Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BBAW: Self-Interviewing

Like the previous year, this year too, I am interviewing myself! Of course I have changed the questions so that the answers are different!
Why are you interviewing yourself?
What kind of question is that? Where is it written that we can't interview ourselves? Only we know ourselves the best and also can ask the best questions.
Have you ever thought reading is a chore?
Yes, of course. When I was in school and college. I used to hate studying! That is not reading though. I hold two post Graduate degrees, one in Chemistry and other in English. So you can imagine I had to do a fair amount of reading er..studying for those courses. English was cakewalk but Chemistry, not so!
What do you do for a living?
I teach. In school from Grade 6 to 11. Mathematics and English. I like to teach. However our schools are crowded. We have more than 55 students per class, sometimes 70! It is a challenge, as you can see. Checking, marking, grading become real tasks. Yet we manage. I will be completing 19 years of teaching on 7th October.
You have a poetry blog, rooted? When/how did you start writing poetry?
It was way back in 2005. A friend of mine, who I met via the net, asked me to write. I used to write cools mails to him and he being an editor thought I had potential! I wasn't even aware of his profession! I wrote short stories and slowly navigated towards poetry. And haven't stopped since! I wish to publish but there aren't many takers for poetry in India.
Would you like to share any quirky fact about yourself with us?
That is difficult. I am as straight as one can be! Well, I can't sit still at one place. I have get up after every  45 minutes. I am crazy about tea. I need it all the time. I go barefoot at home. I love sneakers and sport shoes of any kind. I don't really own high heels but shoes, I got plenty. I Iove getting wet in the rains! Purple and green are my favourite colours. Although I am mostly in Capris, I can carry Indian clothes just as well. However, I don't like revealing clothes at all. I gifted myself diamond studded platinum jewellery three years ago, two pairs of ear studs and a finger ring. I have very long raven black hair, which when open falls mid thigh! I need to be with intellectual people. Otherwise I go silent. I can be my own best company and I can also talk dime a dozen about things I don't know anything about. I have great insight and I have found that a disadvantage too. Men don't really like intellectual or intelligent females. That suits me fine. I will never settle for second best. Whew! I think I revealed a lot!
Would you like to be interviewed by anyone else?
Why not? I can answer most question unless one gets too personal! Any takers, folks?
It was good to meet myself, you know!


Alyce said...

I loved reading your self-interview. I can't imagine what it would be like to teach a class that large!

Bernadette said...

What a great twist on the task, well done.

I like sports shoes & sneakers too (I am 6ft tall which is kinda on the tall side for a woman so high heels are not really needed in my case) and my favourite colour is also purple.

Serena said...

I loved this self interview!

Here's my question:

Name a few poets that everyone should be reading and why.

Anonymous said...

Great self interview! And we like learning more about you. I have a question: what's your favourite book so far this year?

serendipity_viv said...

Up to 70 in a class! OMG that would finish me off. Love your personal interview. I wish I had done the same.

Brimful Curiosities said...

What a very usual interview. I like the self dialogue bantering. Are there any other blogs from India you read?

gautami tripathy said...

Bernadette, I wish I had your height!

Serena, I think everyone should read the English classic poets. The best way to history as well as learn how structured poetry came about.

Chasingbawa, there are many but I can only think of The Rule Book by Rob Kitchin.

Brimful, I read Veens. She is popular.

Jo-Jo said...

What a great interview! That must be difficult teaching such large classes. I probably drink coffee like you drink tea!

fredamans said...

Great interview. It's hard interviewing yourself, we are our own worst enemies.

Valerie said...

I would go barefoot in my house, if my kids weren't constantly leaving crumbs all over the place that end up on the soles of my feet! so, it's flip-flops most of the time (slippers when its cold).

Fun readin gyour self-interview

bermudaonion said...

This was fun! Big classes like that would be a big challenge. I'm like you - I can't sit still for very long. I think that's why I don't watch much TV.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't I think of interviewing myslef! ;) I didn't realize that your classes were so large! That must be a daily challenge.
I'm a barefoot girl too :)

Stephanie said...

I didn't realize you were a teacher--how cool!

Jenners said...

I love the idea of interviewing myself ... I'll have to consider that for next year. I cannot even imagine a classroom with 55 to 70 students!

Brooke from The Bluestocking Guide said...

You are so funny with your interview.

Mine is posted in Inklings.

That's a lot of kids. There were 10 kids in my high school when I graduated.

Miz Tipsy said...

Loved reading your interview about yourself :-). I am still wondering how you manage to teach a class so large. Glad I found your blog.

Athira said...

I echo what everyone said! I loved reading your interview! What a great idea!

Anna said...

What a great idea to interview yourself! I loved getting to know you better. I took a few chemistry courses in college, and those were tough! And we complain about The Girl having about 30 kids in her class. You must have a lot of patience!