Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Listen carefully to the lyrics!

"So do you listen to music?" I asked him.
"Of course I do. Who doesn't? Did you think I was some kind of a Tribal?"
That made me smile. I was meeting him for the first time and we both found the conversation smooth, with no awkward pauses, as we walked around the beautifully landscaped gardens. Did I mention it was night? Somehow nights always make even the mundane seem enchanting.

Ten days later he dedicated a song to me.
It was Air Supply's "Every Woman in the world"

It's been 20 years now and the song still holds the same magic.
It still puts a smile on my face when I hear it.

And sometimes, he looks into my eyes and sings it for me :)

Pic credits :Narasimha Murthy

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Why We Love The Way We Do. A short video.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Father's name and Husband's name

My mom is visiting me these days. I took her for a master health check up yesterday.
We had to fill up the hospital forms and I was filling it up for her.

There was a column for 'Father's/Husband's name.'

I found it meaningless to fill that in as neither her husband nor her father are even alive. How did it matter?
I didn't tell her anything though. The pain of losing my dad still opens up raw wounds inside me.

 'What should I write? Father's name or husband's name?' I asked her.

'Strike that out, write daughter's name and put your name there,' said my mom, very matter of fact .

And  with that statement, in her quiet  unassuming straight-forward way, she struck down the centuries of the subtle, powerful patriarchal system that our great India is seeped in.

 She is an amazing person, my mom.
And my strength too.

A pic of my mom and me clicked two days back :)


Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Why We Love the Way We Do. A New non-fiction book on relationships!

Hi there,
Finally finally finally, the final proofs of my next book have been submitted. I have emerged from the nether world inhabited by letters, words, sentences, commas, apostrophes, italics, semi colons, alignment, paragraphs, fonts, a persevering writer and a meticulous editor obsessed with making  the creation as perfect as perfect can be.
Yes, my new book will be out soon!
 As many of you who follow my Facebook author page might know, this time it is a non-fiction book on relationships! I am really excited about this one as I have spent many hours researching  and reading up to write this and I am extremely pleased with how it has turned out. More than anything it answers relevant questions in a non-preachy, easy to relate manner.
Here is the back-blurb that my editor wrote for the book:

Is it possible to tell if it is love or lust? How important is sex in a relationship? Why do break-ups hurt so much? How often should you message a person you fancy? How do you tell if someone is too young or old for you?

 When it comes to relationships, these are the questions that most of us ponder about. No matter how young or old we are, we all want ways to make our relationships better. The best way to do that is to understand what makes us behave the way we do.

 Why We Love the Way We Do is a collection of essays on relationships where bestselling novelist Preeti Shenoy discusses some of those issues and questions that people in relationships or those hoping to be in one, face. Based on her hugely popular columns in a national daily, the topics range from those particular to our modern, technology-filled world like how to move from an online relationship to a real-life one, how to find and keep love online, whether casual sex is worth the effort—to those immortal issues such how men and women communicate differently, how to deal with a broken heart and how jealousy ruins a relationship. 

Filled with wonderful insights, sharp observations, humour, and real-life examples and written in her trademark lucid style Preeti Shenoy brings to this book a perceptiveness about love and friendship that have made her the country’s highest selling woman writer.

And here is the cover which I totally fell in love with!

For sneak peeks from the book, you could follow my Facebookauthor page.
Or you could stay tuned here. I will tell you more about the book in my next blog post.
Till then.
Stay happy, stay loved!