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Dear 2012

Dear 2012,

Much has been said about you. For someone barely a day old, a lot indeed :)  Including a mention in the ancient Mayan Calendar about the world ending and all that. (That too on my birthday--didn't I tell you in an earlier post that my birthdays are always rather special? :))

Well, I will tell you something now and I will say it just once. So pay attention.

Now that the drunken revelries and general bonhomie of wishing everybody, their aunt and their dog a very happy new year (fuelled more by vodka/whiskey or whatever be the alcoholic drink that has been ingested) whether one means it or not (thanks to social networks where people upload stolen photos and tag everybody including the aforesaid mentioned aunt and dog) is finally over (well I do hope it is), let us get down to business, shall we?

Throw what you want at me, dear 2012, but I am quietly going to LIVE each day. Not merely exist, but live. Even in the worst possible day where the worst possible things that could happen have happened, there is always some little thing to look forward to. Teeny weeny maybe, but it is still there, existing quietly in the background. Little things that one might miss, if one does not look for them.  Little but important things--things to be grateful for--like the brilliant  colours of a sunshine, the feel of grass beneath one's feet, the salty air of the ocean and the breeze against your body, the genuine  24 carat smile of a child, a flower that has bloomed, a  kind word which was said---oh, so many things really! I am going to focus on the things that went well--not the ones that did not.

I am going to take stock each night, probably write (with a  lovely ink pen in a beautiful bound book) what gifts the day brought me. I am going to steer my life, gently, aware that you hold the ultimate cards.

But hey, I am playing the game and I am playing it MY way--with MY rules!

So good luck . You might perhaps need it more than me :)


Yours sincerely
A tough little thing called Preeti Shenoy
(and no I am not smiling) :)
(and nobody's aunt or their dog were harmed in the making of this blogpost ;-)) 

1. Today's Times of India (The Speaking Tree) has 'The best-sellers of 2011'. What a great honour that my book now appears along with greats like Randy Pausch, Robin Sharma, Rhonda Byrne, Deepak Chopra, Edward de Bono, Ekhart Tolle and the likes! I am so humbled and honoured :)

Thank you for the support and love that you shower on me. It would not have been possible without you, dear readers!

What a lovely start to a new year :)
A very happy new year to you and your loved ones :)
 2. You can interact with me on my Facebook page if you have something to say and don't want to comment here!


  1. Fantastic post ..So apt that this is the first post I read in 2012 :)
    I am going to try to do this too - be grateful for every small and big thing in my life !
    Congratulations on making it to the TOI bestsellers list - as I said earlier no one deserves it more !

  2. Happy new Year to you and your family.

    Great feeling to see your name in the best seller's list again :)


  3. Hi Preeti

    Hearty congrats on the TOI Best sellers, am sure your next book is also going to get this place.

    Wishing you and your family a happy and great 2012!!

  4. Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year Preeti!
    Such a vivacious post to start the year with!! I wish you luck for the next book. Hoping it goes the bestseller way!!
    Keep writing!

  5. :) Lovely Preeti

    Wishing all of you a happy new year!
    Living each day... thats what I want to do too!

  6. Lovely little post packed with a punch - wish you a very successful 2012 - may you soar higher n higher. Also wish you fun, adventures, joy, peace and LOVE!

    And TOI list- you deserve it :)

    Hugz n much love.

  7. Congrats again!

    You are so right about LIVING and mot Existng. And yes, there is always some teeny weeny bit to be thankful for even when bad times hit us.

    Wishing you joy in 2012 :)

  8. Amen. There is much to be said for aiming to live than exist. God, - give me and everybody the strength to do so.

  9. Lovely post! So much optimism and positivity! Boy, I gotta pick up a lot of things from you Preeti. :)

    Happy New Year to you and I'm so happy to see you on the best seller list. I'm sure the coming one will also steal our hearts away!

    Keep writing and smiling like this. :)

  10. Loved the post Preeti!!!!
    And its so good to see your name on the Bestsellers list:-))!!!!

    Wishing U a wonderful year ahead!!!!

  11. Brilliantly positive post to start the much speculated year maybe in the history of mankind!
    May the goodness, positivity and perseverance prevail :)

  12. Aww Preeti, this is such a lovely post!!
    A very happy new year to you!!


  13. Congrats deserve every bit of this....!!!

    Just one more month....hai na...and we will have you 3rd book...!!!!!!

    ALL THE BEST...!!!

    Again an inspirational start the day with:)

    Thanks a lot for the card...I simply loved it...


  14. This is one of ur best posts...

  15. Love it as always Preeti.. you said you dint smile in the end.. but i sure did !!!!
    Thanks for writing . Really !

    P.S : I received your hand-made card exactly on Jan 1st :) Thanks a tonne ! it's lovely :) :)

  16. Hi Preeti.!! wishing you and your family a joyous new year,filled with luck and love :) nice post again. congrats for being in the best seller's list of TOI too.. :)

  17. Beautiful post! And i also read your name in the top 10 fiction of 2011 as stated in HT, Mumbai. Do check the online link.

    Have beautiful and blessed 2012.

    God Bless :)

  18. The post brought a smile....simple pleasures that we tend to forget amongst greater struggles,what better way than starting the new year thanking God for simple things that make us smile :)

    Congratulations for the achievement :)

  19. This post brought a smile :)

    What better way to start the year than thanking God for the simple pleasures that bring us smiles every day ....

    Congratulations for the achievement !!!

  20. Wonderful post!! So i can say..dear 2012, have a Happy Preeti(instead of the the other way);)

  21. Lovely Post - Would definately do what you have said, note down every beautiful thing each day brings to me in this year!

    Happy New Year!

  22. Congrats dear...

    and a Happy new year too..

  23. Such a great post :-)
    Have an awesome 2012 Preeti!!!

  24. Very nice post! I always enjoy your writing. Have a great 2012.



  25. Have a happy New Year and Congrats on your book appearing along with the other great ones.

  26. Rachna: thank you and wish you the same

    Deepti: Hapeee new year to you too! :)

    AGNES: You too! Thanks! :)

    Kichu:Thanks--same tom you.

    Me: Happy new year :)

    Chandni: that's a lovely comment!

  27. Rach: Thanks a lot! Checked it out :)

    Gayu: Glad u did! :)

    Reflections: Hope to meet you this year ;-)

    Rachit: Thanks so much :)

    Ramesh: Amen!

  28. Aabha:Thanks a lot :)

    Shachi: thanks so much! :)

    Aathira: May you do so! Happy new year :)

    Naina: Hope so too :)

    Sundari: Tere muh mein ghee shakkar :)

    Seema: Thanks!

    Ruchira:Thanks a lot! :) we will meet soon!

  29. Hey Preeti,
    Its a wonderful way of looking at things.. I'll definitely try it! Thank you.

  30. Hey Preeti,
    Loved your views... Will definitely follow them... :)
    Thank you.

  31. Darell: Thanks :) Is the name borrowed from malory towers or is this your real name?! :)

    Anusha: Thanks!

    Nitu: thanks :)

    JaanakI: yes it was meant to be funny :) (see labels) :) Glad u liked the card :)

  32. Darell: Thanks :) Is the name borrowed from malory towers or is this your real name?! :)

    Anusha: Thanks!

    Nitu: thanks :)

    JaanakI: yes it was meant to be funny :) (see labels) :) Glad u liked the card :)

  33. Beautiful post. Very inspiring.

    Wishing you many moments of beauty and joy through 2012.

  34. Awesome post Preeti!...its been long since I read your blog...have to say I did miss it...I have made some changes to my life recently, just trying to make it more lively...nice to see someone on the same lines.

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  36. hi preethi

    it is also my sister's birthday on which scientist are hoping that the world will end.....both u and my sister are born on same day...

  37. Just read 'Life is what you make It'...a brilliant one!!! i loved life is similar to some parts in it...its a great motivation, after reading it...i became a big fan of u!!

  38. Proud to see you among stalwarts like Robin Sharma, Rhonda Byrne and Deepak Chopra. You deserve it Ma'm! I want to see you among top five next year.
    Winning should be made a habit once you start winning!


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