How to get inspired by the 2018 Choose To Thinq Calendar in 12 easy steps

How to get inspired by the 2018 Choose To Thinq Calendar in 12 easy steps

Innovator? Change-maker? Beater of the Status Quo? Get inspired by 12 real-life stories of putting a ding in the universe by hanging up this calendar on your wall. Our webcomic-style calendar helps you live, learn, and uplevel in 2018. Available in Desk and Wall formats.

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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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Nudging people back to being curious again...

Do you see yourself as a curious person? Not really. A bit. Not very.

These are often the answers we get when we pose this question to an open audience.

Who is the most curious person you know?

My 5-year-old. My niece / nephew.

Rest assured it will be a child. Or a person who still lives with that child-like wonder.

So we were all really curious. Once. And believe it or not, we still are. Deep down. But why won’t we admit it? Or better still, use this curiosity to live an amazing life?

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Last year, we were invited to conduct a Curiosity Workshop for the freshers at IIT, Gandhinagar. This was part of an orientation program that the Director had organised for the new batch. His express purpose was to expose students to life outside of academics right at the outset. And as someone described it, to bring students back down to earth from the heady feeling they are usually riding on, having cracked one of the world’s toughest exams.

So there were workshops on origami, pottery, theatre.

Ramanand and Harish conducted a Curiosity workshop.

We talked about Questionable Intelligence – which we define as the ability to ask a lot of questions, a lot of relevant questions. We strongly believe that to do well in any pursuit in life, you must have a very high QI. We also asked them a few quiz questions on topics from their daily lives and helped them create workable quiz questions.

The most surprising thing for us was that the students didn’t seem to be ready to accept that they were curious. We actually had to prove to them that they were – by explaining what curiosity means and how they exhibit curiosity in different forms. In the end, we created a Curiosity Map for the whole batch by plotting various topics that everyone was curious about. It will be interesting to create a Curiosity Map of these same students in their final year at IIT!

This workshop also helped us look at curiosity in a different light. Sometimes people just need to be nudged (back?) in the direction of being curious by looking at other curious folks and what they do. (A thought that made us launch the Curiosity Cases series where we ask super curious people about their habits and what keeps them going. Check it out here and if you know anyone who you think should be featured in that series, let us know.)

This month, we will bring the Curiosity Workshop to parents and teachers, at the British Library in Pune. If you would like to be a part of it, you can check out the details on their page. https://www.britishcouncil.in/events/curiosity-saves-cat-workshop-fostering-curiosity

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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.

(You can read her stories here.)

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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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(All of us are born curious. Some of us actively practice it, irrespective of age. Our Curious Cases series give you a glimpse into the minds of such curious folk. May they rub off you the right way!)

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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