And so it goes. (with due reverence to Kurt Vonnegut)
This is the last Tuesday of February and it has been a truly GREAT month. I met so may of you who have been taking part in the 'Tea for two tuesdays', yesterday at Delhi, during the event at World Book fair.
It was fantastic meeting you all!
I am truly blown away and deeply indebted with all the love you have shown me! Some of you came from places as far as three hours from Delhi and waited so patiently to meet me.
If you wish to read about the book fair and the event in detail, Aabha has written a post about it here.
Here are two picture from the event (thanks to Aabha again) :
Now like all good things, the 'Tea for two tuesdays' should also come to an end.. and this is the last one in the series. I do feel bad it is coming to an end, but I feel wonderful about the camaraderie that it has created! After all, that is truly what blogging, writing and books are about, isn't it?
The connect that words create …
. 'The Hindu' carried an interview with me, there were mentions about my third book in 'The Indian Express', New Indian Express as well as India Today. (see slide show) And in the Hindustan Times today, two of my books are in the Top 10, as per the Nielsen scan.
These days, there is this flood of mails I get. I do reply to all, even if it takes a lot of my time.(If you have written to me and not got a reply, I have probably overlooked, please resend)
But of late, I seem to be getting a whole load of mails from people who want to be published. They want me to read their work and tell them if I think they are good enough. I have time constraints due to my paid assigments (Writers have bills to pay too, folks!). I am flooded with requests from people who send me stuff they have written and some send me whole manuscripts even. Even though I would love to help, my current commitments leave me with no time to read stuff (let alone edit and assess) which readers send in.
Was in Pune for a launch on 18th feb at Crossword. Senapati Bapat Marg. It went off really well. For some lovely pictures from the launch gohere.
I am truly overwhelmed by the warm reception I got in Pune, especially from many of the readers of this blog.
A big thank you to all who attended.
One of my closest friends, Mayank Mittaldrove all the way from Mumbai to attend this launch. It was a complete surprise to me! I never expected him there and I was so darn delighted! (and he had to close his eyes for that one snap :) and I am glowing like a 1000 watt bulb, I know :) )
Of course Satish was there too (he clicked the above snap)--he was SO proud of me and I do feel very grateful for the presence of genuine well-wishers that my life seems to be filled with. Many people who turned up for the launch told Satish that they are big fans of his writing and that he should consider writing a book as well.
The Media was there too, clicking away pictures after pictures. Nitin Lawate clicke…
The book launch went off wonderfully, last evening. There was conversation, cupcakes, tea and a lot of fun. It was indeed a special Valentines day.
A big thank you to all of you who made the effort to attend it. I was really delighted to see you.
This is what Pawan Raju, one of the readers who attended the launch said "It was definitely different kind of book launch :) :) :) :) perfect valentine's day evening :) Kudos! I enjoyed every minute of it"
Milan Vohra was in conversation with me and I have included a small part of the conversation where she asks me about sex scenes in the book. :) This is an out and out adults book. It is unlike my previous two books.
For a LOT more pictures, which say it all go here.
My next launch is in Pune on 18th (Saturday), 6.30 PM at Crossword, (ICC Trade Tower) Senapati Bapat Marg. . I will be in conversation with Sonja Chandrachud. Join me if you are in Pune!
So, my BIG day is tomorrow--the day when my baby goes out into the big bad world. Treat my baby kindly will you? :)
If you still do not know what I am talking about--go here.
I am excited and I will not have time to post the prompt of 'Tea for two and a piece of cake' tomorrow.
So here goes:
Can a relationship be like a tea-stain? Why or why not?
Lovely thinking prompt right? :) (Thank me!) :)
I am totally swamped with the book launch and will not be able to leave comments on your individual posts but I do read them ALL. Each and everyone. And I love how there is so much camaraderie now amongst the participants!
And by the way,I have another launch in Pune on 18th,6.30 PM at Crossword, ICC trade Towers, Senapati bapat Marg. If you are in Pune, come!:)
Now, put on your thinking caps and dive into this prompt.
and hey--wish me luck for tomorrow. I need it!
ps: Interact with me onFB. I alway…
So I got back from Kolkata, the city of joy, the land of art and music lovers and mostly the land of people who know how to live in the moment and take no stress. Each city in India, truly has a character of its own. I have traveled (and also lived in) to many cities of India, and Kolkata is truly something else. I ate at a roadside stall near Dhakuria Railway station where a sumptuous break-fast of four piping hot pooris served with generous amount of Aloo sabji and some kind of really delicious Dal cost me just rupees ten! Then of course the chai for rupees three.
I gorged on Mishti doi and Roshagullas and a lot of other Bong dishes. The hospitality of my hosts was unmatched. But at the back of mind, like it is these days most of the time, was the amount of work that remained to be done regarding the launch of 'Tea for two and a piece of cake'.
And no piece of cake it was! :)
But one of my strengths is determination. And determined I was to finish signing the hundreds and…
Hope you all have had a good week since the last Tuesday. I had one of my 'Oh-my-God-I can't-Believe-it' moment on Saturday, when my advance author copies of my book reached me.
I sat in silence for some time and stared at the book. Then I promptly burst into tears as I missed my dad so intensely. He would have been so proud to see this day. I do believe with all my heart that it is he, who left me a gift of writing.
I write to get over my grief of losing him and my writing touches so many hearts.
What better gift could he have left me?
I am leaving for Kolkata early tomorrow morning (a family wedding) and I have to wake up at five (groan groan) to catch a flight. Hence, I am putting up this prompt tonight, as I know that ones who look forward to taking part will be eagerly waiting. (and the ones who do not take part--do join in! what are you waiting for?! It's not as frightening or time consuming as you think. And you never know what you may discover. )
Last night I came across this visual and it immediately struck a chord. I posted it on myFB page as well as on my Pinterest boardand I realised it resonated in many hearts.
Why do we hurt for something that can never be?
Why can't we let go?
It should be easy, right? That person is no longer in your life--so shut them out and move on.
But it never is.
Memories of happy times come back to dance on the edges of reason to mock and jeer you.
And it hurts.
Like jagged edges of a broken glass.
Like pin pricks of a million needles.
You long for their voice, you want to be with them, you yearn for the old warmth and easy laughter. You yearn for the time when you used to talk to each other and instantly the world would be a better place.
But it is long gone now, and the relationship lives only in your memories.
You never think something that gave you such joy can cause you this much pain. Yet it does. But you learn to…