Saturday, March 26, 2016

How to tell if it is the right decision.

It is summer in India. Bangalore is scorching hot. Thirty eight degree centigrade. Blazing sun. Skies so bright, you can't really  see the blue. Only white. Heat. Heat and more heat.

So you can imagine what state I must have been in at 1.00 pm when I finally reached the gas agency. I needed to buy a rubber tube and also get one of those consumer books. The gas agency was crowded, teeming with customers who had issues ranging from a booking not accepted, a cancelled gas connection and a transfer which needed to happen. The lines were long and tempers were short.

As I was waiting to be attended to,  in walks a bull. He was in full finery.



It reminded me of what my teacher had told me when I was about 7 or so. He had told me of 'Basavannas' in karnataka-- which is basically a bull that apparently answers questions with a yes or a no. My teacher said that if you ask Basavanna a question and say "Is that a yes basavanna' he will shake his head with a yes. if you ask the same question  and say 'is that a no basavanna?' he will shake his head again to indicate it's a no. What my teacher was trying to say was that you couldn't really get any meaningful answer from Basavanna.

He asked us to be decisive in life. To never be like basavanna.To weight the pros and cons when faced with a dilemma and to march boldly ahead.

Many a time we are plagued with doubts as to whether it is the right decision we made. We forget that sometimes we are just puppets with strings of destiny.
No matter what you do, whatever is ordained will occur. There is free will, yes. So we can choose what course of action to take. But some life events are truly not in our hands. So once you decide, whatever you have decided is the right decision. Do not worry about it.

This little lesson of philosophy was what passed through my head, as soon as I saw this Bull in the gas agency. I fished out a ten rupee note from my purse, and gave it to this Basavanna.

Walking around in the Bangalore heat, going from shop to shop , I think he truly earned it.

Till next time, stay cool, stay hydrated. Don't let the heat get to you.


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Monday, March 14, 2016

Photos from the award night ( Business excellence award by NDIM Academia awards 2016)

So at a glittering event at Jahawarlal Nehru Stadium, new delhi, in the presence of more than 2000 people, I got my award from Shekhar Gupta.
If you wish to know more about it, read my last post. 

 Here are the pictures which I promised to share.

I left for Delhi , wiht my family by the early morning flight, and we had a great time going around delhi, shopping in Sarojini market, Khan market, eating lovely street food.

At sarojini market



Then when it was time to leave for the event, I wore a saree.



Was asked to say a few words after I got it

Shekhar Gupta already knew me from the India Today story. It was delightful to meet him


The certificate


And  finally, here is the award..It is beautiful!



That's all for today's post.
Will be back soon.

Till then, be cheerful. Remember, there are people with far worse problems than what you face at the moment. And it WILL pass.
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

A proud moment Winning an award (business excellence award from NDIM --Academia Awards 2016)



Good Lord! Where does time fly?
I know the answer to that one. It vanishes into the pages of the new novel you are working on, if you happen to be a novelist :)

Yes, I have been working on my new novel and i am completely lost in the world I have created. I do not know when it is day and night anymore. I wake up, and it is like my characters beckon me. Every novelist will tell you that these characters live inside your head, the entire duration that you are writing the book. You laugh with them, cry with them, rejoice at their triumphs, feel sad at their disappointments and you are lost in their lives. It is hard to switch tracks and juggle an existence in the real world. Which is why I think, novelists who are writing a book should take a 'van-vaas' in the Himalayas.

So, it was in this frame of mind that a mail landed in my inbox, that jolted me back to the real world. Pretty quickly. I landed with a loud BANG. Not a gentle thud.

The mail was from the retd. Judge of Supreme Court of India and Chief Justice Bombay High court, informing me that I had won the coveted Business Excellence Award, instituted by New Delhi Institute of Management, for outstanding contribution to their field, enhancing India's reputation internationally and nationally.

You can imagine my reaction---surprise and an overwhelming sense of deep gratitude. I immediately shared the news with my family and closest friends, and publishers as well who were elated.
I am sharing with you the text of the mail I received. (shared with permission)


Dear Ms. Preeti Shenoy,
Every year India’s premier MBA school New Delhi Institute of Management recognizes and awards distinguished professionals like you for innovative best practices, for their outstanding contribution to specific activities and for such efforts by them which add to India’s national and international reputation.
Since public acknowledgment at times is not commensurate with the outstanding efforts of achievers like you, New Delhi Institute of Management instituted “Business Excellence and Innovative Best Practices- Academia Awards” in 2013 to acknowledge such contribution. CMDs of NTPC, ONGC, OBC, STC, GAIL, Power Grid Corporation , NTPC , REC, Yes Bank, OIC, Hyosung Corporation India, HINDUSTAN POWER PROJECTS , UFLEX, LG, CMC, Schneider Electric, AIMA, Samsung, Fortis Healthcare , Cushman & Wakefield, Schneider Electric, Jaipur Golden & EXL India, NHRDN, Quatrro, Zomato, Amul, NDTV, Max Life Insurance, Ultra Tec and HAVELLS  have been felicitated under different heads of activities with these awards.
”Academia Awards” by NDIM to distinguished change agents like you have been highly appreciated by the Industry and the business chambers as NDIM is nationally and internationally accredited and is among the top 25 MBA schools of India and one of the first  to institute the “Academia Awards” for “Business Excellence and Innovative Best Practices”. These awards also help in inculcating the spirit of hardwork and innovation in our MBA students who take tremendous pride in researching the outstanding activities of great achievers. 
The awardees are chosen through extensive research by our 800+ MBA students, 74 members of faculty (drawn from 19 international universities and 201 industrial houses), our Advisory Council & Executive Council, and are presented by the high powered Board of Directors.
Today, when the country is readying for a bigger leap into history, we want you to associate with the Academia Awards-2016 as their distinguished recipient and inspire the young MBAs in the future journey.
We shall be honored to confer the “Business Excellence and Innovative Best Practices-Academia Awards -2016” on you at our 25th Annual Festival at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (auditorium) on 12th March 2016 at 7pm in the august gathering of 2100 distinguished invitees, media, bureaucrats and young students. Felicitations would be at the hands of famous Journalist Shri Shekhar Gupta and our Board of Directors (details given below). In the past these awards have been given by former Chief Justices & Supreme Court Judges- Justice Mukundukam Sharma, Justice B.P Singh, Padma Vibhushan Sonal Mansingh along with our distinguished board of directors.
We are looking forward to your confirmation and acceptance. The event will take about 40 minutes.

With Regards,
Justice BP Singh,
(retd)-Judge Supreme Court of India & 
Chief Justice Bombay High Court.

So I will be flying to Delhi, on Saturday to receive my award. It is indeed a proud moment and my family will be flying with me.

I wish to deeply thank each and every one of you, my dear dear readers, who have been a part of my journey.
I shall share pictures from the event soon!

Till then keep smiling, stay positive and calm and remember to drink lots of water to nourish your body. (summer is round the corner!)

Till the next time ( which will be an update soon), adios.
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Postcards from Kerala and a medley of thoughts (blog marathon post

So, I left home at 7.30 am this morning and am in Kerala right now. I will be conducting a National creative writing workshop at my alma mater, St.Teresa's college Kochi. The other two writers who have graduated from here are Shinie Antony and Jaishree Mishra, both of who are my seniors from college. I feel proud of this Institution.

Tomorrow evening I will be at DC books, convent Junction at 5.30 pm. Come! or if you have riends in Kochi who would like to attend this event, do pass on the inforomation. On 15th I am giving a talk at Sacred Heart college, Kochi and then i get back to Bangalore. In between, I have press interviews too.

Today, as soon as I got off the plane, I was barraged by messages, which demanded that I turn around an assignment in less than 24 hours. It would require me to read at least 25000 words. No prior intimation was given of this deadline. It was foisted upon me and I was asked if I wasn't aware of it. There was no mail sent earlier informing me of the deadline, nor was I consulted. I agreed to do it out of commitment to what I do. When I do something, I put my heart and soul into it. I am sincere, committed and 100 percent genuine. Anyone who has interacted with me or has been reading me or who has met me would vouch for that. One thing I cannot stand is pretence. The other thing I cannot stand is rudeness. Or a sense of I-am-greater-than-you. I deal with it by mentally distancing myself from it and surrounding myself with positivity.  That's usually the best way.

I went on an amazing 6 island tour today. Kerala is indeed God's own country. If you have read my books, you would know that many of them are set in kerala. I share with you two pictures I clicked today-- two postcards from kerala. With love.



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