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This is a poem which I wrote for Conde Nast Magazine. They had commmsioned me to write poetry on the theme of Travel, and I wrote four poems for them.

Here is one of them.

Are now constant companions 
Travelling with me
Within me
They have made themselves comfortable

They arrived as tourists
On a travellers  visa
But somehow managed to linger on
No force could banish them

My heart , my thoughts
Are yours now
My soul
Subsumed, consumed, blazing

I live in restless hope
I  longingly dream 
Of making the journey
Across the miles
The desire to be with you 
And to linger on.

Just like my  travelling companions
I hope
To stay
Till eternity 
In your arms.

*********** © 2018 Preeti ShenoyFor more poems click here. Some poems have already appeared in print. Kindly do not reproduce without permission.Buy my books: ***********

5 investment tips for rich returns you can make today, without spending any money.

Hi all,

For today's post, I thought I would share an article I just published on LinkedIN.

There are two kinds of investments—one, which your financial advisors and the finance magazines tell you about, and the other, which you don’t hear about often. The second kind of investment which we do not much talk about (or at least not enough) is where you invest in YOURSELF. I am a firm believer of the statement ‘Life is what you make it.’
I have used the second kind of investment, to shape my life. In 2006, I did not have a single book to my name and nobody had even heard of me. Today, I have eleven books, several short stories, and over a hundred poems to my name. My books make a regular appearance on the Nielsen bestseller charts.
A lot of people ask me ‘How do you do it? What is your secret?’ I had never thought about it till people started asking me for ‘my secret’.
I think the ‘secret’ is.......... READ THE FULL ARTICLE  BY CLICKING HERE 

Apologies for redirecting--but I didn'…

All about my personal style! Post16

Hi there!

Yet another Sunday! I can't believe I have kept this up for 15 days now! 😅😅

Thought I would do yet anotherSunday Stealingfor today's post as it is fun and light. So here goes.

What season has your favorite looks? 

Definitely summer. I like shorts and T-shirts.

    Formal or casual?
Smart Casuals.

    Thrift store, boutique, or online?
Probably boutique between the three choices. Not online, as I am very particular about the fit. 

    What’s your favorite decade for fashion?
Present decade. I don't much believe in 'look of the decades'. I believe you can always create your own style.

    Do you like to accessorize?
Always! I think it is very important to look stylish and smart.

    What does your basic outfit look like?
Single dark colour, mostly.

    What piece of clothing do you spend your money on the most?
I usually wear designer stuff--but stuff that suits me.

    Do you wear hats?
Never :) Even when I was living in the UK, I did not. Who wears hats except the …

Love A Little Stronger. Amazon's Best books of 2018


How was your Saturday? Mine involved a lot of travel. I came across monkeys, cats and a field of marigold flowers! You can see the videos on my Instagram  in the stories.
In case you aren't familiar with Instagram, click on my profile pic around which there is a red circle and you will see the stories :) (many tell  me that they do not know how to use Instagram and where to find stories, hence explained)

I received some terrific news today.

My publisher messaged me and told me that Love A Little Stronger was nominated by Amazon, for the best books of 2018, in the romance category.

This is a picture of my publisher (Arup Bose of Srishti) and me, clicked during the launch of Love A Little Stronger.

This nomination means a lot to me for two reasons

1.It is the first time, my book has been nominated for any award
2.The book contains  TRUE stories from my life. There's nothing which is made up. All the incidents described in the book happened to me. It is a creative non-fic…

New Covers for my books! Preeti Shenoy

Hi there,

 Today's post is a video post :)

I am so happy about it. It's a proud  and special moment for me, and I want to thank each and every one of you, who has been on this journey with me!

 Please do watch the video, and tell me in comments, which of the new covers you liked the best!
They are available at a bookstore near you.

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A few books I LOVED reading this year. Post 13

Hello there,

It has been twelve whole days since I started my blog marathon. Time has sped by so fast. In fact, the whole year has sped by so fast. It feels like just yesterday that I was preparing my 'reading wall' which I do a the start of the year. I started this two years ago.
If you want to know what a reading wall is, clickHERE.

It's basically a list of books that I read the entire year.

Many of you have been asking me to recommend the 'best books'. I am reluctant to do so, because tastes vary. It is like  person asking me to  recommend what they should eat. The recommendation would  depend on whether they like South-Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Japanese , Singaporean or any other specific cuisine. It would be meaningless to recommend Idlis to someone  who hates South Indian food.

This is the reason I do not recommend books. My tastes tend to be eclectic. What is outstanding for me might me egregious for you. So, unless I know the person very well, I …

Wordless Wednesday.. Meet the newest member of my family.

This is the newest addition to our family. My entry for Wordless Wednesday.

Can you guess his name?
Tell me in comments :)
ps: Have written about Hamsters in my book Love a Little Stronger.

Little chit-chat that's not so little. Post 11

Both my children live away from home (both have left home for college and study abroad). Hence any time I get with them is precious.

Actual conversation that took place just now between my daughter and me.

'Mum, do you want to do something fun after you finish your blog post?'
'I would love to..But I have to think of a topic to write first.'
'Just write about how I can become the next president of United States.'
'That's just what I will write about !'
'Mum!!! No! I was kidding. Don't write that.'
'I will write it and show it to you. If you are okay, will hit publish'.

And that is how this post came to be :)

Ps: If you want to read more such stuff buy Love a Little Stronger which are all true stories from my life. Click HERE

Three quotes from a Rule Breaker. Post 10

Hello there!
How has your Monday been? Mine was exhausting. I almost forgot to blog.
For today's post I thought I would share with you some quotes from my latest book The Rule Breakers.
If you have taken a flight lately, you might have seen it in the bestsellers at the airport stores.
Many people have written to me telling me that they loved  the spunky Vidya.
Hence here are quotes exclusively from Vidya.

Do you agree with the above quotes? Do they make you think?
Let me know your thoughts in comments. I look forward to hearing from you!

More tomorrow!
Till then-- stay serene.

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Favourite authors and other things. Post 9

Hello again!

For today's post, I decided to do something fun.

Here are questions fromSunday Stealing. (Please click on it to know more)

Favorite novel and author?

I have answered this in numerous interviews. I don't have one favourite author or book, I have many!  I love the work of Roald Dahl (his writing for adults), Audrey Niffeneger, Benyamin, Vaikom Muhammed Bhasheer, Kristin Hannah, Murakami, Paul Kalanithi,  Nadiya Hashmi, Neil Gaiman, Ruskin Bond, Liane Moriarty, Celeste Ng, Antoine de saint-exupéry,Katja Millay, GRR Martin, Natalie Babbit, Ruth Hogan, Elif Shafak, Shinie Antony, Sonia Choquette, Esther Perel---to name a few!! :)
I read a LOT.

Favorite perfume/scent?

Eternity, Chanel No 5, Bvlgari Omnia Crystalline
(now you know what to gift me :) )

Coffee or tea?
Black coffee with no sugar.

Are you a cat or dog person?
Though I own a dog, I also LOVE cats. I was recently featured in an International coffee table  book--Writers and their cats published by Chronicle books USA. I…

This is the deepest need in all of us. Post 8

Hi there,

Weekend is here! I pretty much spent my whole day reading!

I get a lot of requests for blurbing books. This means a one line recommendation, which they carry on the cover. I do not accept blurb requests from individual writers and I cannot read the stuff people send me. I have explained why in this post.

I do accept blurb requests from editors of publishing houses if the book seems interesting to me. I am extremely hard to please (and am the worst critic, especially of my own writing).
The book I read today was a historical fiction, and I am liking it.

Apart from that, I walked my dog thrice and spent time with my family.

That's all I did.  I am lucky  to be surrounded by people who just let me be myself .

Like I say in my book Love a Little Stronger (which is a collection of all true stories from my life) there is a deep need in all of us to be loved and accepted for who we truly are. The deep  satisfaction and contentment that comes from that is unmatchable and indesc…

How writing a diary helps me as a writer. Post 7.

Hi there,

Are you happy it is Friday? 

You know, I always wondered why people are happy that it is a weekend. It is probably because they don't love their jobs much, and hence need a break which the weekend brings. They also hate Monday mornings because it is the start of another work-week.

For me--I have no weekends. I LOVE my job (writing) and I write every single day. I don't feel good if I do not write. From the start of this year, I have written in my diary DAILY. Earlier, like Gopal Shanker of A Hundred Little Flames, I used to write only when something important happened. But this year, I changed that. The second last thing I do before I sleep is write in my diary.

The last thing I do is, of course read. I read till the lines blur and then I close my eyes.

This year  I have read about 32 books so far. I also have a nice diary, replete with whatever happened on a particular day in my life. It is something I enjoy doing; It gives me direction, a sense of understanding w…

Never give up. Post 6

How has your day been? Mine was exhausting, but in a good way as I exercised a lot today.
I have been enjoying interacting with you, and reading all your comments.

Today, I am sharing with you two quotes that hang on the wardrobe in my room. These are quotes I find very meaningful. I had picked these scrolls in the course of my travels (I am fortunate to be able to travel a lot) and now they hang in my room where I see them every day. I relate to them a lot, and find them profound.

Which of these quotes do you relate to? Do you relate to them at all? Are there any quotes you live by?
Share with me in my comments.

Till tomorrow, smile!

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What my first set of wheels taught me. Post 5

Hi there,

How has December been so far for you? I am always excited in December--the Christmas spirit, the celebrations, the new year round the corner, and also my birthday month! I don't think anyone is too old for birthday celebrations. Many people feel depressed that they are having a birthday as they grow a year older. But me? I love it, as I am grateful to be alive and healthy--a privilege denied to many.
I love the weather too, this time of the year.

When I used to live in UK, I absolutely loved the Christmas decorations, and the general cheer and bonhomie, the hot chocolates with marshmallows and the snow. I loved the snow!
Here in India, I miss that kind of celebration.

Today, I was featured in the Hindu. It was an interesting column, about my first set of wheels and it is also about my life as a student. :)

You can click on the above to enlarge it, or you can read the online version by clicking HERE.
 I enjoyed giving this interview to the journalist Harshini, from The Hindu, as…

A quick and easy DIY for clearing charger clutter. Post 4


How are you doing today?

The one thing I dislike very much is clutter. Clutter bothers me, and messes with my mind. I am a huge fan of the Konmari method. If you do not know what that is, and you want to get rid of clutter in your life,  do read Marie Kondo's Life Changing Magic of Tidying. I highly recommend it.

Here's what I did today.

Neat, isn't it?

It isn't hard at all. I made it myself. This is how I did it.

Step 1: Find a suitable box. I used an amazon box.

Step 2: Make a neat slit in the side.

Step 3: Place your extenion plug inside the box, and take out the wires through the slit.

Step 4: Decorate the box! I used washi tape for the edges to make them neat.

And oh--I also made extra hole for the phone charger wires to come out.

Since that side is against the wall, I didn't bother to decorate it, as it is hidden.

I was mighty pleased with it. :)

Like it? Tell me in comments.
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Daughters are so special. Post 3

Hello dear friend :)

This is my third post in this blog marathon. Those of you who are  here because of my Instagram post do hit subscribe that you see on top of this page, and you will receive my posts in your inbox.

Writing this like a letter, feels very nice. It is as though I am pulling up a chair, sitting down in front of you and having a chat with you. I read all your comments in my last two posts, and I have replied too! I think that is the nice part about blogging--that we can connect one-on-one, through our words.

Today, I went out with my daughter, and we had an amazing time.When she and I go out, I always drive my car and she plays her choice of music. It's a girls trip, and we cherish this time that we spend together. (you can see stories of our day on my Instagram handle)

I come from a family and background, where women never worked or drove a car. My mother has never worked, neither had my grandmother nor had my great-grandmother. None of my aunts-- either on my m…

A wonderful evening at Delhi at #timeslitfestdelhi . Post 2.

Hello there,
If you have read my post yesterday, you know that I have started a blog marathon, and that I will be blogging every single day, whole of this month. So hit subscribe (if you haven’t already) to get my posts in your inbox.
Yesterday, when I had signed off from the blog, I was leaving for my session at Times Lit fest at the India Habitat Centre. My session went off splendidly!

I was mobbed for signatures on books, as well as autographs. I was overwhelmed with all the love that you guys showered on me; Delhi---you ROCK! I absolutely enjoyed being with my genuine readers. Many of you expressed how much my writing meant to you, and how it had helped you. While I do get many mails saying this, hearing it face to face is a different feeling altogether. It is indescribable. So a heartfelt thank you to each one of you who turned up yesterday and made me feel so loved. I am so grateful for this.

I have shared a few pictures and these pictures from the launch speak for themselves.


Greetings from Delhi! Blog marathon begins. Post 1

Hi all,
This is my first post for my blog marathon that starts today. Many of you, wait for my blog marathons, and have written to me telling me how you like to start your day with my posts. I feel happy to be connected to you, and become a part of your daily lives! Thank you for the privilege.
I am typing this from the skies—from 35,000 feet above sea level. I shall post this later today, when I get a wifi connection.I left home at 6.45 am this morning and I am headed to Delhi for the times lit fest which is taking place at India Habitat Centre. The other authors in my panel are Ravinder Singh (who is also a friend), Andaleeb Wajid and Seema Anand. The great thing about litfests for authors is that we get to meet our fellow authors.But for events like these, we would be cocooned in our solitary writing wells.

Travel is exhausting. I had just got back from a wonderful session at Kolkata. From Kolkata, I had flown directly to Kochi, where I was the chief guest at the inauguration ofa boo…