A huge thank you to PursuingBears for this nomination to answer questions that are probably difficult!

Photo Credit: Liebster Award

Photo Credit: Liebster Award

The Liebster Award Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. (Thank you Rosie!)
  • Answer the eleven questions set by the blogger.
  • Give eleven facts about yourself.
  • Nominate eleven other bloggers with less than 200 followers.
  • Let the eleven other bloggers know you have nominated them, and give eleven new questions for them to answer. (I’m doing five because I don’t know that many people – sorry!)


Here we go!

If you could invite anyone to a dinner party, dead and/or fictional people included, who would you have as your guests? (You can pick up to four guests.)

Aargh, difficult right from the start!

Okay, so I feel like Oscar Wilde needs to be there. He’d be hilarious, and witty, and sharp.

And then Lord Byron – because these two rams would clash like the titans they are and it would be absolutely hilarious and I’d sit back, laugh, and bask in their glory, wit, and brutality.

Then, I’d have Princess Heer Kunwari (also very popularly know as Empress Jodhaa Akbar). She was the wife of the Emperor Jalal Uddin Akbar, and I like to think that she is the reason that he became tolerant both religiously, and politically. She was a Hindu woman who married a very powerful Muslim man, and as far as I know (which admittedly isn’t that much) she took no shit.

AND SAM VIMES! Sam Vimes the wonderful, wonderful, sassy, no-nonsense and all-nonsense watchman who I love with all my heart. He and Heer Kunwari would get on like a house on fire, and they’d both outdo Byron and Wilde in no time.


If you were Meggie from the Inkheart trilogy by Cornelia Funke and could write yourself into any book, what would it be?

Aargh! I don’t know! Maybe the Lord of the Rings Trilogy? I’d love to be a kick-ass warrior who was honourable but merciful – although the moral implications of killing are horrific to contemplate…


What’s your earliest memory?

I was in the airport with my family, escorting my Grandmother and Co to the plane to Pakistan. On the way, I was walking with my mum who was wearing a long black coat. I stopped to look around, and then promptly ran ahead to the long black coat and grabbed hold of it.

Everything was going fine until we got to a check-in desk, and the lady asked who I was, and I looked up to see a tall, short-haired East Asian man looking down at me. Now that I think about it, he looked quite scared of me …


What’s your biggest regret?

Oh man, I have many. In all honesty, I usually just have to live with them because they’re almost always born out me speaking callously or making some sort of ungrateful remark.


What song best describes your life at the moment?

‘La Vie Boheme’ – Rent

I don’t know if it describes my life exactly, but it does represent my mind to a certain extent. I have been learning so much, and meeting so many people – it’s like I can actually feel my mind opening but just as much as it gains knowledge I also gain knowledge of my ignorance. I would love to know more, but there isn’t enough time and I’m just not clever enough. But even so, I’m happy, and I like how much more aware I’m becoming.


Who was your favourite teacher at school and why?

Probably Mr Copestake – he taught me English and Drama in Sixth Form. He was very clever, delightfully sassy, and took all of his students seriously.

But then, there was also Mrs Hughes, our terrifying and wonderful Art teacher. She was caring but took no shit, and was very dependable.


If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?

I think a wolf. I like the idea of being able to run fast, defend myself, and be furry all at the same time.


What was the last film you watched?

Clueless – last night with my housemates. Jane Austen marry me!


If you could be invisible for a day, what would you do?

Personally, I think that I might find that quite isolating, I like to share my experiences with people. But I think I might go roaming around on my own, and just enjoy the solitude of it … and maybe eavesdrop a bit.

Or maybe I’d try to go into places I know I shouldn’t – like No Tresspassing areas – I bet there are loads in York that have historical importance. Or maybe the Police HQ and then I’d try and read confidential files, just coz.


What’s your greatest guilty pleasure?

Lounging on people. I kid you not, sometimes I treat people like my personal sofas, cushions, and blankets all in one. I love it so much, and indulge as much as I can. I’m an abnormally tactile creature for some reason…


What’s your favourite word of all time?

What?! How?! What?! I’m an English Student – not just that, but a Literature Student! I can’t!

Alright, I should probably try.

Actually, maybe the word ‘why’ – so much information comes out of this tiny, little word!


Eleven Facts about me

  • I am contemplating doing a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies
  • I often worry a great deal that I am not that smart and that people will consider me a bit of a liar for pretending that the things I say are clever
  • Repeat the above with ‘original’ instead of ‘smart’
  • Not being able to speak Urdu properly, and not being able to read it, is a bit of a sore point for me.
  • I often run up and down the stairs at home while listening to music because I think well like that …
  • I am horrifically lazy in the mornings
  • I fall into the trap of fancying those slightly bad-but-actually-good-guys in movies – you know the ones, they’re always really good looking. =P
  • I think I’m the sort of person who wears their heart on their sleeve
  • I’m getting sucked further and further into RomComs etc
  • I like wearing odd socks – I do it on purpose and it kind of makes my day
  • I am losing the motivation to revise for my exams …

Okay, my turn.

My questions for my victims are:

  • Where is your favourite place to be?
  • Who is your hero (fictional or real) and why?
  • Feelings about the 2015 General Election?
  • Favourite non-romantic couple (fictional or real)?
  • Do you have a memory of something that makes you smile no matter how long ago it was?
  • Do you have a way of picking yourself up when you’re down – rituals, movies etc?
  • Do you think that you have changed since you have been at university?
  • How often do you just nod and smile, even if you don’t know what’s being said?
  • Best desert you’ve ever eaten?
  • Do you prefer to be in alone, in smaller groups, or in big groups – I mean this generally, because obviously these will all apply at different times.
  • What do you miss most about your childhood? – this is an awkward question but at the very least it will prompt some thinking…?


My chosen victims are:


*Maniacal Laugh*