And the Liebster goes to…



So… I have been nominated for the Liebster Award. After a few searches on Google and after visiting the blog of Ashish who nominated me, I found that it is a blogger to blogger award. Well, looks like a few people actually read my blog. And here I thought I was just using my blog as some sort of public diary!

The Liebster blogger has to follow a certain protocol if nominated… the instructions being:

  1. Post 11 things about yourself.

  2. Answer 11 questions set by the nominator.

  3. Choose 11 deserving bloggers meeting the criteria.

  4. Set 11 questions for them.

  5. Inform the nominee by commenting on one of their posts.

Without further ado… I start with the first objective in the protocol…

11 things about myself.

Whoa… that’s kind of difficult, I have been rushing through life without ever doing a figurative pirouette in front of my mind’s mirror. Anyway, here’s what I can come up extempore.

  1. For a little background, I am an Electrical engineer, all high voltage… and shocking to say the least.

  2. I am hyper-imaginative… spinning fantastic worlds in my head, which I often reside in…. and sometimes write about.

  3. I hate cooking and sewing even though I am in awe of people who can do them without losing patience.

  4. I love, love, love cars… I am crazy about them… I would want nothing more than be locked up in a showroom full of supercars… maybe with a little drive-circuit attached… and a library; which brings me to the next point…

  5. I am mad about books. I read like it is gonna go out of fashion in a day. I have an ever growing library with some 500 books at the moment.

  6. There has been a recent change in my attitude… from being a cynical girl who mocked love and relationships, I have turned in to a romantic. Though my idea of romance has nothing to do with hearts, flowers, cuddly toys and candy or the colours red and pink.

  7. I like poetry… and I am a big fan of sher-o-shayari. Ghalib to Gulzar to the Nawaab… poetic words and ghazals can sweep me off my feet.

  8. I have a huge tolerance for all kinds of music. Metal, hard rock, soft rock, pop, R&B, reggae, hip-hop, classical, alternative… I have ears for them all.

  9. I do creative art… painting both traditional and digital, illustrations and sketches.

  10. I work as a freelance architect / interior designer and graphic artist… in my spare time.

  11. Travel and dreams of wanderlust inspire me… if I could afford to I would backpack across the world soaking in the beauty, culture and cuisine of this planet.


Answers to 11 questions set by the nominator:

  1. Who is your favourite author?

Keeps changing… at the moment it is Wilbur Smith.
  1. What is your profession?

I am at the moment between jobs. Taking a break to let my creative flux take over. Otherwise, I am an engineer. I also freelance as an architect/designer/graphic artist.
  1. Apart from blogging, your hobby?

Reading, sleeping and dreaming!
  1. How many hours do you spend on blogging?

Not as much as I would like to.
  1. What/who inspired you to write?

Pure ennui!
  1. Do  you feel, you could be a writer in the near future?

Self-improvement is a continuous process… so yes… definitely yes.
  1. Choose one: Money or Fame. Why?

Fame. Money is easy. Fame leaves a legacy.
  1. Are you socially active?

Not as much as I used to be. These days my social interactions have honestly become limited to social media.
  1. What came first egg or the chicken?

Technically, the egg… if Darwin is right, life started as a single cell and the egg is a single cell in its humblest form.
  1. Why is the word dictionary in the dictionary?

To give it meaning! 😀
  1. Why is Liebster award so obsessed with the number 11?

It is the Goldilocks number! 😀


11 bloggers I think are interesting… in no particular order:

  1. Harish Rao

  2. The Nawaab

  3. Deepa Duraiswamy

  4. Mathew Jacob

  5. Ashish

  6. Debajyoti Ghosh

  7. Aniket Jha

  8. Blogwati Gee

  9. Amit Agarwal

  10. Saru Singhal

  11. A Homemaker’s Utopia


11 questions for the bloggers.

  1. Why do you blog?

  2. A favourite quote and why?

  3. What’s your greatest pet peeve?

  4. What’s that one thing you appreciate the most?

  5. Productivity or Creativity? What’s more important to you and can the two be combined?

  6. Are you a day-time person or a creature of the night?

  7. What does the word ‘Speed’ remind you of?

  8. How long have you been blogging?

  9. What’s your poison?

  10. Do you have nickname (not a pet-name) and why are you called that?

  11. The topic / category / label you find yourself blogging the most about?

© Surya Murali

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