Q. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?

No. My mother wanted to name me something that wasn’t all that common back then. After 3 years, my sister got the common (and beautiful) name though.

Q. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?

Well…I guess, 2 days ago. In a bus; when time was passing by in a hurry.

Q. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?

Oh yes!

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?

I don’t like meat at lunch. For me, lunch is defined by dal, chawal, dahi and a dash of lemon pickle. That, for me, is the definition of lunch. Anything else, is a substitute.

Q. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?

Yes. A son and a daughter. My daughter is a princess and my son is brilliance.

Q. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON, WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?

Yes.

Q. DO YOU USE SARCASM?

Not as often as you would think often would be.

Q. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?

Yes.

Q. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?

I don’t see why I would want to jump closer to a heart attack or just mere shock.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?

Anything without raisins is good. Rice flakes, corn flakes, oats, all fine with me.

Q. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?

Yes.

Q. IF YOU WERE TO PICK YOU OWN FIRST NAME, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Sarah

Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

Sitaphal (custard-apple) ice-cream. That ice cream is goodness and crystals of dewdrops whipped in together. Pure delight.

Q. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?

These days, the length of their hair (if it’s a woman) ‘cos I despise the length of my hair, which is rather short. If it’s a man, the shirt he’s wearing. It says a lot about personal grooming. A lot.

Q. RED OR PINK?

Red. The one that reminds you, invariably and tire-fully, of those heart-shaped balloons around Valentine’s.

Q. WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?

I get complacent to soon.

Q. WHOM DO YOU MISS THE MOST?

From when? My past? My present?

Q. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?

Black pants and off-white flats.

Q. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?

Tango for Taj – I just love this instrumental piece created by A.R. Rahman for Rockstar. It speaks to me these days.

Q. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?

Ochre

Q. FAVORITE SMELLS?

New notebook, wet mud, old letters, my hair.

Q. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?

My mother. She calls every day to ask what train I caught and if I had juice for breakfast. Every day she asks me the same questions.

Q. HOW DO YOU KNOW THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU?

No one sent it to me, I read it on a blog and stole it. Seemed like a fun thing to do.

Q. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?

Really?

Q. HAIR COLOR?

Black that shines-off brown in the sun.

Q. EYE COLOR?

Black that shines-off brown in the sun.

Q. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?

Yes

Q. FAVORITE FOODS?

I love a good tandoori meal. I like the taste of charcoal on the roti or chicken. (Chicken garnished with a zest of lemon of course.)
Seekh parantha with onion rings and pudina chutney. (Lemon juice on the seekh again!)
Dosa, the way my friend’s mom makes it with her customised chilli chutney.
French fries with chilli sauce.

Q. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?

Happy endings.

Q. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?

Thank You For Smoking (Technically Pardes, which comes a little later in this list.)

Q. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?

Brick red.

Q. SUMMER OR WINTER?

Winter. When it’s snuggly and a little dry. When the snow is falling in your imagination. When the lotion is creamy on your skin; like a princess being coated with protection. When you lie in bed and wish the dreams are as beautiful as the weather.

Q. HUGS OR KISSES?

Hugs. All the way!

Q. DESCRIBE YOUR PENCIL CUP.

It’s not a cup, but a small, squarish cardboard box I used to construct into what I think is an appropriate pencil holder for me. I covered it with red chart paper and decorated it with coloured U-shaped pins. It has my name on it and my copyright on its behind. 😛

Q. FAVORITE ARTIST(s)?

I confess I find it phenomenally difficult to pin point “one” favourite. I like so many things. I could well be a butterfly in a field of flowers. How can I say no to what’s wonderful?

Q. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?

That’s a depressing question. I’m reading 3 books at the same time if you constitute that as reading. The last book I picked up was 44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith.

Q. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?

Erm…it’s a mouse pad, so mouse.

Q. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT?

Pardes. I think SRK is the most amazing romantic hero ever. Inspiring even. Imagine him declaring to your father he loves you no matter what (DDLJ, Veer Zaara, Pardes…I’m sure there’s more) in that matter-of-fact tone. As if he were saying that the Sun sets in the West. It’s done so effortlessly; and then your father just melts. Who would compete with the laws of nature, as if to contend? And your hero takes you away! Ah, fairy tales on silver screen.

Q. FAVORITE SOUND(S).

Trains on tracks, silence.

Q. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?

Neither

Q. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?

Delhi

Q. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?

Not that I know of.

Q. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?

Mumbai

Q. FAVORITE PIECE OF JEWELRY?

Diamond Studs. American diamond studs, for the measly life that I live. I would love, love, love to own platinum studs.

Q. HOW DID YOU MEET YOUR SPOUSE/SIGNIFICANT OTHER?

The heavens arranged it, when we were kids.

Q. FAVORITE SONG?

There you go. In another phenomenally difficult spot I am. I’ll give you my current favourite: None. I’m listening to instrumentals these days. Does that count?

Q. FAVORITE MUSICAL?

I’m not really sure here.