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In 1890, long before he claimed his status as one of the greatest authors of all time Marcel Proust, still a teenager, took a questionnaire similar to this one, answering the questions with frank sincerity.
Banburyshire Info have resurrected the concept, and have started publishing answers from various local people with some questions from the Proust Questionnaire – designed to reveal the answerer’s tastes, aspirations, and sensibility.
Name: Jo Padmini Badger
Date questions answered: 22nd September 2016
Village / Town / City you live in: Swalcliffe, Banbury.
Occupation: Yoga Teacher, Reflexologist, Indian Head massage, Holistic Life Coaching.
The Proust Questionnaire. The questions include Marcel Proust’s answers
Proust: To be separated from Mama
Jo Padmini Badger: A world without gluten-free toast, ghee and marmite and without hot, soapy water.
Proust: In the country of the Ideal, or, rather, of my ideal
Jo Padmini Badger: By the sea
Proust: To live in contact with those I love, with the beauties of nature, with a quantity of books and music, and to have, within easy distance, a French theater
Jo Padmini Badger: Freedom from the mind
Proust: To a life deprived of the works of genius
Jo Padmini Badger: Meaning well yet getting it horrendously wrong.
Proust: Those of romance and poetry, those who are the expression of an ideal rather than an imitation of the real
Jo Padmini Badger: Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita
Proust: A mixture of Socrates, Pericles, Mahomet, Pliny the Younger and Augustin Thierry
Jo Padmini Badger: Swami Sivananda, Swami Vishnudevananda, Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I
Proust: A woman of genius leading an ordinary life
Jo Padmini Badger: Swami Radha and Swami Vidyananda, all good Foster Mothers, Midwives and all women that work in a ‘man’s world’, including CEO’s, Fire-Women and Police-Women, to name but a few.
Proust: Those who are more than women without ceasing to be womanly; everything that is tender, poetic, pure and in every way beautiful
Jo Padmini Badger: Susan from The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and any female character in a Margaret Drabble novel.
Jo Padmini Badger: Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Jo Padmini Badger: Mozart and Vivaldi
Proust: Intelligence, moral sense
Jo Padmini Badger: Compassion, Patience, Logic
Proust: Gentleness, naturalness, intelligence
Jo Padmini Badger: That she knows she is a Goddess and is living that Truth!
Proust: All virtues that are not limited to a sect: the universal virtues
Jo Padmini Badger: Humility
Proust: Reading, dreaming, and writing verse
Jo Padmini Badger: Yoga and everything to do with being part of a family as Wife, Mother, Nanda and dog and cat carer!
Proust: Since the question does not arise, I prefer not to answer it. All the same, I should very much have liked to be Pliny the Younger.
Jo Padmini Badger: I’m happy the way things are. If pushed to choose, I guess it might have been cool to be a female astronaut landing on the moon!
You can find more here – Local people answering the Proust Questionnaire
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