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                                            Picture clicked by me in Kerala at my mother's cottage


"No man needs a vacation so much as the person who has just had one " said Elber Hubbard.

It makes perfect sense to me now. We got back to our home in UK, from India late last night (and we had to change five trains from Heathrow terminal to get here, thanks to disruption on two lines on London tube), lugging three enormously heavy suitcases and two not so enormous but heavy back-packs.

Their combined weight was nothing compared to the heaviness of my  feelings and my longing for all things Indian.

I seemed to have misplaced my heart this time, somewhere in India. I had noticed it was missing in the Aircraft itself. Who knows, like delayed baggage, it may eventually find its way back.

Meanwhile, the strength  of  happy memories, re-living the marvellous time I had with all my close friends scattered in various cities across India and a quick phone call to them to tell them I am not-so-okay but okay, keeps me going . I had met each of them and truly cherished the time I got with them.  (I do feel blessed too to have so many friends who deeply care.)

Jet lagged and exhausted I have still managed to attack my e-mail  and clear the 300 odd messages that had arrived and were waiting (im)patiently for me so that they could tumble out, surprise and drown me when I opened my inbox like little jack in the boxes, the scoundrels.  But I side stepped them and they have all been dealt with in the manner they deserve--responded to, trashed or forwarded. Good thing the messages don't have voices else the decibel level of their abuses would have probably shattered my ear drums. [Along with already being sans a heart, I'd have become deaf too.] But  hey all is well.(said with a shrug)


Life might be limping but it is definitely arriving. :-)  The super- fantastic news from my end is that my second book deal has been signed (I met up with my publisher too) and the book which is a full length fiction will be out in February 2011. I am now working on my 3rd book which will be a '2nd  jar of bubblegums and candies'. (Oh yes, it  indeed feels marvellous to actually say that I am now working on my 3rd book)

A big thanks to YOU who have been reading everything I write here and encouraging too. I'd have never been able to do it without all of you :-) ) The number of subscribers of this blog now exceed 800! I am honoured. Humbled. Touched.





You will be seeing regular updates on this blog now on. My marvellous tiger lillies have bloomed again, this time a burning shade of  flaming yellow after the fiery reds. The garden needs weeding though. Twenty one days of neglect has taken its toll and there are huge weeds where grass should have been.

Makes me think that it is a lot like relationships. To keep them going you need to water them with love. You need to weed out the not-so-good bits.


And sometimes a little bit of love is all you need.


Oh wait--I hear a knock on the door..I think my heart has just come  marching back :-)

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  2. hey! nice to hear back from you. even i had been to india recently for a very short and prompt trip! surprise to most of the family and friends..

    a suggestion on traveling to and from heathrow - use national express coach service as first preference.. saves a lot of hassle (not a advert , speaking from personal exprience)

    hope to hear more from you

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  3. Mihir..have used National Express..It takes 5 hours. Even if I chnage thrice it takes only 2 and half hours by train :)

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  4. Nice, esply the last bit..welcome back :)

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  5. Was waiting since long for ur post.Your relation with the tiger lillies is really very cute!

    Uhh I expected the novel to b published by the end of this year.Neverthless,'patience pays'is all I can say :)

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  6. The last line of your post reminds me of the song "Love is all you need" :)

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  7. Welcome back :)....congratulations on the book deal....waiting to read it...I might be in India until feb :)

    Saw few pics on FB - precious memories!

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  8. good morning Preeti!

    hope this day finds you well :)

    eera

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  9. Hey Preeti,

    Welcome back...Expecting more of your adventure and rendezvous story from India... :)

    Cheers,
    Anusha

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  10. Nice to see u back..:) :)Expecting more from u..More pics as usual..Gud to known book is releasing on feb..waiting for it :)

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  11. Welcome back :)

    I eagerly checked my account every day for any updates from you everyday!

    and february 2011 is too far!!

    The last bit of this post really spoke to me. Have been going through some crisis and it just...well, it sort of helped put things to perspective. Thanks :)

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  12. Nice Pic ..loved it. Which camera do you use?

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  13. Welcome Back :-)

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  14. Guru: thank you :)

    Prabodh: Thanks :) Nikon D90 :)

    Sucheta: Time will fly :) Glad it gave you perspective

    Nischii: Thank you thank you :)

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  15. Anusha: Will comply :) Thanks :)

    EM: A very good day to you too :)

    Shachi: Precious indeed..Are u in India right now?

    Aswathi: :) yes sometimes its all we need :)

    Aish: yes. patience does pay :)

    Pointblank:Thanks :)

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  16. Welcome back Preeti.

    Eagerly awaiting your new book. Please have a launch at Mumbai :)

    And, all the very best for the 3rd book!!!

    Cheers,

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  17. Thanks Pallavi! :) I sure hope to.

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  18. Beautiful snap Preeti - the greenery is so striking. Great that you had a wonderful vacation.

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  19. Hi preeti,


    Welcome back.Nice to see your posts.You were missed a LOT.



    Wishes,

    inder

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  20. Welcome back ps :)

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  21. Congrats on crossing 800 bookmark ps!

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  22. Manasa: Thanks a lot :)

    Chitra:Thank U :)

    Inder:Thank you for such a warm welcome back!

    Lakshni: yes--i am glad too :) Thanks :)

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  23. i just got back too, and feeling very 'heart'less here in dubai :(

    so happy about the book and it was great chatting with you, hopefully we do it face to face next time

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  24. I'm waiting for your second book and the heartiest of congratulations for it :) It feels so proud and inspiring to see your literary journey in action :)

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