Everyday Musings, Life

The Proust Questionnaire Answered by Manali Desai

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This challenge is initiated by Tree Langdon.


Here are my responses to the questions asked in this challenge.

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A: Being content with whatever I have; which I believe I have achieved a bit, especially in the past year. The pandemic has definitely taught me how to be more grateful for what I have rather than complaining about what I don’t have.

2. What is your greatest fear?

A: Losing credibility. If I lose credibility as a human being, I lose my value as a writer and everything that I’ve come to be known as. And this thought scares me a lot.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

A: Overthinking. I wish my brain would take a hike sometimes. The thoughts just keep churning and most of the time I conjure up situations and things that are far from reality.

4. Which living person do you most admire?

A: My father. (know why here: An Open Letter to my Feminist Father)

5. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

A: Honesty. I think it’s okay to lie sometimes; especially if it comforts someone or makes them feel better. It’s called being nice for a reason, right?

6. On what occasion do you lie?

A: When comforting someone or trying to encourage someone.

7. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

A: Not sure about words or phrases but I do use filler words a lot. Hmmm.. ummm… okay… I see… are just to name a few.

8. What or who is the greatest love of your life?

A: At the cost of sounding a narcissist, I’m going to say myself. When I look back at my teenage self, I marvel at my resilience and growth.

9. When and where were you happiest?

A: I believe I’m the happiest currently; being able to earn a steady income by doing something that I love.

10. Which talent would you most like to have?

A: Dancing. Being an anxious person, I always feel conscious when I dance (not that I’ve done much of it in my life). But I’d love to lose that anxiety and dance gracefully and that can only come with the confidence of knowing that I’m dancing well.

11. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

A: Being accommodative. I put myself in discomfort while trying to make others comfortable and ultimately end up being unhappy.

12. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

A: My decision to take up writing as a profession.

13. Where would you most like to live?

A: Norway; in the lap of the Northern Lights.

14. What do you most value in your friends?

A: Being my constant cheerleaders. My BFFs are those I have been friends with since my childhood and teenage, and they have always believed in my abilities, sometimes more than I have.

15. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

A: Sylvia Plath.

16. Who are your heroes in real life?

A: I’m inspired and motivated by every person I know. Because I believe there’s something to be learned from everyone.

17. What is your greatest regret?

A: Not taking up Arts after my 10th grade (in India we can choose a specialization from Science, Arts, or Commerce after passing the 10th grade)

18. What is your motto?

A: Miles to go before I sleep.


Thanks, Tree Langdon for this amazing questionnaire and Sahil Patel for tagging me. I enjoyed writing answers to these questions.

It gave me a chance to think about myself.

Here is the post about the challenge by Dr Mehmet Yildiz


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