Q&A

Chimera

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

-- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J. K. Rowling

What would you have me tell?

My Hogwarts House (Ravenclaw) or my MBTI type (INFP)?

The place where I live (Delhi) or my age (24)?

How I spend my time (dreaming) or how many cats I have (none)?

Which books do I read and which TV show am I watching?

What music inspires me and do I play any instrument?

 

Like a chimera I am the sum of many parts

All mundane

Yet magical together,

I am composed of all the people I have seen, the stories I have heard, the lives I have touched, the despair I have tasted, the flowers I have smelled,

Too numerous and too insignificant to list

Better yet, speak about yourself, let me listen in silence.

1) If you could go back in time and change something, would you?

There are many things I would be tempted to change. But if there’s anything science fiction has taught me, it’s not to mess with time. I hope I will have the strength to move beyond the past and look to the future. 

2) Do you have a crazy side? 

Define crazy.

3) Ever had a near death experience?

I almost drowned in the sea once. 

4) What is the first thing you notice about the gender you are attracted to?

Their sense of humour.

5) Describe Life in one word. 

Tedious.

6) Favorite Author? 

Too many to pick one. 

7) What are your pet peeves?

Loud people. Unkind people. Bigoted people. People with a sense of entitlement. People in general. 

8)  Would you be brave enough to spend an entire hour alone in a cemetery?

Sure. It sounds peaceful. 

9) What is the one thing you wish you could do if given the chance?

Travel through time and space, between worlds, into pages and mirrors. 

10) Do you believe that there is life beyond our planet?

There must be. I’m nearly not arrogant enough to think that we can be the only ones in this infinite universe. 

11) How do you think the world is going to end? In flame or in Ice? 

Flame. Humans are going to set the world on fire sooner or later. 

12)  Is it possible to live a normal life and not ever tell a lie? 

No.

13) If you could become immortal on the condition you would NEVER be able to die or kill yourself, would you choose immortality?

Yes. Life is tedious but there are infinite possibilities should one pursue them. Possibilities equally fascinating that cannot all be lived in a single lifetime. 

14) Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you?

I’d rather the people I care about be proud of me. The rest don’t matter. 

15) Would you rather live your entire life in a virtual reality where all your wishes are granted or in the real world?

Real world. Funny coming from a perpetual dreamer who whiles hours away in fantasies, but, at the end of the day, it’s not satisfying if it’s not real. Though one can then ask what is “real”? If I spend more time thinking about the stories inside my head than the stories around me which ones are more “real”? 

16) Would you rather be alone for the rest of your life or always be surrounded by annoying people?

Alone. Humans are draining as it is. 

17) Would you rather have a horrible job, but be able to retire comfortably in 10 years or have your dream job, but have to work until the day you die?

The latter. Hard work, if meaningful, does not scare me. Wasting my life and potential doing meaningless, repetitive tasks that help and inspire no one, least of all myself, to earn money does. 

18) Would you rather find your true love or a suitcase with five million dollars inside?

At the moment, I’d rather have money than true love. 

19) Would you rather be able to teleport anywhere or be able to read minds?

Teleportation for sure. I’m neurotic enough on my own. Certainly don’t need the paranoia and overthinking that’ll come with reading other people’s minds. 

20) Would you rather be feared by all or loved by all? 

What’s the appeal in being feared and obeyed? Love inspires loyalty, devotion, admiration, respect -- all infinitely more useful than fear. 

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