Delhi’s Proust Questionnaire – School Student Amaan Saifi, Central Delhi
The parlour confession.
[By Mayank Austen Soofi]
The household is all astir at this early morning hour, here in central Delhi. 9th standard student Amaan Saifi has his English exam today. As he prepares to leave for the school on his bicycle, his father, Barkatullah, mother, Rukhsana, and baby sister, Anaya, step out of the house to wish him good luck. Having some minutes to spare, the 14-year-old agrees to be a part of the Proust Questionnaire series in which folks are nudged to make “Parisian parlour confessions”, all to explore citizens’ distinct experiences.
Your favorite occupation.
Drawing, sketching and painting.
Your heroes/heroines in real life.
My father, Barkatullah. He has survived many situations in life. He has worked as a shop assistant, as a waiter, and now he runs a tea stall. He is very hardworking, and is able to handle every crisis for his family’s welfare.
Your main fault.
I get nervous easily.
If not yourself, who would you be?
A New Yorker.
Your favorite qualities in a person
Kind heart, helping nature and a friendly body language.
What do you appreciate the most in your friends?
Sharing and caring. And to be a friend in musibat (troubles) too.
Your idea of happiness.
Reading comics. But when I create something myself through my artwork, then that gives me a bigger happiness.
Your idea of misery.
Failing in school exams.
What is your present state of mind?
I’m feeling something very new. It is the first time somebody is taking my interview.
Your favorite bird
Your favorite prose authors.
Your favorite heroes in fiction.
Your favorite heroines in fiction.
Shizuka Minamoto (in Doraemon).
What characters in history do you most dislike?
Your heroines in World history.
Your favorite food and drink.
Chicken burger. Coca Cola.
Your favorite names.
Jack, John, Saleem
What do you hate the most?
The natural talent you’d like to be gifted with.
How do you wish to die?
Faults for which you have the most tolerance.
People using abusive language.
Your motto in life.
Never break rules.
Amaan Saifi, a portrait
Ah! Happy to hear that this generation still read comics. If I could I would ask him what’s his favorite comics series. There was a time when I would wait madly for ACK comics. Gone are those days!
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