Friday, December 20, 2013

A festive note from me with some juicy tidbits thrown in :)

Hi there,

How have you been? Has the festive season brought cheer? It has for me--there is such a lot happening in my life! (which is a good thing I suppose even though I miss my own company which I enjoy a lot)

I have just got back from a WONDERFUL family vacation at Singapore. My mother loved it.



That is my favourite snap from the vacation. Clicked at Orchid Garden, where my mom transformed into a little girl, seeing the orchids in full bloom. I think she is more beautiful than the orchids that she admired.



I haven't forgotten that the results of TOUCH Thursday no.4 had to be announced. It is just that I managed to touch base with Westland (my publishers) only yesterday.
And the winner of TOUCH Thursday No.4 is

Anoptimistic whose winning entry is

http://anoptimistic.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/a-lonely-evening-on-beach-a-perfect-date-250-words/

Congratulations! (please mail me your postal address on ps(at)preetishenoy(dot)com and Westland will send you the TOUCH mug.

This morning when I was walking my dog, a lady who had moved in recently into a house at the end of the lane started chatting with me.

"Are you working?" she asked.

"I am a writer," I replied.

"What do you write about?" was her next question.

"I write novels," I said.


"Oh, writers are creative folks aren't they?" she continued.

"I guess", I said and smiled.

She wanted to know the names of my books and I told her to google my name and she would get all details. I find it tiresome to explain to people what I write about.

I find it easier to talk to you all, through my blog.

Does that make me a writer? I guess it does :)

Reminds me of the quote from the movie Indie Game.

"It's why a writer writes---because they can. It's the most effective way they can express themselves."

One of my resolutions for the new year is to write more in this blog. I will try and post more often, than I do now.

What has been happening in your lives? Any exciting plans for hols? Any resolutions? What is the thing that you want to change about yourself? Thought about it?

Do think.
And ACT.

And may the festive season bring tonnes of happiness to you!

Love
Preeti

ps: We set up a Christmas tree even though we do not celebrate Christmas, because I had a lovely tree and it seemed such a shame to do nothing. My mother and my kids decorated it. And I think it looks fabulous! Will post a pic sometime.
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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A book launch and a note from Singapore.

Hi there.

This is a quick post typed in under ten minutes from Singapore (where I am currently on vacation)  using the complimentary hotel wi-fi with a speed so good, you would think you are in a GTA game, driving a Mc.Laren F1, the scenery whizzing past in a blur, zooming from 0 to 180 in 8 seconds flat, adrenaline coursing through your veins with heart pounding madly. I could shift to Singapore, just for the Internet speeds.

The Book launch of 'The One You Cannot have' (on 6th December at Royal orchid Bangalore) went off marvelously.  It was a memorable event--easily one of the best book launches I have ever had. Every single person who attended it, would agree. There was warmth, camaraderie and a spirit of celebration.

Dr.Shyam Bhat (Psychiatrist and Integrative Medicine specialist)  and Vani Mahesh (founder of Easylib) were in conversation with me, about the book. They were both splendid and gracious.


A few readers, who attended the launch  blogged about it. You can read two of the posts about the launch, in the links below:

http://ayusheeghoshal.blogspot.in/2013/12/the-one-you-cannot-have-book-launch-to_8.html

 http://justbeingsiji.blogspot.in/2013/12/preeti-shenoys-book-launch.html

This is a picture of me, clicked just before I left home, for the launch.


And here are a few more pictures from the launch






Umesh and Vimala Malhotra (Founders of Hippocampus, Bangalore )

Signing the books, after the event

Shinie Antony (an amazing  author. I totally love her writing style and her books) and Vani Mahesh. We had a GREAT time.






For more pictures from the launch go here

The launch was covered by Bangalore times as well as Deccan Chronicle.




The book has been getting some amazing reviews (you can check them out here and here) , and I was thrilled to see it on number 10 in the Amazon bestseller list.

You also ought to see the book at all the leading book-stores in India. (if you don't find it, please let me know :) ) Some select Cafe Coffee Days too are selling my book!

Pic by Saffin Mathew

All in all, I am glad that my 5th baby, has got a grand welcome into this world.


So a large thank you to every single one who made an effort to attend my launch! And also a big thank you to each and every one who bought my book.

And with that I  sign off. I am heading towards all the fabulous malls in Singapore, planning to shop till I drop!

Ciao! Will write again soon.
Till then--keep that sunny smile.

Preeti
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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Updates from my end, including Bangalore Launch of 'The One You Cannot Have'

So,  the Forbes India Celebrity 100 Nominees List for 2013 is just out.

 Only 10 authors  have made it to the longlist including, yours truly.

A question I keep getting asked is 'How does it feel'?
I do feel proud and happy and also very grateful to all who read me. I also feel a sense of achievement .That's about it! How else am I supposed to feel ? :)

In the other news, TWO of my titles were in the Nielsen Top ten. The One You Cannot Have opened at No.2 !



The reviews have been fabulous (also read the reviews on goodreads) and the mails praising the book have been pouring in. Many people are telling me that it is a 'must-read' for anyone who has broken up. They tell me that it feels like their story. I am delighted that it has struck a chord.

My publishers came up with this poster!



Indigo 91.9 fm which is Bangalore's only English radio station (I listen to it a lot--they play some awesome music)  are putting me on air tomrrow between 11 and 2. I will be in conversation with RJ Shagufta. If you are in bangalore, tune in. You could even win signed copies of the book. :)

To celebrate the success of the book, we are having a grand launch at The Royal Orchid, Bangalore, tomorrow. (6th december 2013). If you are in Bangalore, I would love it if you join me. Kindly mail me on ps(at)preetishenoy(dot)com and I would be happy to send you an invite with all details!


I am looking forward to it--it is going to be fab! :)
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