Q What is your favorite hobby, and what do you enjoy most about it? 

A My favorite hobby is photography. I love to look at the world through the lens of the camera. It reminds me about the light and its importance in our lives. What makes the photo a perfect shot is the presence and absence of the lights and shadows. It reminds me of the ups and downs of our lives, which makes it beautiful and worth living. I love to take pictures of the beauty of nature, which is a bigger and beautiful canvas right in front of my eyes. Usually I do not take pictures of the people, because I do not want to make them the subject of my photos. Also I love to paint, which I do not do that often, lack of time and mood. I do have my own website where I upload my pictures (jkuriappilly.com) Feel free to visit !!! 

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… With FATHER JOHNSON KURIAPPILLY, chaplain, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital 

Q What is your favorite book you have read? 

A  That is a hard question to answer. I love authors like Richard Rohr, Nikos Kazantzakis, Ronald Rolheiser, Gerhard Lohfink, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen … 

Q  Of all the places you have visited, which place is your favorite and what makes it your favorite? 

A I love to travel internationally and there are lots of places which come to my mind. I have visited Austria many times, so I think that is one of the favorite countries I have visited. The people, culture, beauty and food play an important role to consider it as my favorite place! 

Q What is an interesting fact about your home country of India that most people may not know about? 

A Most of the people do not know many things about India. Especially in the West the media does not bring anything good about India. People are misguided by the biased report by the media. India is a land of diversity. I would call it “a smorgasbord of culture, language, religion and delicious food.” India is very rich in its culture and diversity. What media brings out is just one side view of the poverty! Yes, there are poor people in India. The developed world does not see the richness of Indian culture and heritage which takes us back to 10000 B.C. I am proud to say that I am from the most beautiful place on the planet earth. I am from Kerala, which is also known as ‘God’s Own Country’ (keralatourism.org). We have 100 percent literacy in my state of Kerala and we have (the) most advanced health care systems in India. 

Q What would be the top item on your list of things you have not done yet, but want to do within your lifetime (i.e. “bucket list” item)? 

A I would love to visit Reykjavik, on the coast of Iceland, the country’s capital and largest city. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. I (would) love to visit the striking concrete Hallgrimskirkja church and rotating Perlan glass dome which offer sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills. Also I would love to go to the geothermal Blue Lagoon spa, near the village of Grindavik. That is on my bucket list.