An online tag-game is always fun, so I thank my little friend APALA for giving me a nudge to play along...The game is simple, one has to answer eleven questions. Let me warn you, Apala, my answers may turn out to be a tad too boring! ...
1. What is the first think that comes to your mind when you hear the word 'Black'?
'Black' reminds me of a poem by Jibanananda Das-“ Banolata Sen…”
This was composed in the year 1934.
"Banolata" is an emblem of feminine mystery, beauty and love.
চুল তার কবেকার অন্ধকার বিধিকার নিশা
মুখ তার স্রাবস্থির কারুকার্য, অতি দূর সমুদ্রের পর
তেমনি দেখেছি তারে অন্ধকারে, বলেছে সে
'এতদিন কথাযে ছিলেন ?'
পাখির নীড়ের মতন চোখ তুলে
নাটোরের বনলতা সেন !
পৃথিবীর সব রং নিভে গেলে পান্ডুলিপি করে আয়োজন
থাকে শুধু অন্ধকার, মখোমুখি বসিবার বনলতা সেন
(Literal translation from the net***)
Her hair was the dark night of Vidisha,
Her face the sculpture of Sravasti,
When I saw her in the shadow, she asked
Where have you been so long?’
lifting her bird’s-nest eyes
Banalata Sen of Natore…
When all colors take leave from the world
Except for the flicker of the hovering fireflies
The manuscript is ready with tales to be told…
2. Who is the most important person in your life and why?
Tricky one!! I guess at this stage of my life—it is my husband. I need him for all kinds of comfort and security. But, my daughter (who is married) is equally important in my life…My day begins with her telephone call!!! Sometimes her small gestures force me to think the treasure trove I’ve gathered in life---aah! it is priceless!
Then, my son-in-law— he is a son---though not born, out of me…
.And, arghh.. Vijay, my man Friday—Life without him is hell! I think, he is also very very important: D
Then, my readers…how will I survive if they stop reading me!!!
Ah, the list is endless…..
3. What is/will be your expectation from a relationship with your partner?
He has to promise me that he'll sing along this beautiful song on our every Wedding Anniversary, and perhaps have a sprightly dance also in a quicker tempo: P Auld Lang Syne--a Scottish song symbolizes a new beginning; it calls to remember a long-standing friendship....
4. If you had not been in the profession that you are in today, what would have chosen and why?
I would sit for Civil Services Exam. Why? Power man...power!
5. Name something that you do when you are alone and wouldn't do when you are with people.
I talk to my plants. I also talk to God to rebel against our stifling hierarchy!
6. One crazy thing that you have done in life.
Incessant chatter when Apollo doctors were performing Emergency Angioplasty in my hour of life and death …those mindless jabbering still make my cardiologist laugh!
7. What are you afraid of?
8. Any regrets, however big or small it maybe?
There are times when I truly wish I had a beautiful hour-glass like figure :D
9. What would you do if you had a million dollars?
I’d go around the world with my friendssssssss and familyyyyyyyyyyyyy!
10. Would you rather have the power to become invisible or the power to read minds? Why?
I can read minds…!! But, would love to have the power to become invisible…!!Gawd, it’s all because of my stupid memory….!!! It puts me into so much embarrassment at times...
11. A favourite quote.
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. "Pooh?" he whispered.
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's hand. "I just wanted to be sure of you.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Poo
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Poo
I am not tagging anyone. I am sure everyone has been taken already!!!