It is hard to adult when I am with Shravan (my nephew). He says I am a child in an adult’s body, but I truly feel light and happy when he is around. Of course, we fight. He steals my ice cream; I refuse to share my murukku. I read a book to him and he asks me a random question about a random character. I lock horns with him again for not focussing on the protagonist, but he asserts that it’s okay to talk about other characters in the book.
Our brawls go on and on; I love our relationship that way. Maybe, I am his sibling whom he never had. And he is my sibling whom I lost to adulthood. (Krithi, why did you grow up?)
I know a lot about him. His favourite ice cream flavour. His favourite friend. His favourite everything. But I wanted to know more about him and as always, I tried the Proust Questionnaire on him. He was so Shravan when I asked if he wanted to answer my questions. With enthusiasm that shot through the sky, he asked me if I was going to do a video interview. I brought him down from the clouds and said that it’s a text interview. He still agreed. I feel grateful. 😉
My dear reader, here is Shravan Sreenivasan AKA Thichi’s Boy:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
A world with no school; a world with me raising five dogs.
What is your greatest fear?
My own rage. I am a little bossy, so I lose friendships because of that.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I am not satisfied enough.
Which living person do you most admire?
My mom. She knows how to be happy. And of course, Calvin. He always chilled and he was the most loyal dog. (I reminded my 11-year-old nephew that Calvin is not alive anymore. He frowned, “He is!” Shravan was right in many ways.)
What is your current state of mind?
I am sad because I have to go back to America soon.
On what occasion do you lie?
I lie when I am scared. Also, I would have imagined a situation in one way and it would have turned out in another way.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family. And Arzoo! (Shravan evidently blushes. So you know who she is. Ahem!)
Where would you most like to live?
India. When I grow up, the Himalayas. I love the mountains.
What is your most treasured possession?
My stuffed animals. When I moved to the US, I was lonely. My mom got me Max with whom I started talking a lot.
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your favorite writers?
RK Narayan, JK Rowling, Ruskin Bond, Neil Gaiman, Jeff Kinney, Stephan Pastis, and Fred Gipson.
What is your motto?
Keep calm and raise a dog!
I love, love, love Shravan’s motto. I am so proud of thichi’s boy. ❤