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Notebooks for thoughts and doodles

Any place that I travel to, anywhere I go, the one thing that always catches my eye is any shop that sells stationery. I have a wide range of notebooks collected from my travels to different places all over the world. I hoard them like a miser hoards his treasure. I love the texture of handmade paper. I love moleskine notebooks, I love nightingale--basically I just love any texture that is sensuous to touch and aesthetically appealing.

My handbag will always have pens and a notebook, and whenever anything strikes me (especially lines for my book that I happen to be working on) I immediately jot them down. My notebooks are filled with my story outlines, descriptions, doodles, poems--anything that is running through my head which I feel is worth capturing.

Right now, this is the one that is next to me .





I had bought it from a street vendor in Mc.Leod Gunj.  This is the first page. Inside, the pages are full of my third book outline, plot, dialogues, planning and more stuff. So I can't show you any more pages until the book is published! :)
It will be out in February !


Yesterday, at the Bangalore book Fair, I bought another notebook--the  you see on the left in the picture below. I also bought a few Stabilo pens.


And naturally,  notebooks like these and pens right there beside them, it just beckons me (well actually screams at me) to do something with them!

I did not realise that the brown notebook was ruled as it was packaged. I usually buy only unruled ones, but what the heck! It is  a nice notebook.

This is what I did:

 
 
And then I did this:
 
 
 



Notebooks--oh I would be so darn lost without them!

Psssst:  So you now know what to gift me on my birthday. (It is next month) ;-) Heh heh.
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Comments

  1. You know what preeti i love notebooks as well. I can keep looking at them on a stationery shop for hours together but the only difference is that i seldom buy any. I wonder what i will do with them. Now you have given me a great idea

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  2. preeti i like the way you use the notebooks and your creativity..

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  3. The first thought that came to my mind seeing this was, "Wat super creative she is!!" Keep rocking! :)

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  4. ma'am, its the same case with me.
    I love to buy stationary items specially the spiral notebook and ink pens.
    I have more 200 ink pens which i am collecting from my school days.

    They all have a different attraction me.

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  5. A very useful tip for for bloggers... jot up whatever strikes u at any moment of travel time in ur notebook.

    A gr8 collection and lovely artwork :)

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  6. Wow!! cool notebooks..
    I'm a great lover of diaries.. i just love all types of diaries.. :D

    liked your creativity
    cheers!!

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  7. It's a nice habit to carry a notebook all through the way in life . Don't know when the new thoughts will blow and erase from our senses. It's always better to put a note to make it more memorable.

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  8. Even I have a collection of notebooks. I shall post some pictures for you. And haan..thanks for the hint...be ready for lovely ones:)

    Have a gr8 day
    Gayu

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  9. Oh Woooooooooow!! Lovely notebooks!! I'd fall for such notebooks!! I'm trying to develop the habit of jotting down the thoughts as and when they start playing in my head :)

    Beautiful pictures and post once again!!

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  10. hey preeti, gr8 notebook note. i too am notebook collector, but ppl around me think its a crap and i pile on things for no gud reason, as they are empty till date, u have motivated me. u know i too hv some short stories with me on my blog but i am not gud at expressions. but ur buks are inspiration to me.

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  11. ur writing is an inspiration
    happy writing and keep blogging

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  12. Hi Preeti, I love notebooks too. Though these days I feel more or less too lazy to write in them.

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  13. Lovely notebooks!

    I have been a person who collects writing paper... the handmade kinds.. different colored stuff and all. But nowadays, I find it so difficult to post these letters to people.

    Seeing your notebooks.. I think I should go back to the letters!

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  14. i too love notebooks and i too was born on the same day...

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  15. I have the same fetish too.... handmade paper with dried flowers gives me an urge to write

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  16. Hi Preeti,

    Been reading your posts for a while and figured I may as well comment after seeing this lovely one on notebooks. A bit of a stationery lover here!

    Aside from that, I wanted to connect with you regarding a guest bloging opportunity. Can you please check out jodi365.com and email me at shruthi.padmanabhan@freeelective.com?

    Would love to hear back from you.

    Shruthi

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  17. Hi Preeti,

    I discovered your blog through your book "Life is what you make it". The book was fantastic. I absolutely loved reading it and felt that the Rs.65 I paid for it on Flipkart was too less for such an amazing piece of work :-). It has a lovely message conveyed so beautifully through Ankita's life story. Your writing gives out so much of positive energy and the same is true for your blog. I read through a couple of articles and one thing was common in all of them. You totally enjoy everything you do. Whether it's being with your children, cooking, painting or writing! I would love to read more stuff from you. Waiting eagerly for your third book. Happy Writing :-)!

    Regards,
    Devaki

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  18. Great Blog You have ...
    Just finished your book "Life is what you make it" and thats how came across your blog.

    I write poetry too and was curious to see your blog for the same.. hoping to read some of your work..

    Cheers
    Ritz
    www.delectableflavors.blogspot.com

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