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TOUCH Thursday No.2 (and also results of TOUCH Thursday No.1 !)

Thursday again!

Yes-- I know, you have been waiting for the winners of TOUCH Thursday No.1. A big thank you to all who took part. I read each single one, and each one was forwarded to Westland.
The ones that did not carry the banner were also forwarded but not considered.


The results have just come in.. And the winner of TOUCH Thursday No.1 is

SEEMA !!  Here is her entry:  http://myendeavours.blogspot.in/2013/10/touch-thursday-no1.html

Seema--Please send me your email id and Westland will get in touch with you and send you the TOUCH Thursday mug (which can be personalized with your picture).





The following people get a special mention:

Aayush Goyal.   (he had left his entry as a comment on my previous post as he does not have a blog)

Kajol Bramhadande:  ( She has  left her entry  as a comment on my previous post)

Preeti Venugopal : http://tulipsandme.blogspot.in/2013/10/my-forever-friend.html



A big BIG thanks to all who took part! I enjoyed reading your thoughts and I hope you enjoyed taking part.

 
And now, here is TOUCH Thursday No.2



See the picture above. Mark is one of the characters in the book. He is from UK. He has not been to India yet, but plans to visit. He has lived in UK, all his life.

If you had to tell Mark about India, what would you tell him?

You can write Mark an email or just tell him, like you would tell a friend.
It is your choice!

 (To get you started--where will you take him? What will you show him? What do you want him to know about India?)

(Didn't I tell you, it would be fun? :) )

 Write as much as you want or as little as you want! If you want Westland to consider your entry, please carry the TOUCH banner:


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The results will be declared next Thursday and one lucky winner gets the TOUCH mug :) !
 Good luck!
I can't wait to read what you  will write :)
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  1. Hi Preeti, I've posted :) http://tanya-blogging.blogspot.in/2013/10/touch-thursday-no2-response-to-prompt.html

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  2. Thank You Preeti for the special mention... I am flying high.
    Love you and Westland...
    Getting ready to write to Mark...

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  3. By the way thanx for the pre order link. I pre ordered thro Landmark. Can you please sign the copies that are pre ordered like you did for "My Secret Wishlist?"

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    1. Thank you for pre-ordering Srilakhsmi. i think currently my publishers have tied up with Cross-word for signed copies. I think they are also working towards signing up with other sites. I don't control the logistics. I sign them at one go and they are taken care of by my publishers.

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  4. Hi Preeti! Here's my entry, a quick email to Mark:

    Hi Mark! Visiting Incredible India will be an unforgettable experience, especially if it's your first trip abroad. Have you planned your trip meticulously? If you haven't you should.

    India has *so* much to offer that you need to sit and make a day-wise travel plan to make the most of things. You can literally get onto a train one evening and wake up in a completely different place where people speak a new language, cook new cuisine, and have a new history to narrate.

    There's an India for travelers who love adventure sports, an India for travelers who love food (trust me on this), an India for travelers who love history, an India for travelers who love wildlife - I can go on. Depending on the experiences you want out of this trip, do your research beforehand and make plans in advance.

    Your budgets are up to you - India can offer you some of the most lavish experiences and also some of the most satisfying economical experiences. The government tourism offices are very friendly and are your best bet to help you organize your trip.

    Hope you have a nice trip - do post pics for us to see!

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    1. I too used to say the same to my British friends--that India has SO MUCH to offer. So true.

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  5. Hey Mark
    So planing to visit India next week..its good that you are finally taking a time off from your job and will live your life at-least for few days. ;) And good for you i am off for next 2 weeks.. Don't you worry man i have planned it all.

    First of all as we are gonna be in Amritsar(Punjab),i m gonna give you a fine tour of the Holy city.The Golden Temple is a sure watch for any person who comes to Amritsar,even Punjab.You're gonna love the peace in divine power of this city Having said that you are going to love the food here more than any thing Its world famous.

    After this we get delivered to Delhi,A modern city with an incredible history to it.You would need a month tour wander the whole city,But we will have crash course don't worry!! lotus temple,Gutub Minar,The Red fort and many places.
    You know Mark India is a great country in itself,it has bad points,good points and worst points But tell me a country which is perfect.? we can just try to improve it.and i m sure you are gonna remember more good things than the bad about India.

    And yes,you were telling me something about Indian women that they are Pretty,Intelligent and gorgeous..I can promise you that Indian women have much more qualities including these But,for god sake Mark you are in a relationship..!!
    Just kidding :D See you soon.

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    1. :) :)
      Yes--mark is like that!! :) Ladies man :)

      I too love Amritsar and I think Golden temple is *MAGNIFICENT*

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    4. was just being a little realistic..lol ;)

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  6. Congrats to the winners. Keep up the creative grains up:)

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  7. Hi. Mark! So you plan to visit India ... Good choice I would say not because I am an Indian but because I know the core of India .... It is said that if you want to go on a world tour just visit India we have the snow of switerzland to the Himalayan ranges ... If you are a fun loving guy you must visit the anjuna beach in goa ..you will be delighted... If you wish to enjoy the sea view then must come to vapi... My favourite tourist spot is the gateway of India and the prince of wales museum and I am sure you would love it...India offers a wonderful cuisine right from spicy to sweet n salty foodstuffs you can relish your taste bu
    ds and if your purpose is marriage then Indian women are the best ... Their loyalty and sincerity is known all over the world and of course intelligence and beauty..
    There is so much to tell ... Now just come here and meet me... I can guarantee you that this trip will be a memorable one

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  8. Hi. Mark! So you plan to visit India ... Good choice I would say not because I am an Indian but because I know the core of India .... It is said that if you want to go on a world tour just visit India we have the snow of switerzland to the Himalayan ranges ... If you are a fun loving guy you must visit the anjuna beach in goa ..you will be delighted... If you wish to enjoy the sea view then must come to vapi... My favourite tourist spot is the gateway of India and the prince of wales museum and I am sure you would love it...India offers a wonderful cuisine right from spicy to sweet n salty foodstuffs you can relish your taste bu
    ds and if your purpose is marriage then Indian women are the best ... Their loyalty and sincerity is known all over the world and of course intelligence and beauty..
    There is so much to tell ... Now just come here and meet me... I can guarantee you that this trip will be a memorable one

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    1. :)
      Mark is quite the ladies man. He sees your picture and he will be on the next flight to India! :)

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  9. Hi Preeti Shenoy. I have put my link above. https://heta1311.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/touch-thrusday-2-preety-shenoy/

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  10. Hello Preeti Mam,
    Just enjoyed participating in TOUCH Thurday NO.1, Looking forward to participate for the upcoming ones!
    Honestly getting greedy for the Mug, but even more greedy for the appreciation I might get from YOU, If my post gets selected.....

    Truckloads of thanks for always inspiring and motivating!!!

    Sneha

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  11. Hi Preeti, I have posted for the TOUCH thursday no.2.
    Loved participating in TOUCH no.1 and hope to participate for all the 6 weeks.
    I pre-ordered your book from flipkart. Now eagerly waiting for a signed copy.

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  12. Posted!! :)
    http://shwetashirodaria.wordpress.com/2013/10/11/india-with-optimism-love-and-hope/

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  13. Hi Preeti..Here is my post for Touch thurday No.2

    http://funnylyours.blogspot.in/2013/10/india.html

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  14. Thank u preeti mam for the special mention........ :) i ll post the comment on "mark" as soon as i would get the time....

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  19. Your blog are really awesome!

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  20. Done :) So good to imagine a person and talk to him :)

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  22. Hey hi mark! Feels grt to know that u want to visit India...actually preeti mam gave me a responsibility i must say opportunity to tell u something about India...after a while i thought thay what can i tell u about India which u never heard before?or how can i introduce my beautiful India perfectly to u more than anyother one? Its does nt mean that i don't have anything to say, bt its clearly mean that there is so much to say that i am confuse that from where it should have to began....so till now u heard about its nature,beautiful places to visit like golden temple,tajmahal,rajastan,mumbai,chennai,manali...etc etc...nd how can anyone forget our festivals which r more than the days in one year :):) jokes a part.. u heard abt how this all places nd things makes the India so beautiful...bt u know what ,i wanted to tell u that things about India which u never heard it before nd which u even could not find with the help of google...so lets see the India from my view..... I agree to the statement that all the

    places,traditions,cultures,festivals mades India so beautiful nd incredible bt i genuinly believe that India is India bcos of the Indians...their mentalility,their beliefs,their values,their kindness,their thoughts nd their ethics... This is the country where wives however intelligent nd modern they r, they treat their husbands as god nd respect their thought nd views nd sacrifice their whole life in the service for their in-laws...this is the country where the person having highest status or position in the society also bend his ownself nd touch the feet of his elders in respect to them like anyother indian....this is the country where one thread ( Rakhi) can bind two person' relation with each other more than their real one.....this is the country where guests r treated as god.....this is the country where family is just not a family,here family is a backbone of individuals's life .....this is the country where mother now also get scared whenever her childs comes late....

    this is the country where girls wear everything bt still they believe that they look super sensual( even covering their whole body)in sari the traditional attire of India....

    this is the country where now also people think of god whenever they think to do some good or bad things....for good thing bcos they need blessing of god nd ,before bad things bcos they scared of him its obviously shaws that somewhere they believe in him.....this is the country which do good with the good one nd change bad into good...this is the country where relations r more important than money....this is the country where people accept there guest as their family member nd welcome them whole heartly....this is the country where people just want love nd words of love from others....
    This is my country mark,which purely know how to take the love and how to give it to others with the open hands....u r most welcome mark, just come and take your part of unconditional love from India.

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  23. Thankyou preeti :)..
    I simply loved your prompt..
    here is my URL
    http://madhav-hopeful.blogspot.in/2013/10/my-india.html

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  25. To : Mark Miller
    Subject : A glimpse of India from my eyes .
    Time : 14:33 pm
    From : Aayush Goyal

    Namaste,

    I went to Kashmir , it was beautiful , it was cold, then i noticed a solitary Muslim ranger guarding a Hindu Temple. I felt unity , I felt Love.

    I visited Bengal , and found my eyes locked with the radiant gaze of the mighty Durga , I felt enchanted and a little intimidated. But , then i tasted the Bengali sweets and realised that the accent of the girl offering the sweets was even sweeter . I felt warmth , I felt love .

    I visited Gujarat and found myself temporarily deafened by the lioness' roar , I felt petrified , I felt terrified . But then I heard the beautiful composition of a flute echoing from the faraway land of Dwarka , weaving and shielding me from every harm . I relaxed and realised that , that song was the essence , the fragrance of my soul. I felt protected , I felt love .

    I visited Goa , and found the waves of the ocean crashing against the rocky cliff . I sensed change , I sensed mutiny . But then I noticed a lady , with hair, the colour of sunshine and skin, paler than the moon. I looked into her clear eyes and realised that I could see straight through , deeper and deeper , i saw her heart , but then I saw myself reflected in those clear eyes and I realised there was nothing so foreign about her afterall. I felt happy , i felt love.

    I visited Kerala and found myself in a church , people chanting hymns addressed to the saviour , the saviour of whom I did not know of. I felt alienated and perplexed. Then I spotted the statue of an angel nailed to the cross and i smiled . I realised that I have always known of this angel , I have worshipped him all my life , but only by a different name. I closed my eyes and offered a silent prayer too complex for words to compose yet easily felt. I felt at home , I felt love .

    I went to Kanyakumari , and found myself at the country's end . The thought felt strangely sad and desolate . But then I noticed beautiful diyas floating above the dark water . Each flame representing a hope , a dream , a destination . Each flame on its solitary journey . Fire and water , existing together , without destroying each other . Water flowing , carrying the flame towards its destination , both giving meaning to each others' existence . There were tears in my eyes yet a smile played upon my lips. I felt complete , I felt love.

    Aayush Goyal
    Hans Raj College, Delhi University.

    P.S. I hope you have a similar ( or even better ) experience !

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  26. Posted!

    http://ruminating-optimist.blogspot.in/2013/10/writing-prompt-mark-coming-to-india.html

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  27. Hi Preeti, eagerly awaiting the launch of your new book. Participated in touch thursdays for the first time, really excited! :)

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  28. hi preeti, i dont even know how to address u .. u r elder in age so i can call u didi if u like it ... i need to talk a lot with u , i am taking granted and writing it on the comments column first of all i know nothing about blogs ... so i am sorry if i shouldnt be writing it here ... so how to start ... yup i read ur book life is what u make of it before one year ... i liked everything in it .. i dont know how to describe it ,but i liked it much tat i started collecting all ur books and reading so i can call myself ur fan since i have done justice to tat part my reading all ur books till ur last book secret wishlist ... i am waiting for ur new book too... love u

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  29. oh god i'm going to miss this prompt as i myself not well traveled so i'm skipping ma'am

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  30. Done.
    http://myendeavours.blogspot.com/2013/10/touch-thursday-no-2.html

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  31. Here is my entry http://sumanthnaik.blogspot.in/2013/10/an-advice-to-mark-about-our-country.html

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  32. Hello Preeti Mam. Here is my entry for the touch 2 competition. My mail to Mark.

    Hi Mark,
    Glad about your visit to India.
    INDIA- what to tell about it? Everyone is aware that India is known for its exotic culture,religion,food,monuments and it's scenic beauty. India is famous for its geographical and cultural diversity from snow - dusted mountains to sun - washed beaches, tranquil temples to feisty festivals , lantern - lit villages to software - supermo cities. It's a place who can make anyone fall in love with it. For me India truly means Love , pure love. So as it's your first visit to India let's make it memorable and romantic. India has one of the world's most romantic monument - The epitome of love- Taj Mahal. This white Mausoleum decants love from all sides. This mausoleum's white marble shifts it's colour and tone to match the mood of the world outside - a transformation that is enchanting to watch.
    The second place that I would suggest is the "Venice Of The East" and the "Most Romantic City Of India" - Udaipur. This city of dawn is the most romantic and most beautiful cities of India. Udaipur is a mesmerising land around the azure water lakes , hemmed in by lush hills of Aravalis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, this city of rajasthan is a fascinating blend of sights , sounds and experiences.
    The third place would be the city of Arabian nights - Jaisalmer.Jaisalmer will bring the fairy tales back into your life with the experience of camel safari, camp under the stars in the desert sand or by just watching the sky turn orange as the sunsets over the dunes. I can assure you would have a spell bound experience.
    By the time you are done with these romantic places it would be time when India will be celebrating its most beautiful festival - the festival of lights - Diwali. So it is a great chance for you to visit the holy city of India - varanasi. On the eve of Diwali , the ghats of varanasi will be illuminated with thousands of diyas(earthen lamps) transforming the proverbial "city of lights" into mesmerising reality. This would be the best place to end your first trip to India.

    So come and fall in love with my country. Hope you enjoy your visit to India and get back with an experience which is truly incredible.


    Regards
    Maitri

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  33. Hello Preeti Mam. Here is my entry for the touch 2 competition. My mail to Mark.

    Hi Mark,
    Glad about your visit to India.
    INDIA- what to tell about it? Everyone is aware that India is known for its exotic culture,religion,food,monuments and it's scenic beauty. India is famous for its geographical and cultural diversity from snow - dusted mountains to sun - washed beaches, tranquil temples to feisty festivals , lantern - lit villages to software - supermo cities. It's a place who can make anyone fall in love with it. For me India truly means Love , pure love. So as it's your first visit to India let's make it memorable and romantic. India has one of the world's most romantic monument - The epitome of love- Taj Mahal. This white Mausoleum decants love from all sides. This mausoleum's white marble shifts it's colour and tone to match the mood of the world outside - a transformation that is enchanting to watch.
    The second place that I would suggest is the "Venice Of The East" and the "Most Romantic City Of India" - Udaipur. This city of dawn is the most romantic and most beautiful cities of India. Udaipur is a mesmerising land around the azure water lakes , hemmed in by lush hills of Aravalis. A vision in white drenched in romance and beauty, this city of rajasthan is a fascinating blend of sights , sounds and experiences.
    The third place would be the city of Arabian nights - Jaisalmer.Jaisalmer will bring the fairy tales back into your life with the experience of camel safari, camp under the stars in the desert sand or by just watching the sky turn orange as the sunsets over the dunes. I can assure you would have a spell bound experience.
    By the time you are done with these romantic places it would be time when India will be celebrating its most beautiful festival - the festival of lights - Diwali. So it is a great chance for you to visit the holy city of India - varanasi. On the eve of Diwali , the ghats of varanasi will be illuminated with thousands of diyas(earthen lamps) transforming the proverbial "city of lights" into mesmerising reality. This would be the best place to end your first trip to India.

    So come and fall in love with my country. Hope you enjoy your visit to India and get back with an experience which is truly incredible.


    Regards
    Maitri

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    2. That is really beautiful description. Well planned with the diwali timing.

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