Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Namya Sinha, Mayur Vihar
The Proustian self-introspection.
[By The Delhi Proustians]
The Proust Questionnaire represents a form of interview that owes its structure to answers given by French novelist Marcel Proust, the author of In Search of Lost Time, at two birthday parties that he attended at ages 13 and 20 in the late 19th century.
In 2013, The Delhi Proustians takes Les confidences de salon (Drawing room confessions) around the city to explore people’s lives, thoughts, values and experiences. This series involves interviews across Delhi and is conducted by writers Manika Dhama and Mayank Austen Soofi.
For the eighth instalment in the series Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire, Namya Sinha made confessions to Mayank, on the back stairs of her apartment complex in east Delhi’s Mayur Vihar. Ms Sinha is a media professional.
Your favorite virtue or the principal aspect of your personality
I give a lot to the people I love but never expect anything in return
Your favorite qualities in a man
He should be fair, pretty, a little feminine, and he should not get angry if I bully him
Your favorite qualities in a woman
Never thought of that
Your chief characteristic
I’m constantly irritated. I also have a permanent pout
What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
The fact that they give me company when I have to go out to shop or watch a movie
Your main fault
I’m very judgemental
Your favorite occupation
Lying on my bed and staring at the walls
Your idea of happiness
Having lots of money
Your idea of misery or what would be your greatest misfortune?
Losing my parents
If not yourself, who would you be?
Carmen Electra — she is a dream come true for every man and woman
Where would you like to live?
Your favourite colour and flower
Bright tangerine, Gerbera
Your favorite bird
Not into birds
Your favorite prose authors
The question leaves me blank
Your favorite poets
Poetry bores me to death
Your favorite heroes in fiction
Keanu Reeves’ character in Speed
Your favorite heroines in fiction
Gwyneth Paltrow’s character in Great Expectations
Your favorite composers
Your favorite painters
Your heroes/heroines in real life
What characters in history do you most dislike?
Mahatma Gandhi and the power-hungry Jawaharlal Nehru
Your heroines in World history
Can’t think of any
Your favorite food and drink
Any dish with red meat in it; sweet lime juice
Your favorite names
What do you hate the most?
The military event you admire the most
Why would I like a military event!
The reform you admire the most
Ban against child-marriage
The natural talent you’d like to be gifted with
Ability to do sheershashan
How do you wish to die?
What is your present state of mind?
Thinking of buying a top from Mango
Faults for which you have the most tolerance
I’m very intolerant
Your motto in life
Don’t have any
Diving deep within, like Marcel