The Proust Questionnaire is a fortnightly feature that alternates with the Saturday interview. These questions were most famously answered by the French writer Marcel Proust, whose personality-revealing responses came to define this form of celebrity confession.
What is your idea of happiness?
Once you are satisfied with your goal, it is the real happiness. I become restless, grieved and annoyed if I lose the game. My happiness is linked with my win.
What is your greatest fear?
I do not fear anybody on the field or in society, but I fear at night when I am away from my parents. I am scared of the unknown described in horror movies.
What is your favourite virtue?
My virtue is my game. I’m a self-made person, with guidance from my parents, the hard work of coaches and wishes of millions of my fans.
What is the principal aspect of your personality?
I am simple, disciplined and emotional.
What is your main fault?
I am proud that I do not have any fault. I am proud of being myself.
What do you hate the most?
Inequality in society. I cannot believe there is caste system in society; I cannot believe people are judged on the basis of their prosperity.
What is your greatest misfortune?
Missing a medal in the Beijing Olympics after being on the threshold of a win — I consider it one of my greatest misfortunes so far.
What is your most treasured possession?
My medal in the Common Wealth games, London Olympics 2012, and my beautiful car BMWSX6.
What is your favourite colour?
If not yourself, who would you be?
I am too satisfied; and I believe in struggles, not in a smooth life. I would be the same anywhere.
Who are your favourite poets?
My knowledge in this field is zero.
What is the reform you admire the most?
Equality and prosperity for all.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I am happy to be a player. It has evoked interest in millions of young people. Kids want to emulate me, so I am satisfied.
What are your favourite food and drink?
I enjoy three meals a day and 90 per cent of what I eat is vegetarian and home-made. I occasionally eat non-vegetarian, and chicken preparations are my favourite. I like sweets such as jalebis. What I cannot miss is ice-cream — after every win. I also like to drink light coffee (cappuccino).
How would you like to die?
I want to play for many more years, leading a happy, injury-free and healthy life.