Monday, November 28, 2016

My Indore trip. (with lots of pictures from my talk at Acropolis college)

I have just got back from the beautiful city of Indore. My talk at Acropolis college was a HUGE success. I spoke about my journey and '5 Ways to a Happier You'.
A packed auditorium, giant hoardings all over the college (I was so surprised!), a very large turnout and so much love and respect, that just thinking about it envelops me in this warm feeling.


The Principal of the college presenting a memento

Was mobbed for signing books!

A section of the audience

With the students and the faculty members

Posing in front of one of the hoardings

A screenshot of  the Twitter reactions..Excuse the ad, I was too lazy to crop it out :)

Another shot of the audience

The hospitality and arrangements made by the faculty and students of Acropolis college Indore was exemplary. I do feel very blessed to have been in their midst and shared those few hours.  The students and the staff---all unequivocally told me that they found my talk outstanding---inspiring, entertaining, and that it helped and motivated them. Cherished memories indeed were made.

If you want to see more pics of the event, you can go here.

After that I got an opportunity to go around the city of Indore. The owners of Readers Paradise which was where the book event was held, were very sweet to me. His son, accompanied me, and we visited many sites in Indore. I am sharing one pic, clicked in front of Rajwada Indore.





I will be making sketches of these places, over the next few days and I will share them on my Instagram art page.

In the flight too I made a few sketches. I shall share them too very soon.

I am just about recovering from a very hectic trip.(I had to leave home at 2.30 to catch the only direct flight from Bangalore which leaves at 5.20 am)
But I feel so blessed, fortunate and happy.

My next stop will be NAGPUR, which will be on December 1st. Block your dates, if you live there.

Will blog again soon.
Till then, stay positive.'
Love'
Preeti

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Mundane Monday which also tells you where I find inspiration to write.

Many a time I am asked by people--Where do you find inspiration to write? How are you able to make the readers feel every emotion which  your characters experience? How is it that we feel for your characters?

So I thought I would write about my writing process, where I find my inspiration and how I write. Rather than publish it here, I felt Medium was a better suited option for that post. In case you want to read it go HERE.

 My next stop for my book tour of #ItsAllInThePlanets is INDORE. It's on 25th November. If you live in Indore, please block your dates.

Today has been a tiring day for me. I had to give my car for a service. So apart from my regular morning walk, I walked back after I gave the car. And then I walked again to collect it. Today I have walked a total of 10.94 kms in 2 hours and 26 minutes!


And when I was walking back, a reader recognised me and greeted me.
It happens quite regularly these days---someone or the other recognises me. Some walk upto me and say a hi. Some are shy and then they go and post on my FB wall. Some feel they would be intruding on my time.

But one thing I must say, ALL my readers are truly sweet. I feel fortunate to be read by so many.

Till the next post, stay positive.
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Friday, November 18, 2016

A video which went viral and a sketch for you.

In my last post, I had told you that I would be going live. Guess what---that video has gone viral!
I am shocked and  surprised in equal measures. As I type this, the video has got 683K views,488 shares, 13K likes and 3.6K comments!!! Can you believe those statistics?

If you want to watch the video, go HERE

  I have talked about friendships, how they change as we change, how it is hard to forgive and what to do if there is jealousy in friendships.  I have also talked about the books I am currently reading. I had actually read out a passage from my new book #ItsAllInThePlanets where Nidhi discusses a friendship with her step-mom  (whom she is very close to) Tara. Then there was a technical glitch, and hence the video got split into two parts. It is the 2nd part of the video that went viral.

As per my blog resolutions, I am trying to blog at least thrice a week---I plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And if possible, will post  photo-posts, in between too.

Happy? Told you, I love my blog--and I can't be separated from it for long :)

See you all soon. And do watch the video, come back here and tell me what you thought about it!

I am sharing a sketch I made here.



For more of my art, go to my Instagram art page:https://www.instagram.com/preetishenoyart/

Hope you have a great weekend! What are your weekend plans?
(Mine is to stay at home and catch up on sleep and make art that makes me happy!) If you share, I am listening.

See you soon!
Much love
Preeti
Addendum: The post has got over 1.4 million views, more than 42K likes and more than a  1500 shares :) Am stunned !!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Write India Grand finale---and catch me live on Thursdays!

Just got back from Mumbai, from a really grand event which was the finale of the Write India, which had been going on for the past  11 months. In case you don't know what it is, you can watch the intorductory video:




The newspapers today carried the pics as well as the write-up. So I won't tell you about that. You can read about it here.

 


However, what I really want to tell you about is the incredible sense of camaraderie, kinship and the bond that all of us, authors felt. There is absolutely no rivalry between us. (contrary to what people may think). We are all such good friends. There was so much laughter and good spirit.

It was a very special evening. I am sharing with you a few pictures that speak for themselves.

Just before leaving for the event
Madhuri Banerjee and me.
Durjoy Datta, Amish and me sharing something very funny.

On stage with Amish. Ashwin, Ashwin and Ravi Subramanian

With Ravinder Singh

With Amish

Durjoy and me.

Madhuri, Kiran manral and me




You can see more photos HERE.

And now--something important that I want to share with you. The response I got for my last LIVE video was phenomenal.  Many of you wanted me to do this more often. And so, my team has come up this concept of Thoughtful Thursdays.


So login tomorrow. I will be live. Please check my FB author page for exact time. If you have already liked my page, then point your cursor to 'like' button and hover over it. You will see a window pop-up with options. Tick 'see first' in your newsfeed, so you don't miss the notification of the time.

See you all tomorrow.
Goodnight folks.
Lots of love
Preeti
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