset by the sea and not wanting anything more would be close.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The misery of those who do not have basic essentials and the dignity of a decent life and livelihood
What would you like to be?
In what country would you like to live?
Where I am, but would love to take temporary residence anywhere near the sea or a tea estate.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
What is your favorite bird?
Who are your favorite prose writers?
Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Anais Nin, Henry Miller, Tennessee Williams, Harold Pinter, Norman Mailer, Chekhov, Saadat Hassan Manto, Ismat Chugtai
Who are your favorite poets?
Ahmed Faraz, Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Bahadurshah Zafar, Neruda, Shelley, Sylvia Plath
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Meursault in Camus’ ‘The Outsider’
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Madame Bovary, Blanche DuBois
Who are your favorite composers?
More into Indian music, so… Salil Chaudhary, Anil Biswas, Madan Mohan, S.D. Burman…
Who are your favorite painters?
Jamini Roy, Amrita Shergil, Picasso, Modigliani, Degas, Frida Kahlo, Dali, Titian
Who are your heroes in real life?
My mother is and her mother was, and people who make every obstacle into an opportunity and transform every sorrow into resolve
What are your favorite names?
Anything that sounds musical
What is it you most dislike?
High society parties, double standards and people flashing brands, back-biting, back-stabbing, turncoats…
What historical figures do you most despise?
They are history, so I won’t waste my hate on them
What event in military history do you most admire?
I do not like wars
What reform do you most admire?
On paper, in India it was widow remarriage.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
To fly and keep my mouth shut
How would you like to die?
Don’t get me going on this…
What is your present state of mind?
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
The inability to be able to say the good things I feel about people…I am always so held back and now I have resigned myself to it
What is your motto?
All illusions are real