Thank you to Padre from Padre’s Ramblings for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! As promised, here are my answers to the eleven nominee questions:
Why did you start your blog?
Many reasons. To document my Fulbright experience, both for my own memories and with the goal of sharing my thoughts with prospective Fulbright students, friends, family, and interested members of the WordPress community.
I also wanted to create a platform that would serve as a sort of in-between writing space—a place that wasn’t as informal as my journal or as formal as a college paper. Having a space to write semi-edited prose on a semi-regular basis is great. It’s motivating, doesn’t demand perfection, and welcomes experimentation.
Has it achieved what you hoped?
Yes! Before launching my blog, I set one condition: I could write about anything so long as my blog was honest, comprehensive, and diplomatic. I didn’t want my posts to create the illusion that life was perfect. Neither did I want to fixate on the challenges of teaching/living in India, forgetting to acknowledge all the wonderful, sometimes unexpected, joys of my experience.
I definitely struck this balance throughout my posts. Blogging also inspired me to try my hand at satire, book reviews, and flash fiction—genres that I never imagined writing in before.
Blogs are notorious for being difficult to keep up. (I know because I’ve started and discontinued at least two.) With the exception of a few dry spells, I’ve posted pretty regularly on Aksharbet. Beyond anything I’ve written, I am most proud of this.
What role does faith play in your life?
A difficult question. I do believe that there are forces in the universe that we may never understand. I am Jain, and I appreciate how my religion (along with other religions) can play a powerful and important role in creating stability, discipline, hope, honesty, community, and much more. However, I can’t say that I believe in God.
Would you rather be an important person or a respected one?
Important. Better to do things that count rather than to only be liked. But I’d have a difficult time believing that I was important if nobody respected me. Hate to admit it but I am the kind of person who needs the approval of at least a few people to believe that what I’m doing is worthwhile.
What things are the most important in a friendship?
Honest conversations, laughter, forgiveness. Growth.
What one thing would you change about yourself?
It’s kind of vain, but I really wish my hair didn’t get so greasy so quickly.
What is your favorite film?
Nothing comes to mind. I don’t think I watch enough movies to have a favorite.
And what is your favorite book?
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Writtenby Susan Cain, this book urges readers to recognize the unique strengths of introverts.
If you had to give up the book or the movie, which would it be?
The movie! Why is this even a question?
What recipe brings back childhood memories?
Rajma and rice, mixed together in a single white bowl. Rajma is a popular North Indian dish made out of red kidney beans in a thick gravy.
What would be willing to risk for one you love?
Umm…anything? I don’t think there’s any other way to answer this question.
Here are my nominees for the Sunshine Blogger award:
Call a Rose a Rose
Jane Dougherty Writes
Still Loved…Still Missed…
The Midnight Ember
V Ramasamy: A Globetrotter
The Dark Netizen
Fatima Fakier Fiction Writing
A Writer’s Path
Educated Unemployed Indian
Here are the questions:
- Why did you start your blog?
- How has your blog/writing style evolved over time?
- Describe some of the things that are on (or in) your desk right now. Anything special?
- What are three things in your fridge right now?
- Describe a fond memory from your childhood.
- Describe your hometown.
- What’s your favorite way to spend the weekend?
- Who are your role models?
- What are your pet peeves?
- What advice would you give o your younger self?
- If you could write the name for a new Crayola crayon, what would it be?
And here are the rules for nominees:
- Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
- Answer the questions.
- Nominate 11 other bloggers for the award and ask them 11 new questions.
- Notify nominees by commenting on one of their blog posts.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger award logo on your post or site.