The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, optimistic and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.
- Thank the Blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to your blog.
- Answer the 11 Questions The Blogger asked to your blog.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
- List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post or on your blog.
(What’s with the figure 11… Unless it denotes a fine pair of legs…..don’t get ideas..I’m talking about chicken legs.😉)
FOR THE BLOGGERS WHO NOMINATED ME
I’m grateful to these wonderful bloggers for this nomination, especially the double bonanza, that too so early in my blogging journey.
Do not miss out on their blog posts. Both – Rudra Makwana with The Love of Ink and Ukpai Winnie, The Odd Lass – are sublime writers and their posts have imposing depth. Here are the links to their blogs:-
Statutory warning: Tread with caution… the path ahead can be pretty slippery, with long winding yappings, ridden with dark humourous potholes and double barrel PJs. (You’ve been warned; proceed now.)
Let me start with giving the answers to the questions asked to me by them (Brace yourselves, for here comes the volley of 11+11= 22 questions from the two bloggers who’ve nominated me)
1. What is the most interesting conversation that you had and with whom?
That’s an interesting question! 🤔
Well, I’ve had some interesting conversations with close pals, in couple instances with total strangers too…some hilarious…some philosophical…emotional ones too. It’s difficult to say which one was the most interesting. (Actually if I name one here, others will kill me)
On second thoughts, the most interesting conversations I’ve had is with myself (this is safe) …encompassing many flavors – philosophically analytical, probing, self-actualizing, sometimes laced with dark melancholic sentiments – all mixed up in a heady cocktail; most ending up with me withdrawing into my cave but some culminating in amusingly hilarious eruptions. (Don’t give me that look — I know I sound quite wonky at times…! )
2. Name 3 celebrities you admire and rate them out of 10?
Like all tournaments, let me start in reverse. I would like to give out my reasons too, in addition to the ratings.
At number 3 is – Charlie Chaplin. Rating:10 (I won’t admire him if I rated him less than 10)
Reasons: I see him as an epitome of turning all things gloomy into humorous.. to laugh at yourself in all shitty situations. Life is a bitch if you can’t laugh at it.
PS: I loved him in his satirical ‘The Great Dictator’; and just love his quote – “I like walking in the rain coz…”
At number 2 is – Sushmita Sen. Rating: 10 (Told you already; if I admire a person, he/she has to be a 10)
Reasons: I love her for almost everything – her looks, her style, her individualism, her confidence, her take on life, living at her own terms without making much airs about it.
And at number 1 comes – the face in the mirror. Rating: 5 (I know… I know what you are about to say — how can I admire someone less than 10? Well, I have complete faith on the face in the mirror…You see it started with zero and in just a few decades it’s reached half way home. It’s getting there and it’s moving along persistently in a quest to discover itself completely..to attain that well deserved 10.
You want to further ask how someone with rating of 5 can be in number 1 place with ratings of 10 at second and third place. Well, a little partiality is permissible in all contests and I’m my favorite. You can call it foul…or match-fixing)
Reasons: No reasons needed…in a match-fixing.
3. What movie would be greatly improved if it was made into a musical?
“The Dark Knight” — Won’t it be a riot to see the Batman swaying to the melodies of a musical while growling in his rasping throaty voice and beating the pulp out of the Joker! Easy man, I’m just kidding.
“Before Sunrise”– I’m sure it would be mesmerizing to see Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy bantering and romancing while dancing in a musical.
4. Which Netflix series is your favorite and why?
“Mindhunter” — The process of criminal profiling and the ensuing mind-games intrigue me. (I need to learn the finer aspects in order to avoid someone profiling me. Let’s leave it at that.. before I start to scare you)
5. What is your hobby other than blogging?
Portrait sketching, flirting, flirting while portrait sketching, freaking out friends with bizarre pranks; not necessarily in that order.
6. What is the best and worst purchase you ever had?
Best purchase – Kindle Paperwhite
Worst purchase – Coke (Either way, you are right. One is just a good toilet cleaner and the other- well, it was a freaking waste of money…damn chalk powder would trigger more dopamine)
7. What is the funniest corporate screw up you have heard of ?
I better not say anything here, for I was kind of responsible for it. (…and I still being on the payroll of the same company)
8. What is the best WiFi name that you have kept or heard of ?
“Unexpected Error 2123”
(It’s an actual error message displayed by the WiFi router; God knows for what damn error and I used this name to repel a nerd friend from latching on to my WiFi. The funny thing is – it worked too)
9. What’s the best inside joke you have been part of ?
Once on a date, I had too much beer; and later when going a little mushy, I burped in my date’s face, repeatedly.
Now any one offering a beer to me in our group of friends, both of us almost double up trying to control our laughter while others just wonder what’s bitten us.
10. What is the weirdest thing that you have seen?
A dog humping a hen😳 (Saw it on a videoclip viral on WhatsApp)
11. What title would you like to give to my blog?
I love your present blog title- The love of ink.
If you do want to change, I think “Opus Factory” would suit your blog nicely.
OKAY… LET’S START WITH THE SECOND SET (you can have a glass of water…or beer if you want):-
1. WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE FOR THOSE TRYING TO GET INTO THE WORLD OF BLOGGING?
Write… Just write.. Whatever comes to your mind.. Pour your heart out.. Your emotions.. Insecurities.. Fears.. ambitions.. Desires.. write without inhibitions. Whatever you dare not speak out aloud in your known society, you can write and share in this wonderful blogging community.. without any fear of judgement. That’s what I did. It’s working for me and it’ll work for you too.
2. WORST TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Once I had traveled across the width of the country- over 3000 kms – from extreme East to western border, using all possible means of transport- on foot, auto-rickshaw, bullock-cart, boat, train, bus and air..with no advance booking in any..with hardly any opportunity for even a proper meal during the entire journey. (It was worth the effort as I got to spend some really exhilarating days with my angel at the destination)
3. IF YOU COULD CHANGE THE WORLD, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
I would erase the poverty, hunger, violence, corruption, exploitation and wars from the face of the world. (You and me very well know it’s nigh impossible; humans are beyond salvation a race. How about a free tap in each household, and even on the streets, with unlimited supply of beer in it!?)
4. IF YOU COULD BUY ANYTHING RIGHT NOW, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A small island with a fully loaded tree house on it, (of course with an air strip and a mini plane) where I could boogie with my choice of people. (Did I ask for too much? )
5. WHAT IS THE STRANGEST THING YOU HAVE EVER EATEN?
A cockroach! (Don’t ask how why where or when… I’m already pukish just mentioning it…eeeuu!!)
6. WHAT LANGUAGE WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN?
Spanish. (It’s just so damn sexy… Despacito!)
7. WHAT DOES HAPPINESS MEAN TO YOU?
Happiness is spreading smiles all around. (You should see the ear-to-ear smile at my friends’ faces when I call them over for a fun-filled boozy boogie night… Imagine their happiness when they get the invite to my island tree house…!)
8. OPEN THE LAST BOOK YOU HAVE READ, OPEN PAGE 50. WHAT IS THE FIRST SENTENCE ON THAT PAGE?
“Is consciousness an illusion? The possibility that we might be seriously wrong about our own minds pops up in many guises – that free will is an illusion, that the Cartesian theatre is an illusion, that self is an illusion, and the richness of our visual world is a grand illusion.” (Heavy stuff…huh. Not my mistake; I recently finished with “Consciousness- A Very Short Introduction” by Susan Blackmore. You can blame the one who asked this question)
Well, incidentally I read more than one book in parallel… And the other one on page 50 says —
“Kiss me, damn it! I implore him, but I can’t move. I’m paralyzed with a strange, unfamiliar need, completely captivated by him. I’m staring at Christian Grey’s mouth, mesmerized, and…” (Don’t ask me the name of the book… You already know it..)
9. WHAT CELEBRITY ARE YOU CRUSHING ON AND WHY?
None. I need to know and connect with a person to have a crush on.
10. WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG’S NAME?
Now this is a fascinating question. You see I have this stupid habit of detaching myself from me and watching myself – everything I say or do, objectively from an inert observer’s point of view (sounds creepy…right). And from that angle, most things about myself look fake…phony to me; and Nonie’s my name. So there.. that explains.
11. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF YOU DIDN’T BLOG?
Let’s not get started on that… I’m already into lots of funny and eccentric stuff besides blogging.
Hope you all are still alive.
Breathe…breathe! It’s over.
However, the ordeal continues for the ones I have nominated. Here comes the salvo for my Nominees. Try answering with complete honesty, the way I did. (I guess I should hide in my nuclear bunker until the dust settles)
1. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10 on how weird you are? Elucidate why you feel so qualified?
2. What famous person does your personality most parallel?
3. What’s the one feature about yourself that you’d like to change and why?
4. What’s the funniest/most embarrassing thing happened to you on a date?
5. If you have to, whom will you like to get marooned with?
6. If you are given 1 minute to make an impression, what will you do?
7. What is your favorite body part?
8. What makes you blush?
9. Tell one secret about yourself that no one else knows. (Darker the better)
10. If you could have one superpower, what would be it? Why?
11. If you have to perform in a circus, what would be your act?
There are many whose writings inspire me but there’s a limit of nominating only 11; so here are the chosen ones:-
Congratulations guys…you all deserve it. Now get cracking on the questionnaire given above. (Want fun answers)