Monday, November 02, 2009

Some Questions and Answers

My cousin Suma started a blog aptly named Aparajitha. She is one who bravely battled polio, graduated and became an accomplished musician. She also paints and despite her severe limitations lives contentedly in Cochin with her parents.

While searching the word Aparajitha, I came across a blog under the same name from a most promising and talented teen-aged girl. She had quoted a questionnaire supposedly asked to a celebrity by a media man and had given her own interesting and most original answers, assuming that these questions were aimed at her.

This made me to think as to how I would have answered these questions, if it were asked to me. I think, by answering these questions, we express our personality to enable a friend or reader to understand us more. I would request my fellow bloggers and readers to answer these questions themselves- whether to publish or not- for the fun of it and for a self analyzis. It can be quite exhilarating.

Here are the questions and my answers.

Fun to you is...

Going for a fair of coins and medals or a book exhibition.

If you were invisible for a day, you would...

Frankly, I would not want to use such a boon. In younger days, probably I would have tried to be adventurous.

The one invention you're really waiting for...

Cure for cancer.

Would you like to be young forever?

No. I want to grow old gracefully.

What are you reading at the moment?

Journals of Lachlan Macquarie (1761-1824, a soldier who fought the Pazhassi Raja in 1797.

Who is your favourite cartoon character?

Asterix and Obelix

The place you really want to visit and why?

Manasa sarovar, with my wife. It shall give a spiritual high with its pristine surroundings.

Which film's hero/heroine do you most identify with?

This may probably change with one’s age. At this point, I am at a loss.

Your idea of a perfect meal?

I no longer crave for one such meal. Any homemade simple Indian meal is fine with me.

Lean or brawny?

I like lean.

Three people from history you'd like to meet?

Alexander the great, Sreeramakrishna Paramahamsa and my paternal grandpa, Kandanchatha Raman Nampoothiri, a great Vedic scholar who died at 45.

Your worst date ever?

I did not have one.

Ethnic wear or Western wear?

Both according to the occasion.

Morning person or night person?

More of a morning person.

What are you addicted to?

My family, especially to my wife, Sindhu.

The naughtiest thing you've ever done?

None to remember. Those were rather childhood pranks.

What's your retirement dream?

Retire to my ancestral place, build a new home, enjoy the visits of children and friends and be helpful to the society at large. I also want to pursue my hobby in medals and to catch up with all the reading. Then, I would want to travel to historic places and do my photography.

Five personal care products you can't do without?

My toothbrush, my laptop, my garments, my chapels and my eye glasses.

Who do you think your partner has a crush on?

Me and Clark Gable.

Your favourite drink?

An occasional Cognac.

The one food you can never say no to?

Haagen Dazs ice cream, though I restrict all my sweet intakes.

Rate in order of importance: fame, money, power.

Power, fame, money.

Your next move?

To let my readers know of my answers.

All the best!

Dubai, November 2, 2009


Nebu said...


Murali RamaVarma said...

Thanks, Nebu.

Aswin Vijay Varma said...

: ) enlightened muralimmavaa... :)

Murali RamaVarma said...

Achu, Good to see you have noted.

agp said...

Journals of Lachlan Macquarie -Is this the same guy who was known as Father of Australia- ? Is the Journal avaialble on net?

Murali RamaVarma said...

Dear agp, Your assessment is not off target.Lachlan Macquarie became the Governor of New South Wales. The Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia is named after him in honour of his development efforts while serving as the Governor of the colony of NSW from 1810 to 1821.You can access his journals from the Macquarie University site:

Kind regards,

Sunita said...

Interesting! I must confess to being fascinated by Alexander the Great myself. In fact, on a trip to Manali, we tried our best to visit Malana which is reputed to be the settlement of the descendants of Alexander's soldiers. Unfortunately the policemen whom we asked for directions were most upset. It turns out that it is also a major point in the illegal drug trade... ooops!
Asterix and Obelix? Me too. Actually I find the fillers in each frame fascinating. You know what I mean? The little side-play in the background is almost as funny, if not more, than the main story.

Murali RamaVarma said...

Thank you, Sunita. The news about Manali descendants of the soldiers of Alexander was new to me. Very interesting indeed!

Yes, as you rightly noted, the side-play in the background of each of the A&O stories is funny and witty. The behaviour of the Egyptian , Vitalstatistix, or some comments by Obelix spontaneously make us laugh.

Kind regards,

Ramanathan said...

nice to read this; unknowingly in one of my stories i ahve introduced Pazhassi Raja. the book is Dreams and Realities y R. suryanarayanan from amazon; earnings ae doanted to eye hospital in chennai. enjoyed reading ur other blogs too.

Murali RamaVarma said...

Dear Ramanathan,

Thank you for your comments and the related information.I shall try to procure a copy of your book "Dreams and Realities".

Kind regards,

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