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
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
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
Your favorite heroines in fiction
Your favorite composers
AR Rahman, Amit Trivedi
Your favorite painters
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?
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