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An online art exhibition for you :)

Hello there,

Today, on day 15 of #lockdown, there are discussions are it being extended. It is hard to remain positive when all around there is depressing news of rising deaths. SA, we have to grin and bear it. There is no other way.

I have been painting every single day.  For today's post, I have no words. I am sharing my portraits which I did over the last few days.
. Think of it as an online art exhibition! So, grab a drink, water around the gallery and enjoy the art!















I have shared the progress videos of these pictures, as I paint them, in real time on my instagram stories. They disappear after 24 hours, so if you are interested, please check them out.

I hope my art brings you joy and comfort!
Please leave me comments in my comment box.  Head over to my blog if you are reading this in your inbox.

More tomorrow.
Lots of love
Preeti

Gift yourself this!

Hello lovely people,

How are you today? We complete two whole weeks of #lockdown today.  That's a LOT of time! Yesterday, I had given you by favourite TV shows. Most  of you haven't watched most of them.
I too used to never watch TV shows till a few years back, when I began. While I am a huge advocate of reading books, I think you cannot ignore the fact that good movies and TV shows expand our  cultural horizons such a lot as the experience is very visceral.

I used to see people watching Game of Thrones, and never understood what was so great till I began watching myself. Then I turned into a huge fan. Same for Breaking Bad and Narcos. If I were to pick my top three TV shows, these three would be it. All three have content suitable only for adults (just in case you have kids around you while watching it).

Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I make a portrait every day. (We get a muse in our inbox daily) I am a part of #30faces30days challenge. Here's what I …

Can you guess these TV shows?

Hello lovely person,

Today is day 13 of #lockdown. Today was a rest day for me, from my  intense home workouts. (

Usually I share something deep, though provoking and motivational on this page. So today I thought I would share something fun. Let's play a game :)

Here are a few TV shows that are my absolute favourites. I have watched all seasons for the following TV shows.
 I am sharing a gif from  each of the shows. Tell me in comments if you can guess the TV show from the GIFS.

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I think unless you have watched the show, this is going to be hard for you!

But have a go at it anyway!  (Don't cheat by looking it up :) )
I highly recommend these shows.
I shall update this post in 24 hours time, with the answers.

If you have seen any of these shows, let me know :) Also tell me your favourite shows.
If you are reading this in your inbox, kindly head over to my blog  and  tell me in the comment box.


That's all for today.
See you tomorrow.
Lots of love
Preeti

How to meditate--a guide for beginners.

Hi there beautiful soul,

Today, day 12 of #lockdown my day began by joining in theGlobal mediation , which was an urgent call for healers. Click on the highlighted words and do read up about how 1 million people came together globally, today. The time in the Indian time zone was 8.15 am in the morning. I have a meditation room in my home, and I also have a  bamboo waterfall in the corner which my son and I built. The room is done up entirely in white. There is a singing bowl I got from Mc.Leod Ganj, a couple of plants, white tapestry with the Tree of life, a pale cream shag rug, large cushions. The view from the windows is deep green foliage. It is my oasis of calmness, and I meditate regularly. ( I also work out regularly but I will save that for another post).
 The room also has a meditation journal (made of handmade paper)  and after each session, I record my insights. If you have never tried meditation before, I urge you to try it. If you are an absolute beginner, here is a step …

My gift to you: A recipe, an art work and 5 things to do!

Hello again!

Day 11 of #LockdownIndia. Today I made something delicious. It's what you see above: Channa baskets. I have also shared the  recipe on my Instagram, as a video. Head overHERE and you can find it. Do try making it.

I also made art today. Here's what I made.



In  addition to  the above I also shared 5 things you can do today.





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Here are five fun things to do today! Of course these are apart from the staple things like #homefitness #reading and #Netflix . . . See my stories for more fun stuff! Subscribe to my blog for #21daysofpositivity . Link in bio. . . Leave me a comment if you want more such posts ! 👇🏽❤️ Share this list with someone who needs to see it or tag them in your comment ! 💕 Spread the positive vibes ! . . . #lockdownlife #lockdownindia #stayhomestaysafe #funactivitiesforlockdown #lockdownfun #staypositive #lifeiswhatyoumakeit A post shared by Preeti Shenoy (@preeti.shenoy) on Apr 3, 2020 at 10:31pm PDT

You know, there's…

Tell me 5 good things about YOU. (in my comment box please)

Hi there,

Hope you are holding up well on day 10 of #LockdownIndia !
Weekend is here--although every day now resembles the other. There's no concept of "weekday" anymore. Those of you who are working from hope--I hope you get a respite from the usual work pressure and  added stress of work-from-home.

I had a fabuloushome workout todayI think it is possible to have a proper workout at home, and be fit even though we don't have access to the gym.

I think it is very important to celebrate our smallest successes. Be it a simple task like sweeping and mopping the house, or resisting the temptation to take an afternoon snooze or cleaning up your bathroom really well. We need to remember to applaud ourselves for even the smallest tasks we managed to achieve, simply because these are very stressful times. Our idea of 'normal' has been completely distorted, and we're bombarded with news of deaths and suffering.

I find that journalling helps me. I have been writ…

Hello. Are you doing okay? Let me know.

Hi beautiful person,

How are you doing today on day 9 of #LockdownIndia? 

I was just thinking about human adaptability. We're all hard-wired to adapt to situations. It is thousands of years of evolution, coded into our genes. I think all of us have kind of resigned to the lockdown now, and have settled into a pattern. At least  I have.




If you have got into a slightly sad frame of mind, do pull yourself up, before you slip further down. it is a slippery slope, with a quick fall. Try and do something new every day.


Today I shared a video of how to grow mint plants from the pudina that you buy from the vegetable vendor. You can view itby clicking HERE.

Apart from this, I had an intensely good homeworkout.
I cannot emphasise enough, the need for fitness in times like these. When you are physically fit, you feel good mentally too.

I have to go now as I want to do my portrait for today.

Tell me how your day went, what you did and most importantly how you are feeling. Also please share …

Failure is a test of how badly you want something

Hello there wonderful person,

How was your day 8 of lockdown?

Mine was a very productive day.

I made the above art  which is a part of an art challenge, Sktchy's #30faces30days, which is an international commmunity of artists. We get a muse in our inbox every day, and all of us draw the same muse. I decided to add the words to mine. I used an ordinary ink pen to make this one. I have posted the process of making it in my Instagram stories, which you can check out if you like.


I completed  reading a book (Murakami's Dance Dance Dance); I have posted a review on my instagram in my stories, and also added it to the 'highlights'  Books 1 and  Books 2, where you can see my reviews of over 60 books.

I also did an intense work out. Check out myfriend's page for daily home workouts for losing  weight and belly fat which you can do without any equipment. (Especially check today's post)

If you have ever failed, then you know the sharp sting of failure. The feeling of…

Big players versus the small ones. Inviting your thoughts.

Hi again!

What's up my wonderful people? How was today, day 7  of #lockdownindia for you? This morning,  I demonstrated a unique method of wiping the floor on my instagram stories.  Did you see it? If not please do watch. It's sure to delight and suprise you :)




A little while back, I received this message on Whatsapp.




I have always supported the local businesses.

But I  have also supported the small sellers on Amazon and Flipkart. E-commerce has indeed benefitted so many people by expanding the reach of their market. The fact is Amazon is market place---a large collection of sellers. So, when you say you won't support amazon, you are also saying you will boycott hundreds of small entrepreneurs who use amazon and flipkart to extend the range of their reach.

I strongly support local bookstores. Whenever I go to a bookstore, I always end up buying stuff for at least rupees thousand to two thousand. I don't want bookstores to close down. But I do read my books on Kindle …

Three happy things that happened to me on day 6 of #lockdownindia

Hello there,

 How are you holding up on Day 6 of #Lockdownindia ? Chances are the lockdown will get extended. Let's be prepared for the long haul, and let's not fixate on April 15th (when it is supposed to end). Because this way we won't be disappointed and are prepared! My father used to say 'prepare for the worst and hope for the best', a line I have used in my book Wake Up, Life is Calling.


I did a plank challenge today which I found to be very easy and fun! Here's the video.
I had so much fun that I shot it thrice :)
Do give it a try and do it to the music!



I also read a LOT today, and did an elaborate and exhausting home workout.

Here are three unusual things that happened to me today:

1. I found two beautiful feathers


2. I made two  rainbows while watering my plants. :)






3. When the coffee spilled from my cup, it formed a heart shape!


Some of my readers messaged me saying these are blessings from the Universe. I indeed believe so.

I am a Tarot card read…

Kickstart your reading habit with short stories!

Hello there,

If you are counting days like me, you know this is day 5 of #lockdownindia. This is the time when we start getting restless, especially it being the weekend. Most of us associate weeekends with 'going out' and 'having fun' and let's admit it, it sucks to not hav a choice!

As much as we try to focus on the positives, sometimes it just feels good to say  F*%&nG He%% and let some steam out :)

I let out steam  either through exercise or through art.




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This is a lot harder than it looks ! At the end of all this, you can emerge fitter, stronger, happier or you can moan , groan and feel miserable. The choice is something you make. . . . . . #homeworkout #trx #lockdownindia #stayhomestaysafe #staypositive #fitnessmotivation #lifeiswhatyoumakeit A post shared by Preeti Shenoy (@preeti.shenoy) on Mar 26, 2020 at 1:44am PDT


It helps me cope with this insanity and focus on getting fitter.

Many of you  have been asking me about Kindle…

What I did on day 4 of #lockdownIndia . Hang in there, people!

Hi there,

Those of you who  have  joined in, after watching my live or seeingmy post on Instagram, welcome!

In of my books, I had written 'We don't realise the value of something, till we have lost it.' How prophetic those words have turned out to be when viewed against this #lockdownindia that we're all stuck in.

I don't know about you, but I tune out of all the 'gloom and doom' and panic messages floating around on WhatsApp groups. It seems as though some people feel better after they blurt out their fears and 'warn others'. I immerse myself in my book, in my art and my workouts.

Today was a deep cleaning day for me. Oh, the satisfaction of a bright, spotless, sparkling clean house! No wonder Marie Kondo continues to be a multi million copy bestseller.
When it comes to cleaning, I am also not too frightened of doing all the heavy housework, which many Indians dread. For many in India, if the househelp or the maid does not turn up it is a disaster…

Don't fret. Get fit!

Hey there,

Today is day 3 of #Lockdownindia. I feel fortunate to be living in a place where I am surrounded with nature, greenery and I am blessed  to have lots of garden space. Every morning when I wake up, I feel so grateful for my life . Check out my Instagram stories where I post these videos of my surroundings.  For those of you new to Instagram click on the pink circle around my profile picture to view the stories. (The stories stay for 24 hours after which they disappear)


 This morning  when I was walking my dog (yes, walking dogs is allowed during lockdown. The Government has clarified this) I saw an incredible sight.  I stood open mouthed, gaped and a shiver went down my spine. I had my dog's leash in one hand and the poopscoop in my other hand, and hence I couldn't whip out my phone to click a picture. Also I was too shaken, too awestruck  that it was only when the moment passed that I felt I missed a chance.  What I saw was this: an eagle swooped down before my ver…

3 ways to take your mind off Corona !

Hi there,

Here I am, back again on day 2 of #21daysof positivity.

How are you holding up?


Yesterday,  I asked on my instagram, how you guys are feeling and coping. I observed a curious thing : everyone who is reading, said they are feeling positive and relaxed. Everyone who is not reading seemed to be feeling stressed.

I think those who have accepted the lockdown, are looking for ways to make this time useful. They are picking up neglected  hobbies, feeling happier.

Extreoverts are having it harder. They are missing meeting their friends, going out, going to restaurants etc.  If you are feeling boxed in, indoors here are my top three suggestions to take your mind off corona.

1. Reach out to a positive friend or a family member  via a video call: Make a pact that you will NOT talk about Corona. Discuss a TV show you like, or a movie---or anything! Just don't talk about Corona.Don't complain about maids not being there!  I think as you read  this, you probably  know just the fr…

Here's what I did on day 1 of #LockdownIndia. Stay Cheerful!

Hello there!

As promised, here's my day 1 post of #21daysofpositivity that I started yesterday, after  PM Modi announced #LockdownIndia.

Everywhere we go--online, because we can't go anywhere offline (heh heh)--we are bombarded with death tolls, and exponential numbers (the very word now sends shudders down everyone's spines!).

To preserve sanity, I have decided not to hear or speak any negativity. I find people calling other people morons very moronic :) These are difficult times. To each their own. I find people mocking other people pathetic. Their energetic vibrations  are so low that the only way they feel better about themselves is to pull others down. This happens a lot on Twitter, and I am quick on the block button. There's no point arguing with someone who will never see it the way you do. It is best to protect your energies.

This morning, I introduced Satish (my husband) to TikTok. We had fun scrolling through the utter nonsensical videos together, and laughi…

New post everyday, starting tomorrow. 21 days of positivity.

Hi all,

Our PM Modi has just announced a 21 day strict lockdown for the entire nation. He has been very vocal about it and made it clear in no uncertain  terms, why it is needed, quoting statistics. I applaud this, because a country like ours needs it.
We aren't Singapore.
We are a much bigger Nation, with a massive population; Our situation is different. Hence this move was very much needed, so that people do not step out and understand the importance of social distancing. I was shocked to see large crowds beating drums during the janatha curfew.

In times like these it is extremely important to stay positive. Feelings of isolation, fear and panic can set in very fast. I am getting flooded with messages on my Instagram, where people are telling me they are having a hard time staying positive.

Hence I have decided to start #21daysof positivity on my blog, starting tomorrow. Those of you who have been my long term readers know  what a warm, welcoming place this is. Please feel fre…