The Proust Questionnaire.

I came across this interesting exercise quite accidentally and thought that it would be a lark to answer the questions that Proust had answered when he was twenty years old.

Your favorite virtue: Loyalty.
Your favorite qualities in a man: Maturity, which I define as being courageous but acting with concern and compassion.
Your favorite qualities in a woman: The same as for a man.
Your Chief Characteristic: Being practical.
What you appreciate the most in your friends: Connectedness.
Your main fault: Impatience.
Your favourite occupation: Sleeping.
Your idea of happiness: Solitude.
Your idea of misery: Not receiving newspapers on public holidays.
If not yourself, who would you be?: Gautama The Buddha.
Where would you like to live?: Exactly where I live now.
Your favourite colour and flower: Blue. Hibiscus.
Your favorite prose authors: Viktor Frankl, Leon Uris, P G Wodehouse, Joseph Heller.
Your favorite poets: I am not a poetry person.
Your favorite heroes in fiction: Yossarian, Jack Reacher, Ari Ben Canaan.
Your favorite heroines in fiction: Scarlet O’Hara, Lisbeth Salander.
Your favorite painters and composers: Painters – My late wife, K K Hebbar, Ara. Composers – Ilaya Raja, A.R. Rahman, O.P. Nayyar, R.D. Burman.
Your heroes in real life: My nephews Jai, Craig, Deepak and Simon; and my son Ranjan.
Your favorite heroines in real life: My nieces Neila, Sowmya and Nitila, my daughter in law Manjiree.  And truth be told, all the women who married Rajgopaul men and Vandana who married Jai.
What characters in history do you most dislike: Md. Ali Jinnah, Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi.
Your heroines in World history: Gayatri Devi, Mata Hari, Lakshmi Sahgal.
Your favorite food and drink: Tamil Brahmin cuisine and Tea brewed with freshly grated ginger.
Your favorite names: My given name and all the nick names I have been saddled with.
What I hate the most: Mosquitoes.
World history characters I hate the most: Hitler, All the Muslim invaders of India.
The military event I admire the most: Operations Bangladesh and Kargil.
The reform I admire the most: The economic ones let loose by Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh.
The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with: Singing.
How I wish to die: Without pain / suffering and quickly.
What is your present state of mind?: Peaceful.
For what fault have you most toleration?: Being human.
Your favorite motto: Wisdom By Hindsight.

I found the exercise quite interesting.  Why don’t you give it a shot too?

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18 Responses to The Proust Questionnaire.

  1. Cathy in NZ says:

    I agree on mosquitoes – sneaky little d*vils 🙂

  2. Mosquitoes by the Cheerful Cherub:

    God made the star-hung skies for us,
    And singing trees and hills and lakes.
    Of course He made mosquitoes too–-
    But everybody makes mistakes.
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  3. My favorite virtue is generosity of spirit.
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  4. nick says:

    Courage, concern and compassion is a good mix. Oddly enough, I’ve never had a nickname in my life. So what do you have against Indira Gandhi?
    nick recently posted..Wot, no tot?

  5. tammy j says:

    fascinating.
    some surprises.
    and some things … many things … i have to look up! LOL
    you keep educating me.
    i do love proust … though….
    have never done his questionnaire. fun! i always love LISTS!
    we get a channel called bravo over here and the host asks actors proust’s questions. they answer ‘off the cuff ‘ … it’s always interesting.
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  6. Grannymar says:

    If not receiving newspapers on public holidays, is misery, you have lived a charmed life! To me, misery would be no water, food or proper clothing. People who do not keep promises can be added to that list.
    Grannymar recently posted..Food Monday ~ Two for the price of one

    • I have indeed lived and continue to live a very charmed life and I am very grateful for that. I just hope that I will live so till my end and go away without too much trouble to myself and others.

  7. Of everything in this world, mosquitoes are your least favorite? They are annoying, I’ll give you that.
    Secret Agent Woman recently posted..Spring seems to be here.

  8. Hating mosquitoes most is a good thing and easily changed. One effective anti-mosquitoes spay and you are free of your main hate object.
    Interesting exercise, I will do it as well. What do I hate most myself? Not sure, there is not much hate in me either. Maybe interference of nosy people?

  9. shackman says:

    Your favorite virtue: Loyalty.
    Your favorite qualities in a man: Maturity, which I define as the ability to recognize you do not have all of the answers and appreciate differences
    Your favorite qualities in a woman: The same as for a man.
    Your Chief Characteristic: loyalty
    What you appreciate the most in your friends: their simply being there whenever needed.
    Your main fault: Impatience.
    Your favourite occupation: spirited debate
    Your idea of happiness: being surrounded by noisy grandkids
    Your idea of misery: being lonely.
    If not yourself, who would you be?: an explorer.
    Where would you like to live?: close to family
    Your favourite colour and flower: Navy Blue. Hibiscus.
    Your favorite prose authors: Hemingway, Stephen King, John D McDonald, Dana Stabenow
    Your favorite poets: Jimmy Buffet.
    Your favorite heroes in fiction: Travis McGee, James Bond, Huck Finn
    Your favorite heroines in fiction: Kate Shugak, VI Washawski.
    Your favorite painters and composers: Painters – Hans Holbein, David Wolfer,Van Gogh Composers – Ron Ryan, Johan Pachelbel, Beethoven, Lennon/McCartney; Harry Chapin.
    Your heroes in real life: Harry Chapin, Willie McCovey,
    Your favorite heroines in real life: Barbara Jordan,,
    What characters in history do you most dislike: Hitler,
    Your heroines in World history: Marie Curie, Helen Keller,
    Your favorite food and drink: BBQ, cold beer
    Your favorite names: don’t have a fave
    What I hate the most: political sound bites
    World history characters I hate the most: Hitler
    The military event I admire the most: D-Day and the battle of Midway
    The reform I admire the most: racial reforms
    The natural talent I’d like to be gifted with: Singing.
    How I wish to die: Without pain / suffering and quickly.
    What is your present state of mind?: Anticipatory
    For what fault have you most toleration?: Being human.
    Your favorite motto: Yesterday’s over my shoulder but I can’t look back for too long – there’s just too much to see waiting in front of me and I know that I just can’t go wrong
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