Here’s a list to make myself feel less guilty about waking up very early to do nothing. It’s the Proust Questionnaire –
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Starting the day early
What is your most marked characteristic?
Laughing without intending to
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Saying haha to self-pity
What is your greatest fear?
That my grandmother will lose her memory
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Which living person do you most admire?
Who are your heroes in real life?
The women I met at the Dalit Women’s Conference.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Capacity for wasting time
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Capacity for wasting other people’s time
What is your favorite journey?
Science to Arts
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
Savarna fuckers, Brahmin bhurjis.
What is your greatest regret?
That for the longest time, I didn’t like myself
What is your current state of mind?
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Make them Buddhists
What is your most treasured possession?
On most days, the ability to shit well
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Wanting bad things to happen to other people
Where would you like to live?
In an old and crumbling Portuguese home in Goa
What is your favorite occupation?
Popping bubble wrap
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Ability to laugh at men
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Ability to laugh at themselves
What are your favorite names?
Goldie and Dimpy
What is your motto?
Write like a Motherfucker