Thursday, June 30, 2016

End of blog marathon (post 30)

So the last 30 days, I have been putting up a new post. Some of you have commented on ALL my posts--Sanjay Dua, Femina, Prathima,Rudraparyaga, Tarang Sinha, and on Twitter Arpit Shah are some names that come immediately  to my mind. Thank you for being with me and leaving me comments. Also a thank you to ALL who read.
Apologies if I have missed out some names---Have just named from the top of my head.

I will blog again soon.
I definitely enjoyed my posts--hope you have too.

Have an awesome weekend!
With love
Preeti


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Life is better with a doberman pinscher--wordless wednesday post 51

This is my post for Wordless Wednesday


Doesn't this pic say it all?
Vee in my book 'It happens for a reason' runs a dog-boarding facility :)

If you want to know more about Doberman pinschers, watch this very interesting short video.
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTfJ6rpKrsA

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Two sketches. Hope they bring you joy! (blog marathon post 28)

The love I get from all of you is an amazing thing. I feel blessed for all the nice things you say to me in my comment box.
On my down days, I re-read the lovely lovely mails which my readers send. I haven't yet responsed to mails. But I promise I will. If you have written me a mail, and not got a reply, please resend.

For today's post, I thought I would share with you two paintings/artwork that I did in my art journal.
My art journal fills me with joy. It is almost a meditative activity. I LOVE filling it's pages, capturing the memories, the mood and anything that strikes me as worth capturing at that moment.

Here's what I did. I made it quickly while she was asleep. It is hard to get her to be still otherwise.



Here is one more. (I placed the capsicum on top of a book, for contrast)



More tomorrow.
Hope you have had a great day!
(I sure did)
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Monday, June 27, 2016

When the lights turn red (blog marathon post 27)


I clicked this picture from my car, at MG road Bangalore. The Umbrella seller deftly made his way, weaving a path through the traffic, selling these colorful umbrellas.
I loved the bright colours of the Umbrellas he carried. I did not buy any, as I already have enough number of Umbrellas in the house.

There was another little girl who was selling roses. They were beautiful.
'Didi, please buy,' she implored, sticking out a rose.
'How much?' I asked.
'Didi, Twenty rupees each,' she replied.

I asked her to give me 3, and she begged me to buy 5.
So I did.
Gave her a hundred, and the smile across her face was a million watts.

She thrust 5 rose buds at me. I took them.
Then as an afterthought she said 'Didi, wait, I will give you the nicest ones.'
She took back the ones she had given me and then carefully chose the best ones from the lot.

'Which class are you studying in?' I asked her.
'6th standard didi,' she answered.


As our car sped away, i could see her  and the umbrella seller in my rear view mirror, as they walked to the side, for the traffic to flow.

Most of us hate red lights at signals. But for some of us, the best time for business is when the lights turn red.
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

A picnic --to refresh one's soul (blog marathon post 26)

Every now and then, we need some little break, something rejuvenating to refresh our souls, nourish our spirits.

For me today, it was a pinic in one of the most beautiful spots in bangalore city. It was magical, ethereal, serene.

Here are some pictures from today:




I even managed to capture the trunk of an old banyan tree.



Two people , complete strangers, who kind of peeped into what I was doing, said it was lovely work.

You heard all about my day. Your turn now! What did you do, to nourish your soul?

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Satur-YAY :) (blog marathon post 25)

Today's post is a picture post for you:

First picture is a sketch I made the other day:



The next two pictures are from my day today. I had a very pleasant day. I went shopping with my daughter. Girls day out. We had so much fun.



 And then we walked into a bookstore---and we find this!



As you can see, I have had a Satur-YAY! :)

Happy me!!
How was your Saturday?
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Friday, June 24, 2016

Where to find inspiration to write (blog marathon post 24)



Many people ask me this question 'Where do you find inspiration for your stories and writings?'
I wish I could tell them exactly where. There is no one correct answer here.
The truth is I can find inspiration, anywhere, anytime! My mind is a busy place.
There was this one time, when I found inspiration in a dead leaf and wrote a poem on it.

You can read that poem here.

When my children were little I was always making up stories and narrating it to them, whenever we had exhausted our supply of books to read. And I read to them every single day! But sometimes, we would be driving, or it would be snowing outside( we used to live in the UK) and we wouldn't be able to go to the library. Then I would make up stories and tell it to  them. I would let them create the characters. I would ask them 'Whose story do you want to hear today? Give me a name'. They would give me a name. Then I would ask more details about this 'person'. When I had a character, I would start telling them a story. My children were always spellbound.

When I read the morning newspaper,  so many ideas strike me.
When I walk in the mall, I am making up stories about people inside my head. I am observing people. If I passed you in a street, and if something about you, struck me as interesting, I would probably be able to describe you to the very last detail, including the shoes you wore. I am very observant by nature. I think a LOT!

At airports, railway stations etc, I am always observing people. I am silently eavesdropping on their conversations. (and we Indians are usually loud, like the Italians).
Sometimes, people share bits of their lives with me. That strikes me as interesting and I spin a story about them.

I get my best ideas when I am flying. It is a strange feeling to be cut off from everyone of earth, and till you land, you are suspended in a state of 'nowhereness'. I like that. I love closing my eyes and thinking.

Sometimes something unusual happens to me, and I find my material right there. Sometimes, Mostly when I am walking my dog, I have all the time in the world to ponder and think. I get story ideas there.

That's it really! That is my 'secret'. I spend time with myself, inside my head, and that is where I find my ideas.
I think it is important to spend time alone. At least for me, it is.

The next time someone asks me where I find inspiration, I am going to direct them to this post.
And for all of you who ask me where to find inspiration, I hope this helps!
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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Parents---back off! (blog marathon post23)



Today I watched half of an interesting movie on Netflix. It was called One Day, 
and it starred  Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. I used to live in the UK, and the British accents, places where it was shot, were all familiar to me. I felt a tug at my heartstrings, as I remembered my wonderful time there.

In the movie, the parents of Dexter (Jim Sturgess) disapprove of the career choice their son has made. He is a succesful TV presenter, but the show he presents is 'crass' and 'tasteless' according to his parents who feel that he could have done better. He however enjoys his work, and he is having fun.

It made me think about parenting. Many parents in India too, disapprove of their children's career choices. The adult/teen child might want to be a graphic designer, but the parents might want him/her to take a corporate job.Or the adult/teen child might want to become a musician or a fitness instructor or a yoga teacher.But the parents may not think it is good enough.

I know many people who never thought they would end up in their present day career, as their ambition was something totally different. But their parents thought that was too lowly for them.

I think parents should back off from the decisions an adult child makes. (of course as long as they are not decisions which harm them, like driving drunk and doing drugs)
Allow them to make mistakes. Do not deprive them of that. If you do not let them make mistakes, and learn from them, you are depriving them of a chance to grow.

Think about it, and leave me your thoughts. Do you know any instances like what I mention? (too much parental influence). If you care to share, I am listening.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Wordless Wednesday no.50

Today is Wordless Wednesday

Sharing two pictures I made. (Both in less than 15 mins, both drawn 'live' )





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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Breaking Bad ! (blog marathon post 21)

Television is something I detest. Like  Roald Dahl says

Television - Poem by Roald Dahl

The most important thing we've learned,
So far as children are concerned,
Is never, NEVER, NEVER let
Them near your television set --
Or better still, just don't install
The idiotic thing at all.
In almost every house we've been,
We've watched them gaping at the screen.
They loll and slop and lounge about,
And stare until their eyes pop out.
(Last week in someone's place we saw
A dozen eyeballs on the floor.)
They sit and stare and stare and sit
Until they're hypnotised by it,
Until they're absolutely drunk
With all that shocking ghastly junk.

Read the whole poem here


I know many who are addicted to TV series, especially some who used to be addicted to Friends. (They watch it over and over again). I haven't seen a single episode of friends. Sure, i can talk about it, as I read about it, but I simply do not have the patience to sit through an episode.
Disclaimer: I have nothing against those who watch Friends and who love it! 

However, there are two shows that I watched fully. One is Band of Brothers and the other,is Breaking Bad.

Just finished wacthing all five seasons, of Breaking Bad, the last three in the final season, I watched back to back. I just couldn't budge. It was a great story.

If you have seen it, tell me what you liked about it, who is your favourite charatcer, and what did it make you conclude.
If you haven't seen it, go watch!

Till tomorrow!
Adios! 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Sketchy Monday (blog marathon post 20)

Remember, I told you all that I am doing a sketching course? I did my course work today.
Oh what joy! I enjoyed it so much.

I am making an illustrated journal and it is a work-in-progress. My first assignment (which is a part of the journal) was that I had to draw and write about an object that meant a lot to me.

I drew my writing desk.

Then I had to record moments from my day, and objects from my daily life, that i like. What was remarkable about this assignment  was that we were banned from erasing or using pencils! The sketches had to directly be with pen. So if we made  a mistake there was no way to correct it. The purpose of training us like this, is to enable us to 'see right', and to observe, get accuracy and to be so sharp, as to get it without erasing.

I am sharing with you, the pages from my sketching journal. Must say I am pretty pleased with what I did.
Let me show you:





Here it is in detail:

And the other one:

The body is actually made up of 60% water. But I wrote 85  as I always thought that was right!

That's all for now folks. More again tomorrow!




Sunday, June 19, 2016

A relaxed Sunday (blog marathon post 19)

Some time back, I have having a conversation with my writer friends. And we were all discussing relationships.

We all agreed on the following:





On this topic, here is an interesting article:

http://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/relationships/facebook-relationship-insecurity-study



My Sunday was a lovely, relaxed one. We watched Udta Punjab. (Loved it, though I found it very disturbing). Then we had a family conversation about it. We always discuss the movies we watch. The essence of it, how it panned out, how we can relate to it in real life, what we learnt from it, how it could have been different and all of that. It is wonderful, to have these conversations, which I really enjoy, especially as I get very interesting perspectives, from both my children, as well as spouse.

Here is a picture from my day today:


 Till tomorrow! Ciao!

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Saturday, June 18, 2016

The worst advice you ever heard about writing (blog marathon post 18)


image courtesy: www.Pixabay.com


Time and again, I have heard people giving advice about writing. After having written seven books,(touch wood, all best-sellers) I have learnt a lot more than what I knew before I started my writing career.
Today I thought I would compile a list of some of the worst 'advice' or 'suggestions' or 'friendly tips' I have ever heard about writing. If you heed any of these, you can be sure, you will get no writing done.

1. You have to wait for inspiration to strike.
2.Nobody will want to read that.
3. What you write is 'ordinary'.
4.You probably have a writer's block
5.Your writing is not 'literary' enough.
6.You need to wait till you get some experience.
7.Your idea has been done before.
8.Your writing is a 'not my kind', and that is why I find it boring.
9.Cut out one third of what you write.

and the final one:
10. Come on, you can always write tomorrow.


If you ever hear any of the above, please discard it immediately and do not get discouraged.Keep writing from the heart.
And yes, read, read, read a lot!
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Friday, June 17, 2016

Chennai Launch of Why We Love The Way We Do.(Blog mararthon post 17)

So it was a really hectic day for me today.
The day started with my Interaction at IWA. I met women from Japan and US, and some other countries.I was told that my session was great!

Here are a few pictures:
 The IWA president opening the Interaction. In conversation with me is Sandhya Sridhar, who founded Page Turn Publishers. She is also an author. She conducted the session superbly and it was a pleasure interacting with her. Do check out Page Turn books. They are lovely little romances---something like desi version of Mills and Boon. I have just started reading Page Turn books and am liking them.

Here is another picture of me and Sandhya. We hit it off well!




 Signing the  books and interacting with the IWA  members, after the session.

In the noon, I had a meeting with my publishers, who took me out for a lovely lunch at the Taj. We had a wonderful time.

In the evening, I again had an event at Starmark, Avenue Mall. The crowd was large, the interactions were superb, and once again I was told it was a fabulous session. Here are pictures.


Interacting with the readers and signing the books.

See the crowd. There were easily over a hundred people as many were standing (not captured in the pic)



Posing for the media
After that I met one of my closest friends. I have known her since we were both 10 ! I feel blessed for that friendship. She has never missed an event of mine in Chennai. We went out and had a GREAT time.

Am exhautsed now--but very very happy!
Feeling blessed.
(I think we should be grateful for all the things going right in our lives)

Till tomorrow!
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Greetings from Pondicherry --a photo post: Blog marathon post 16


This is going to be a very short post as i am blogging from my phone and am stuck at a place where there's no wifi!! I had a wonderful time today at Pondicherry. Those who have read my book #teafortwoandapieceofcake know what a special bond i have with this place. Here are a few pics clicked today:













Will post again tomorrrow! For those in Chennai, come and meet me at Starmark, Avenue road, on 17th at 6.30 pm.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hindu Lit for Life Special session on Friday (blog marathon post 15)


The Hindu Lit For Life is having a special session on Friday. 17th June at Starmark Chennai. I would be in conversation with Sandhya Sridhar. If you are in Chennai, do drop in. I would love to see you.

Whenever such events happen, my publishers usually send an official invite. But for my readers I always create a personal invite, which is what you see above. Both invites are equally valid! :)

Here is the official invite:


 Since Chennai is one of the cities I grew up in, it holds fond memories. If you have folks in Chennai, who have read my books and want to meet me, please do share this with them.

And of course, if you have already bought copies of my book(s) and want me to sign them for you, please do  get them.

Will post again tomo.
Bye!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Five things you can do to help you find serenity in a busy day (blog marathon post 14)

Often, we find ourselves overwhlemed as we rush through our day. We wake up, hit the snooze button, oversleep. Then rush to work. Get caught in traffic. Curse the traffic (especially if you are a Bangalorean :) )
We wade through the day, rushing to complete one task after the other, and before we realise it, it is duk. We trudge back home, have dinner in front of the TV watching Game of Thrones (or whatever you watch), spend time with loved ones or flatmates or whoever you are living with, and finally hit the bed, exhausted.

How do we find calmness and serenity amidst this routine?

Here are five things that work for me.

1. Start day with ten minutes of meditation: Very often when we start the day, we have a residue of the previuos day left. It plays on our mind, worries us, and brings us down. I have discovered this meditation, which is just ten minutes. I put on my headphones and listen to it, before I get out of bed. It helps a LOT to start the day on a positive note.



2. Take a technology break to walk outside: Leave your phone in the cubicle. Or at home. If you have greenery anywhere, near where you work, take 10 minutes off and walk on the grass, barefoot. It works wonders. Do not carry your phone. Be disconnected. Observe the blades of grass, insects, flowers. When you get back, close your eyes and try to recollect what you saw. This gives your brain a boost.

3. Write a short note : This one works superbly for me. I have many journals. One of them is a gratitude journal. If you do not have a gratitude journal, write a little note to yourself, expressing thanks to the Universe for 5 things that have gone right that day, since morning. It will fill you with renewed energy and will place you in a place of peace.

4.Watch a peppy dance number:



A friend sent this to me yesterday. I loved it!! I watched it thrice. Take a small break to energise yourself with a peppy number. Research (and personal experiecne) tells us that music can change our mood, recharge us with energy, and make us calmer.


5.A cup of tea/coffee:  This one is self-explanatory. I happen to LOVE a strong cup of Ethiopian Latte. Take a tea/caoffee break. And yes, leave that phone behind :)

Tell me if these tips work for you, and add your own.

See you tomorrow!
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Monday, June 13, 2016

A one word challenge! to kick-start your creativity (blog marathon post 13)

A picture from my Instagram for  you:


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Today a friend sent me a beautiful site for challenging your writing skills. It is called oneword.com
The site generates a single word randomly,  and it gives you 60 seconds to write on it. You needn't think. You just have to write.
It's like a warm-up for your brain. After that you have the option to submit your entry, and see what the others have done.
I loved the concept, and so decided to try it.
The word I got was 'setup '

Here is what I instantly wrote in one minute:

He  had set up the apartment well. He did want to impress her. He felt if she saw a clean home she would forgive him. When she entered she didn’t notice it at all. She went straight to the sofa and plonked down. ‘God what an awful day I have had’, she said.

Why do you think she has had a bad day? What had he done so bad that he wanted her to forgivehim?
If the above lines spark your imagination, and make you want to write, do write a story and post it on your blog.
If you don't want to write a story, click a photo!
If you don't have a blog and yet want to take part, use my comment box.

This is a 'just for fun' exercise. It ignited my creativity, and hence I thought I would share it with you.

That's all for today folks.
See you tomorrow! Same time, same place.
Till then----stay happy!
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Keep egos out. keep the love in. (blog marathon post 12)

Sometime back, a friend had asked me 'What plans for the weekend?'
I replied ' I am a writer. We don't make any weekend plans. We write.'


It was the same for me, this Sunday. After my short break in Mumbai, I landed in Bangalore to sunny skies and an overflowing inbox. My proofs of the new novel were waiting for me. And that's what I did yesterday. Worked.
I have also enrolled for an art course online (they are based in the US) , and I was quite excited to start that one. So soon, I will have sketches to show you.


The other thing that happened today---I was on the front page of the Times of India's Times Life.

It was about whether it is okay to share passwords and check your spouse's or partner's phone.Here's what I said.





Today, a friend (who also writes) and I were talking about communicating. Many a time, when we  communicate, we write or express what we feel. But the way it is interpreted by the other person could be completely different from what you meant.
This is precisely why when an email or a text between two people,is read by another, there can be misunderstandings.
Even between two people, when you writeor say something, the other person may read between the lines. Or may take into account your body language, or bring into it, the baggage from the past. The words then taken on a shade never intended.

If that has ever happened, the best thing to do is apologise immediately and unconditionally, if the relationship matters to you.
Ina relationship, there should never be room for ego. If you allow an egoto come in, soon it will turn into a squatter, and then become a permanent occupant, and you will not be able to get rid of that monster, who will ultimately gobble up the relationship.

Keep egos out.
keep the love in.

Till tomorrow, stay focused, spend time with your loved ones, read, relax, rejuvenate.
Look after yourself!
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Saturday, June 11, 2016

A Saturday journey (blog marathon post 11)

 When I left Mumbai today it was raining. We had to wait for at least 20 minutes to get clearance to take off. I couldn't see anything outside from my airplane window, as there were rains lashing. Flight was slightly delayed.

Then I landed in Bangalore. My very cute driver picked me up ;) :)
Here is a picture:


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While I felt a little sad to leave Mumbai (it used to be home, many years ago), I was happy to be back in Bangalore. This was my view.




I have lived in so many cities now, and I have good friends in all of them. 

Friendship is indeed one of life's greatest blessings. Wrong friends can plummet you down into places where you never thought you would go. The right ones can do that too! But they don't plummet you, they elevate you. Choose your friends wisely.  You can change the course of your life, associating with genuine  folks who understand your dreams.

I am exhausted after a long journey now. Tomorrow!
Till then, keep that smile. You look better when you smile.