The Blue Sky Tag

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I would like to start by thanking poetrylover for tagging me. It’s a nice opportunity to get to know one another.

My Answers:

1. What’s your favorite song?
‘Stand by Me’, the John Lennon version. There is also a Hindi song ‘Jab Koi Baat Bigadjaye’, with remarkably similar lyrics set to the tune of ‘500 miles.’
I love both the songs.

2. One food you can’t live without?
Hyderabadi Dum Biryani.
Anyone from that city would agree.

3. What inspires you?
Suffering.
To be precise, Buddha said ‘All life is suffering’. He is probably right. I would like to help get rid of as much of it as I can.

4. Do you prefer summer or winter?
Winter.
The best season for curling up with a book or cuddling, depending upon my inclination 😛

5. What are your hobbies?
Reading and animation

6. Do you participate in any sports?
Not unless binge watching netflix is a sport. I suppose I do cycle once in a while, but strictly for fun.

7. Do you regret anything you’ve done?
No. Regrets can only feed the Cocytus, they accomplish nothing.

8. What motivates you?
The thought of leading an enjoyable life.

9. Who’s your favourite celebrity?
Bill Clinton

10. What makes you happy?
Reading and animation 😛

11. What makes you sad?
Broken dreams.

I Tag:
  1.  MovieJoltz
  2. BrewNSpew
  3. Unexpected in Common Hours
  4. From Pyrenees to Pennines
  5. My Art & Me
  6. Cafe: Chill, hang out… whatever!
  7. Epiphany
  8. Michel Montecrossa
  9. 冒険 Vibes
  10. Juantetcts
The Rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer their questions.
  3. Tag people.
  4. Give them questions to answer.
My Questions For You:
  1. What is your favorite song?
  2. What do you like to do in free time?
  3. What movie genre are you into?
  4. If you had a time machine, where would you go?
  5. What is at the top of your bucket list?
  6. Are you afraid to live or are you afraid to die?
  7. Who is your hero/heroine?
  8. What helps you get out of bed in the morning?
  9. What do you think of pornography? Do you think it should be banned? (Indian Govt. tried to do just that)
  10. Which blog do you read every day?

 

An Exercise in Sagacity

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Our hero, Yudhishtira, is chasing after a deer, when he happens by a beautiful lake. There, he is confronted by a Yaksha, who promises to kill him if he fails to answer the questions put to him, correctly. It is a test of wisdom and judgement.

This is a snippet called ‘Yaksha Prashna’ i.e ‘Questions of the Righteous Crane’, from the epic poem, Mahabharatha.  I have included here, the questions that I found interesting, under the assumption that some cranes are naturally righteous.

Yaksha: What is more abundant than the Earth?
Yudhishtira: One’s mother.

Yaksha: What towers higher than the sky?
Yudhishtira: One’s father

Yaksha: What is faster than the wind?
Yudhishtira: The mind

Yaksha: What are more numerous than the stars?
Yudhishtira: Our worries

Yaksha: Which enemy is invincible?
Yudhishtira: Anger

Yaksha: What is an incurable disease?
Yudhishtira: Greed

Yaksha: What is that which, when renounced, makes one lovable?
Yudhishtira: Pride

Yaksha: Who is truly happy?
Yudhishtira: One who has no debts.

Yaksha: What is the greatest wonder?
Yudhishtira: Day after day countless people die. Yet the living wish to live forever.