Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Coming Back To Life

Life is beautiful. Sometimes.

Like when you realize that people who actually like you (or your blog) exist, especially when the realization hits you when you're down in the dumps.

I've been walking like a zombie since school started on May 2nd for us Plus Two students - a month earlier than the others, for we are The Ones Who Must Score and Bring Glory to the School. The teachers haven't even started the (relatively) difficult topics, but I feel oddly burdened and overwhelmed, as if I'm teetering on the verge of breaking down. Or erupt/combust/explode. I don't know.

Then, day before yesterday I came across a comment on the previous post that I had missed earlier and discovered that I have been nominated for another Liebster! Yesterday, Sania passed on the Very Inspiring Blogger award and the Best Moment award. This totally made my week, apart from Divergent and Insurgent. (If you haven't read these awesome-beyond-words books by Veronica Roth, you're missing out. Also, it's refreshing to read an insightful YA trilogy without a love triangle.)

Thank you, Joanne Clancy, for the nomination!

I'm going to skip writing random facts about myself as I'm running out of PC time, but you can read some here.

Answering Joanne's questions:

1. What's your favourite book and why?
A: I don't choose favourites among favourites. My favourite books do have lots in common, though: characters with depth, realistic settings, the ability to make me go 'wow', thought-provoking, and EVERY SINGLE one of them broke my heart. Every. Single. One.

2. Do you have any recurring dreams and nightmares?
A: I would have loved to answer this question but the problem is, I don't remember 99% of my dreams/nightmares when I wake up.

3. Do you believe in life after death?
A: I haven't made up my mind on this yet.

4. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
A: English Vinglish. One of the best Hindi movies ever made, in my opinion.

5. Why do you blog?
A: To give myself a place where I can be heard, to interact with people (since my real-world social life is almost non-existent) and to grow as a writer.

6. What inspires you?
A: Usually, it's a good book. But songs have worked the same magic often.

7. What is your top health tip?
A: My first reaction to this question - HAHAHAHAHA. I have a very weak stamina and fall sick often, so I'm definitely not qualified to give health tips.

8. What is your top beauty tip?
A: Not qualified for this one as well. I believe that feeling beautiful is more important than looking beautiful and prefer to stay as I am.

9. What's the best book you've read and why?
A: Same answer as No.1

10. What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?
A: Confidently answering a question in Chemistry class, the teacher saying it was incorrect and having the whole class laugh at me when I was actually FREAKING right. I'd wished the earth would have opened up and swallowed me right then.

11. What's your guilty pleasure?
A: Sneaking in Harry Potter references into my short stories.

Gracias for the two awards, Sania! 

My nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award:

For the Best Moment Award:

Okay, so I'm supposed to do this acceptance speech thingy for the Best Moment Award. *clears throat*

Ladies and gentlemen ----

Who am I even kidding? I suck at speeches as much as Neville does at Quidditch, so please forgive me.

But I can say with conviction that this blog would not have reached where it has today - with 55 followers and more than 4000 pageviews - without my readers' love and support. One-time visitor or long-time buddy, a detailed appreciation or just a simple "This is great; I enjoyed it!", every single person and every comment has made a difference in my life. It means a lot to me that you find time for me and my insanity, and for this I can never be grateful enough.

Thank you.