My Thoughts

50 Questions Interview: my thoughts on these questions might give more insight into who I am. The answers are honest and reflect my true self. [source:]

  1. How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
    I would assume close to 25 years.
  2. Which is worse, failing or never trying?
    Failing is better because then I would know what kind of problem I am dealing with and how to approach it better next time.
  3. If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do?
    “Life is so short” – it is the reason we want to do so many things before it’s game over. However, since we are connected to others we love, living or dead, we are bound by responsibilities and expectations. Sometimes we do things we don’t like because we have to please others, and sometimes we value their happiness more than ours.
  4. When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
    Sometimes, although I wish I hadn’t. Controlling what to say and when to say is a great virtue.
  5. What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
    Greed and jealousy of material things are root of most evil in this world. If every person could be free of these two, world would be a lot better place, but much less dynamic.
  6. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
    I would stick with what I am doing and would be smiling even more.
  7. Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
    I am doing what I believe in.
  8. If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
    Shorter lifespan would mean the ratio of expectations and responsibility towards family over time has doubled. Also, in order to be useful to the world, the time to the set checkpoints would also get cut in short. Bottom-line: adult life would start early and would whole lot busy.
  9. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
    About 30%, based on decisions I made myself.
  10. Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
    I try to do both but lean more towards doing the right things.
  11. You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified.  What do you do?
    I will defend my friend. Anyone can be wrong factually and morally, and someone should let them know when they are. If they continue to be wrong, it’s their conscious choice.
  12. If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
    Try to do your best at everything, whether it is tasks or relations.
  13. Would you break the law to save a loved one?
    Yes. Laws are made by people for people to keep peace and order in the society, but breaking law to save life of an innocent, when no other option stands, is not wrong.
  14. Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
    Amost all artists and scientists appear at least abnormal if not insane but they are creative. It is because creativity requires thinking out of the “box”. If you are not familiar with this metaphor, “Box” is the conventional thought process.
  15. What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
    Almost everything; we are not robots! Everyone does things differently.
  16. How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
    Everyone has their own taste and interests. I like painting, drawing and photography, but there are others who have no interest in these activities.
  17. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
    There is a long bucket-list but time and money constraints are the real road-blockers.
  18. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
    There’s nothing negative that I am holding on to, if that is what the question is referring to.
  19. If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
    India, because I crave the tropical weather and the vibrant culture.
  20. Do you push the elevator button more than once?  Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
    I have not but I have pressed the door close/open button more than once if it’s too slow to close/open. I wish pressing elevator buttons repeatedly somehow translated into signal of urgency for the software operating the elevator. But then everyone would start abusing it, so no, I don’t want that.
  21. Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
    I want to choose “joyful simpleton” but if I can do something great for the world with my genius, I would rather be a “worried genius.”
  22. Why are you, you?
    Physically, I am what I am partly because of genes from my parents and ancestors before them and party because of the environments I have lived in. Mentally, I am what I am because of my parents, teachers, and peers. Spiritually, I am what I am because of my faith and blessings of my ancestors, parents and other respected elders.
  23. Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
    I try to be.
  24. Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
    Losing touch with a good friend who lives closely.
  25. What are you most grateful for?
    Personal connections: all people I have come across as relatives and friends who have supported me, whether they are with me or not.
  26. Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
    I would rather lose my ability to make new memory.
  27. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
    In most cases, there is a challenge before truth reveals itself.
  28. Has your greatest fear ever come true?
    I have not learned my greatest fear, not yet.
  29. Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
    No, it does not – and that’s a very good lesson.
  30. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
    When I was 5-6 years old, I followed my father and got lost. My mother was at the hospital then and I wanted to see her. He told me stay but I followed him anyway. I kept up for a while but my little steps eventually lost him. I started wandering but luckily a family friend saw me and brought me back. That feeling of being found again and rejoined with parents is probably the happiest in my childhood memory.
  31. At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
    I am not sure or I don’t remember.
  32. If not now, then when?
    When the time is right.
  33. If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
    Nothing. Anything I achieve cannot be lost.
  34. Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
    No. I am bad at wordless conversations.
  35. Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
    Maybe because they don’t teach to love people regardless of their religion. The sole purpose of religion is to make people better humans by celebrating righteous and by not indulging and preaching evil. People should not brand other people by their religion or belief nor convert others to theirs.
  36. Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
    Usually, it is evident but sometimes there is a dilemma.
  37. If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
  38. Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
    I want to enjoy my work rather than to mope around.
  39. Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
    Yes, on several occasions. Like others, I have also experienced déjà vu.
  40. When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
    I do not remember but sometimes things unfold themselves.
  41. If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
    I will stay with my most immediate family.
  42. Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
    No, I would rather stay unimportant and the way I am.
  43. What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
    Same as stuck in traffic in rain and driving along a scenic route on a sunny spring day.
  44. When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
    It depends on the occasion and activity.
  45. If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
    Because we don’t want to waste time and effort failing.
  46. What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
    Nothing different.
  47. When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
    I don’t remember.
  48. What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
    I love my work, my natural environment and all things living, people around me, and my dear wife. I express my love everyday.
  49. In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday?  What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
    No, my memory is not great.
  50. Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you?
    Making them myself with suggestions from people close to me.