The Liebster Award 2018

This is the second time I have come across this kind of bloggers’ award, this time nominated by Ye Chen. Ye Chen is one of the earliest bloggers I started following when I started blogging and one of the very few motivational blogs I Really enjoy reading. Hence I am understandably humbled and extremely overwhelmed for being remembered by him!

Rules of Liebster Award 2018

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and put a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. For the Liebster Award 2018, write a small post about what makes you passionate about blogging.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself (optional, thank god!).
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs.
  6. List these rules in your post.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or The Global Aussie.
  8. Create new questions for your nominees to answer (and answer the questions by your nominator. No pressure though, but this one’s fun!)

What makes me passionate about blogging..

I wanted to create a place for me to gather my mind, explore my creativity, write out my thoughts; a place where I can revisit myself in case I feel lost. This is why my blog had only private posts for two long years. But I came out to write publicly few months ago because I felt that some thoughts are meant for being heard and shared- to spread light, positivity, awareness and even conflict when things need to be shaken up a bit. I wish to have that kind of power in my words, in my voice one day. And blogging helps me building up the habit of writing, the discipline which is a must for improving and reaching that level.

Random facts about myself

I am neither Random, nor comfortable with giving away private facts in such dedicated manner (I do that in my blogs already). Let’s skip this part.

Blogs I have discovered lately

  1. The Poem Zone – Nirant, ‘a localite who believes in self esteem and a truly Feminist who hustle in silence’; just loved reading some of the short poems of this lovely young man.
  2. Heartfelt – Susmita Sahay, ‘loving life dearly’, and writing blogs dearly as well; another blogger who’s website makes me feel at home, and not just because we share same country and love for music ‘n’ movies.
  3. Roxy Travels – Roxy, ’23 years old girl travelling solo on a motorcycle’; do visit her if you want to go on a virtual motorcycle trip sometime.
  4. A Mind Palace – Anish, ‘a thriving statistician and occasionally an enthusiastic engineer’; basically a sweet geeky dude, writing about geeky things, and presently sharing with the world the knowledge of high performance computing.
  5. Ecotalker – Arthashastra: The Economics Society of Miranda House college, Delhi, India; managed mostly by the students of the Economics Department, this is one of the most consistent and insightful blogs I follow. These youngsters talk about ‘anything and everything from the eyes of aspiring economists’. Check them out!
  6. Lighght – Nagarajan, a ‘mechanical engineer (atheist section)’; Maybe happiness is not what he wants, but with powerful pictures and intense words, I find his website soulful.
  7. Raunakjoy – Raunak’s joyful blog dedicated to movies, music and himself; I was so happy to find his beautiful tribute series on Manna Dey while researching on some song. Unfortunately he’s on a hiatus right now, or went offline. Nonetheless, it has been a pleasure to discover the footprints of this blog.
  8. The Midnight Ember – Natalie, creating ‘beautiful literature with an underlying theme of “never lying, nothing true”; prose or poetry, she is simply breathtaking.
  9. Milliebot Reads – Millie…reads. And writes reviews, and buys books and catalogues them, and store them, and buys some more, and…bottom-line: if you love books, you have to visit this ‘extremely advanced, human-like robot’ once!

Questions for the nominees

(again, no pressure)

  1. If one day you wake up and see that you are one of the only five human beings alive in the world, whom will you want to be the other four humans?
  2. If you could color sun, sky and darkness, what color would you choose for them?
  3. If hell and heaven are two countries with own governments of angels and demons, and human becomes the residents of those countries after death, should human too get voting power there, apart from the supernatural beings?
  4. If you can bring to life a mythical creature, what will you choose?
  5. If you can go back in time and parent your younger self, will you let your parents do the job or rather take over? And if you take over, at which point of your life?
  6. Professor Dumbledore said that words are the most powerful source of magic and capable of inflicting greatest injuries and also curing them. Can you think of a person who holds this magical power? (that person can be anyone, and the words can be in any form, not necessarily written).
  7. If ‘truth’ and ‘reality’ have a fight and refuse to sit together (and you fail to make peace among them), whom will you join?
  8. Who runs the world- heart or mind?
  9. What makes you feel more romantic- predictable and familiar, or unpredictable and surprising?
  10. What makes a flower more beautiful- color or fragrance? (or something else?)
  11. “Mirror, Mirror, on the wall_________” – finish it with your own question!

Questions asked by Ye Chen, my nominator

  1. What does success mean to you?Satisfactory achieving all the targets I set for myself at any point of time, it’s quite dynamic actually.
  2. What was the best phase of your life?9th-10th standard! Two happiest years of schooling, with my best friends, study was fun, grades were good, o happy days..
  3. What’s your favourite book?A book named ‘Koyeler kachhe’ (Near Koyel river), written by Buddhadev Guha; whenever I read it, I could sense the forest trails and the whole world inside the book. A long companion, this book is..
  4. What’s an ideal morning for you? one on which I wake up not tired of any weird or scary dream, finish all the morning tasks in time, and feel fresh and happy.
  5. What’s the one thing that people always misunderstand about you?let’s keep it light: my name (I am tired of hearing Britha, which means ‘in vain’ or ‘failed’, and once someone heard it ‘Mritaa’ which means ‘Dead’! I mean, have you Totally lost it, people? who can possibly name their child with these names!)
  6. Where is your favourite place in the entire (fantasy) world to go?it’s a cliché but it would be the world of Harry Potter: I would like to time travel to Hogwarts, to be chosen in the house of Slytherin and stop Draco from joining the Dark lord at the end of Battle of Hogwarts (I swear he wouldn’t go if anyone, anyone had just stop him and asked him to stay back. Even Severus got a second chance and now we see him as a hero. Draco was still a teenager, a very scared teenager).
  7. What are your top five favourite movies?– Impossible to answer. If I really think of it…nope, too many of them.
  8. What’s something you can’t go a day without doing?– daydreaming, or rather making fanfic in my head which I will never write down.
  9. If you could get away with anything that you do? -I will wipe off all the sex-offenders from the face of earth.
  10. What fictional character do you most relate to?– Actually no one. So I made different characters and versions of me and put them in those fictions, obviously in my head.
  11. What is your favourite day of the year?– Sorry again, no favorite day. A day will be favorite if I am in my best mood, can’t fix that on one specific day..

I also have been very curious about how these chain mails of recognition begin. So this time I googled ‘liebster’. Liebster is a German word and the first result of Google translate is ‘dearest’. Jack Henry of The Global Aussie started this exposure-cum-networking initiative for small bloggers. Initially the cut-off number of followers was less than 2000 followers. That has now become 200 or less, or more, as they say ‘regardless of size’. Each year the chain starts at 1st January and ends at 25 December, while the winners are announced on 31st December. But what if you post on 26th December and miss the deadline? No one’s gonna punish you if you’re a serious procrastinator to finish the tasks within time following the award rules, or don’t find enough time to write the post at all. Because it’s all about connecting with the community, inspiring and motivating each other to write. So I thought the deadline to be 23rd December and started writing on 24th, then found out the deadline to be 25th, hence finishing it today (facepalm). If you find it fun and interesting, you can start the chain as well. Just follow the link of The Global Aussie, or wait for the updated rules for 2019 which is…one week away? Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy year ahead! Happy blogging! ❤

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