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What do you write about? (post 11 blog marathon)

 Last evening, we had a dinner party with a couple of good friends.

There were some people whom I was meeting for the first time and who hadn't heard of me. One of them asked me 'What do you write about?'

If I were to answer honestly, I would say I write about everything. I write about a leaf fallen on a pavement that prompted me to write  a poem. I write about my guinea pigs. I write about relationships. I write about my feelings and those of others. I write about marriages.I write about places that I find interesting. I write about people I find interesting. I write funny stuff sometimes. I write inspirational stuff sometimes. Mostly I just write whatever is on top of my mind at that point in time.I write straight from the heart.

I wanted to say all of this. Instead I found myself giving the standard answer which I give when people ask me that question.  I found myself saying 'I write commercial fiction and I am one of India's popular authors.Just google my name and you will get all details.'

I really do not know if people actually care when they ask that question. Perhaps it is idle curiosity. Perhaps they are genuinely interested. Perhaps  they are not. The reactions I get from people when I say that I am an author are varied.

Most are very impressed on meeting me. They invite me to their homes  for a cup of tea (and I am always grateful for that). Some couldn't care less. Some remember my details  and then get in touch with me later,asking if I would read a manuscript written by someone they know, or they write and ask me how to get published. Some cannot believe that I am actually 'Preeti Shenoy'. :)

When I meet people, I am not even conscious that I am a popular author.

It is only when they ask what I do, that I remember!

I am of course happy and proud of all my success. But I do honestly believe I have a very long way to go yet.
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Comments

  1. I like the way you end most posts. "Some cannot actually believe that you are Preeti Shenoy" ? I wonder how sometimes people know others by name and not identification and sometimes the other way round. It's just awkward, atleast to me.

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    1. They would have read my books and they cannot believe they are meeting me.This usually happens when I am recognized..So people come and ask me 'Are you Preeti Shenoy' and then they just can't believe that they have met me.

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  2. :).Nice one
    By the way,it must be a little taxing on the mind to come up with a blogpost everyday,considering you are also working on your next book,arent you?
    I also blog and can only blog when I am 'in the mood',otherwise find it difficult
    looking forward to next blogpost.

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  3. :D I had my best laughter... Great!!! this must be very hilarious situation for you!!! OMG I am still laughing... :D

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  4. and some people like me keep staring at their computer screens... because they actually received a reply from a celebrity author :) :) .. you are an inspiration Preeti.. thank you for being you ♥

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  5. i sometimes feel that you exaggerate a situation ... i think you told this straight from the heart thing a lot of times .... phewww... why do you keep on telling same thing again and again , world knows it when they read your books or blog, do you need to explain yourself all the time ???????

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  6. hope even i do get thoughts and words to write about any topic... you are incredible... thank you for posting your each and every eye catching blogs.!!

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  7. you rock--waiting to meet you someday and then boast about it :)

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