Questions Answered.

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Nick in his blog post says “(questions shamelessly pinched from the Guardian magazine)”. I have shamelessly pinched them from his post

What’s your greatest fear?
Being unconscious and in a ventilator in a hospital.

Which living person do you most admire?
Narendra Modi.

What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
Laziness.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
Being mistaken for a famous politician.

What’s the dearest thing you’ve bought (other than a house)?
My computer.

What’s your most treasured possession?
My recliner chair.

What’s your favourite smell?
Petrichor.

What’s your favourite word?
Perhaps.

Which book changed your life?
The Bhagwad Geetha.

What in your life would you have done differently?
Nothing.

What or who is your greatest love?
Myself.

What do you owe your parents?
Reading and my sense of humour.

What did you want to be when grown-up?
Grown up.

To whom would you like to say sorry, and why?
Can’t think of anyone.

Who would come to your dream dinner party?
The Rat Pack.

Which word or phrase do you overuse?
“Maha Ganapathi, Vigneshwara.”  (It is an invocation to Ganesha)

What’s the worst job you’ve done?
Honorary Secretary to a Non Profit.

What was your biggest disappointment?
My late wife’s death.

What would improve your quality of life?
I doubt very much that any thing would improve on what I already have.

What is your greatest achievement?
Surviving four years of my father’s presence in my life towards the end of his life without going nuts.

Thank you Nick.  It has been fun answering these questions.

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22 Responses to Questions Answered.

  1. tammy j says:

    i always enjoy these little quizzes… more insight into my friend rummy’s mind.
    i followed the link (as i do ALL your links) and spent almost half and hour reading all about modi… the living person you most admire.
    OHMYGOODNESS. can we clone him for america???
    he is nothing short of amazing. i know he has his detractors no doubt. but the man is a power house! and when i finally came to the end… and read about his personal life and how he lives… i am even more impressed. like you… he has become one of my most admired people!
    and… the rat pack for dinner! LOLOL! charming! 😀 and fun you rascal!
    it’s all good.
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  2. nick says:

    If I was mistaken for a famous politician, I don’t think I’d be embarrassed. I’d just suggest that the person concerned needed to have their eyes tested or get a new pair of glasses.

    You must be remarkably content if you can’t think of a single thing that would improve your quality of life!
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    • Ursula says:

      You sound like a spec saver advert, Nick. Nah. Likeness will happen. Though, as you say, Ramana should most certainly not have been embarrassed about it. Maybe he was because he was expected to say something without having been fed the line first.

      Yes, likeness. My mother was once mistaken for Jackie Kennedy. Some hotel lobby back in the sixties. Same facial bone structure and, naturally, hair style. Jackie’s hairstyle which millions of women copied but there you go. All it takes is my mother. She is good that way. To my amusement she was also taken as the bride at my first wedding. I loved it. Her moment of glory. My freshly baked mother-in-law didn’t.

      U
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    • I did tell the person who mistook me for the politician more or less the same thing that you would have said. Your second paragraph needs a full blog post and I have started work on it already. You can expect it to go live next week, all going well.

  3. shackman says:

    What’s your greatest fear?
    Drowning or burning alive

    Which living person do you most admire?
    Bernie Sanders

    What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
    Laziness.

    What was your most embarrassing moment?
    Sweat stains on a special shirt at a friends wedding

    What’s the dearest thing you’ve bought (other than a house)?
    Lynn’s engagement ring

    What’s your most treasured possession?
    my dog Ginger

    What’s your favourite smell?
    Prime rib in the ovem

    What’s your favourite word?
    interesting

    Which book changed your life?
    Working Peace System

    What in your life would you have done differently?
    Would not have joined the Mormon church

    What or who is your greatest love?
    my grandchildren

    What do you owe your parents?
    White hair and psoriasis

    What did you want to be when grown-up?
    Grown up.

    To whom would you like to say sorry, and why?
    My kids – apparently I failed miserably as a parent if they are to be believed

    Who would come to your dream dinner party?
    Ramana Rajgopaul, Conrad Hake, Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin

    Which word or phrase do you overuse?
    Never confuse fat with stupid

    What’s the worst job you’ve done?
    Repossessing mobile home

    What was your biggest disappointment?
    My late wife’s death.

    What would improve your quality of life?
    Getting out of North Carolina

    What is your greatest achievement?
    Keeping Lynn interested enough in me to stay together 45 years

    • Ursula says:

      “Worst fear”. I think the question should be rephrased as virtually all who answer talk about it in terms of how they’ll end up at death’s door. I can think of far more “worst fears” than the method by which I draw my last breath.

      However, to stick with your answer: I think burning worse than drowning. For starters burning is bound to be far more painful and drawn out. I imagine drowning relatively peaceful – once you’ve stopped fighting it. I don’t like vast expanses of water. Gives me the creeps. When flying the Atlantic I’d put money on it the plane will come down over it; and you’d never get me on a cruise. I can’t think of anything less relaxing than being at the mercy of water and weather 24/7. And yet, and I dare say my line of thinking may appeal to you: If I had to choose a method of killing MYSELF I think I’d do a Virginia Woolf. Rocks in my pocket, wade into water, let nature take its course. Perverse? Not really. Water is benign, gentle – at least when you want to die. Less messy too.

      What touches me greatly is your “dearest thing you have bought”, Lynn’s engagement ring. Brought a tear to my eye, whereas your “greatest achievement” makes me smile big time. Lynn knew treasure when she cast her eye on you.

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    • Thank you for inviting me to your dream dinner party! I see that I am among some very nice people there. And, my reaction to your worst job is “Good Lord”. I am not surprised that you call it the worst job you ever did. It would appear that A Working Peace System of 1943 is not available on Amazon India nor for kindle download. Will look around and get it to read.

  4. I love my laziness — it’s probably the reason I’m so happy now. I was called lazy a lot when I was a kid because I liked to read and think. So now I wear the label with pride.

    I can relate to Fred Gratzon’s The Lazy Way to Success: How to Do Nothing and Accomplish Everything.

    So, yay, laziness!
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  5. Ursula says:

    “What or who is your greatest love? Myself.”

    That is so touching, Ramana, so honest and, no doubt, delivered with a little wink, nod and a smile. Indeed, and I’ll get there first before Looney does, one of the commandments: “Love thy neighbour as you do yourself.” The logical consequence – if you don’t love yourself much it doesn’t bode well for your neighbour.

    Hug,
    U
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  6. marms says:

    “Honorary Secretary”. LOLOLOL. Best laugh in a long time.

    Ahh yes. Run, run fast, from auspicious titles. They are hiding something.

  7. Linda says:

    Thank you so much for sharing. I also love my recliner! So comfortable…well, my cat also thinks so. 🙂

  8. favourite word – “it depends” and that sums up many of the questions…

  9. Sure, I had to go look up “petrichor” and I’d have to agree that’s a pretty nice smell, depending on where you live. lol I wish I could answer “nothing” if asked what I’d change in my life; oh well, everyone can’t be secure in all the choices they’ve made, can they?
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