Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Cupcakes, a bicycle and some unforgettable memories.

Birthdays are only as special as the people who have them. If the person matters to me, then I go all out to make their day special.

21st of May was very special indeed. It was my daughter's eleventh birthday. All through the summer vacation, she had kept moaning about how none of her friends would be around for her birthday as they were all out of town. She kept telling me that she is sad as nobody is there for her to celebrate with.  I couldn't stand her genuine disappointment.
Finally I told her to just leave it to me and that I would make her birthday special. She trusts me with her life. How could I let her down?!

The one thing that my daughter loves is baking.  A few months back, a lady named Marina Charles, who runs baking and cooking classes in Bangalore, had written to me saying how much she appreciated my book "Tea for two and a piece of cake." She was a huge fan of my writing and had read all my three books. She had mentioned that anytime I want to learn baking, I am most welcome to her class.

So I dug out the old mail and a quick phone call was made to her. She was warm and welcoming on the phone. I told her the grand plan--I wanted an exclusive baking workshop for my daughter.  She suggested that she would teach her to bake five different types of cup-cakes. It would be a one-on-one session. The participant would get to do it themselves and would learn it well. At Rs.900/- for a three hour session, it sounded a steal and I immediately signed up.My daughter would have no idea about it till she arrived at the class.

When she was told what it was all about, she went WOW. She could hardly believe it.
Marina truly makes baking look like a cakewalk! She explained so well to my daughter what it takes to bake good cupcakes.

My daughter studying the recipes. Seen in the picture is Marina Charles who runs the workshops..


 Aren't they awesome?! They were as delicious as they looked!

Marina and me.
To know more about Marina's classes go here.
She also has some awesome recipes which she shares freely on her site.
She is also doing a 365 day 'a cake a day' project! (yeah, a new cake everyday!)



Thank you Marina for making my daughter's day really special!

Satish said that while I took my daughter for the surprise baking workshop, he would get her a bicycle which would be waiting when she arrived back. My daughter of course had no clue.

This is what was waiting for her at home:




Satish had added this note which I thought was a superb little touch! It made me go awwwww when i read it. (No wonder I fell for this man seventeen years ago! He does have a way of wringing your heart!). Here is the note:


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My son and Satish blindfolded my daughter and when they took off the blindfold, this is what she saw.

The look on her face was the same look which a participant in a beauty pageant has when she is told she has won the Miss.Universe title. My daughter couldn't stop exclaiming :)

Later the day was flooded with phone calls from loved ones and a good friend's son dropped  in to give her a gift.

To say that this was one truly memorable day would be an understatement.

To sum it up in my daughter's words "Maaa--this is the BESTEST birthday I ever had. Thaaaaaank you mummy!"

Like I was saying, Birthdays are only as special as the people who have them :)
This one was the BESTEST really :)

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Stars in a moonless sky

Stars in a moonless sky

What is it that you dream about she asks.
Your Smile,Your look
Your Kiss,Your hug
Your love,Your trust
Your words,Your feelings
Your warmth,Your concern
Your presence,Your eyes
He replies.
And she smiles as she understands the language of truth.


She mulls over his words
Long after he has slept
She lies awake
Weaving with them
Her security blanket
Wrapping them around herself
And then carefully squirreling them away
On the days when there is nothing but blackness
For his words are the stars that illuminate her moonless sky.
And they are hers.
Nothing can take them away from each other now.

For words once uttered find their way into hearts
And later spill over to paper
In form of poetry.
Immortalised forever.

Perhaps this is what they call love.

© 2012 Preeti Shenoy
 

For more poems click here. Some poems have already appeared in print. Kindly do not reproduce without permission.
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

What it means to be a mother. Happy mothers day!


My ten year old (soon to be eleven, she never fails to remind me) daughter made this for me, this morning. It was as delicious  as it looks! I feel like a bloated whale right now, as I type this, as I gobbled it all up.

"Mummy, Happy mothers day. Today you aren't entering the kitchen. I will do everything for you," she said.

Satish and she headed off to the kitchen, while I sat and wrote my fourth book. (wrote one thousand six hundred words while they conjured up the breakfast). I couldn't have asked for a better start for the day!

If you had told me though sixteen years ago that I will give up my corporate career to be a stay-at-home mom I'd have scoffed at you. At that time I was working in the corporate sector. I had just been offered a wonderful opportunity at another multinational.There was nothing more I wanted than to have a high-flying career, become a CEO perhaps and truly rise to the top-level management in the corporate world.

But when I gave birth to a squealing, quivering 3.25 kg bundle who looked at me with button eyes that shone with curiosity and inquisitiveness, something in my DNA got altered forever. All I wanted to do was cuddle this baby and be with him forever. The tenderness he evoked in me, the sheer vulnerability I was experiencing, the feeling of awesomeness that overtook everything else and the terrifying realization that I am now responsible for another life took me by complete surprise. If you are a parent, you will know exactly what i am talking about. That moment when you first hold your new born baby in your hands is truly something that cannot be captured in words. I swore to God, I would do anything to protect this child.

I couldn't imagine leaving him in anybody else's care. So I didn't. I stayed at home, I bathed him, I read to him, I took him everywhere I went and I was so happy.  Not a moment passed without him by my side.

We had always wanted two children and  when  we were blessed with a daughter three and a half years later, our joy knew no bounds.

If you ask them today what they remember most about their early childhood, they will probably tell you it is the amount of books I  have read them (Thousands! I have a collection of more than 2000 children's books and an equal number of adults books too :))  and the amount of  art activities I did with them. I threw myself  with all I had, into my role as a mother. I read up a lot, I researched a lot, I did a course too as  I wanted to be the best parent that I can be.


Today my fourteen year old is taller than me. He discusses everything with me including drugs, sex, values, what teens think, what he believes in, what he wants. He tells me about his friends, girl-friends, teachers, school. I am grateful I have made the cut for the 'teenage cool' (Oh i work so hard at it!) and happy to be included in his world. He is growing up so fast, yet in many ways he is still the baby I used to carry around.

My daughter thinks I am the most beautiful woman in the world. She adores me in a way only daughters can worship their mothers. She hears me talking to publishers, to newspaper journos, to numerous other people. She watches me speak at my events  and then she says her eyes shining "Oh mummy--you spoke so awesome. You are so cool mummy and I am proud of you!".

I truly do not know if I have succeeded as a parent or not, but all I know is that I did my best. I was there for them when they neeeded me. I still am.

I think in the end, that is all that matters.
 The fact that you did your very best.

This mothers day, I am thankful to be a mom.
I wish all your mothers and I wish you (if you are a mother yourself) a very happy mother's day.

Celebrate the bond. No matter what kind of a mother you have had, it's the most selfless love you will ever come across.
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Thursday, May 03, 2012

A book fair and some personalised happiness :)

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. This has been my credo, my motto, my belief ever since I was old enough to have a conviction. I have held on to it steadfast through all these years.

Anything I do, I give it all I have. That is the only way I know.

When I do my portraits, I do the very best I can.
It's the same with my quilled cards.

Most of my cards have been sold.
To be very honest, the money I make from writing my books is truly a thousand times (yes a thousand!) more than what I make from selling cards! But the emotional satisfaction in being a part of the joy of the giver as well as the recipient is matchless!

I am delighted to get mails from people thanking me for adding happiness, magic and joy to their lives.

Recently I started  taking orders for customised quilled monogrammed cards. Here are a few of my latest creations. The people who ordered them were overjoyed with the results :)













The cards are all mailed in a hard envelope, well packed. I need about 4 working days from date of placing order to make a personalized card for that special person in your life.

For the prices and other details, you can mail me on ps(at)preetishenoy(dot)com.

 In the other news, I have been invited in my capacity as a popular author , to attend the National book-fair which is going on at Ahemdabad. (yeah the same one inaugurated by Narendra Modi).
The Director of the national book trust extended me the invitation and it was an honour speaking to him, as I have grown up reading books published by NBT and CBT. (national book trust and Childrens book trust) Check out their books, if you havent heard of them. They have some of the best books published in India.

I will be at Ahemdabad on 6th May. If you are around say a hello :)

And now I have to finish two more card orders!

So bye for now.
Have a super weekend! (I know I will--I will be at a book fair :) )

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