Nov 16

Liebster Award | 11 Random Facts – 11 Answers – 11 Questions


This is one post that has been long overdue. The main reason I procrastinated this one is because I find it incredibly hard to write about myself.

Having said that, I am humbled and honoured that Salvwi chose me for this award. Thank you for nominating me, Salvwi; apologies for the delay.

What is The Liebster Award?

Liebster Award is passed around the blogging community to people whose blogs you enjoy and who are relatively new to blogging.


If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award, and you choose to accept it, you have to write a blog post about the same, in which you-

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Display the award on your blog.
  3. Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Answer 11 questions about yourself (asked by the person who nominated you).
  5. Nominate 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, and create a new list of questions for the nominees to answer.

11 random facts about me:

You can check my post accepting the Versatile Blogger Award for 7 random facts about me. Here are four more –

  1. I find writing facts about me more difficult than writing anything else.
  2. I always try and multitask; doing just one thing at a time makes me feel inefficient. Note: This does not mean that I am good at multi-tasking, it just makes me feel better to try.
  3. I cannot sleep without a clean kitchen. If I do, it comes to haunt me in my dreams. Truth.ย 
  4. This final one, is pretty weird, but true nonetheless. When I was a kid, I used to believe that people got sucked into the fan of the elevator; I was always amazed to find them emerge on the other floor. I know, I know, this defies all logic and common sense. I warned you!

My answers to Salvwiโ€™s questions

  1. Which quality defines you?

I honestly donโ€™t know. I find it hard to answer such a question. There are several qualities that define me most of the times, but no single quality that defines me all the time. Unless you count dysania as a quality, and not a condition (Dysania is the state of having a hard time waking up and getting out of bed in the morning). Hey, I got the quality – Dysanic! (yes, totally made that up).

  1. If you were a color, which one would you choose to be and why?

This sounds like one of those questions that one would get asked in beauty pageants, where one is judged by the deep underlying significance of the color one chooses. Since this is no pageant, and I am pretty immune to judgement, I will go with Red and White, simply because I like them. No profound reason.

  1. Do you like digital or physical books?

Both. I love my physical books, but with the amount of reading I do, they would need a separate room, and eventually their own zip code ๐Ÿ˜› . The only physical books I keep with me now, are the books that mean something to me. Those I buy physical versions of, even if I have already bought and read the e-book. One of the books that made it to my personal libraryโ€™s hall of fame this year is The Palace of Illusions.

  1. Can writing be an acquired talent?

Yes. Absolutely.

  1. How important is your blog for you?

Important enough to wake up on a Saturday at 6 in the morning to write this blog post, as that is the only quiet time I can be assured of in my day. ย Once my toddler wakes up, it is just like jungle gym all-day-every-day in my house ๐Ÿ™‚ . (It is important to note here that I am not a morning person at all. Refer Dysania above.)

  1. Did you meet an old friend recently?

That depends ย on how you define โ€˜recentlyโ€™. I met 2 earlier this year when I had been to India.

  1. List 3 things without which you donโ€™t leave your house ever.

Only one thing really – my cell phone. Unless I am going out alone, then itโ€™s my cell-phone, my wallet, and car keys.

  1. What would you like to change in yourself, if at all?

Oh this is easy. I would like to worry less, especially about my son. Yes, I know that worry kind of comes with the territory of being a parent, but mine can be ย border-line insanity at times, and I am not sure if it is just border-line (if you know what I mean).

  1. How did you pamper yourself today?

Again, that depends on how you define โ€˜pamperโ€™. This question makes me think of things like a long spa bath, manicure, pedicure and such. But really, I just donโ€™t have the time and patience for them. I wish I did, but I donโ€™t. So I โ€œpamperedโ€ myself by getting a copy of The Time Travelerโ€™s Wife and setting ย aside dedicated reading time. Not the typical pamper session, I know; but it is just the thing for me.

  1. How happy are you today?

One word. Very.

  1. What is your greatest accomplishment in life?

I can answer question # 10 with the same one word on most days.

My Nominations & Questions

I nominate – Nidhi & Kala (I canโ€™t think of anyone else who is relatively new to blogging, so just these 2 as of now)

My questions:

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. How did you come up with your blog name?
  3. Is blogging everything you expected it to be? Or is it different from what you imagined?
  4. What is the one thing you wish you knew before you started to blog?
  5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?
  6. What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?
  7. What is your biggest obsession?
  8. What is your most prized possession?
  9. Which blogger would you like to meet in person?
  10. Which post of yours is your personal favourite? (Please share the link with us)
  11. What one piece of advice would you give new writers/ bloggers?
Lots of Love


  1. Omg Shantala….you are such a sweetheart! What can I say? I am practically a new-born in this wonderful world of blogging. This is really big for me! Thanks a lot dear. And now I’ve got to check the daunting – to do list that comes along with this nomination :)…..yayyy cant stop smiling :)))

  2. Congrats for you Award and it’s fun reading your answers, especially Dysania ๐Ÿ™‚ Good that you have ‘The palace of illusions’, I am thinking for long time to read this book and couldn’t buy it yet.
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  3. Ah nice to get to know you better, Shantala. I completely get what you meant by pampering yourself – it’s my favourite way of rewarding myself too!
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  4. Congrats on the award. I always clean the kitchen before i go to bed but I don’t think I would dream about it if I didn’t. LOL
    I think your idea about how the elevator works would be a neat device to use in a science fiction story.
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  5. Nice to know you more Shantala! And congrats on the award ๐Ÿ™‚
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  6. I agree… Writing can be an acquired talent. It is something not many are willing to accept and sadly, that cuts many a talent in the bud itself.

    Loved these answers ๐Ÿ™‚ Also reminded me I need to have a spa day for myself!!
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  7. Glad to know so much about you. I see a lot of similarities between us. ๐Ÿ™‚ Including the extreme procrastination at the start of this post. Before you realize what I am talking about (hint: Versatile Blogger Award), off I go. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  8. I’m glad you answered the questions, as it was lovely getting to know you a little better through this post! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  9. Congratulations on your award! I am the SAME way about my kitchen! Nothing at all weird about that. ๐Ÿ™‚ And ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ is one of my most favorite books but I wasn’t a fan of the movie. Great answers Shantala.

  10. Congrats Shantala. It’s good to know a lil’ bit more about you! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. Congratulations on your award! Nice to know more about you, Shantala. I have Dysania too. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  12. It is always great to know more about a fellow blogger. I was petrified of escalators as a child and would always insist upon using the stairs. i couldn’t simply keep up pace with the moving escalator.

    Congratulations for the award.

  13. Shailesh Gangoli says:

    Ekdam mast tel mein phry, Shantu!

  14. Fun answers there. Ah, so you are red and white. I would be blue I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  15. Thank God, I got featured in this post of yours ๐Ÿ˜›

  16. Isn’t Dysanic an adjective we can all add to our bios and profiles? :p
    Really loved reading more about you! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  17. Your answer 11 is so profound, I guess that is all that counts. And yes worry less as a parent, I guess it will also improve your overall balance of life ๐Ÿ™‚
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  18. It was nice to know more about you, Shantala. ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulation on the award. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  19. I’m new here on your blog! Really nice, personal blog you have here… there’s a different feel when it comes to physical books, but at times ebooks could be handy so yes, i also prefer both! :)) Yes, I get to worry a lot too, overthinking to a point that I stress myself out.. but then I remind myself that everything will come and happen at their right time… I just have to live in the present and work with what I have now. Tho thinking 2 steps ahead won’t hurt sometimes
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    • Living in the present and truly being there is not something that everyone is able to do, but I have become pretty conscious about it, and am able to keep my wandering thoughts in check (on most days). But yes, thinking ahead can be pretty useful at times, as long as thinking does not mean worrying; which in my case is one and the same. ๐Ÿ˜›

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad to connect with you. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  20. Some of the things about you resonate with me as well – multitasking, cell phone and a few others. However, i am very much a morning person (can’t be awake after 10.30 pm or so, but can get up at 4am) ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad knowing more about you!

  21. Oh I’m awful at multitasking. Perhaps that’s one reason I decided to stay home after I had the kids. Completely agree on the way you pamper yourself. And also loved your ‘greatest achievement’ – isn’t that what all of us aspire to be?

  22. Congratulations @ Shanya. The elevator story is really amazing and amusing. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  23. Loved your answers ๐Ÿ™‚

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