Got nominated for the Liebster Award

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Hello Everybody,

A lovely Friday morning, the first day of the weekend, woke up and found a message on WordPress that I had been nominated by Shalini   for the Liebster award. Shalini writes book reviews and does a very good job of it. If you have not checked out her blog, do check it bookreviewsbyShalini  Her post on the award clearly shows she is not only an avid reader but a really good writer too.

Thanks Shalini for the pleasant surprise. Her message informing me of the award, went on to say “Answer from your heart, don’t overthink my questions 😉 “. So before responding or thanking Shalini, I checked out her questions. Knowing Shalini as a young, creative mind, needed to know what I was getting myself into ;). Shalini’s questions were just like her – young, fresh, spontaneous and fun.

So, here I am, accepting the award that she has kindly nominated me for and as promised, here are my answers totally honest. No overthinking.

So, what is the Liebster Award?

Originating in Germany in 2011, the Liebster Award 2017 is an online award that is given to bloggers by other bloggers. Liebster translates to sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.  The Liebster Award recognizes new and upcoming bloggers that have the potential to grow and become successful influencers within the blogosphere.

Rules

  • Thank the person who has nominated you
  • Answer the questions
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs, let them know about the nomination
  • Ask them 11 questions

Now the questions that all of you are probably waiting for after reading Shalini’s instructions to me:

  1. Alfred Lord Tennyson says it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all – what do you believe and why? 

Love just happens. You don’t think it, calculate it or plan it. So if it does, then you’re a  lucky person. To love and to loose is painful but that feeling of being in love, looking forward to seeing that someone, the pain of separation and getting back is one journey worth taking but it’s certainly not easy.

  2. What’s your favorite song?

“I will always love you” by Whitney Houston and “Greatest Love of All” again by Whitney Houston. I think both songs define me and how I feel as a person.

3. Whom would you marry/or be in a relationship with: someone whom you love but  he/she doesn’t love you or someone who loves you but you don’t love him/her

I don’t believe in unrequited love. I’m a die-hard romantic (love romantic songs, movies) but I value my self-respect a little too much to marry someone who does not love me. I’d rather go for someone who loves me but I don’t love him. I’m certain, overtime, I will fall in love with such a person because as they say “Love conquers all” 🙂

4. What is your favorite past time/hobby in the real world  (and no, blogging cannot be your answer, internet is nonexistent for this answer)

When the weather is good, I would love to go for walks all day long. I love the company of nature and this love is second to none. In case of bad weather, I’d rather read, write or rearrange the house (love setting it up).

5. What’s your favorite comfort food?

Has to be chocolate… Hands down… Without doubt. I wrote a poem on my love for chocolate because I felt it would be unfair not to write on that one thing that never fails to let me down. NaPoWriMo : Day 27 – For The Love Of Chocolate

6. If you find true love outside your committed relationship, would you commit infidelity, emotional and/or physical??

As romantic as I am, I would never commit infidelity. Call me boring or whatever but my principles are too deeply embedded to let me do any of it. If ever such an occasion did arise, I would nip it in the bud. If you can’t go on, break it and move on but when you’re in a relation, don’t cheat! Cheating is lame.

I don’t even enjoy movies which promote infidelity- hated “Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna” or “Life in a Metro”.

7. What’s your favorite tipple/ drink? Alcoholic / non alcoholic

Alcoholic would be sweet wine (don’t drink anything other than that). Non- alcoholic would be pina colada.

8. Do you say things just for the heck of saying things, or do you mean your words?? Answer honestly, as there are no judgements here. Real life is pretty tough and challenging.

Ha ha…good question. Ask my friends that and you’ll get a smile. I don’t mince words. Say it exactly as it is or don’t say it at all. That does not mean I’d be rude or I’d hurt someone but when I say it, I mean it.

9. Which part of the globe are you from and what is the weather like at this moment? I would like to know the temperature in Celsius/ Fahrenheit too.

I’m from India, currently located in the Middle East and it’s a pleasant 27 degrees Celsius here (80.6 degrees Fahrenheit), now.

10. What would be your favorite revenge if your partner has betrayed you or hurt you badly? You can go all out in your imagination with this.

I’m really not sure about it. Haven’t ever thought of it. Don’t think I will take revenge. Will probably just walk out and hate him. I have probably too much pride to mess my hands with revenge ( I know I sound boring now but Shalini, you asked me to be honest, not creative :)).

11. Long distance online relationship with one true love with no chance of meeting ever or a real physical relationship in real world but no true love – what would you prefer? And why?

Long Distance online relationship with one true love. When it’s with true love, it’s more interesting and exciting than a physical relationship with no true love. Checking the mailbox to see if you’ve received an email, the feeling of warmth when you receive one and you can’t help but smiling when you read that email and then going to bed replaying each word again and again in your head is my kind of love.

12. After answering all these questions honestly, would you like to be nominated by me for future awards with such well thought of questions?? This is an optional question…

Actually I enjoyed answering your questions Shalini…though I don’t know if you found my answers interesting enough to nominate me for any other award 🙂

Now for the nominees which is always the difficult part

Robbie

Radhika

Nia

Kurian

Angela

Jeni

Kunal

Gokul

Congratulations on the award. There is no obligation to take part but it’s my way of saying, you’ll are great at what you do.

My questions are as below. If you’d rather answer Shalini’s questions (the ones I have answered above), please go ahead. The choice is entirely yours.

  1. Which sun-sign do you find yourself most compatible with?
  2. Why did you take up blogging? Is it just a past-time or is it the beginning of your dream of becoming an author?
  3. Your all-time favorite movie?
  4. What are the 5 things that you are immensely grateful for?
  5. How do you like spending the weekend?
  6. What does your name mean? Do you like it or would you have loved to change it?
  7. Would your friends call you on open book or is it difficult to know you?
  8. If you could somewhere other than where you’re living, where would it be?
  9. What is the one characteristic you hate in people?
  10. Which is the one value you have that you wouldn’t change for the world?
  11. Any question from Shalini’s list above. You can choose and answer.

Thanks again Shalini for the award. Receiving it on my husband’s birthday yesterday was memorable and your questions made it interesting.  To all the nominees, congratulations again. Hoping you do participate.

Cheers,

SmithaV

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48 responses to “Got nominated for the Liebster Award”

  1. timbushifamily Avatar

    Congratulations dear.
    Well deserved

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much.Xxx

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  2. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Hi Smitha, I realised that I have actually done this particular award fairly recently. I have thanked you for your kind nomination here: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/11/06/a-tanka-poem-and-a-thank-you/

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Robbie. Read your tanka. I hope your feeling better now. And congrats again for your award. You are truly one of the most supportive bloggers on wordpress.xxx

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      1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

        I am much better, thank you.

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  3. […] Dear Smitha from the lovely blog Silver Linings nominated me for the Liebster Award. You can read her interesting post here: https://lifeateacher.wordpress.com/2017/10/28/got-nominated-for-the-liebster-award/ […]

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  4. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Hi Smitha, thank you for your nomination. I will certainly join in over the coming weekend. Apologies for my delayed response, it has been a very busy week. I enjoyed learning more about you in this post.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      You’re welcome Robbie. Your blog is fun and has a perfect mix of all things “sweet”. Congrats again☺. Looking forward to getting to know you more.

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  5. thewritewomanblog Avatar

    Congratulations, Smitha. You are the first blogger (whom I know of) from Dubai. Glad to meet you here 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Same here Pranitha. The pleasure is mine.😊

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  6. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    Congratulations Smitha and some very interesting answers, you’re definitely a true romantic 🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Andrea for reading the answers☺. I thought I had becoming boring now and my answers were not the ‘flighty’ kind so thank you for finding them interesting. Noone who knows me now as in my colleagues or children, would believe it – the ‘romantic’ part…but my school friends still remember me being in love with Mr. Darcy of Pride & Predjudice and Vidal of Georgette Heyer😀.

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  7. Traveling Shana Avatar

    Congratulations on your nomination! You have a lovely blog, and completely deserve it! I followed you to show my support of your continued growth. I would love for you to follow me back if you can. xoxo

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  8. Moushmi Radhanpara Avatar

    Many congratulations.
    I loved reading all the answers that you gave here.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Moushmi. It’s nice to know you liked reading my answers and did not think of me as boring😊

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      1. Moushmi Radhanpara Avatar

        Boring, no way!!
        In fact some of your answers were really thoughtful like the one in which you said you don’t believe in unrequited love and would rather marry someone who loves.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Ha ha. Its nice to know you found it interesting.
          Just said what I totally believed in. Would never want to sacrifice myself loving somebody who didn’t care for me. That’s just not me.

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  9. Lost soul Avatar

    Congratulations and I love your answers ❤️

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you…I’m not sure what to call you ( your name). So thank you my dear😊

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      1. Lost soul Avatar

        Priya it is, though I love lost soul too ❤️

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Priya is nice and lost soul is very depressing for a pretty, young, chirpy girl like you. Always wanted to tell you this that your posts are lovely, then why such a ‘sad’ name. But I thought it’s too personal. So did not. I hope you don’t mind me saying it now. Btw My best friend’s name ( in school) is Priya.☺

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          1. Lost soul Avatar

            In school? You are a teacher as well??
            Well, I am just a happy soul who is lost in search for answers, no it’s completely alright. ☺️

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            1. Smitha V Avatar

              No, I mean when I was a student😊. I am a banker. Are you a teacher? Thank God, you did not mind. So you’re actually a ” wanderer in search of answers” . That’s nice and positive.☺

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              1. Lost soul Avatar

                Yep, I am.
                No not at all! That’s why it’s wanderings of a lost soul 😉

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                1. Smitha V Avatar

                  Yes it is. I hope you find all your answers soon👍

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                  1. Lost soul Avatar

                    I hope that too! Thank you Smitha ❤️

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  10. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Great Smitha hearty congratulations

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Kamal😊

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  11. Smitha V Avatar

    Thanks Sudhir😊

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  12. Sudhir Chauhan Avatar

    congratulations……..

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  13. Fortunately Human Avatar

    Good to jump to the introductory part of the blog…though through some compulsion….

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I’m not sure what you mean.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Fortunately Human Avatar

        Wanted to read your blog….this was the latest post….read it….came to know about you….more than your writing….shall land there again….ASAP….

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Oh shucks! Bad timing.
          Looking forward to reading your comments on my writing. Guess knowing my writing is more important than knowing me☺

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          1. Fortunately Human Avatar

            Its ok….though it is an era of LED….tubelights are still there….lol….

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            1. Smitha V Avatar

              Well, that I definitely am…a bright ancient tubelight 🙂

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              1. Fortunately Human Avatar

                This time it was no flicker….lol…. I ditto your last line of your second last comment….regards….

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                1. Smitha V Avatar

                  Great then…looking forward to hearing more of your comments on my posts. Have a great day!

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                  1. Fortunately Human Avatar

                    Thanks for the wishes….on this day…..

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  14. Jeni G.J Avatar

    Lovely answers. How lucky the person whom you love!thanks for the nomination.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks Jeni☺. He should be reading your comment now. And congrats to you again.

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  15. Gouri (Gourav Anand) Avatar

    Congratulations smitha

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  16. Rishabh mishra Avatar

    have a look at my blog you will also like my write-ups !!
    https://bleedingthoughtsweb.com/2017/10/16/note-to-self/

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Sure Rishabh. I will.

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      1. Rishabh mishra Avatar

        thanks a lot !!
        Do follow us 🙂

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