Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A journey of a 1000 miles (with pictures!) : Blog marathon post 1

So I asked on my Facebook Author page, what you all thought about my starting a blog marathon. And the response was overwhelming :)


You guys are such wonderful and enthusiastic readers. Hence starting today, there will be a new post every single day for the next 30 days. Those who have followed my previous blog marathons know that I never miss a post. I have done so many now that I have lost count. I had started this in 2009 and have done one (sometimes two) every year since then. It is a huge challenge to post every day, and takes discipline and commitment, like many of you know. Exactly the ingredients needed to write a book. Or form a habit that you want as a part of your life. (Like starting an exercise routine or deciding to go for a walk every single day. If any of you have been wanting to do that but were just kept postponing it, join me in my blog marathon. I will blog every day, and you can walk/run/do whatever it is that you want to do. Deal? You can leave me a comment on my post every single day if you like, if that would motivate you.)

The reason there was a long silence from my end was that I have been traveling like crazy for my book launches. We started off in Bangalore. It was a grand launch. Two of my readers launched my book! It was an emotional moment.(and a very proud one too!)




  Then I was off to Maldives for a family vacation. It was magical. Truly heaven. Here's one of my favorite  pictures from the vacation:





Then I was off to Delhi for the Times Lit fest.
Times of India, (National edition) carried this photo of me:

After that I had a FABULOUS event with the Guragon Moms club.


If you want to know what the event was all about and what i spoke, you can read about it in this link:
http://gurgaonmoms.com/2015/12/06/preeti-shenoys-why-we-love-the-way-we-do-gurgaomoms-book-club-event/

I also got a chance to catch up with my good friend Suma, (and another friend) at Gurgaon. We had a FABULOUS time. She also attended my event the next day. Here 's my favourite pic from the event
Then I was off to Bhubhaneshwar. It was the first time that I was visiting the city and I fell in love with it's beauty, history, culture and splendour. I gave a talk at XIMB. That was superbly received too.
Here is a pic in front of the main campus building at XIMB


At the ximb campus, giving my talk.

With the students at ximb

In the evening I had an event at Crossword in Bhubhaneshwar.


Crossword Bhubaneshwar


Then I was back to Bangalore, where I was a part of the Bangalore Lit fest. My session was with Durjoy Datta and Ravinder Singh and it was moderated by Nandita Bose. That went off splendidly as well.
Here are my favourite pictures from the event:

Our session 'New age romantics' at BLF


With Shinie Antony

With Durjoy Datta

With Ravinder Singh and Durjoy Datta

And if you aren't tired of listening to all my travels, there is more!!

After the Bangalore lit fest, I left for Vadodara! :)
It was the first time for me in Vadodara as well (though i have been to Ahemdabad many times, I had not been to any other place in Gujarat)
I gave a talk at an International school and had a fabulous time with the-students. they loved my talk and asked me lots of questions.
Here is a picture of me giving the talk.

 And this one with the students, I love! They asked me very intelligent questions. Smart kids!


After that i visited Maneesh Book store Vadodara, which is a very popular book store. The owners Pinakini and Maneesh were the perfect hosts. They gifted me two lovely books--one a coffee table book on Vadodara (or Baroda as it used to be known) and another wonderful book filled with writings from great thinkers.

 Here is me signing away the books at Maneesh Book Store.

 Then they treated me to a sumptuous, delicious Gujarati Thali.

I barely had time to rest and the bookstore event was upon me. Here I am at Crossword Alkapuri at Vadodara. It was great to see my book in the top ten highest selling titles.
 The turnout was amazing. You can see the packed house.
 And the people queuing up to take my signature on the books.


Every place I went to, I also had press conferences and media interactions and television and radio interviews. I haven't shared what the newspapers said here in this post. But if you want to see it, you can

 click HERE.

So after a grueling, hectic schedule, I am finally back in Bangalore--and blogging! (You didn't think for a moment that I would forget my blog and being in touch with you, did you? If you did--well, here I am :) And will be showing up daily for the next 30 days)

Leave me comments! Share your thoughts. I don't want this to be one-sided.

See you tomorrow!
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19 comments:

  1. I know how difficult it is to write a new blogpost everyday. It's so sweet of to do this for your readers, interacting wholeheartedly (and sharing lovely pictures!). Truly inspiring (For an aspiring writer like me)! That's why we love you! Best wishes...always

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  2. Ummmm...a blog marathon- Sounds interesting! Best luck :)
    Your blogging marathon equals my reading marathon for the next 30 days :) Awaiting the subsequent posts...

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  3. Hi,
    It really feels good after reading your blog and it motivates as well. The way you are handling your busy schedule and writing blog for your reader is really amazing.
    But I have one complain from you. This is second time I am asking the same question, when you will come to Mumbai. Do you have any plan for your mumbaikar readers.
    Waiting for your next blog and a visit to Mumbai as well.

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  4. Finally the marathon starts.. :) As I mentioned earlier as well, YOU ARE A SUPERWOMAN. So many places, so many fans..!!! Sometimes I really think, how do you manage this so perfectly. With this Blog Marathan, I am surely going to start my writing which was lost somewhere and complete it. #Motivated

    You are one of the authors who is always being their with her fans. Hats Off to you..!!! Keep Going. :)
    #WaitingForNext #Inspired

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  5. So sweet.... This is what I can say.. Like every man tries to find his soul on his bed after working on a hectic schedule... you finally landed on your blog not for yourself... but also for fans!! Great... will follow you and dive into your posts daily :)

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  6. So sweet.... This is what I can say.. Like every man tries to find his soul on his bed after working on a hectic schedule... you finally landed on your blog not for yourself... but also for fans!! Great... will follow you and dive into your posts daily :)

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  7. Hi Preeti! Welcome back to your blog after a wonderful month of events, traveling, signing books, etc. It is so nice to see you interact with your readers/fans in various cities in India. Not only do you interact, but you share the photos of the places you visit and write about your experience too. Ever since you started your Blog Marathon, it gave me an opportunity to visit your page more often and comment as well. Good Luck for the Blog Marathon. I look forward to reading your wonderful posts everyday.

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  8. Wow preeti,lovely to see your marathon blog and also to read about your travel.Loved this post.Like you have mentioned ,going to start something today which I have been postponing to do it.
    Looking forward to your daily posts

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  9. Hi Preeti, congratulations for yet another successful release of your book! I am already half way through reading the book and i really want to tell you , you are the one who has inspired me to read and start blogging. I really look forward to read your posts and blog marathon is like icing on the cake!! :) You truly define the new age woman and have inspired lot of girls like us to chase our dreams and to not survive but live life.!!! Happy Blogging !!! And all the wishes to you
    Love
    Sneha!!!

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  10. you are amazing Preeti. i heard you for the first time at BLF (was sitting next to Mr. Satish Shenoy:). after reading all your books and now hearing you, i'm super impressed by your thoughts. waiting for each post of blog marathon :)

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  11. its good to know you are beginning another marathon here.all the best for your endevour i would be waiting to read every day for a new post

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  12. That's some wonderful time you've spent!

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  13. Hats-off to you for your dedication and your love for writing & towards your readers... after reading this post I am wondering you must write one on time management as well, for you are doing it undoubtedly well :)

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  14. Such a tight packed schedule you had in the past one month but yr spirit n enthu is at same pace. Nt a single sign of tiredness. This is all because you cherish n enjoy wtiting. You have proved that if one makes his or her passion as his or her profession then one does not need a vacation as there is no stress n tiredness. Kudos to yr spirit of life :)

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  15. Such a tight packed schedule you had in the past one month but yr spirit n enthu is at same pace. Nt a single sign of tiredness. This is all because you cherish n enjoy wtiting. You have proved that if one makes his or her passion as his or her profession then one does not need a vacation as there is no stress n tiredness. Kudos to yr spirit of life :)

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  16. Hi Preeti,
    Each PIC has a memorable Moment n Hope u enjoyed all..
    Keep writing..

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  17. THANK YOU all for your lovely, thoughtful and encouraging comments. Yes, I shall blog everyday!

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  18. Thank you for the marathon coz know I'll have something to look forward for the next 30 days. I'd a terrible accident a few months ago and slowly recovering from it. I used to run everyday for about 8kms but ever since I can hardly walk. So for the next 30 days I make a promise to myself that I'll walk at least 3 kms everyday And read your posts and reply in the comments. Looking forward to read from you ma'am. Thank you for inspiring me again.... ♥ ☺

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  19. Hi Preeti! I was regularly visiting your blog and waiting for a new post from you. Listening about d blog marathon was cherry on cake�� Thanks for inspiring!!!

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