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Odds and ends and coming a long way



Noticed an odd coincidence just as I opened Blogger to write a new post--the Number of followers this blog has was 576 and this is also my 576th post. Strange isn't it? The number of subscribers are more than 1100 now and this blog now gets more than 530 page views a day, sometimes touching a 800. Wow! What a long way I have come. Thanks for this much love folks! I do love you all :-)



A bit of news that I am thrilled about is that my second book is  number 4 now on Hindustan Times best-selling fiction list. It had also made it to India today top selling fiction. It has been number one on Flipkart for ages.

In Bangalore the other day, when my children and I walked into Landmark, I felt so chuffed that they actually recognised me. My children nudged me and we smiled. They excitedly pointed out both my books at the store saying "Look Ma, your book," and this time the staff there smiled indulgently.

Later when we were sitting at the food-court in Forum mall, a couple sitting at the next table (a young man and his girlfriend/fiancee) kept looking again and again in my direction and were whispering to each other. I sat up a bit more straighter. I presumed they must have recognised me too and I was secretly preening prouder than a peacock, deep inside.

Then the guy walks up to me and says "Excuse me--can I ask you something?"
I thought he would ask if I was Preeti Shenoy and so I said  "Yes, of course."
"Dont mind my asking, but are these two children your children?" he says.

I was taken by surprise. "Of course they are my own children," I said.
"I mean are you their biological mother? I am so sorry to ask you this," he says apologetically.
"Yes , yes I gave birth to both. Why?!" I asked curiosity getting the better of me.
"No--we both had a bet," he says pointing to his girlfriend/fiancee. "She said that they cannot be your children  and you were their cousin or sister or something. So sorry to bother you, thanks."

Then he went off and they both smiled at me.

I guess I just need to write more books. ;-)


Comments

  1. I had kind of stopped beleiving that "achhe logon ke saath hamesha achha hi hota hain!1" looking at you somehow makes me beleive that all over again :)
    huggss

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  2. And no one requested for an autograph or a book signing? I would be doing that for sure coz you deserve all the fame n attention :)

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  3. the subscriptions are totally deserved Preeti :) :) and about the bet.. ab hum kya kahe :P :P

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  4. ROFL!!! I so loved the ending of this post.. Best of luck for many more awesome posts which are yet to come.

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  5. :) You gave a good start to my day. Nice!

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  6. Hahahaha...
    What a wonderful way to begin your day by reading ur post :))
    Thanks for being the sunshine in our day..
    Best Wishes always
    Rujuta

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  7. hahaha....so funny... but its true tht u wont look like "mother of two"... :)) Let God bless to continue tht...

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  8. :D Loved this post, its so real

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  9. Hahaha. It's a good thing either way :P

    My folks still get that: You have a 22 year old daughter? I thought she went to school!Hahaha. It's a good thing either way :P

    My folks still get that: You have a 22 year old daughter? I thought she went to school!
    lks still get that: You have a 22 year old daughter? I thought she went to school!Hahaha. It's a good thing either way :P

    My folks still get that: You have a 22 year old daughter? I thought she went to school!

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  10. Sometimes these just happen to be,little funny episodes in daily life,with certain unknown guidance...Really funny!!!lol

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  11. haha!! **Hugggss** I can imagine how happy the bet would have made you! :)
    ...and congrats! Good books and authors deserve to be appreciated!

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  12. :-)) Had I seen you without knowing you, am sure I would have reacted the same way;-)))
    Wishing you many more success...!!

    GOod day!

    -Durga

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  13. he he..you made me smile :)
    Big Congrats to You :)

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  14. Congratulations!! You will win appreciation and accolades where you go.

    But what you would you if people guess you as cousin of your kid?? Interesting problem.. ha..ha..ha.

    Don't worry, people spend lots of money for their youthfulness, save these money and donate to found a Library for under priviledged kids.

    I hope you mind on suggestion.

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  15. Oh wow ! I hope I too get asked such a question when I have two kids as old as Atul and Purvi...
    It must have felt so good , right?

    I think its amazing how fit you keep yourself... Need to take tips... esp on kid handling and fitness regime inclusions through kid handling days....

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  16. It would have been a great feeling to see your own published writings displayed in the book shops. Landmark is a great place. Even, when I had no book in particular to buy, I used to go to Landmark everytime I was at Forum..(which was pretty much every day..)

    Good Luck Always :)

    Kunal

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  17. hehe--loved the twist int he question, especially when you were so expecting something else..a good compliment though and congrats on the success of the book, way to go girl!
    --Seema

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  18. hahahahha... Preeti akka, I think u are making the "younger than thou" crowd jealous!! I think it is time to colour ur hairs grey!!! ;)

    Naaah, jus kidding! I hope u remain as young and sweet and chirpy even when u become a gramma! :)

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  19. Congratulations Preeti and may you achieve the pinnacle of success. I guess all your readers would also want to see your book at the TOP!

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  20. Purnima: Why don't YOU colour YOUR hair gray? That way i can pretend to be YOUR daughter and the jealousy will lessen a bit. Just kidding ;-)

    Horizon:Thanks a lot!

    Kunal:Thanks so much!

    Aathira;Such a positive way you have with words! Felt good reading what you have to say! Thanks so much :)

    Santosh:Thanks so much. I have indeed worked with underprivilged children in India.

    Riya:Thanks so much!

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  21. Durga:Thanks a lot!

    MS:Thank you so much!! :)

    Romwe: :) Thanks :)

    Sucheta:Your dad looks very young too and you look 15 :P :)

    Thinker: Thank you!

    Ritu: A huge compliment and I am honoured.

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  22. Sivapaurnami: thank you!

    Ruj:Thanks a lot!

    Mamta:Thanks!

    Prats:Thanks!!

    Suku: Mmmwah! :) Thank you!!

    Shachi: I am not that well known at all!! :)

    Eve: Hugs :)

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  23. Success is sure making your more youthful and beautiful :)

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  24. Age miracle wd u again hehehe...

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  25. first time visitor... loved the post!

    congratulations n keep writing. u r th quintessential yummy mummy :)

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  26. Hehehehe:) U wont believe...after I read the post, I showed your pics to my office Colleagues. The first reaction of a guy was..."Hey is she married???"
    And here are the further reactions
    Guy 2: Where is she working??
    Guy 3: She is so pretty....
    Girl1: She has a nice smile...
    And then i asked them to guess ur age..
    N they were like..."BETWEEN 25-28"

    Ohh...and i started laughing...I sent them the link to this post http://justamotheroftwo.blogspot.com/2010/12/age-is-matter-of-feeling-not-of-years.html
    And i had to hold them....

    Preeti ur awesome..I guess u do things...Direct Dil Se...that's y ur so popular and are a sweetheart:)

    Actually i felt i wrote a post:P

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