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Seven things I do when $*^# happens!






 Have you been following your new year resolutions? I am happy to report that I have very much been following mine. :)  Going strong, in fact. In my last post, I told you about the reading wall.
 I have already finished reading two books so far, and now I am on my third. Satish too has finished reading two books, and he too is on his third. Any free time we get, we are reading secretly and competing with each other openly. :) Of course, both being bibliophiles, we read for the joy of reading more than anything else.


If you want to know the books I read and whether or not I liked them, you can leave me comments, in this post asking me to mention them. If there are at least a 50 requests, then will write a post on them. Why fifty? Because it's WORK for me to do a review, and I don't work for free. But if there are enough number of requests, then I will do it [call it a wave of altruism submerging me with the number 50 ;)].

 On a different note, what do YOU do when things don't go the way you expect them to? I am certain all of you have ways of dealing with a bad day. I know someone who binge eats (and then regrets it later!). I know someone else who drowns it with alcohol only to wake up with a massive hangover, not feeling any better. I know another who texts a friend.

Here are MY seven favourite ways to deal with a bad day, or to deal with life when things don't go my way. (This is of course apart from my 1st favourite thing to do, which is read, but I have included that too, as it  is something I do ).

1. Go for a walk: A walk always clears my mind. I love long walks. I sometimes go twice a day. Each walk is about an hour long. As I walk, I think about variuos things, and I can see different perspectives. A lot of my own thoughts become better.

2. Listen to podcasts: This is something I do, when I walk. There are some brillaint podcasts out there. I happen to like BBC's Reith lectures a lot. One that I found very pwerful, poignant, moving and enlightening was a  podcast by Atul Gawande called 'The problem of Hubris.

3. Sketch: This is my favourite activity as many of you know. I have an exclusive Instagram page for my art now. Check out https://www.instagram.com/preetishenoyart/
I am sharing here one sketch (or drawing or painting or illustration or whatever you want to call it. I am clarifying as someone asked me the difference between them) that I did in charcoal.




4. Write: I write such a lot! What would I do without writing? I have different journals for different things.  I maintain an illustrated art journal. I have one for my deeper thoughts. Another for my story ideas and yet another to develop the novel I am currently working on.


5. Call a friend: This is something that I do very rarely. I dislike talking on the phone as it takes too much time. But if the person is very close, I make exceptions, and when I do talk, we end up talking for 30-40 minutes.


6. Read a book: Always, always always. A good book can be your best friend. You can have several best friends :) It's a fabulous feeling to lose yourself in the world created by a skilled writer. The characters you read about, become a part of your life. You find some bits of yourself in them. You care for them. You understand them, empathize with them. They console you. That is the power of a good book or a good story.


7. Tidy my room: I always quip that you can tell my emotional state just by looking at the state of my cupboards. My room generally tends to be tidy, my desk is always mostly messy and my wardrobes depend on my state of mind.  When I get rid of clutter and organise stuff, it does make me feel better.







What do YOU do, when things don't go your way? How do you cope? Tell me in comments.

Till the next post (which will be soon), stay cheerful :) 
Love
Preeti



__________________________________ps: If you are anything like Aniket, you probably have a Subbu in your life :)
Read about it in my new book It's All In The Planets. Get it at http://preeti.io/3

Comments

  1. Hi Ma'am ..
    Do mention some of the books you read...

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  2. Wanna know what sort of books u read mam.I just read novel of urs when things doesn't cope its feels better after reading .

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  3. Wanna know what sort of books u read mam.I just read novel of urs when things doesn't cope its feels better after reading .

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    1. Hi mam please mention about those books.

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  4. my best things to keep me in the track & be cautious about derail is One, reading books and then two, write down my random thoughts! It's All in the planets arrived in my home and i soon came up with my thoughts. Thank you:) Happy writing Mam:)

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  5. Preeti,please share which books you read. I also follow 3 ways from the above list to do when things not go in my favour, sketch, reading, calling a friend.. And one more which I do, that is sleeping.. :)

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  6. Please mention books u read... this is my first comment on ur blog... I just finished ur book it's all in the planet's.. I love ur way of narration...

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  7. Please mention books u read... this is my first comment on ur blog... I just finished ur book it's all in the planet's.. I love ur way of narration...

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  8. Hi ma'am. I'm a student of M.Statistics, doing from The Oxford College of Science, (HSR layout, Bangalore).
    Listening to music, reading novels (specially written by you, Durjoy Datta etc,ie the ones written by this gen's Indian author) , writing on my own as just a beginner ; all these I want to follow to make my days; study is there obviously as a student.

    Now coming to reading novel,right now I'm reading "It's All I The Planet"; followed by " Life is what you make it "; again another from you.

    I'm a fan of your pen as well as yours, and wanna meet badly. And please tell me about your next project. As I said I'm doing my course from Bangalore, I'd like to meet you as soon as possible. It'll be honored.

    Your #Jabra_Fan.

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  9. Hi ma'am.. I want to know which book you have finished till now and what you are reading..I need suggestion of books to read....
    Have a great time ahead..:-)

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  10. Ma'am do tell us about the books you have recently read! eager to know :)

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  11. I do most of the things you have Mentioned except sketching and podcasts. I read alot when things don't go my way. Reading calms my mind. Another thing I do is I listen to music while taking a walk.
    Ma'am I would love to know the books you are reading and the ones which are your favorites. It would be great if you write a blog on them. Hope you achieve the target of 50 ��

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  12. hello ma'am , we would be very happy if you share the list as well as review of books you read.
    love

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  13. I listen to music and clean/tidy the house; takes my mind off what's bothering me..
    Share the list at least if reviews are tough considering your schedule..

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  14. I go for cycling and watch funny baby videos :)
    Please ma'am share the list of the books you read.
    P.S. the sketch is very beautiful. At first I thought it's a pic of real spoon..after enlarging the image came to know it's a sketch :)

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  15. Hi preeti,
    you are an inspiration to many. I read all of your books, Except ur first novel. plz share ur list of books,so that i too set my readlist for this year,i am in great confusion of what to read. and plz share your thoughts on recent bangalore incident.

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  16. Hello please mention the books you read.. This is my first comment in your blog..

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  17. Hello please mention the books you read.. This is my first comment in your blog..

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  18. I wanna know what kinds of books you read:)

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  19. Please share the book you read ma'am

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  20. Good evening ma'am..I am a very very big fan of yours.I've read all your books and i loved each one them.Your books are so good and i can actually relate to the characters.I don't know why,but i feel as though I've known all them for so long..Really.
    Ankita Sharma-she is and will be my all time favourite.
    Ma'am, i heard that Tuesdays with Morrie is your favourite book.I read that as well and loved it!!Could you please suggest some good books to read?
    Okay, so coming back to the question,I usually READ, sleep or listen to music when things don't go my way.I hate talking to anyone at such times and fortunately or unfortunately i don't have a Subbu in my life.
    Take care ma'am.Keep smiling.Eagerly waiting for your next book.
    Love
    Karthika

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  21. Good evening ma'am..I am a very very big fan of yours.I've read all your books and i loved each one them.Your books are so good and i can actually relate to the characters.I don't know why,but i feel as though I've known all them for so long..Really.
    Ankita Sharma-she is and will be my all time favourite.
    Ma'am, i heard that Tuesdays with Morrie is your favourite book.I read that as well and loved it!!Could you please suggest some good books to read?
    Okay, so coming back to the question,I usually READ, sleep or listen to music when things don't go my way.I hate talking to anyone at such times and fortunately or unfortunately i don't have a Subbu in my life.
    Take care ma'am.Keep smiling.Eagerly waiting for your next book.
    Love
    Karthika

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  22. Hi mam, I would like to know books you finished recently & your all time favorite books.
    When I am in a bad mood, I play with my dog ,literally disturbing it's sleep or I read a book or write in my journal which made me to feel bad , if I am not in mood to do any of the above I simply watch movie.

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  23. Hi mam, I would like to know books you finished recently & your all time favorite books.
    When I am in a bad mood, I play with my dog ,literally disturbing it's sleep or I read a book or write in my journal which made me to feel bad , if I am not in mood to do any of the above I simply watch movie.

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  24. Hello mam, I would like to know books you have read n your opinion about it. Please do share with us also

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  25. :) I loved this charcoal sketch! Seems realistic.
    I hope I would paint more this year. Writing, reading, and music always help. I turn (silently) to Twitter when feeling low. Strangely, chaos of social media calms the chaos of my mind.

    Even I have finished reading two books this year. Reading the third one.

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  26. Please share the list of books you read and planning to read dear preetishenoy

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  27. Beautiful Art Preeti. Please do share what books you are reading.

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  28. Listen to music, read anything and call up someone. :)
    and yes, count me.. i wish to know about the those picks of yours :)

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  29. Name of the books plz !!!

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  30. Hi Preeti,

    Nice article. Enjoyed reading it. Please share the books you read and review it. Thanks.

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  31. Hi Preeti,
    You never fail to inspire me with your post especially when you talk about your life,daily routine and of course ways to deal with hurdles.
    Thank you for taking time to connect with your readers and I look forward to your next post on books that you read.
    Keep spreading joy!

    Love,
    Nitu

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  32. Reading works for me, doing yoga and sitting in silence flushing out any form of thoughts. I will love to read the post about books you are reading. I am also on my third book this January:)

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  33. Yes! I also have been following my new year resoultions. Its a proud feeling to report that. Also, there is so much similarity in your ways to deal with the things and my ways to deal with them. I write, clean my room, read and listen to the music.
    Do share your list of books you have read or are on your reading list.

    visit my blog- lifeisyourpreciousgift.blogspot.in

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