What is forever for you?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: This question may be looked at in two ways – What is your definition of ‘forever’? or What is something that you think is ‘forever’ I’ll try to answer it in both ways. Definition of Forever My definition of forever would be something that is constant in the purest sense…

What helps you get lost in a book, other than the story itself?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Character descriptions The more vividly a character is described, the more involved I get in the book. I enjoy reading books where they have described the characters’ voices, detailed their attires, their tiniest mannerisms, etc. It takes the story to a whole new level and makes the reader feel like…

Who are some pre-vedic deities?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I assume that by the term ‘pre-vedic’, the question refers to the Vedic time period and not to the vedas themselves. As I understand it, the present day deities have come to be worshipped only over the past 4000(?) years or so. Prior to that, I have observed from my…

What is something that needs to be said?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: The incessant obsession of people over celebrities needs to stop. When people take a liking to a celebrity (a movie star, a model, a politician, a singer, anybody at all), I have observed that they grow so obsessed with them that they go about digging into the personal lives of…

What is your favorite Malayalam word/phrase? Why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I use a lot of Malayalam slang words and phrases in my daily banter… some of them are native to Ernakulam and Tripunithura, while some are picked up from my dad’s native place, Thrissur-Palakkad border, and thereabouts. Uvva! (ഉവ്വ ) This is like saying ‘Yeah right!’… intense sarcasm intended. Oh…

Why are religious stories not called “mythology”?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: Hmm… mythology. A word I hate with a certain passion. Each time I see it being used, I feel a sense of anger bubbling within me. The word ‘mythology’ originated from several European languages with the root word ‘myth’ which is basically a study of some kind of folk stories…

What is your biggest pet peeve and why?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon: I have quite a list of pet peeves… sharing the vilest ones here… People who refuse to use blinkers while shifting lanes when driving. What do you think the rest of us are? Mind-readers? To automatically guess that at this exact instant, you’ll decide to move bang in front of…