The Curious Case of... Dharmendra

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Name Dharmendra

Location Bangalore

What I do Running Coach

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books Movies

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 25-35 books. Perhaps less than half that no. in movies.

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague: Thinking Fast Thinking Slow

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Friends

One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watchedThe Man from Earth

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Kenya

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:www.letsrun.com

One topic I am super-opinionated about: The older I get, the less attached I am to any particular viewpoint.

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Running, General Fitness

The strangest food item I have eaten Wasabi Sauce

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Sammy Wanjiru on the day he won the Chicago Marathon in 2010.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: It isn't uncommon for elite rowers to pass out during competition!

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Visiting running related websites almost daily and reading almost daily.

One interesting/fun fact about myself I started running only at the age of 22 and it is now the basis for my living.

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Trying out new stuff often. I am a sucker for novelty.

The one thing I am very interested in Personal Improvement

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Rowing

A movie or TV show that taught me something new Chariots of Fire

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be What exactly happened on Capt. Mallory's expedition to Everest in 1924?

I would love to do this at least once Row along the Oxford Cambridge Boat Race route.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Arun Simha

Curiosity is important to my work because... There are so many different ways to get better as a runner. I started out training the old school way (and continue to do so, till date). But I have learnt with time, that not every one responds to the same stimulus in the same way. So it important to be aware of alternatives.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions My nephew

My curiosity tip "Try and read everyday."

Where you can be found online dhammo.blogspot.comwww.drava.in

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The Curious Case of... Ajay Bhat

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Name Ajay Bhat

Location Hyderabad

What I do I work on cloud and mobility-related software at Kony.

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Plain Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): In terms of frequency, Twitter! But I like reading books, both physical and on the Kindle. I consume a lot of online media (news, longform articles). I skim the newspaper most days, and listen to 3-4 podcasts regularly.

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - ~15. Movies, probably 30.

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague:Haroun and The Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: For books and movies, it's a combination of Amazon recommendations, newspaper/magazine reviews along with word of mouth. For websites, it's Twitter, plus the Longform app on my phone/tablet.

One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watchedOnce, a modern-day musical set in Dublin.

I am currently reading:The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Iceland.

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: I learnt a lot of tax and money stuff on Value Research, especially after moving back to India. For business/current news on the LiveMint website. For tech news and information I rely on TechCrunch, Recode and The Verge

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Grammar. If you use incorrect grammar or spellings, I'm likely to be very judgmental about it.

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Books, music, technology. A lot of people also ask me about life after moving back to India from the US. It's great! Different though.

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter > Facebook > LinkedIn. I'm not really big on Quora, though I browse it occasionally.

The strangest food item I have eaten I had a seaweed dish in a Korean kimchi place in the US once. I'm vegetarian so there are less 'out there' options for this.

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Neil Gaiman. He writes the strangest, most wonderful stories. I'd love to know how he thinks them up.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: NDA graduates get degrees from JNU.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... I get most of my news updates from Twitter.

One interesting/fun fact about myself When I lived in the US, I used to host a radio show focused on music from South Asia on the Seattle-area community radio station, KBCS (www.kbcs.fm).

I express my curiosity by doing these things: I read, a lot! I find reading general purpose magazines or listening to podcasts on general topics help you learn a lot about things you didn't know much about before.

The one thing I am very interested in Sleep. Seriously though, books and music have been abiding passions my whole life. I'm also curious about how the world works, which may explain my (amateur) enthusiasm for economics and things like user interface design.

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Procrastinate less.

A movie or TV show that taught me something newHouse of Cards - the details of American politics: getting bills passed, the give and take involved etc.

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be Why did Ram Gopal Varma's filmmaking fall off a cliff?

I would love to do this at least once Road trip, Kashmir to Kanyakumari or Gujarat through Arunachal Pradesh.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Rahul Dravid.

Curiosity is important to my work because... It's important to understand how the world works, and where it's going, especially with the rapid evolution of technology. My work involves building the technologies that enable this transition, so curiosity is definitely important to my work.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions My wife, Ketaki.

My curiosity tip "There's no time for hatred. Only questions."

Where you can be found online @ajayvb on Twitter. I used to blog frequently at some point, but I'm now more curious about learning than sharing my opinions.

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The Curious Case of... Dr Bhooshan Shukla

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Name Dr Bhooshan Shukla

Location Pune, India

What I do Child and Adolescent psychiatrist

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Newspaper (electronic) > Books > TV shows > Social Media > Movies (less than 10 per year)

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books about 20, movies: 10 or less

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague:Thinking Fast and Slow

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Friends

I am currently reading:Asterix

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Great Rift Valley in Africa

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: Stumbleupon

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Religion

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Psychology, Medicine, Hypnosis, Evolution, Public Speaking

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook > Twitter > Quora

The strangest food item I have eatenFish eyes

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...David Attenborough

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: Trigonometry has practical uses.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Surfing net for information and reading stuff written by people who believe in things that I don't - understanding counterpoint

One interesting/fun fact about myself I believe that I had a past life in Ireland (though I don't believe in past life stuff)

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Read, read, read

The one thing I am very interested in Evolution

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire:Calligraphy

A movie or TV show that taught me something newThe Big Bang Theory - it taught me that earning money is important, you can always appear nicer if you are rich.

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be What women want?

I would love to do this at least onceCave Diving in Mexico

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: All women

Curiosity is important to my work because... It helps me understand people better and protects me from being opinionated and biased

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions My 9-yr old daughter

My curiosity tip Don't believe anything that you see, hear or read.

Where you can be found online @docbhooshan Blog - www.childpsychiatrypune.com

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The Curious Case of... Shom Biswas

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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 watchedK-Pax.

I am currently reading:The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (on kindle). Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World' by Jack Weatherford (on audio)

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 newESPN 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.

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The Curious Case of Sumana Mukherjee

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Name Sumana Mukherjee

Location Bangalore

What I do Read, write, eat and edit.

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): books>social media>newspapers>TV shows>movies

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 34 books last year. Probably an equal number of movies.

One book I'd recommend to a friend / colleague: Depends on the kind of person, really. I certainly wouldn't recommend everything I read to everyone.

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Twitter and reviews.

One movie / show I've loved that hardly anyone else has watchedRocket Singh, Salesman of the Year

I am currently reading:Book 2 of The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Oh, so many! Food is a huge curiosity trigger, so Morocco definitely tops the list.

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: If it's strictly info, then recipe websites!

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Books and reading

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Food, books, careers, relationships, in no particular order.

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook for the personal stuff, Twitter for everything else

The strangest food item I have eaten Ants. And goat brain. Ants were crunchy and too small for squeamishness, but couldn't abide the texture of brain.

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... The mind of Michael Pollan. I'll stick to my own body and shoes, please!

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: There are communities in India that put up billboards to announce a child's puberty.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Scrolling through Twitter.

One interesting/fun fact about myself I can wiggle my ears! Apparently, only 10-20 percent of people can ;)

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Asking questions. Reading. Connecting dots.

The one thing I am very interested in Society and people

A habit or skill I'd love to acquire: Dancing.

A movie or TV show that taught me something newNewsroom -- that I can like a show about people who'd drive me up the wall at work.

If there was one mystery I'd like to solve, it would be Why recipes say "brown onions for 10 minutes" when it takes at least three times the time.

I would love to do this at least once Read all the books I have :)

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Veena Venugopal. Gautam John. Poonam Bir Kasturi. Supriya Nair. Nisha Susan.

Curiosity is important to my work because... We are always looking for answers.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions The desk at Mint Lounge, where I work.

My curiosity tip Trust your instinct.

Where you can be found online@SumanaMukherjee on Twitter

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The Curious Case Of... Chandrakant Nair

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Name Chandrakant Nair

Location Calicut

What I do Doctor/Soldier/Quizzer/Roadie

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books > Audio > Newspapers > Social Media > Movies > TV Shows

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - 35-40, Movies - 100+

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:The Guardian

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedIncendies

I am currently reading:Hang Time by Bob Greene

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Russia, especially the Trans-Siberian Railway

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: The Guardian, The New York Times, The Hindu, Twitter

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Football

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Football (Sports in General, actually), The Indian Armed Forces, Quizzing

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter > Facebook > Quora

The strangest food item I have eaten Snakes!

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Sir Alex Ferguson

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: The Avermectin drug trials that led to the 2015 Nobel Prize took place in Kerala!

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Keeping Twitter running 24x7

One interesting/fun fact about myself While I was in Class VI, I once went off to play a cricket match after school, without informing my parents. By the time I got home late in the evening, I had already become a 'missing person' with the police looking for me! :D

I express my curiosity by doing these things: 1. By attending quizzes whenever/wherever I can

2. By basing most of the questions I ask (in quizzes) on HOW? or WHY?, rather than WHAT/WHO? There are different types of curiosity as well, I guess :)

3. By reading up about stuff I come across on a daily basis

The one thing I am very interested in The Indian Armed Forces

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Learn to play drums

A movie or TV show that taught me something newHouse, M.D.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would beWhat was really inside the suitcase in Pulp Fiction?

I would love to do this at least once Climb Mount Everest! Seriously!

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Hrishikesh Varma, Praveen VR, Jithin Jacob, Arun Hiregange, Kiran Vijayakumar

Curiosity is important to my work because... I find a lot of useless information that makes me immensely happy!

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions Hrishikesh Varma

My curiosity tip Always keep your eyes and ears open, make a note of the things that you don't understand, and try and find answers to these the same day

Where you can be found online https://www.facebook.com/chandrakant

https://twitter.com/reduvid

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The Curious Case of Suraj Menon

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Name Suraj

Location Bangalore

What I do Consult for pharma cos, write, set quizzes and over think things

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Social Media > Books > Newspapers > Audio > Movies > TV Shows ( although I'd move social media to the middle if I could)

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - 20+ Movies - 20+

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague: If work related - The Ascent of Money by Niall Ferguson If outside of work - Douglas Adams' Last Chance to See

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: My friends' networks

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedOm Dar Ba Dar

I am currently reading:The Great Game by Peter Hopkirk - a history of British and Russian machinations in Central Asia

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Djenne, Mali and the great mosque

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:Wiki, The Guardian, Slate, Rolling Stone

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Indian cricket (who isn't?)

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Music, History occasionally, Cricket, Films

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter > Facebook > LinkedIn > Quora

The strangest food item I have eaten Octopus Soup

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Peter O'Toole on the sets of Lawrence of Arabia

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: In the game of snooker, a referee is obliged by the laws of the game - to point out the colour of the ball to colour blind players on request

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Read, just read: on a screen, paper, books, newspapers, magazines, on the internet. Don't stop reading.

One interesting/fun fact about myself I do a half decent Lata Mangeshkar impression

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Setting quiz questions. Trying to find weird or unusual (and often tenuous) connections between seemingly unrelated things. And trying to read as many different things as I can.

The one thing I am very interested in History and Music

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Learning to play a musical instrument

A movie or TV show that taught me something newQI - something new with every episode

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be What is the air velocity of an unladen swallow?

I would love to do this at least once Do a whisky tour in Scotland or spend a week working at a brewery

People I would like to ask all these same questions to:Niranjan. Charles Bukowski. Jimmy Page. Jimi Hendrix. and just for fun YouYou Tu

Curiosity is important to my work because... I work in consulting - which means a big part of work is asking the right questions to clients to help them define their problems and issues better. Not being curious is not an option.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions A lot of quizmasters

My curiosity tip Being curious about things is a habit. If you stop, it becomes difficult to pick up. The trick is to not stop.

Where you can be found online Twitter: @surajmenon

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The Curious Case of... Vishal Dalal

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Vishal Dalal - is the founder of the Boat Club Quiz Club. A man with a passion for weird feats of memory, he mugged up the periodic table in his schooldays, just for fun. At IIM Calcutta he memorised his batch roll call one weekend - 15 years later he can still recollect the roll number of each of his 200 + batchmates. Mr Dalal also reinvents himself ever so often. In his career it has meant jumping from technology into banking, from banking to consulting, from India to the UK and onwards to Singapore. It also resulted in the jolly 100 kg "teddy" from COEP morphing into a fearsome quasi-Schwarzenegger. Sadly its also meant that the quiz fanatic of yesteryear rarely attends a quiz nowadays. [Introduction written by Shrirang Raddi, whose own Curious Case is here.]

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Name Vishal Dalal

Location Singapore

What I do Management Consultant

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books --> Movies --> Social Media

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 50 odd books - lots of movies (perks of flying almost 20 hours a week !!)

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:Justice - Michael Sandel - simply written but asks some very difficult questions

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Amazon - it doesn't recommend. It just tells what I'd better buy

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watched A great 1980s coming-of-age movie - Vijeta

I am currently reading:Bobby Fischer teaches Chess

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Area 51 - want to know what lurks there

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:The Onion

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Urban planning and what makes a city cool

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Philosophy, watches

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Linkedin --> Facebook

The strangest food item I have eaten Crocodile meat in Kenya - it tastes like a rubber chappal

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Claude Shannon - the guy who invented information theory

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: Biometrics - apparently even the tongue print is unique in humans. I dread the day when we all have to lick our ATMs to unlock them

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Reading, surfing websites

One interesting/fun fact about myself Spent 20 Bitcoin once to buy a Pizza - regret it to this day

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Reading, learning new things (learning Mandarin now )

The one thing I am very interested in is making enough money to pay for a trip to Mars one day !!

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Learn flying

A movie or TV show that taught me something new The Republican Presidential nomination process - learnt a lot about the history of the pyramids from Ben Carson

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would beThe Voynich manuscript

I would love to do this at least once Make enough money to go to one of those decrepit erstwhile Soviet republics and get to take a Sukhoi-30 for a spin - they call it Air-Force tourism I think

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Sanjeev Chandran, George Thomas

Curiosity is important to my work because... It is the single most important means of survival in consulting. You can stay ahead only by learning something new everyday.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questionsArnab Goswami

My curiosity tip A good sign that you're learning something worthwhile is that you feel stupid all the time

Where you can be found onlineFacebook mostly

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The Curious Case of... Shivani Naik

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One of the best sports journos in the country, she is as famous for her Gmail status quizzes as her Olympics coverage. Surreptiously passionate, ridiculously modest and eternally elusive, this is her curious case.

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Name Shivani Naik

Location Mumbai

What I do Write in a newspaper

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Plain Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Movies / Audio / Newspapers / Books / TV shows / Social

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 10 books, 100 movies

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:The Man by Irving Wallace. It preceded Obama, and has stayed with me.

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Friends and my instinct. I don't go by reviews of people who I don't know. And even after that, I use my instinct to decide.

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedBadshah. (Though a lot of people may have watched it.)

I am currently reading:Nemesis by Misha Glenny

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Cuba. A lot of dances I like watching can be traced back to there. Fascinating Cold War history. Also it is very medically advanced. South America itself is relatively little known and Cuba is a little South America.

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from: Google. My online reading is always search-word directed. I read very little that's not in print.

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Politics / Disarmament

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Sport, Movies, Politics, other people. Actually anything that is vague and random. Let me put it this way: they come for anything except relationship and dressing advice.

(Social Media channels) I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) None. It's all a lot of clutter and it takes time to sort through the clutter. If I want to get in touch with someone, I prefer the human touch: talking, meeting. Though I do read twitter feeds of some people whose views I'm interested in.

The strangest food item I have eaten Idli chilli. Aka Chinese Idli. Also in scotland, local Indian Gujaratis have invented veg haggis. How they managed to make it is really strange (and that's how it tasted as well).

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... My mum's. I have tried being like her and never managed: extremely calm and dignified in the worst of situations. It will be nice to have that simple, uncomplicated, calm mind.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: Hans Christian Andersen and Prince Charles look quite similar

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Listening more than talking

One interesting/fun fact about myself 1. I bungee jumped to the count of 1 to write a first-person account as a trainee journalist.

2. Also another crazy thing I did (which also shows my lack of Social Media savviness): Just before the Commonwealth Games in Scotland (2014), Abhinav Bindra had tweeted something like:'It will be the last time I will be competing... Tom will now." So in a press conference in Glasgow after the games, where he had just won the gold (and in the presence of the entire media contingent), I asked him who Tom was. He said, with the full Abhinav-Bindra-look: Er, tom is tomorrow? Up until then I had been very curious to know who this influential Tom was. (And Abhinav is still competing.)

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Reading, asking. debating, snooping

The one thing I am very interested in Why South Africa keep losing in the semifinals

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Drive, Walk in heels

A movie or TV show that taught me something new House, M.D.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be Why did Yakub Memon return to India, and trust this country with his life

I would love to do this at least once Be an ordinary person and protect a superhero, when usually it's the other way around.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to:Priya Ramani, Imtiaz Ali, Abhay Deol, Mark Ruffalo, Sania Mirza, Ajay Jadeja

Curiosity is important to my work because... It's the only trigger to write more stories

Someone I know who asks a lot of questionsSmita Nair

My curiosity tip Figure for yourself. You might read everything, watch people's views, but you need to have an original take on everything.

Where you can be found online Nowhere. But you can Google my stories.

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The Curious Case Of... David Clark

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David Clark won the coveted title of BBC Mastermind in 2007 (this was broadcast in 2008). He is a teacher and a self-described "total quiz obsessive". He runs the popular 'Life After Mastermind' quiz blog where he posts questions and reviews quiz shows. He has also authored several quiz books.

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Name David Clark

Location South Wales

What I do Teacher and Quizzer

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books/Newspapers/Social Media/ Audio/TV Shows/movies

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books - between 75 and 100 - Movies - not many

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:The A to Z of Almost Everything by Trevor Montague, Vanity Fair by William Thackeray

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:Amazon.co.uk

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watched Movie - Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself With Tea

I am currently reading:In The Shadow of the Sword by Tom Holland

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:Cuzco

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:BBC News

One topic I am super-opinionated about: The use of internet phones during quizzes

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Education, Quizzing, Television, Children, Politics, Religion, The English Language

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Facebook/Twitter

The strangest food item I have eatenWitchetty Grub

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... William Shakespeare. To understand how much of what he wrote was conscious design, and how much just pure inspiration.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: The jackalope is a mythical creature of North American folklore which resembles a jack rabbit with antelope horns.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Reading three daily newspapers EVERY day, and writing down quiz questions based on the news therein

One interesting/fun fact about myself I have never seen ET or The Sound of Music

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Asking questions. Searching for the answers. Finding the right people. Thinking for myself.

The one thing I am very interested in Everything - or - to put it another way, General Knowledge. Narrowing it down, specific interest in The Olympic Games, Bridges, History, space exploration, the Mysteries of Rennes le Chateau and the Rosslyn Chapel, Mythology, Doctor Who, World championship Boxing, (you did say just one, didn't you?)

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: The ability to focus whole heartedly on just one subject, and one line of enquiry at a time, without dissipating my energy going off on a tangent.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would beLinear A

I would love to do this at least once Walk out of my school satisified that my job is finished.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: William Shakespeare, Keith Watson, Henry Ford Sr, Peter de Colechurch

Curiosity is important to my work because... Curiosity is the engine that drives the desire to learn - and as a teacher that is something very important to me. My function is not to answer all the questions, my function is to inspire my pupils to ask the questions, and to seek for the right answers for themselves.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions Me. Also my grandson Oliver - may he never get out of the habit.

My curiosity tip Ask why.

Where you can be found online lifeaftermastermind.blogspot.com

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The Curious Case Of... Sidin Sunny

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Sidin Sunny Vadukut always keeps referring to Raveena Tandon, is a big Arsenal fan, writes some of the most insightful articles on little-known things from Indian history; is one of the most RT'ed handles on twitter, an MBA-from-IIM-A, and the torch bearer of Mallu pride on Twitter!

He also happens to be the author of the Dork trilogy and Managing Editor of Livemint.com. You can read more about him here and more by him here.

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Name Sidin Sunny

Location London

What I do Write things. Mostly for the Mint newspaper. I also write books.

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Off The Scale Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Books>Audio>Newspapers>TV Shows>Movies>Social Media

Number of books and movies I get through in a year 30-40 books a year and 20-30 films.

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague: Will Storr's The Heretics. I always recommend this to everybody. Superb book. Changed my life.

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: I get my book recommendations mostly from a combination of books review pages in newspapers and magazine: London Review of Books, the Literary Reviews, the Observer's New Reviews etc. I also use Twitter to poll for recommendations. For movies I usually go by Netflix recommendations or by the BBC's Film Review podcast. Which is quite excellent. As for websites... well I am not a huge new-website person to be fair. But social media is probably the top source here.

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedCount Arthur Strong, Danger Mouse

I am currently reading: Angus Deaton's The Great Escape, Ready Player One, Hobsbawm's On History, The Church Of Spies, Jonathon Haidt's The Righteous Mind.

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Istanbul. (By which I really mean Byzantium. I find the history of Byzantium most interesting. Also Istanbul is perhaps my favourite city in the world.)

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:BBC,Guardian, ALDaily, Lifehacker, Livemint (obviously), Wikipedia is excellent as a first step for exploration. I also use both Google Books and Hathitrust. Also I am a big user of electronic journals that I access via JSTOR and other academic portals.

One topic I am super-opinionated about: The virtues of reading.

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: The Indian constitution, history of the church, random London history and trivia, Indian history, the veracity of popular notions of Indian historical greatness, crime novels, Indian media, business school education, and in general I am often approached for book recommendations.

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter>Everything else is a formless mass of lesser fail.

The strangest food item I have eaten Umm. Err. Snake meat is pretty good. But the strangest is probably fried frog legs we used to cook and eat back in my village in Kerala. Very, very tasty.

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...Umberto Eco. Partly because he has this most amazingly vast and versatile intellect. And partly because I have no idea how his brain processes all this material.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: We still don't know why exactly people get hangovers after they drink alcohol.

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Compartmentalising things. I use RSS feeds to keep a track of content and news that I really care about. I always have one or two books I am reading because of immediate current affairs relevance. And then I spend the rest of my time focussing on things of long term academic, professional or personal importance. One of the things I do very consciously is NOT consume news or content I don't want to. My brain has limited real estate and I want to use it wisely.

One interesting/fun fact about myself When I was a child I had most of a toothpick go into my head. Which then had to be surgically removed. And then many years later a branch of a tree fell on my head and hit me in roughly the same place. True stories.

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Reading a lot. And then analysing my reading through my writing. One of the things I like doing is putting the things I read in the context of things that are happening around me. This helps to fix new ideas in my mind.

The one thing I am very interested in I have an insatiable appetite for interesting things. At any given point in time I am trying to understand two or three things very very deeply. Currently I am very very interested in figuring out biases in human thinking and how these biases influence our approach to science, politics, data, history and so on. Also I have developed a sudden and intense interest in gaming on the Nintendo 3DS.

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Be a much better recorder of ideas and thoughts and insights. I think I forget around 80% of all the ideas I get in the course of the average day.

A movie or TV show that taught me something new I pick up a lot of random trivia from the QI TV show that is popular in the UK. But otherwise I love documentaries. Though I usually watch them in DVD boxsets. I've learnt of a great ideas for food and drink and cooking from Masterchef and the Great British Bake-off.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be Why are so many Indian atomic scientists dying/dead in such mysterious circumstances?

I would love to do this at least once Visit Pakistan and talk to people. I know this sounds like an odd aspiration. But I have no idea what Pakistan is like and what the people there are like and how things are different or the same and so on. It just fascinates me how drawing a line along the ground changes lives and cultures so substantially.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to:Umberto Eco, Narendra Modi, Manmohan Singh, Alexis Sanchez, Arsene Wenger, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Melvyn Bragg, B.N. Rau, Pope Francis, Nirmala Seetharaman, Helen Mirren, Steve Coogan, John Cleese, A.R. Rahman, Sjowall and Wahloo, Eric Hobsbawm, Tu You You, V.S. Ramachandran.

Curiosity is important to my work because... It helps me be a writer who is constantly telling interesting new stories that people want to read. I am not, by any means, a literary giant. So I have to make up with substance what I lack in style. Which means I need to be very well read and always curious.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions Stand-up comedians. I know this is odd. But stand-up comedians ask the most interesting but unasked questions.

My curiosity tip Join a library.

Where you can be found online Twitter. Always. All the time. @sidin.

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The Curious Case of... Aashish Chandorkar

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Aashish might be an expert management consultant but we know him as a power user of Twitter who tells us something new about topics as varied as Sachin Tendulkar, Madhya Pradesh, films of Salman Khan and the Ministry of Power! Could there be a more diverse spread of topics?

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Name Aashish Chandorkar

Location Pune

What I do Read, Write, Watch TV, Work

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): Social media, Books, Movies, Newspapers, Movies, Audio

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Books 40-50, Movies 20-25

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:Accidental India

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: Amazon, Flipkart, Google Books

I am currently reading:America's Forgotten History

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Netherlands

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:Medium

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Politics

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Politics, Cricket, Economics

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Quora

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... Sachin Tendulkar

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Disciplined reading from identified sources

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Singing

I would love to do this at least once Skydiving

Where you can be found online @c_aashish on Twitter

Blog at Medium.com

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The Curious Case of... Mihir Patkar

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When Mihir is not winning beer vouchers at our pub quizzes (and putting those vouchers to good use), he writes - about technology. He has written for sites like @lifehacker and national newspapers.

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Name Mihir Patkar

Location Mumbai

What I do Freelance Writer, Journalist

On the Curiosity scale, I am... Plain Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): TV Shows Movies Newspapers Social Media Audio Books

Number of books and movies I get through in a year Far too many to count.

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague: Book: Stephen King's Misery Comic: Kurt Busiek's Superman: Secret Identity

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations: I don't really have a single source. I consume a lot of information on the internet all the time, I have like-minded friends, so the recommendations come from several sources.

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watchedUtopia (UK)

I am currently reading:From Byculla to Bangkok, by Hussain Zaidi. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman.

One place on Earth that I am very curious about: Vatican Library

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:LifehackerTechmeme

Cricinfo

Firstpost

NPR

The Daily Beast

Vox

IMDB

One topic I am super-opinionated about: Nothing really comes to mind. Sports, I guess?

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: Technology/gadgets Food Movies/TV shows Cricket

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) Twitter Facebook None

The strangest food item I have eaten Frog legs

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be... Narendra Modi. Not because I admire him, it's quite the opposite. But I'm unable to fathom how he functions.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: Neil Degrasse Tyson estimates Thor's hammer would weigh around 300 billion elephants

I stay up-to-date by doing this... Twitter, and browsing those aforementioned websites

One interesting/fun fact about myself I can eat more than you.

I express my curiosity by doing these things: Asking questions if I'm talking to someone. Or just researching the subject on the internet.

The one thing I am very interested in Story-telling

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire: Regular financial accounting.

A movie or TV show that taught me something newThe West Wing: optimism for political process, among a lot of other useful information.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would beBenjamin Kyle's real identity. He found out and he still won't tell the world!

I would love to do this at least once Go to a restaurant and say, "Sab ka ek." And then finish it.

People I would like to ask all these same questions to: Vijay Nair of OML

Curiosity is important to my work because... My job is to basically synthesize a lot of information into simple, coherent language. Curiosity leads me to find the right information before I can do that.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions Several journalists. But asking the right Q is more important. In that sense, I've always liked Anthony Bourdain for the types of questions he asks in his shows.

My curiosity tip Listen and understand, before you ask the next question.

Where you can be found online Twitter.com/mihirpatkar

The Curious Case Of... Shrirang Raddi

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Shrirang Raddi is such a fine quizzer, he has appeared on TV in both the Indian and British versions of the quiz show "Mastermind". He reads, he runs, he works in technology and business, and often has a thoughtful comment about several topics.

Name

Shrirang Raddi

Location

Pune

What I do

Work in a bank, read a lot, travel a bit, enjoy life

On the Curiosity scale, I am...

Plain Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): 

Internet

Books

Newspapers

TV shows

Number of books and movies I get through in a year

Books - 20/30, Movies - 5-10

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:

To all Punekars - James Grant Duff, History of the Mahrattas

To all Cricket enthusiasts - Ramchandra Guha's A Corner of a Foreign Field

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:

Facebook

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watched

12 Angry Men ( most quizzers have seen it, not many others)

I am currently reading:

Just finished Alexander McCall Smith's Handome Man's De Luxe Cafe

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:

Tahiti

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:

Wikipedia

One topic I am super-opinionated about:

None really. Like to see the data before forming opinions. Sadly, most debates in India leave data behind.

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: 

Maratha history

War history

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) 

Facebook

LinkedIn

The strangest food item I have eaten

Kangaroo steak in a Czech restaurant in Berne. Highly Avoidable.

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt:

Ganpati festival fact... Dagdusheth Halwai's widow donated his fortune to the trust, thus making his name famous.. But her own name is equally or better known in Pune. What is her name/ what is named after her?

(A: Laxmi .. Laxmi Road is named after her)

I stay up-to-date by doing this...

Google News + follow up when searching

I express my curiosity by doing these things:

Asking questions

Searching for information

Sharing this information

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire:

Mind-reading

A movie or TV show that taught me something new

Bajrangi Bhaijaan

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be

How the moon landing was faked.

I would love to do this at least once

Nothing really. I am managing to do most things I want to do!

People I would like to ask all these same questions to:

Aniruddha Karve

Maya Kamath

Vishal Dalal

Sanjeev Chandran

Arun Pillai

Curiosity is important to my work because...

Its v easy to do things based on past experience. Tough to find out what to do when you have no experience of that situation. Thats where curiosity helps.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions

My 8 year old son

My curiosity tip

The web is an infinite source of knowledge.

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The Curious Case Of... Niranjan Pedanekar

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Some of us have known Niranjan Pedanekar for a long while and have seen his curiosity at close range. A scientist, writer, theatre director, musician, humorist, footballer, and quizzer among other talents, we invited him to Curious Cases in a daring bid to understand his curiosity secrets. Did we succeed? Read on.

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Name

Niranjan Pedanekar

Location

Pune

What I do

Professionally a scientist, practically a dabbler in many things.

On the Curiosity scale, I am...

Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference): 

Books

Movies

TV shows

Audio

Social media

Newspapers

Number of books and movies I get through in a year

100

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:

Phantoms in the brain

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:

http://www.tasteofcinema.com/

http://www.brainpickings.org/

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watched

Mahabharata by Peter Brook

I am currently reading:

Different every night (a theatre book)

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:

Tiger's Nest Monastery

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:

Wikipedia

One topic I am super-opinionated about:

Atheism

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics: 

Theatre

Communication

Quizzing

Indian music

Urdu poetry

Innovation

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference) 

Quora

Facebook

The strangest food item I have eaten

Drop (a dutch sweet)

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...

Mind - Richard Feynman

Body - Usain Bolt

Shoes - Lionel Messi

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt: 

Tea contains Potassium

I stay up-to-date by doing this...

Browsing

One interesting/fun fact about myself

I have not appeared for a proper job interview yet.

I express my curiosity by doing these things:

Learning new things

Reading about new things

Trying out new things

The one thing I am very interested in  

My hobbies (theatre, music, poetry, literature, movies, fine arts, football, quizzing, communication)

A habit or skill I’d love to acquire:

I can play harmonium. But would also like to play guitar.

A movie or TV show that taught me something new

American Beauty

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be

Who was Jack The Ripper

I would love to do this at least once

Stage my plays at the best experimental theatres

People I would like to ask all these same questions to:

Ramanand J, BV Harish Kumar, Harsh Nene, Shirish Karande, Amit Varma.

In another world, Satyajit Ray, P L Deshpande, Franz Kafka, and many more.

Curiosity is important to my work because...

I work in research and experiment in arts. Both allow me to use things freely from one domain to another. Both make me curious.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions

Prof P C Kapur (asks a lot of good questions)

My curiosity tip

Time is a continuum. Do what you want to do, when you have the urge to do it. Juggle time later.

Where you can be found online

https://www.facebook.com/niranjan.pedanekar

https://in.linkedin.com/in/niranjanpedanekar

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The Curious Case Of... RJ Shrikant

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Shrikant Joshi is a popular voice in Pune, who natters away on an FM Radio channel for hours on end. But off the mike, he's a self-taught programmer, and reader among his many vocations, and is never short of a word or five. Having hosted a few quizzes for us, we've always been curious about his case!

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Name

Shrikant Joshi

Location

Pune

What I do

Radio Jockey

On the Curiosity scale, I am...

Super Curious

What I prefer to consume (in descending order of preference):

Books -> TV Shows -> Audio -> Movies -> Newspapers -> Social Media

Number of books and movies I get through in a year

20-25

One book I’d recommend to a friend / colleague:

Anything by Douglas N. Adams or Isaac Asimov.

My best source for book / movie / website recommendations:

Bookstores. I know they are a disappearing breed but most of the books on my "To Read" list have found their way there through casual browsing at bookstores. I don't judge books by their cover alone - I also read the fly-leaf and the back.

I am not an avid movie-watcher but if I had to contend with them, I'd say that movies are an easier devil to deal with. My job alerts me to interesting movies. Conversing with the people involved in the making of a movie gives me an idea of whether or not I want to watch them. If that option isn't open, I'll usually ask a particular friend of mine whose interests are very much in sync with mine.

One movie / show I’ve loved that hardly anyone else has watched

The Majestic, starring Jim Carrey

I am currently reading:

Newspapers

One place on Earth that I am very curious about:

Not sure if this counts as a place (or as an answer) but I'd like to say: My own brain.

I have absolutely no idea how it works.

What, for instance, is prompting me to put these very words down in this text-field? How - after considering places like the Louvre, JPL labs, Mt. Rushmore and Stamford Bridge - did I arrive at the conclusion that my brain was a far more potent candidate?

(PS: If you are looking for a geographical place, I'd have to say the North Sentinel Islands, off Andaman and Nicobar. Or North Korea. Or the Bermuda Triangle.)

Website(s) that I get a lot of useful info from:

top.st - aggregator of news headlines from various Indian news portals

reddit.com - same as above on a larger scale

news.ycombinator.com - same as above for tech-specific news

One topic I am super-opinionated about:

Radio

People come to me to find out what I think about these topics:

Radio and related media.

What I prefer to use (in descending order of preference)

None -> IRL -> Phone -> Text/WhatsApp -> Facebook -> Twitter -> Quora -> Stalking -> Talking -> B&E -> Telepathy -> ... -> LinkedIn

The strangest food item I have eaten

It was some kind of a casserole dish I once cooked as a bachelor - leftovers thrown together and cooked with some scrambled eggs. You tend to have a very optimistic view of your physiology as a bachelor.

If I could spend a day in the mind, body, and shoes of a person, it would be...

Isaac Asimov's mind, my own body and Neil Armstrong's shoes

One interesting / fun fact I recently learnt:

An Indian astronomer mathematically accurately calculated the existence of Pluto in 1911-12 - a while before it was announced. He predicted TWO extra-Neptunian planets and named them Brahma & Vishnu. His mathematical parameters for Brahma's existence closely match those of Pluto.

I stay up-to-date by doing this...

Lurking in various online communities, regularly checking the websites mentioned above, occasionally checking my Twitter and FB feeds.

One interesting / fun fact about myself

I don't talk as much as people think I do. :)

I express my curiosity by doing these things:

Asking DuckDuckGo, Wikipedia and Google - usually, in that order.

On a typical day, that ends up being enough to satisfy my curiosity. On the rare day that it doesn't, I call up people knowledgeable in the matter and speak to them about it. If that doesn't work, then asking the question in an appropriate open-forum is the next step.

If that doesn't work, well, I've got a potential Ph. D topic on my hands, haven't I? :)

The one thing I am very interested in

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A habit or skill I’d love to acquire:

Running (or regular exercise) - I like running, I just can't find enough motivation to do it on a daily basis. Can I borrow some of yours? :)

A movie or TV show that taught me something new

No, I am not going to say "cooking meth via Breaking Bad" because that did not happen. However, most of the newer TV crime shows focus on specific professions (lawyer, detective, cop, criminal) and reveal interesting aspects of the day-to-day lives of these professionals.

That being said, Richard Castle taught me to be narcissistic. Neal Caffrey taught me to be 'con'fident, Phil (from Modern Family) and Homer taught me that you can be a dumbass and yet be a good fella/father. Sherlock (the book) taught me that all puzzles can be solved. Sherlock (the TV series) taught me that you CAN pronounce "penguins" wrong.

If there was one mystery I’d like to solve, it would be

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I would love to do this at least once

Become Doctor Manhattan

People I would like to ask all these same questions to:

Chuck Palahniuk

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Colbert

Jon Stewart

Isaac Asimov

Douglas N. Adams

...the list goes on.

Curiosity is important to my work because...

The more curious I am, the better my radio show.

If I take things at face-value, I might end up looking like a fool on the show or - worse still - passing the wrong message to the listeners.

I don't have to be knowledgeable about a subject - we have experts for that. However, I can't go into a show (or an interview) unprepared and just 'wing' it. Not only will I be wasting my own time but I will also be wasting the time of everybody involved - and that adds up to a lot of wasted man-hours.

Someone I know who asks a lot of questions

Kids

My curiosity tip

10-15% :D

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