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Chicken soup for the Indian Mother's soul

Everyone has heard of the series of best selling books ‘Chicken soup for the soul’. I used to read them avidly when they were first published. There came a whole series and the stories continued to be as inspiring and moving as the ones in the first book.

What I never even thought was that I would one day, be a contributor in this great series of inspiring writing. A piece I wrote, got chosen to be featured in ‘Chicken Soup for the Indian Mother’s soul.’ I got an email today from Raksha Bharadia who is an author, compiling the collection on behalf of the publishing house, saying that she liked my piece and would I consent for it to be included in the book? (I had not even submitted it for consideration--Therefore the mail from her was so unexpected.)

I was pleasantly surprised and really happy. The icing on the cake was that this piece got selected as a ‘featured blog’ today. (Every day, out of hundreds of posts, 8-10 best ones are selected as ‘featured posts’)

I want to say a big thank you to all of you, who come here so regularly, encourage me with your comments and tell me that you like what I write. Your support means so much. I don’t want to sound like a Oscar winning star (when the only oscar I know happens to be a neighbour's dog! LOL) but sometimes there is no other way to say it. I honestly couldn’t have done it without you all. and I mean it.


The piece I wrote--It is called " Who killed Imagination?" (click on the words in green to read it.)

Comments

  1. WOW! Congrats!
    I know a dog called Oscar too.

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  2. Peetri I am so happy for you. you are a great and lovely writer and therefore success will come to you. Hope many others will follow.
    Congratulations from NZ

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  3. Hey Preeti..

    Congrats :)

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  4. congrats..that's wonderful news and may it mean the start of many more...and i mean it too ;)

    coming to the poem..i distinctly remember commenting on it...and on the poem before that..even registered bcause that damn thing kept flashing everytime i went to 'comment'...

    beautifully said and on a topic close to my heart...there's nothing that kills a child's creativity than a thoughtless comment...I've seen it happen right from preschool and I'm the very vocal parent saying let him be!!!

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  5. Yeepie congratulations, i cant wait to get my hands on the book, great going :D

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  6. wow, thatz great - congratz. i will sure by the book.. :)

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  7. Congrats PS. :D Am really happy for you.

    And a splendid piece there!!:D Spoke volumes.

    Its really admirable that you got chosen!!

    yay!:D

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  8. bravo! really good piece! made me think. This shows how careful we ought to be while dealing with kids. and Chicken soup collections are my favourites. How did u get ur post across to them?

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  9. And wotz this featured blog all bout? who selects them?

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  10. Someone's just getting famous.... I am glad i knew you. For in other 10 years from now, I would put up my mails to the sleazy site like Rediff, which prides in setting up moments that you treasure. I would become famous too, thanks to you and I would be worlds greatest.. Damn the boss.. He called me I got to go. Sometimes I feel I just don't have the right to dream a little dream of myself !

    You done good by the way :-)

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  11. I did leave a comment on Sulekha...but it kept showing up again and was not sure if it had posted the comment.....

    But i'm so happy for u ....Congrats...and it sure is so exciting yeah....


    loved the lines...

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  12. CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! I hope now you believe its not a sham...he he

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  13. Ritu: yes! But still the cynic in me will be 100% convinced only when it is published!! :-)

    Prats:Thanks so much.Yes--your comments did get published in Sulekha too.

    Vik: :-) Thanks!

    Pointblank: i did not get it across.Raksha saw my post and liked it. I don't have any idea how they select the 'featured posts'.I only know that 8-10 get featured everyday and the ones featured are usuallyvery good.

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  14. Sweetsticky : Thanks!!

    Xh :That is really a very sweet thing to say.Mine will just be one piece in the book--but the book itself is something worth reading.

    Misti: Thanks!!

    Thinking aloud: Thanks so much for your kind words.I am just like you, when it comes to parenting.

    Veena:Thanks!

    Marja:You are really kind.thanks!!

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  15. I read the poem for the first time today and what can I say? I AM FLOORED!!!!! Beautiful piece of writing.

    Congratulations on the mention and the inclusion - both very well deserved.

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  16. Way to go, Preeti, congrats.

    :-)

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  17. :)...can i pls have that autograph now please?

    keep writing...one day i hope to see a book with illustrations also...

    congrats

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  18. Tys: I should be the one asking YOUR autograph--and sigh--you don't even tell ur your name!

    Scotty: thanks!!

    Gettingtherenow: Thank you!!

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  19. Oh la la... that's quite an achievement.. slow and steady.

    Congrats. and maybe you better start preparing the speech ;)

    I was put up at Kalyani Ngr. Party's over and i'm back to base :(

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  20. Congratulations! This is wonderful.

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  21. That was such a beautiful piece! So deep yet so simple!

    Simply marvelous!

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  22. You deserve this so much !!!..I am so happy for you..the thing is, you don't write for any other reason than it's in your heart, and it's part of you.Thats why your style is so readable, accesable and understandable....even an idiot like me can understand!!! Here's to further sucess :-)

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  23. Sweet friend, firstly, congratulations on being chosen for the book. Your writing is superb, and this piece captured so much, with insight beyond the meer words. It has feeling, and I totally empathized with it.
    Secondly, I've linked you to my post today. Reading your piece helped me gain a little perspective.
    You, are a blessing. Thanks love.
    xo
    Gillian

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