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On Fri, 30 May 14 17:50:10 UTC Ali A. Rizvi answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Sexual repression/incompatibility.
Where would you like to live?
Toronto. New York City.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Late night greasy pub food and cold beer with close family/friends after playing a gig.
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
Spending too much on taxis and food.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Moses, Jesus Christ, Tyrion Lannister.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Benjamin Franklin, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Those who live as they wish and speak openly with no concern for societal backlash.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
Daenerys Targaryen, Penny from Big Bang Theory, Mary Magdalene.
Your favorite painter?
Your favorite musician?
Chris Cornell.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Calmness, contentment, a constant awareness of the privilege of being born male.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
A capacity to empathize with and understand the mind of a man.
Your favorite virtue?
The courage to be vulnerable. Emotional honesty with oneself. A sound conscience.
Your favorite occupation?
Writing. Music.
Who would you have liked to be?
Faraday or Einstein.
Your most marked characteristic?
What do you most value in your friends?
A good heart and good humor.
What is your principle defect?
A tendency to procrastinate.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Becoming mentally incapacitated.
What would you like to be?
A bird. Or a woman - but only for a week.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite flower?
The orchid.
What is your favorite bird?
The owl.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens, Stephen King.
Who are your favorite poets?
Coleridge, Ghalib, Dylan.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Innovators, inventors. The highly learned who effectively communicate their craft to the layman: Sagan, Dawkins, Clinton, deGrasse Tyson, Obama, Harris, Hitchens. Women who live and speak with no concern for societal backlash. Teachers, stand-up comedians.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Marie Curie, Susan B. Anthony, Rosa Parks, Marilyn Monroe, Ayaan Hirsi Ali
What are your favorite names?
Zameer, Hussain, Arshmaan, Elisheva, Ardeshir, Alexander, Sophia, Sheza, Seville, Ayaan
What is it you most dislike?
Faith, dogma, superstition, irrationality. Religion - and those like Stalin whose own ideologies are plagiarized from it.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Hitler, Milosevic, Omar Al-Bashir, Zia-ul-Haq, Khomeini.
What event in military history do you most admire?
None except the necessary. The takedown of Nazi Germany. Drone strikes that have targeted and weakened militants with minimal civilian casualties.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
Physical fitness and athletic skill.
How would you like to die?
What is your present state of mind?
I'm sleepy.
What is your motto?
Live and let live. There's no such thing as wasting time.

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