Monday, September 30, 2013

The One You Cannot Have (TOUCH)

And so my weekend whizzed by. I have no idea when it came and when it went or where. It was stealthier than a thief, dressed in black, blending  in with the shadows of the night, quieter than a cat's paws landing on cold cement floor noiselessly and faster than a flash of lightning on a dark, moonless, stormy night.

Mostly, I think, it was lost in the huge stir that the sharing of the cover page of my next title created.
I shared it on Facebook over the weekend, but in case you haven't see it, here goes:


It is a story of unrequited love. It is a story of a couple who were in a perfect relationship for four years, and who could not imagine  existing without each other. But life had other plans for them.
Sixty percent of the book is written from the point of view of Aman, who is the male protagonist.

I shall share the back blurb and a little more about the characters soon! Watch this space!

Over the weekend, I was also invited by IIM-Bangalore, to speak at  Vista 2013,their  annual international business summit.




Here is what some people said after the event.









The event was very well organised and executed. I enjoyed connecting with the other panelists.

So, now you know where my weekend vanished.

Though I did not get any rest at all, I am still happy.
And excited too! :)

For my last two books, I had started a 'Tea-for-two-Tuesdays', and  'Wishlist Wednesdays' where I had given  interesting writing prompts. If you have been a regular reader of this blog, you would recall how well it was received, and  what fun it was. This time I  am thinking of running  ' TOUCH Thursdays'. TOUCH is an abbreviation  of my new book-- The One  yoU Cannot Have.

Tell me if you would want that!  I will put up the writing prompts only if there is enough response and demand for it, as I will have to devote quite a bit of time to it. If you are game, I would love to. The prompts would be unusual, quirky, fun.

Do let me know your thoughts please. (in my comment box).


Shall be back again soon.
Until then,

Stay happy and  don't forget to smile!

Love
Preeti


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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wordless Wednesday 38 . Snapshots from Pune International Lit fest.

For Wordless Wednesday thought I would share some snpashots from the recently concluded Pune International Lit fest. It was wonderful to meet and interact with my fellow authors. See if you recognise any! :) Answers at the end of the post :)






























Did you recognise any? :)

In case you haven't--- from top to bottom.. Tuhin Sinha Mehgna PantDurjoy Datta,  Ashwin Sanghi, Kiran Nagarkar (I am a HUGE fan of his writing) and of course Preeti Shenoy :)

(Click on the names to know more about them)

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Coming soon!

 Hi there,

Apologies for not posting this sooner.

Things have been crazy in a crater-erupted-inside-my-home kind of a way. I have been working NON-STOP since Friday evening. I took a break only yesterday morning. I worked and worked, till I fell asleep in front of my laptop. Upon waking I worked again. I had to revise my manuscript of my 5th book and do the edits, and God, it is a tough task, requiring immense concentration and effort. You cannot let your mind wander even for a few seconds, as you might have missed something.

When I work on edits, I shut down from the outside world. Nothing else matters. I find anyone trying to even talk to me, an intrusion. Fortunately I have a co-operative family and they give me my space and time.

 In case you want to read more about the process of writing a book, click here.

And this is just the first round of edits  which  are over. (two more remain)

Meanwhile nobody guessed the title of the book, and so I went ahead and revealed it on Facbook. For those of you who are not on FB, here it is, my 5th baby! (The due date is 2nd week of November.)



I am very excited about this book, as 60 percent of the book is from a male point of view. My closest guy friends who read it, (including  Satish) said that nobody would even say that a woman has written it--it captured the thoughts in a man's head exactly. All of them, felt it was my best work yet.


I felt happy about that.

The book is about unrequited love. I shall share the synopsis and cover soon.

Meanwhile there will be a lot of fun stuff happening on my FB page. 
Do join me there! (Especially if you want a quick reply  from me to anything you have to say. I am very active on FB and Twitter )

In the other news, I have two sessions at the Pune International Lit fest!


 

Both my sessions are on 21st. So if you are around, come and say a hi :)
Here is the website for more details: http://pilf.in/

I leave you with a visual I shared on Facebook. These are lines from 'The One You Cannot Have'.






Will post again soon! 

Till then, please wish me luck :)

And tell me  what you think about the early glimpses of my  new baby :)

Good night folks.


With love
Preeti
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Guess the title-part 2. FIVE book hampers to be won :)

 

So here is part-2 of 'Guess the title' game which has just started. If you have missed it, see my last post.

See the clues above and guess the title!!
Go ahead---wear your thinking caps and get cracking! :)

FIVE book hampers to be won. :) Westland  (my publishers) will pick five correct entries and give away gift hampers.

You could even join me on my Facebook page, or Twitter, where the contest will go live later . I just thought you, my dear blog readers [my special people :)] , should be the first to know and hence this post! :)

And also here is a picture I shared on FB, which a lot of people liked :) So had to post it here too :)



Good luck in guessing the title :)
And also tell me if you think this picture is good enough to be the author picture for the new book.

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Sunday, September 08, 2013

My 5th book! Guess how many words in the title? :)

A lot of people are guessing the number of words on Facebook. If you want to join me there, click here.

Else, just use my comment box :) 
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Saturday, September 07, 2013

A powerful connection.

7th of September is a day I do not like to face.

In case you are a new reader, I suggest you  read

This  post I wrote on 7th September 2010. and




This one I wrote on  7th September 2011 and also


This one I wrote on 7th September 2012

(My personal favorite  being the first link-- the  2010 one)

He loved to go for long walks. Today I walked 12 kilometers,as a tribute to him. Satish walked with me.I remembered  all the stuff that he did, everything he used to say. The stuff that made great memories.

And the stuff that made me the person I am.

He shaped me, he moulded me, taught me to be strong, independent and have pride in my work. He taught me to be kind. He taught me that you learn something from every single person you come across.

He instilled in me, my love for books. As a child, my home was filled with books. By the age of nine  or so, I had read Thomas. A. Harris's I'm Ok, You're Ok. I used to have conversations with him about Transactional Analysis and PAC. (Read the book to know it in detail). We used to analyze behavioral traits and why we do the things we do. As a child, I read, devoured and digested almost all the books he owned (and he had a vast and interesting collection of fiction and non-fiction). Our love for books continued long into adulthood.

It was my dad who told me to read  Tuesdays with Morrie and it remains one of my all time favorite books. Whenever I read a good book, I would excitedly call him up and tell him to get it. If he read something that struck him as engrossing and a worthy read, he would do the same. He would cut out interesting articles that he came across in newspapers and he would send them to me to read. I would do the same. And we would discuss them.

I loved speaking to him. He was one of the most open-minded individuals I knew. We could talk and discuss about anything under the sun.

He would have been so proud to see my name in the Forbes long list of 100 most influential celebrities in India. He would have been elated to know about the success of my books, and how they have been best-sellers. I would have discussed the story with him, asked his inputs. I would have shown him the covers while they were being finalized. I would have taken him through the whole process and his chest would have swelled up in pride. I can imagine how happy he would have been to hold my books in his hand.

When he went, he took a piece of me with him. He left a huge gaping void in my heart--an unending emptiness.

When I write, it comforts me for a while. Then it comes back to gnaw at my insides.

Not a single day passes when I don't think of him. (and it has been 7 years now and yet I miss him). The connection with him is that deep, that powerful.

People ask me 'What inpsires you to write?'

I have just one answer 'My dad.'
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ps: Please keep him in your thoughts today, and say a prayer for him if you are reading this. He was a great guy, my dad.

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Tuesday, September 03, 2013

A special relationship and a birthday wish.

She called me up this morning at around 5.45 a.m. I had been fast asleep and my hand reluctantly reached out from under the blanket to answer her call. Groggy eyed, I picked up the phone and tip-toed out of the bedroom, so that I don't wake Satish, my brain still pounding under the confusion of being suddenly woken up, my mind suspended in that half-dazed state between sleep and wakefulness.

'Good morning Preeti,'  she said.

'Hey--all okay?' I asked.

'Wish me first, It is my birthday,' she said.

'Idiot--did you wake me up for that? I would have wished you later. I was fast asleep.'

'So what? That's okay if i woke you,'

I smiled  and wished her.

And we spoke for a good 35 minutes.

And that was just the first phone call. Later there were many more phone calls to each other.

Apart from the whatsapp chats.

'Hey, Do you realise something?' I told her, a little while ago.

'What?' she asked.

'We're in a relationship,' I said.

'What?! ' she asked.

' We're sisters.' I said.

And she smiled.

It was the truth. 


 I do not know what I would have done without her. She is one of my closest friends and it is a friendship of more than 11 years. She is one of my biggest well-wishers and sometimes, I trust her much more than I trust my own self :)

She is an entrepreneur, a mom, a business woman--completely self-made and very successful. She is someone I truly admire.  ( I plan to write about her someday.)

Happy birthday Priya. 
I love you loads and feel so blessed to have you in my life.
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