Saturday, December 31, 2016

Start Fresh!!

As I type this, I can hear the loud music  from the 20,000 watt speakers floating in. A DJ has been hired for the evening, caterers have been arranged and the residents association promises to make it a 'memorable' night. There's all kinds of food on the menu, there are games, stalls and celebrations galore. People are getting ready, wearing their finest clothes, planning to party it up to welcome 2017.

Me? I am staying home. There are years when I have given in to the 'popular thing' which is to party hard, and welcome the new year. But now I know I don't enjoy it. I want to start the new year in a way that has meaning for me.

We have a ritual in my home. We light the lamp at midnight, say a prayer, offer gratitude to the Universe for all the blessings that we have, we wish each other and welcome the new year. The next day, we don't sleep late. My grandparents used to say that whatever you do on the new year sets the trend for the rest of the year. So we usually start it on a very positive note. Quietly.

I do believe in making resolutions. Not just on new years, but whenever I have wanted to make a change in my life. New years eve is especially good, as one is in a joyous mood, at 'closure' of an old year. Hence it is as good a time as any.

I had spoken about letting go of the past and making fresh beginnings on Thoughtful Thursdays on Facebook Live . That video went viral and it has got 1.1 million views, 834 shares, 25,000 likes and 4700 comments as I type this.  You can watch it here. I will also upload it on Youtube, for those of you who aren't on Facebook.

I have already started following my resolutions.
Here is my list:



Everyone who has mailed me would have already got a reply. I plan to blog regularly too, as I wasn't happy with the number of posts that I made last year.

And yes:




In my next post, I will share with you something nice, which I have done at my home,  that you can
do in your homes too.

What is on your list? If you share, I am listening.

 Hope all of you join me in  making a magnificent new start

Love
Preeti
__________________________

ps: buy my book :https:/preeti.io/3 
It was among the 35 great reads of 2016. You can see the whole list here: 
Bit.ly/BuzzFeedItsAllInThePlanets  

Monday, December 26, 2016

Updates from me--Some happy things!

Hi there,
How have you been? I  hope the holiday season has brought you cheer.

There has been a lot happening in my life,  since I last posted, even though I posted less than 12 days ago.

I was a part of the Bangalore Literature festival. I felt delighted that my session had a massive crowd, and was very well received, as you can see from the pictures.

A full house

Signing the books

The large screen projecting what was happening on the stage
You can get a better idea of the screen here in this photo

For more photos you can go HERE.

The other BIG news from my side is that It's All In The Planets was featured among the  35 great books of 2016, by Indian authors.

What made me really happy was that it shares this honour along with greats like Ruskin Bond and Amitav Ghosh.

Here's what they said about It's All In the Planets:

 A love story that becomes so much more, and with characters that are beautifully fleshed out, Shenoy’s latest offering is a delight to devour in a single setting.


On the personal front, I had a GREAT birthday. Easily one of the best I have had :) My family planned some great surprises for me. When I came back from my morning walk, this is what greeted me!


 

Of course I had to make a sketch :)

Here's a picture of me drawing it:

 




 And here is the finished sketch


Then Satish told me that we were going somewhere and it is a surprise. We went to Tipu's palace, where I had always wanted to go, to sketch.
I had an amazing time, and this is what I sketched:



After that we went to a lovely Art cafe, where I had a wonderful time with my family. We ended this perfect day with a movie.(La La Land starring Ryan Gosling)
Meanwhile there were tonnes of people calling, wishing.
I do feel thankful for being loved so much.

I have been sketching a LOT and I feel lazy to upload them all here. If you want to have a look, please see my new Instagram Art page: https://www.instagram.com/preetishenoyart/

One of the things which regular readers will know is that I watch  absolutely no television. In the past I have talked about how 'Breaking Bad' had me hooked, and how I watched the  entire 5 seasons on Netflix. Another one which I binge watched in 2 days (It was that gripping!) was Stranger Things. (it is rated a 9 on imdb). Go give it a try, this festive season.





Have you all made your resolutions?
I will be making mine soon.

And I am also going to give away three handmade cards :)
Stay tuned for more.

You can also connect with me on my Instagram(Preeti. Shenoy) or Snapchat(Preeti.Shenoy)  or Facebook Author Page.

Will blog again very soon.
Hope you are all having  wonderful  holidays, and hope you are making many happy memories  with your loved ones.
Warmly
Preeti


ps: Buy the book: http://preeti.io/3

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

On jealousy and possesiveness in a relationship. Your questions answered!

Off late, I have been crazily sketching/painting. I am into this thing called 'Illustrated Art journalling'. In case you don't know what that is, you can go HERE .
There's a detailed explanation there.

I like to put the date and time in all my sketches as it's a record of my day, what I did, what I saw, where I was at that point in time, and how I was feeling.

Here are two pictures that I did today.


Meanwhile , a video where i went live on Facebook, has got 1.2 million views, 16000 likes and more than 1800 shares on Facebook. I do something called Thoughtful Thursdays, where I interact with my readers live.
For those of you who are not on Facebook or who missed it, I  thought I would upload it on youtube as well. I have just done that and I sharing it here.





I have answered a lot of questions on jealousy and possessiveness in relationships, that people asked me, when I was live. I have also read out bits of my new book, It's All In The Planets. So you can listen to that as well. The whole video is about 22 minutes.

Do watch it and  let me know what you think?
Love
Preeti
____________________________
buy the book: http://preeti.io/3

Monday, November 28, 2016

My Indore trip. (with lots of pictures from my talk at Acropolis college)

I have just got back from the beautiful city of Indore. My talk at Acropolis college was a HUGE success. I spoke about my journey and '5 Ways to a Happier You'.
A packed auditorium, giant hoardings all over the college (I was so surprised!), a very large turnout and so much love and respect, that just thinking about it envelops me in this warm feeling.


The Principal of the college presenting a memento

Was mobbed for signing books!

A section of the audience

With the students and the faculty members

Posing in front of one of the hoardings

A screenshot of  the Twitter reactions..Excuse the ad, I was too lazy to crop it out :)

Another shot of the audience

The hospitality and arrangements made by the faculty and students of Acropolis college Indore was exemplary. I do feel very blessed to have been in their midst and shared those few hours.  The students and the staff---all unequivocally told me that they found my talk outstanding---inspiring, entertaining, and that it helped and motivated them. Cherished memories indeed were made.

If you want to see more pics of the event, you can go here.

After that I got an opportunity to go around the city of Indore. The owners of Readers Paradise which was where the book event was held, were very sweet to me. His son, accompanied me, and we visited many sites in Indore. I am sharing one pic, clicked in front of Rajwada Indore.





I will be making sketches of these places, over the next few days and I will share them on my Instagram art page.

In the flight too I made a few sketches. I shall share them too very soon.

I am just about recovering from a very hectic trip.(I had to leave home at 2.30 to catch the only direct flight from Bangalore which leaves at 5.20 am)
But I feel so blessed, fortunate and happy.

My next stop will be NAGPUR, which will be on December 1st. Block your dates, if you live there.

Will blog again soon.
Till then, stay positive.'
Love'
Preeti

Monday, November 21, 2016

A Mundane Monday which also tells you where I find inspiration to write.

Many a time I am asked by people--Where do you find inspiration to write? How are you able to make the readers feel every emotion which  your characters experience? How is it that we feel for your characters?

So I thought I would write about my writing process, where I find my inspiration and how I write. Rather than publish it here, I felt Medium was a better suited option for that post. In case you want to read it go HERE.

 My next stop for my book tour of #ItsAllInThePlanets is INDORE. It's on 25th November. If you live in Indore, please block your dates.

Today has been a tiring day for me. I had to give my car for a service. So apart from my regular morning walk, I walked back after I gave the car. And then I walked again to collect it. Today I have walked a total of 10.94 kms in 2 hours and 26 minutes!


And when I was walking back, a reader recognised me and greeted me.
It happens quite regularly these days---someone or the other recognises me. Some walk upto me and say a hi. Some are shy and then they go and post on my FB wall. Some feel they would be intruding on my time.

But one thing I must say, ALL my readers are truly sweet. I feel fortunate to be read by so many.

Till the next post, stay positive.
__________________________________
Buy my latest book: http://preeti.io/3







Friday, November 18, 2016

A video which went viral and a sketch for you.

In my last post, I had told you that I would be going live. Guess what---that video has gone viral!
I am shocked and  surprised in equal measures. As I type this, the video has got 683K views,488 shares, 13K likes and 3.6K comments!!! Can you believe those statistics?

If you want to watch the video, go HERE

  I have talked about friendships, how they change as we change, how it is hard to forgive and what to do if there is jealousy in friendships.  I have also talked about the books I am currently reading. I had actually read out a passage from my new book #ItsAllInThePlanets where Nidhi discusses a friendship with her step-mom  (whom she is very close to) Tara. Then there was a technical glitch, and hence the video got split into two parts. It is the 2nd part of the video that went viral.

As per my blog resolutions, I am trying to blog at least thrice a week---I plan to post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And if possible, will post  photo-posts, in between too.

Happy? Told you, I love my blog--and I can't be separated from it for long :)

See you all soon. And do watch the video, come back here and tell me what you thought about it!

I am sharing a sketch I made here.



For more of my art, go to my Instagram art page:https://www.instagram.com/preetishenoyart/

Hope you have a great weekend! What are your weekend plans?
(Mine is to stay at home and catch up on sleep and make art that makes me happy!) If you share, I am listening.

See you soon!
Much love
Preeti
Addendum: The post has got over 1.4 million views, more than 42K likes and more than a  1500 shares :) Am stunned !!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Write India Grand finale---and catch me live on Thursdays!

Just got back from Mumbai, from a really grand event which was the finale of the Write India, which had been going on for the past  11 months. In case you don't know what it is, you can watch the intorductory video:




The newspapers today carried the pics as well as the write-up. So I won't tell you about that. You can read about it here.

 


However, what I really want to tell you about is the incredible sense of camaraderie, kinship and the bond that all of us, authors felt. There is absolutely no rivalry between us. (contrary to what people may think). We are all such good friends. There was so much laughter and good spirit.

It was a very special evening. I am sharing with you a few pictures that speak for themselves.

Just before leaving for the event
Madhuri Banerjee and me.
Durjoy Datta, Amish and me sharing something very funny.

On stage with Amish. Ashwin, Ashwin and Ravi Subramanian

With Ravinder Singh

With Amish

Durjoy and me.

Madhuri, Kiran manral and me




You can see more photos HERE.

And now--something important that I want to share with you. The response I got for my last LIVE video was phenomenal.  Many of you wanted me to do this more often. And so, my team has come up this concept of Thoughtful Thursdays.


So login tomorrow. I will be live. Please check my FB author page for exact time. If you have already liked my page, then point your cursor to 'like' button and hover over it. You will see a window pop-up with options. Tick 'see first' in your newsfeed, so you don't miss the notification of the time.

See you all tomorrow.
Goodnight folks.
Lots of love
Preeti
__________________________________
Check out my latest book #ItsAllInThePlanets: http://Preeti.io/3

 

Monday, November 07, 2016

Winners of the Blogversary Celebrations!

Hey all,

All of you have left me such wonderful comments. I wish I could send ALL of you the special limited edition mug. However, I have to pick a few, and  here are the people whose comments have been chosen :



Prathima Joishy
Upma Pant
Nitu
Archita Batra
Megha Sharma
Aditi
Raman Rajan
Sammah Masud
Vaishnavi Vaishu
Neha Nayyar
CS
Tarang Sinha
Zena Mikha
Ravali Yendala
Shinega
Nupur
Deepika
Swaroopa


Please send your address and choice of option to contact(at)westland-tata(dot)com with a cc to me ps(at)preetishenoy(dot)com

And your mugs will reach you!

Must tell you that some posts had a lot of comments, and some posts had relatively lesser. So we pooled in ALL the comments to pick these names.

Also to all who left links to your blog, if there are more than 10 posts, you can expect a visit from me soon!! <3

Thank you all for leaving me such beautiful comments.
Will blog again very soon.
Till then, keep smiling
____________________________________
ps: check out http://preeti.io/3

Friday, October 28, 2016

Blog resolutions! #10yearsOfBlogging

Hey  all, it has been a FANTASTIC blogversary week for me, to celebrate 10 years of blogging, and all of you have chipped in and poured in the comments.

I conclude the celebrations with my blogging resolutions! For those who came in late, do read the previous posts (with some VERY interesting topics) and leave me a comment. 3 comments win a beautiful limited edition mug designed by my team.



Here are my blog resolutions/ mission statement/purpose :

 



1. I will  try and blog at least once a week.
2. Posting something is better than not posting at all.
3. I will do one blog marathon every year.
4.There has never been and there will  be no negativity on my blog
5. My blog will always be my special place.
6.My blog readers are a very special lot.
7.                  The best way to know someone is by reading their blog!
8. My blog will always remain honest and authentic.

Have a GREAT Diwali folks.
Much love
Preeti



Thursday, October 27, 2016

5 reasons why you should keep a journal and how it can change your life.







Why should you keep a journal


Most successful people advocate keeping a journal. Right now I am reading a brilliant book by Julia Cameron called ‘The Artists Way’.
One of the quotes  from the book, that stood out for me is :

“In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me.”


A record of now: Keeping a journal is a record of your now. Your present reality. Your goals. Your dreams. Your aspirations.

 Slotting time: Without a journal, one day merges into another, merges into a third. Time is a blur. With a journal, there is a goal, a map, a ‘place to go’.
It is like a blurprint to shape your life.

It is fun: If you feel writing a journal is monotonous, you can make a bullet journal. Or a scrapbook of ‘wishes’. Make it fun. Make it any way you want. There are no hard and fast rules. But do maintain one.

Record of growth: You will see how much you have grown from the time you start it, to a few years from then on.


Clearer though process: When you start writing in a journal, your thought process becomes clearer. You tend to start becoming more assertive. Your dreams materialise.


I have kept a journal ever since I was 10. I don’t write every day, but I do write regularly. From 2005 onwards, I stopped keeping chronological diaries. Instead, I write when I feel like writing, and I put the date.


Try it.
Read up about it.
Then do it.

You only have a lot to gain.

Have you ever kept a journal? Has it helped you? Do you intend to start one?
Tell me in my comments below. 3 comments win a BEAUTIFUL exclusive special edition mug, designed by my team.

Add caption


 ________________________________________
Grab my latest book: http://preeti.io/3

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The best posts of my blog in ten years.



Over these last ten years, I have written so many posts on so many topics.
Thought I would share some selected posts with you.

Here are the links:

My top posts on marriage:


Marriage and it other implications

Marriage and Freedom


Jealousy in a marrriage/long term relationship


My top personal posts:

 These are posts very close to my heart.

 My special friend

Live like there's no tomorrow

A tribute to one of the coolest people I know 


The shoes fit, but they don't feel right

http://justamotheroftwo.blogspot.in/2007/11/shoes-fit-but-they-dont-feel-right.html 

My top relationship posts



How to get over someone who does not love you back :


Family versus work—what should you choose?

An open letter to all teens:
http://blog.preetishenoy.com/2015/01/an-open-letter-to-all-teens.html

 

Top posts on writing


How to be a better writer


What writing a book involves:
http://blog.preetishenoy.com/2012/08/welcome-to-writers-world-what-writing.html




One post I want to highlight



Hope you enjoy reading these posts as much as I have enjoyed compiling them. 
Don't forget to leave me comments for a chance to win these fabulous limited edition mugs.
 

__________________________________________________________
Check out my latest http://preeti.io/3

51 life lessons I learnt from a decade of blogging!

51 life lessons I learnt from a decade of blogging.

Crack a simple puzzle to access this blogpost :) (I promised you this would be fun, didn't I?)

http://www.preetishenoy.com/10yearsofblogging-2/


Click HERE

Once you access the content, come back here and tell me which of the life lessons resonated most with you and why! (copy paste it in your comments, so I know that you have indeed cracked the clue and seen the content, and yes, it is a very easy clue :) ) :)

Till tomorrow---keep smiling. (New post tomorrow)


________________________________________
Check out my latest: http://preeti.io/3

Monday, October 24, 2016

5 hidden ways in which blogging will help you grow and why you should start one.






So why should you start a blog? Is it going to help you in anyway?
Yes! It will. Here is why:

1.     A platform to express yourself:  Blogging is making a statement. It is telling the world, who you are as a person. Sure, your facebook updates can do that—but often they are about trivial things. Plus they get buried in a deluge of status updates. A blog is a solid body, your very own publishing space, a space where you can be whatever you want to be. How cool is that?!

2.     You make connections with real people : I have met some amazing people from different countries because of my blog. Gillian from Canada who runs a spa,  Jacob Accurso  from Oregon who is a private investigator, a potter and an airplane owner(!), Guto from Sao Paulo, Niall Young from UK whose paintings are all over my house. None of these would have been possible without my blog.


3.     It helps you reflect and think about things: When you write in a blog, you  are thinking and reflecting about what you want to say.  A blog helps you think clearly, examine if your words reflect your thoughts and it helps you grow as a person.

4.     It makes you feel good: Mine does! I feel so good when I blog. Try it—the high you get from your first comment will be something that you will remember forever.

5.     You never know how it can change your life: As you can see, it has completely changed mine. 10 years of blogging. 8 best-sellers.  More than 500 published pieces in various publications like Readers Digest, Times of India and more.  And to think that it started with a single anonymous blogpost!

There are tonnes of articles online on how to start a blog and so I will not elaborate on that. But I would like to say that what is necessary for a successful blog is 3  C’s
Consistency
Connect
Correct grammar!
Pick something you feel passionately about and start writing. It is important to establish a connect and that will come only when you are authentic and genuine. Just be yourself and go!

If you are motivated enough to start a blog, after reading this post I will help you further.  Leave me a link to your blog, once you have ten posts. I will personally visit your blog, and leave a comment(only if you have ten posts and your writing has to follow the rules of grammar please). And not only that I will pick three blogs and I will write a guest post for them! How much more can I give eh? :) 

Now go do it!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

10 years of blogging!! The Celebrations have begun!! :)






Ten years. A decade. A long long time. It was on his day in 2006, that I wrote my first blog post. 
 A hesitant step. Born from extreme pain.  I had no idea what I was getting into then. I was writing mostly for myself.  I was devastated. I had no one to turn to. The  anguish from losing my dad engulfed me day in and day out.  It felt like a noose around my neck. There was anger that he was taken away so quickly, resentment, shock. But mostly grief.
Mind numbing grief. I never knew there could be so much pain.
There was no escaping from the fact that life, as I knew it was over. My days were dark.

I remember I happened to be reading  The Economic Times that morning, and there was a small article buried somewhere in the last pages which talked about a new trend called blogging. I had no idea what a blog even meant till then. (This was a decade back—remember? ) I decided to go online and see for myself.  And then I decided to start one anonymously. That first post I wrote is full of typos and errors which I have left untouched till date, as it reflects my state of mind at that time.

My blog was my constant companion throughout my dark days. I met so many people because of my blog.
You can read my 500th post  HERE.

My blog grew as I grew. I made friends with people from many parts of the world, and later I met them in real life too.

My blog really catapulted me into a different realm, and my life changed in way I never even thought possible even in my wildest dreams.

Imagine going from an anonymous unknown somebody to where I am today. (An author of 8 books that too all bestsellers) . One of the big moments for me was being invited to be a keynote speaker along with Bruce Dickinson ( yes yes, The Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden)
I spoke to him in the green room and he wanted a copy of my book, which he made sure that I signed. Here is a picture:





I was also the keynote speaker and a guest of honour along with Shruti Hassan at an event organised by Madras Management association.  Here is a pic from my Instagram:










Have met and interacted with people like, Prahalad Kakkar, Nandan Nilekani, Shekhar Gupta, Priya Ramani, Vikram Sampath, Amy Chua, Kiran Nagarkar etc. So many writers, editors and publishers are my good friends now.

I have spoken at Ted x events, spoken at IITs, IIMs, and many corporates like Accenture, KPMG, Infosys etc. Have been invited and been a panelist at so many many literary festivals too.

I have also now lost count of the number of times I have been featured in Cosmopolitan, The Hindu, The India Express, Times of India, Femina and many may more publications.  In 2008, When my first media mentions came out, I was super excited. You can read the post HERE.


More than anything, the amount of personal connections that I have been able to make because of my blog (and subsequently my books) is something I feel so good  and grateful about.

One of the most treasured moments was when I got a  beautiful beautiful gift from Brazil.  You can read the post by going here.


Over the years, I have been asked why I don’t monetise my blog ( I refuse to even put google ad sense) . Lots of corporates have offered me lakhs of rupees for a mention of their products on my blog. I have turned each one down.

A blog is where I express myself . It is my own space.
At the moment, I am doing  an international course on  Illustrated journaling, and as a part of my coursework, I had to make a little book, about myself.
 

What better occasion than this to share it with you? Here it is!


You can see the pages better here:










To me, my blog is the most authentic part of me, that I share with genuine readers. It is my go-to place when I need comforting. It is my blessing. It is my sacred spot.

And I thank you for being with me on my journey so far.  
(The celebrations continue over the next one week. There will be a new post every day. So see you tomorrow! and don't forget to leave me a comment here, for a chance to win this BEAUTIFUL mug that my team designed.)