(The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one's personality. It has its origins in a parlour game popularized by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.)
Karthik Shankar worked with UB group (now known as Diageo) and Britannia Industries Ltd in the field of sales and Marketing, before co-founding Rever Hospitalities which owns Sotally Tober, a popular pub in Koramangala and Residency Road. Here are his answers to our Proust questionnaire...
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
For me, happiness exists or is experienced in moments.
What is your greatest fear?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Being too hard on myself.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which living person do you most admire?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Splurging on things that aren’t needed.
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
I don’t lie! I simply withhold information.
Which living person do you most despise?
Despise is too strong a word as it takes too much energy to despise someone.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Someone who has vision and great strength.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
It is the same as above, although women are far stronger than men.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Family and friends.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To play the guitar.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
The trait I deplore – not being too hard on myself.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Yet to get there.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
A tiger – my spirit animal!
Where would you most like to live?
Any place which is quiet and has nature around me.
What is your most treasured possession?
Pictures from my childhood.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing someone I love.
What is your favourite occupation?
What is your most marked characteristic?
Being a problem solver!
What do you most value in your friends?
Who are your favourite writers?
Who is your hero of fiction?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Who are your heroes in real life?
Anyone who inspires me.
What is your favourite name?
Sara and Gargee (my adorable nieces).
What is it that you most dislike?
What is your greatest regret?
Valuing the wrong things in the past.
How would you like to die?
A painless death.
What is your favourite journey?
Anything that lifts my spirits.
What is your motto?
Vision without action is a day dream.