Skip to main content

What 2017 brought me.



We are nearly at the end of 2017.
Looking at back at the year, several proud moments come to my mind.  One of the most recent ones being interviewed by BBC world, with an astonishing reach of over 400 million people in over 200 countries!  The interview was shot at Birmingham, and of course I wore a saree, even though it was freezing. It was a half an hour sit-down, in depth interview. Rebecca Jones interviewed me.

What I found surprising was that the interview was telecast 8 times!


My apologies for not informing my blog readers, in advance about the telecast time---but in my defence, I had announced it several times on my Twitter and  on my Facebook and on my Instagram too.
On my instagram, I keep posting pics of what I have been up to throughout the day, the books I am currently reading, quotes that I like,  interesting sights I find etc---basically anything that catches my fancy. I quite like Instagram stories . So follow me there, and see my stories for some fun stuff.

Post my BBC interview, so many people from different parts of the world connected to me, telling me how much they loved it.
To all who watched, and to all who support me-- I am  deeply grateful for your love and support.

The other highlights of the year for me, were getting invited to the Karachi Literature Festival, launching the cover of A Hundred Little Flames  at the Birmingham literature festival and launching the new book A Hundred Little Flames at Sharjah International literature festival.

 You can see me signing books at Sharjah, in the pic below.

Add caption


I was also invited to Jammu by the Sahitya Akademi to read from A Hundred Little Flames and I have blogged about it my previous post.

 Several newspapers  have carried write ups about A Hundred Little Flames and you might have seen it in the media. But the one I liked the best was the Hindu's interview. I am sharing it here.
. Please click on it to read it.




Or you can read it online here.

On the personal front too, there have been a lot of changes for me. Both my children left home, for college, and both are studying outside India, in a wonderful college of their choice. A lot of mothers talk about the 'empty nest' syndrome and how they miss their children. But I only had the 'relieved nest' syndrome :)
What is to feel sad? I think parents should feel happy if their children are doing well. It is a privilege denied to many. (As a mother I am very very close to my children. Skype and Whatsapp  and Instagram are great tools for being in constant touch)

At the start of the year, I had made a resolution to read 40 books this year. I had also made a reading wall.
I am very happy to report that I am currently on my 40th book! I hope to complete it by end of today.
The most memorable ones for me, from the ones I read, were the following:

Goat Days by Benyamin
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Some books were disappointing, but I will not mention them here. I applaud every author who has been published by a traditional publisher, as they have the courage to send a book out to the world.

I have a surprise for you guys in April 2018. I won't tell you what it is yet.  But please stay with me.

Meanwhile I have  already started working on my next book!

Leave me comments. I love to hear from you. Whatever you want to share, I am listening.

________________________________________

grab my latest: http://preeti.io/a100lf


Comments

  1. No wonder you are my favorite author, Preeti. There is not anything about your life which you do not share with your fans. This is the reason why so many readers really love you for what you do and you give your heart and soul into it as well. No matter what time of the day, or the distance to a particular place, etc, you do it with all the guts and glory. Congratulations on receiving so many awards! I loved all your interviews and I must say, I watched the BBC interview with my mom and she said that you are an amazing person as well. Hats off to you and all your accolades. Well deserved! I keep in touch with you through Facebook, your blog and Instagram as I joined recently and really love it. Looking forward to your surprise in April, which happens to be my birthday month as well. Good luck in 2018 and you can definitely count on me to be a part of your journey in the years to come, just as I have been since 2012. Happy New Year to you and your family!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so very much prathima. So grateful for your love and support. I hope 2018 brings you all that you desire!

      Delete
  2. Hi Ma'am. Can you please share the list of books you read this year ?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Pavithra, The three I mention are the ones worth reading. The others, I honestly didnt much like! I do not want to name them--but writing quality was poor, there was no plot development, and some were just plain BORING. Hence I do not want to share. I am the first person to applaud a good book, which are the ones I mention in this piece.
      Focus on those.

      Delete
  3. Hello ma'am...
    Congratulations on all our achievements. You inspire so many people all over the world. Just listening to you in an interview makes me so happy. I really admire the way you speak, the way you convey your thoughts and the person you are. Last year, I too made a resolution to read at least 40 books in 2017 (after reading your blog about things to do in 2017) and I am so happy and proud to say that I am currently on my 46th book. Thanks to you!!
    And I loved A hundred little flames very much. It was so different from all of your other books.
    A very Happy New Year to you and your family!!
    Lots of Love. Keep smiling!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Karthika--that's wonderful to know! Thank you so very much for your love and support, and kindness. May 2018 be wonderful for you!

      Delete
  4. Hi Preeti! What a Amazing year you had! Many congratulations and many more to come! All the best and keep inspiring 😊

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love to read the accolades you amassed from the admirers. I have gladly read a feature about you in a Malayalam daily(Mathrubhoomi) recently.All the best.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes..My mother's friends in kerala sent it to her..and several people sent it to me. It was a nice write up :)

      Delete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your leaving a comment! Okay--I appreciate your leaving a comment if you have something nice to say ;-)


Popular posts from this blog

Ten Reasons why you should attend a book launch by your favourite author. No.9 will delight you!

Why should you attend book launches? Here are ten GREAT reasons! :)


1. You get to hear the author and know what their personality is like when they are not writing.




2. You learn something about 'behind the scenes' that went on in a book.





3.You can ask them questions.





4.You learn something new. (most of the time!)






5.You are showing your love to the author by turning up.





6.You can discuss what the author spoke about with your friends.





7.You will be a a part of a fun event.




8.You can take selfies to post on social media.





9. You discover new books! (what can be a  better reason that that?)




10. It is a thousand times better than watching a movie (which you can always catch later!)



For those of you in Bangalore, come and meet me today(5th May) at Sapna Book House, Koramangala where we launch my new book

  Love a Little Stronger.


The launch of Love a Little Stronger, and a picture for you :)

I have just come back from the launch of Love a Little Stronger. It was a fabulous event, and I am so overwhelmed with the massive turnout, and the love that my readers showered on me. One of them (Madesh) got me a lovely gift too! He gifted me a framed photograph of my family ! (a picture which I had posted on Instagram). A very cherished gift indeed. Thank you Madesh!

Here are a few pictures from the launch:

I was in conversation with Arup Bose, who heads Srishti along with Mr.J.K.Bose.


 The stage, all set for us.
 The fabulous crowd.

My readers--it was a full house.
The interaction was fun! We laughed a lot, chatted a lot and really had a great time. Everyone who came to the launch said so and I was happy to hear that.

I have posted more photos on my Instagram stories  and I will be sharing many more photos on my Facebook page tomorrow.

 This is  the gift which my reader Madesh gave me:



I feel very blessed and grateful to have such lovely and wonderful readers. A big thank you …

May drawing challenge! A story of two portraits.

Hi all,

I have been working non-stop for many many years now. My first book was published in 2008, and I have had one book release every year, since then. This year, I am having TWO book releases. I typically work for about 10-12 hours a day! Sometimes, even more.

If you have been following my updates regularly, you will know that have just had a book release.. Love A Little Stronger, and the first reviews have been great! Please do click on the link and read the reviews!

I traveled to Singapore, earlier this month, to spend time with my children, who both go to college there. But just before I left, I sent off the entire manuscript of my NEXT book, which will be out in September, this year! I was working for about 16 hours a day, just before I left. All I could think of was the book. I was lost in that world.

So now, I am taking a massive break. I am doing a lot of art. I am taking some amazing courses (on Skillshare). I am also teaching creative writing. I am enjoying the assignmen…