The Caterpillar’s Heartbeat – Author Roslin Answers The Proust Questionnaire

Roslin’s debut book of poetry was published last week and is now available for purchase on Amazon and Flipkart. The Caterpillar’s Heartbeat is a collection of poems by Roslin which depict her struggles to become a recognized person in a world with huge obstacles. Her poems seems to capture her experience, but they seem to have no pretentious air about them – each poem is a message in colloquial language to a young generation of peers.



   Wrapped gifts brings Joy only when opened.

   Waves may roar and hit your knees.

   Fall!! But, never fail to rise up.”


We got the author to answer the Proust Questionnaire. The Proust Questionnaire has its origins in a parlor game popularized (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature.


  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

   Achievement of success in front of those that laughed at the painful process.

  1. What is your greatest fear?

  The stage – a place where I forgot my name when I once contested for the post of Chapel Minister at the school cabinet.

  1. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

   Sometimes I convey my opinion without thinking through, and the other person gets hurt.

  1. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

   Drawing a line for me to walk by.

  1. Which living person do you most admire?

   Selena Gomez, an emotional yet strong woman.

  1. What is your current state of mind?

     Self-satisfaction. To continue writing even if it doesn’t take me anywhere.

  1. On what occasion do you lie?

   When I have to skip work to go on a trip planned by my friends.

  1. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

     Nothing. I like the way I am.

  1. What is the quality you most like in a man?


  1. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

    “What Ass”, “Oh Please, “Awww” and “I don’t give a damn”

  1. When and where were you happiest?

      Jesi, Amy and I – we often talked about being independent, of searching a good house to live in Bangalore, with our own efforts. We made it happen. The day we found a home, moved in and cooked our first meal with the two vessels we had with ourselves was the best day. Our parents, who were initially against the idea, are now very proud of us.

  1. Which talent would you most like to have?


  1. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

    I never “achieved” anything before, so getting an appreciation for my poem on ‘Hunger’ from Goodness Foundation and being approved by Notion press for my poems are my greatest achievements as of now.

  1. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

    Deciding one’s future based on the opinions of a traditional society.

  1. What is your most marked characteristic?

    My friends think I have a sense of humour.

  1. What do you most value in your friends?

    Patience. Their patience in listening to me.

  1. Who are your favorite writers?

    No one. I don’t read books.

  1. Who are your heroes in real life?

    My Mom. She does the work of a man and a woman at home, while dad is away for days. I find her always at work and still managing to spend time with me.

  1. What is it that you most dislike?

    Being forced to do something I don’t want to.

  1. What is your greatest regret?

    Expressing my feelings to a guy I met on Facebook four years ago. A pain I created myself.

  1. What is your motto?

      Adventure yourself. Adventure yourself  to build your tower of confidence.


 Roslin finished school in 2011 and is now working on her second book – a novel!

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