(All of us are born curious. Some of us actively practice it, irrespective of age. Our Curious Cases series gives you a glimpse into the minds of such curious folk. May they rub off you the right way!)
Name Shom Biswas
Location Bangalore, India
What I do I read, I write, I do math, I collect Wisdens, I waste time fussing over my fantasy football team, I heckle quizmasters at pub quizzes, I live in hope that this year, THIS YEAR, shall be Arsenal's year.
On the Curiosity scale, I am... Plain Curious
What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Audio (podcasts rule!) > Newspapers (thank you Flipboard) > Books (here's to audible.com) > ... eh, and some social media. Some movies and TV shows, but I go mostly by recommendation with those.
Number of books and movies I get through in a year ~25 books. ~10-15 odd movies.
One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague: 'India Discovered' by John Keay.
My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: goodreads.com, the Flipboard app
One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watched K-Pax.
One place on Earth that I am very curious about: India. I have seen very little of my country. And that's a shame. Big cities and tourist spots add up to ... not much.
Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: Will a podcast channel do? Backstory. Totally worth your time.
One topic I am super-opinionated about: I am not very opinionated. I love a good debate, but I surely know less than you about many things. So teach me.
People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Detective fiction, sports literature, outsourcing, pubs in Bangalore
What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook > LinkedIn > Quora > Twitter
The strangest food item I have eaten Deep fried ice cream. Pretty good actually
If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... Arsene Wenger.
One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: L Frank Baum of the Wizard of Oz fame was extremely influential in the development of shopping malls / departmental stores in the US. He even launched the country's first trade journals on shop window design.
I stay up-to-date by doing this... Reading or listening to stuff on my phone.
One interesting/fun fact about myself I have been playing the premier league fantasy football game for the last ten odd years. This year is my sabbatical.
I express my curiosity by doing these things: Listening.
The one thing I am very interested in Antique books. Preservation, binding, valuation, auctioning, the lot.
A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Sleeping on time.
A movie or TV show that taught me something new ESPN 30 for 30
I would love to do this at least once Write a novel.
People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Quite a few of my quizzing and literary friends, I guess, because they are rather knowledgeable, interesting people, and I'd like to read their answers.
Curiosity is important to my work because... ... when I am curious, I understand quickly, and I understand better.
My curiosity tip Ask for directions, even if you don't follow them.