.Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Pradeep Chaturvedi, Defence Colony

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 early 2013, The Delhi Proustians started taking Les confidences de salon (Drawing room confessions) around the city to explore people’s lives, thoughts, values and experiences. The series involves interviews across Delhi and is conducted by writers Manika Dhama and Mayank Austen Soofi.

For the thirteenth installment of Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire, Pradeep Chaturvedi, a manager at a consulting firm, made confessions to Manika at his office in Gurgaon.

Your favorite virtue or the principal aspect of your personality
Patience

Your favorite qualities in a man
Intelligence, patience, clarity of thoughts, humour

Your favorite qualities in a woman
Street-smartness, patience, humour

Your chief characteristic
Listening

What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
Each one is a different character with very different personality traits

Your main fault
Inability to finish whatever I take up

Your favorite occupation
Travelling

Your idea of happiness
Spending good time with family and friends. Place is secondary

Your idea of misery or what would be your greatest misfortune?
Losing loved ones

If not yourself, who would you be?
Most likely a traveler with unlimited finances

Where would you like to live?
Hill station like Shimla or some place in Europe

Your favorite color and flower
Blue. Not that much into flowers

Your favorite bird
None in particular

Your favorite prose authors
John Grisham, Dan Brown. Usually I like a book and not any particular author

Your favorite poets
I like a particular poem than a particular poet. Mostly Hindi poems

Your favorite heroes in fiction
Batman, Maximus Aurelius, Robert Langdon, Andy Dufrene, Chandler

Your favorite heroines in fiction
None in particular

Your favorite composers
Santana, Madan Mohan

Your favorite painters
None in particular

Your heroes/heroines in real life
Rahul Dravid, Steven Gerrard

What characters in history do you most dislike?
None in particular

Your heroines in World history
None in particular

Your favorite food and drink
Indian snacks. Masala tea

Your favorite names
Vijay

What do you hate the most?
Hypocrisy

The military event you admire the most
India’s attack on Hyderabad for unified India

The reform you admire the most
Indian independence

The natural talent you’d like to be gifted with
Sporting intelligence

How do you wish to die?
Painless and peaceful death

What is your present state of mind?
Lack of future clarity

Faults for which you have the most tolerance
Honest mistakes

Your motto in life
Everyone has a right to make a choice and should be respected

Diving deep within, like Marcel

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.Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Pradeep Chaturvedi, Defence Colony

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Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Pradeep Chaturvedi, Defence Colony

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