Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Supriya Chatterjee, Gurgaon

Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – Supriya Chatterjee, Gurgaon

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 sixteenth installment of Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire, Supriya Chatterjee, general manager in a consulting firm, made confessions to Manika at her office in Gurgaon.

Your favorite virtue or the principal aspect of your personality

Strong determination

Your favorite qualities in a man

Honesty, ambition and good sense of humour

Your favorite qualities in a woman

Good in multitasking, positive attitude

Your chief characteristic

Systematic and assertive approach towards managing life

What do you appreciate the most in your friends?

Being with me through thick and thin

Your main fault

Less tolerance

Your favorite occupation

PR, marketing, brand management

Your idea of happiness

Healthy work and life balance

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

Giving up on my core values due to pressing circumstances

If not yourself, who would you be?

No one else

Where would you like to live?

Goa. I love the sea and serenity of south Goa

Your favourite colour and flower

Pink, Gerbera flower

Your favorite bird


Your favorite prose authors

Chetan Bhagat. Can relate to his writing since it is simple and very realistic

Your favorite poets

Javed Akhtar, for his writing is simple to understand

Your favorite heroes in fiction

Super Man

Your favorite heroines in fiction


Your favorite composers

AR Rahman, Amit Trivedi

Your favorite painters

MF Hussain

Your heroes/heroines in real life

My mother and Naani because they are extremely progressive minded

What characters in history do you most dislike?

Aurangzeb. He was not even loyal to his own father, and made him live in misery

Your heroines in World history

Jodha Bai. She seemed to be a progressive woman and stood by her own ideologies

Your favorite food and drink

Food – Chinese, Drink – red wine

Your favorite names


What do you hate the most?

No one

The military event you admire the most


The reform you admire the most

Liberalization in India

The natural talent you’d like to be gifted with


How do you wish to die?

In my sleep

What is your present state of mind?

Fearful of the unknown

Faults for which you have the most tolerance


Your motto in life

Work hard and keep at it

Diving deep within, like Marcel