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A gift from the heart (post 14)

One of the things about writing--it is baring your soul. In order to be a writer, you have to be brave. You have to create something and send it out into the world, hoping that others will like your baby as much as you.  It is almost like standing naked for everyone to see, and comment.

And not everyone is kind. You will face a lot of criticism, ridicule and jealousy. You have to have a thick-skin really!

But the good part is, if you are successful and if your words have touched a chord and made a place in someone's heart---oh the love you receive! It is overwhelming, incredible and simply a marvelous, top-of-the-world feeling.

I have been very fortunate to have all my books do exceedingly well because people find an emotional connect in my writing. And no matter how many fan-mails I get, I still feel fantastic when someone writes in. (I do get back to replying eventually, even if after a delay)


But one of the mails that I got--I just had to reply back immediately: This is what I  received  (shared with permission of the writer)


Hi preeti
I am a regular reader of your blog and I have read all your books. I really like your writing. When ever I have a dull day or a moment I open your blog and read some of your old posts. I find them really inspiring.
I do a bit of quilling and I made this for you.( I have also commented on some of your cards). I hope I get to meet you in one of the book launches and give this to you. (till date I couldn't make it to any of your book launches due to some reason or other :( )
This is dedicated for your book 'a tea for two and a piece of cake'.  I loved that book. I have read it 3 times till now.
Thank you for all the wonderful writing. Wish you all the happiness in your life.
Love
Pooja
PS: I also want to make a small kettle so that this becomes a complete set! . Will do it before I meet you next :)


And this is what she made for me:



 How awesome is that?!! :)

I am still *beaming* :)

Thank you Pooja!!
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Comments

  1. Loved how she made the quilled cups, very innovative.
    BTW Preeti, I had a quick question for you. I remember the cover of the book "Tea for Two and a Piece of Cake" being a very pretty pink color , very dainty looking but now on your blog header I can see a different picture for that book.
    Did you change the cover?

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    1. Random House (my publishers) change the cover to make it 'more funky'

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    2. loved that book of yours.. but the pink one was better I feel....

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    1. Yes--really sweet. I was so amazed.

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  3. Wow... thats beautiful :)

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  4. very cool. loved it :) it looks beautiful :) pooja you are really talented

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  5. Mam!!
    You could use this picture as your cover page for ' tea for two and a piece of cake'.
    Simple and awesome.
    Nice to see fans has emotional bond with you!
    Keep Rocking!!!

    Cheers,
    Prabhu..

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  6. this is a real gift from a good reader

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  7. wow...they are so nice..really a gift from heart. :)

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  8. Nice quilled gift for the quilling queen! :-)
    I too agree with the mail content. Whenever I feel low these days I go through your blog feed. The blog marathon has been a blessing because you are talking to us everyday! And I like that since mail replies are short and come very late.. :-)

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  9. Nice quilled gift for the quilling queen! :-)
    I too agree with the mail content. Whenever I feel low these days I go through your blog feed. The blog marathon has been a blessing because you are talking to us everyday! And I like that since mail replies are short and come very late.. :-)

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  10. I cant find post 13 :(

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    1. I had numbered them wrong!! :) I haven't missed a single day since I started the blog marathon. Now corrected it. Thank you for bringing it to my notice.:)

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  12. Wow :-)very touching and lovely!

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  13. Very sweet, Preethi. I love how happy u feel inspite of having heard it so many times. That childlike spirit is superb. Such a sweet thing by pooja.

    Regular reader of your blog, been following since 2006/ 2007. Missed it in between n found it again, n have been a regular since then. once when u posted about the busy elf, felt so proud n happy to see a selfless act, commented but somehow it got erased, because I couldnt enter the account details properly.

    Congrats on being mentioned in the Forbes influential people.

    Your writing is so inspiring, am having a feast with the blog marathon.

    Preethi, if possible, can you write about parenting? Don't have any specific things to ask, just your approach towards parenting.

    Regards.

    Love,
    Reshma

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    1. Thanks Reshma! I have written many posts on Parenting. Just look at the right side of this blog..Look for the heading 'What you will find here' and click on sub-tab parenting and you will get all my posts on parenting.

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  14. Good morning, Preethi. Thanks for the prompt reply. I had read some of them earlier, but now, when I re-read them, they answer some of my nagging questions.

    Good day!

    Reshma

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  15. WOW! BEAUTIFUL quilled tea cups. Preeti you are fortunate to receive so much love.

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  16. It is true Preethi..You share a sense of Positivity. Regarding the cover change, I already have read all your books. My husband usually orders it through flipkart and he thought this is a new one and I got a new copy of Tea for Two....

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  17. Preethi,

    Am so jealous of u! I love d way you take off your fans! And am loving your " The Secret Wish List"

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