Life NaBloPoMo

Inquiring Minds

Melissa passed on this meme to get to know some of us bloggers a bit better and I think it’s a fantastic idea. Especially because it doesn’t have the question: What are you wearing!

1. What was your favourite subject at school?
English. It was my absolute favourite. I loved writing compositions (which were like creative writing for me) and it was the only subject I got great marks in during high school. I’ve always loved the intricacies of the language. My writings would just flow and it was probably the only exam where I didn’t spend time thinking and searching my memory banks!

2. Did you have a favourite teacher? What was it about them that you liked?
Yes, I did. My Maths teacher (from the 7th till the 10th) and my English teacher (in Years 9 and 10) I liked a couple of my teachers because of their faith and belief in me. I think they believed in me more than I believed in myself. Especially given that in high school, my self-esteem was pretty much rock bottom. These two teachers pushed me on. I have even done a post (last year) on some of my favourite teachers. It can be found here.

3. What do you like most about yourself?
My stubbornness and goal-oriented attitude. They kinda go together. If it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t be a psychologist in Australia today. It’s because I was stubborn I rebelled against society’s views about what I should or shouldn’t study. It’s because I was stubborn I followed my head into the Arts field where I found psychology. It’s because I was stubborn and goal-oriented, I followed my dreams to come to Australia. It was because I was stubborn I didn’t listen to people who warned my parents about sending a girl all by herself to a foreign land. It’s because I’m stubborn and goal-oriented, I’m proud of all I’ve achieved.

4. Why did you start blogging?
It was initially to keep in touch with family and friends back in Bombay (through Windows Live Spaces) but slowly became a platform to voice my opinions on things around me. So I then decided to switch to blogger and become anonymous and open up the blog to readers around the world. This way, I get to air my opinions and thoughts that are constantly festering in my head…and people out there actually read it! How amazing is that??

5. Can you show us your 5 favourite blog posts?
1. I learnt something today
2. In Remembrance
3. Racial Row
4. On being Normal
5. The English Language – used or abused

6. What do you love most about your partner?
Have none. Thanks for rubbing it in. 😛

7. Next to your husband/partner/significant other/children, who do you speak to most often?
Again. No partner.
And no kids (thank god!)
It’d have to be a couple of friends and my sis, mum and dad.

8. What are your 5 favourite books?
Only 5??? Oh well…here goes
– Malory Towers series by Enid Blyton (I know…I’ve been naughty!)
– To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
– Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (I know…I’ve been naughty again!)
– My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
– A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

9. Do you have a favourite work of art?
There is this one that my sister made…portraits of my parents which she gifted them on their 25th wedding anniversary in 2005. (Oh and she made one of mine too and while it looks great, I don’t like my photos/paintings)

10.If you could live for a year anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
In Adam Gilchrist’s house in Perth with him and without his wife and kids. 🙂 [No, I’m not a stalker] Seriously though, I think I have lived in the place where I wanted to…I always wanted to live in Australia and I have been living here for almost 5 years now.

So that’s it. That’s a bit about me for all the inquiring minds out there. Please do take on this tag if you wish…so that way, my inquiring mind can get to know you a bit more.

Until next time,


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  • Titaxy
    17 November 2009 at 6:47 pm

    i really really admire that stubborness in you…i’ve read somewhere in your blog earlier that you went against all the odds to take up psychology and pursue your dreams…and i was really in awe…bravo, PB :-)..

    interesting…might take this up..

  • AmandaEbokosia.COM
    17 November 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks for sharing! This is a fab idea 🙂 Also I am guilty of the Harry Potter series. How was My sister’s keeper?

  • Melissa
    17 November 2009 at 7:56 pm

    So. What are you wearing? 😉

  • soin
    18 November 2009 at 4:32 am

    why does every tag have this thing about your partner. and the gilly part is not a stalker?? lol..sounds like the

  • Sonu
    18 November 2009 at 5:17 am

    Awww….thank you so much for no.9. It means a lot to me. Although I’ve made a few more better paintings since then that I absolutely love. But thanks anyway!!!

  • Miss M
    18 November 2009 at 7:59 am

    Haha with Adam Gilchrist?? Seriously??

  • Pins N Ashes
    18 November 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I’m re-reading my Enid Blytons and Malory towers is definitely on the list. I think English was the only subject in school I never prepared for… u know, play around and score good marks!!

    I like Melissa’s idea…

  • Pesto Sauce
    18 November 2009 at 3:19 pm

    English was my fav too

    And maths the most hated one

  • Matt Parker
    18 November 2009 at 3:24 pm

    English is my favourite subject too .. 😀 like history too though 😛

    Bravo on being stubborn and goal oriented.That’s a nice mix!

    Your sis is very talented i must say! 😀
    Again Gilly ? 😛

    I might take on this tag soon…

    P.S: I updated my blog,check it out!

  • Elegant Chic
    19 November 2009 at 11:24 am

    English was my favourite subject too!!!

    Gilly again???? 😉

  • BlueMist
    19 November 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I can completely relate on third. the combination works amazingly doesn’t it ?

  • Smita
    19 November 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Ah! This is a nice tag and it was good knowing something more about you 🙂

    P.S. I feel inadequate when commenting in a tag! Can’t understand what to write. Sigh!

  • Psych Babbler
    20 November 2009 at 6:54 am

    @ Titaxy: Aw thanks. 🙂 And looking forward to reading yours… 🙂

    @ Amanda: Welcome to the blog! My Sister’s Keeper is a great read…I had written a review on it a while ago. I really enjoyed the book…it does bring you to tears though.

    @ Melissa: Lol…

    @ Soin: Hmm…this is the first tag I’ve done that had a partner thingy in it. Usually they all have what are you wearing…

    @ Sonu: Sentimental value adds to it…that’s why it’s my fav…

    @ Miss M: Lol yes…seriously!!

    @ PNA: Same here…never studied for English exams and aced them. On the other hand, would work my arse off for maths and science and still get barely average marks.

    @ Pesto: Hehe…well, I didn’t hate maths but wasn’t great at it. I hated Physics and Chemistry. Never got those.

    @ Matt: I liked History only when I was in the 9th and to a certain extent 10th because we didn’t focus on Indian history. Plus in the 9th I had a nice History teacher whereas in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 10th had one history teacher who I loathed!!! Oh…and looking forward to your side on this…

    @ EC: Join the club! 🙂 And yes, Gilly again…a bit of a fanatic.

    @ BM: Definitely. I don’t think it would be as effective to have just one and not the other…

    @ Smita: Thanks…and don’t feel inadequate! 🙂

  • Reema
    24 November 2009 at 5:34 pm

    now this is a good tag. U r a harry potter fan too?? same here! I also loved malory towers more than St clares