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When a soul stirs

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I am sorry I had to remove this poem as it is under consideration for publication.© 2009 Preeti Shenoy _________________________________________ For more poems click here. Some poems have already appeared in print.
If you're into poetry publishing and want to buy the rights to this poem please mail me on
ps @ preetisatish.com.

The things tooth fairies have to do.

Are you in the life of a child?

If you really listen and have a conversation with children (as opposed to talking to them) you learn such a lot. They are little philosophers with an uncomplicated life view and the truths they utter are often profound, refreshing and very applicable to our lives as adults. If you are fortunate enough to have your own children, then I am sure you’ll agree with what I am talking about. If not, then closely observe them, next time you are around them and you’ll see I’m right.Most adults, especially in India and especially those who are not experienced with children see children as a source to amuse themselves with. Some things that these well meaning adults do and some things they say make my blood boil. In the west, children are treated with a lot more respect and sensitivity. I really like that.In India, a common thing which many folks do when they visit people is to tell a young child (who is 3 or 4) playfully “Your mummy is my friend. I am taking your mummy back with me. Can I?” Of…

It's raining tags, hallelujah! :)

So many tags , so little time! Tags have been pending ,piling up , doing a merry back flip ,mocking me. I have been ignoring them for a while now. Finally today ,I decided to tackle all of them and finish them all, in a single post :-) Problem solved :-) (Shut up you tags, stop dancing)
Neha of Serendipity tagged me to write on 5 things about me I love. Suma of Aalochanetagged me to doa post on 5 things I love about being a mom/dad. Srivats of My thoughts keyboarded tagged me to write on good old days. Here goes: Good Old days? By ‘Good Old days’ I am rewinding the clock 15 years back or may be 20. Well, I can call them old but I certainly can’t call them good. I can’t imagine what is so good about being a 17 year old gawky teenager so unsure of oneself, not knowing what one wants out of life, not able to distinguish between crushes and the real thing, feeling miserable because a guy you like does not have the guts to say it to you and thinking you will never get over him. I also can’t i…

Do you hear the flowers talk?

I am sorry I had to remove this poem as it is under consideration for publication.
© 2009 Preeti Shenoy
_________________________________________ For more poems click here. Some poems have already appeared in print.
If you're into poetry publishing and want to buy the rights to this poem please mail me on
ps @ preetisatish.com.

Love, friendship and a meeting

Hrishikesh Raghavan is the kind of guy who calls a spade a spade. He called me yesterday. Oh no, he did not call me a spade—called me as in a real ISD phone call. All the way from India. (Yeah, it always melts my heart when people call ISD, especially from India). A long phone call—we talked and talked. I felt so good. Did I hear you ask Hrishikesh who? I guess I forgot to tell you about him. Hmmm—where do I begin?I could tell you that he is a driving enthusiast or a Motoring enthusiast who has done more number of miles in off roading events than the number of times you or I have had haircuts in our whole lives :-) [ In case you don’t know what Off roading is click on link] And in case you still aren’t impressed and want very minute and exact details see this, this ,this,this, this and finally the Golden quadrilateral drive which was done in just 4 days. Hrishikesh is big on cars (biased towards Tata vehicles he adds) having driven about 42000 km in an Omni, 97000 km on the Indica(s…

What you need to know in the Dating Mating game

Apologies if you have come here looking for a post to read. This will soon appear in my 3rd book called 'A 2nd Jar of Bubblegums and Candies'. I had to remove it as making it available online would be very unfair to my publishers who have placed so much trust in me._________________________________________________ Addendum:
After I published the post, Arun Nair got in touch with me and said he really loved my post. This post was of course humuorous and meant to be taken lightly. In case you want to read a very nicely analysed piece of Man-woman thing, please click here to read an in depth piece, which he wrote.The latest issue of Readers Digest Joy has an article by me on Children's Fitness. (some of you said that this is like a Magazine article. Yeah, I do write for magazines too :) Somewhere it is bound to show!Some said that this piece reminded them of 'He's just not that into you'. I haven't read it. Now I have to!

Finishing post! (blog marathon post 31)

Hi all,Today is the last day of the blog marathon. 31 posts in 31 days and all I have to show for itis a crazy (but very real) sense of achievement and of course the lovely lovely things that you all have been saying. Absolute music to any writer’s ears—I am no different.The response I have got here is tremendous. I really appreciate all of you who took time off to leave me a comment, because like I said here, comments or feedback is what any author or blogger looks for. I have been consistently getting more than 400 page views a day! That is a whopping 2800 in just a week!Out of this huge number, it is just a handful of people who have bothered to comment and write in.Most just read and leave. And since most of you who comment here regularly blog yourselves, you all know what I am talking about when I say that positive comments encourage you so much to write. They matter a lot. So a big, deep and a heartfelt thanks to all of you who commented here! You had an important part to play i…

May the best man win :-) (Blog marathon post 30)

At an award winning Nature centre, surrounded by pristine natural beauty and a few thousand birds, amidst lush green acres of woods, sparkling streams, grassland, fields of butter cup and bliss, we sat quietly, content in silence, contemplative in thought. The children were quiet too and so was our friend who had come with us. Some of the birds were so tame that they were eating out of my hand.(yes--that's me feeding the bird)

Later when we stood watching, there was this lapwing which dived in and aggressively pushed another bird out of its way.
"Males," said this friend with an understanding smile. " It is the fight in the mating ritual."
"How do you know they are males?" asked my son.
"The Males are always more attractive than the females. See the stag with its majestic horns, see the peacock, see the guppy fishes," I said. "The males have to impress the females so the females can choose whom to mate with; The males have to be very attr…

Thirty nosey fun questions.(blog marathon post 29)

Isn't blogging a little bit Voyeuristic? It's like a peep into someone's diary but only the bits they choose to reveal. Perhaps, that is why it is so much fun! You get to know so much about people and sometimes the bloggers know much more about each other than even the closest friends. No wonder most blog meets are such a resounding success. Minds have already met, shook hands, explored and got to know each other rather well. (The photo above is from a blog meet I attended which was really nice--left to right--Aprajita, Tarun,Moksh,Rohit,Vineet and Roshan) (click on their names to be taken to their blogs)
Here are 30 nosey questions that are easy and fun to answer. I found 50 of these in a meme here.
I chose the most interesting thirty ones. Copy paste these questions in the comment box and give your answers after each question.( If you give only the answers with the serial numbers it wont be much fun as one has to keep scrolling up to look at the questions)
Happy peepi…