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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 pagefor 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 i…

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 …

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…

When Love Came Calling by Preeti Shenoy: A dose of positivity in these troubled times

Hey guys!

 How have you all been and how are you all coping with the Covid preparations in your city? Are you in lockdown? I hope you are following social distancing and taking it very seriously. Please be responsible citizens and do stay at home. Even if  you don't have it, you might be a carrier.

Try and focus on the positives. If you aren't on Instagram, hop on to the platform. You can choose to keep your account private and you need not even post anything if you don't want to! I find it is a good platform. If you don't know how to use it, watch THIS VIDEO
(click in highlighted words).


The reason I ask you to open an Instagram account is because I keep posting stories there throughout the day. They are stories that spread joy and hope, and I get a tonne of messages daily, thanking me for those stories. My instagram handle is preeti.shenoy and you will see a verified badge (a blue tick) next to my profile so you know its the right one


When you tap on the circle arou…

Solve this crossword to get the name of Preeti Shenoy's next book!

Hello there!

How have you been and how is the onset of summer in your city? Bangalore (my home city) is warming up and I am prepared for a sizzling summer!

I have some exciting news for you. Those of you who follow me on social media already know this. But those who aren't on any, here goes!


My NEW BOOK releases on April 15th!

Solve the above crossword to get its name.
I shall be revealing the name very soon.

Meanwhile, please feel free to fill up my comment box with your guesses!

I shall give you the name soon.
Let's see what you come up with! :)
Love
Preeti


Last post of the blog marathon. 30 days, 30 posts :)

Today is the very last day of the blog marathon. Since I've also signed up for a #30faces30days challenge AND since I am also working really hard on my next book, this blog marathon was very stressful and hard. However  I am happy I managed to complete it. I think  my reader Usha Ganesh managed to comment on every single post--so thank you! Also thank you to all who left comments frequently--Usha, Alka, PK and a few more. (apologies if I left out your name).

This time around, I haven't been able to reply individually to comments--but be assured I read every single one and it was very encouraging. Had you not left comments, I would have felt a bit disheartened to get no reactions. So thank you. 

I leave you with a portrait I completed using colour pencils.


Will blog again soon.
Till then, many thanks for reading! My blog as well as my books.
Good night!

Anticipation.

Isn't anticipation better than the actual event that you're waiting for?  When whatever you are waiting for happens, there's nothing anymore to look forward to. It's all done. But when you are counting down the days, then there's a  heady rush of exhilaration, a reason to get out of bed, a pring in your step, and a hum in your heart.

I think it is these things that you look forward to, your rewards (however you define rewards)which makes life meaningful. It gives us a purpose, a sense of direction, a reason to exist. You eagerly wait. Since you know there is, for certainty, a reward at the end of your daily 'struggle', the struggle becomes lighter to bear.

I also think it is important to reward yourself for a job you have done well, and to create anticipation for yourself.

If I am in a philosophical mood, it is because I'm reading a dense non-fiction book. I find the author tiresome but there are a few takeaways. The one thing I cannot stand is preten…

Meet me at Kolkata, Mumbai and Bengaluru :)

November onwards, the lit fest seasons start. It's an opportunity for readers to meet their favourite writers, listen to some interesting (hopefully!) discussions, get their books signed, and mingle with other book lovers. The mood is celebratory.
My good friend and fellow writers and columnist Vinita Nangia has written an excellent piece about litfests and what they achieve. Do clickHERE to read it.

For writers too, litfests are a time to catch up with other writers. We work alone most of the year. It's during litfests, after the events and panel discussions are over that the real fun begins !  I enjoy meeting my fellow authors and chatting away about everything in the industry. It is only the established authors who get called for the litfests and hence it is a matter of homour and prestige. Many years back, when I wrote my first book, I didn't even think that I would get invited to International litfests. Now I have done so many litfests internationally, that I've …

India--wake up ! Make your women strong!

The world economic forum releases a gender gap report every year, which benchmarks and quantifies the progress towards parity between men and women in four areas: educational health and survival, economic opportunity and political empowerment.According to the 2016 reports released, the chasm is widening, globally. The discoveries are startling. The global workplace gender gap and economic parity between the sexes could take as many as 170 years to bridge, unless drastic measures are taken for correction. What is surprising is the imbalance in salaries and participation in workforce, considering that in 95 out of the 144 countries studied, women attend universities in equal or larger number than men.
The reports say that on an average, around the world, the women earn lesser than their male counterparts, even though they work longer hours. India ranks 87 out of the 144 countries ranked, with a gap of 68 percent, right among the bottom most countries.India also makes it to a group of coun…

Another portrait.

For today's post, just a portrait of a lady and her cat. This is a part of Sktchy's #30days30faces challenge that I signed up for. We get a face in our inbox every day, and we make a portrait. More than a 1000 artists have signed up for this, and it is great fun.

Here's my portrait:


Come back tomorrow for a new post!
Today is Day 25 of a 30 day blog marathon.
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Forgive--especially when it is hard to!

What does it take to forgive someone who has hurt you over and over? The easiest thing to say would be to cut them out of your life, and move on. But sometimes the one who has hurt you is a family member, an adult  child, a spouse, a sibling.

If it's an adult sibling or a parent or an adult child  who has hurt you,  and if  you too are an adult, then putting a physical distance between you might be the best solution. It is the first step towards forgiveness. When we are away, we get a perspective which we don't when we we are IN the situation.

If it's a spouse, then WAIT for a few days. Do not talk about it when you are in an agitated state. It takes a LOT of effort to smile when you are bristling with resentment.  Take a break from the issue, not from your spouse. Focus on what they did RIGHT.

I cam across a brilliant post from Brain Pickings, which I share here.


I loved the above.

Forgive. Especially when it is very hard to. You will be doing yourself a favour. A big one…

Change is the only constant.

When we enter into a new partnership--be it a friendship or a business relationship, we're excited and optimistic. If no external circumstances change and no internal growth happens for both parties, and both put in equal effort, then the partnership continues for a long time. But often that's not the case.

People change. Things change. Situations change. What was once great might now seem unbearable. People who were your best friends might now seem distant. You might decide to let go of those who you no longer vibe with.

It's all a part of growth. Growth is painful. It is through pain that your understanding and empathy expands. I believe what Christian Barnard said--That suffering ennobles you. Oh it is hard! But it is also what makes us stronger.
Agree?
Tell me in comment box what you think of change, growth and pain, and whether you think it has made you a better person.
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ps: Check out my latest book: preeti.io/awakepreeti.io/awake
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What's in it for me?

Most of us think from the point of view of 'what's in it for me.' This is how the human mind works.

This morning, I posted a question on my Instagram feed.


People who follow me on Instagram know that I post a story each morning, a short video of something interesting (mostly the greenery around my home, or a flower which bloomed etc) and say 'Wake Up Life is Calling.'
On days that I don't post, I would get tonnes of messages asking me if I am okay and why I didn't post.

The last few days, I have been really busy, submerged in the edits of my next book. Hence I haven't been posting. So today when I asked the question why I should restart, I got over a thousand  responses (I have shared many in my Instagram stories)  which were variations of the same thing: That they find it motivating, and they feel refreshed.

Not a single person told me what I would get out of it! (I mean, I don't get paid to create that content). It can be argued that I am promoting…

Another portrait!

For today's #30faces30days challenge, we were asked to add a phrase to our drawing. Since I finished the edits of my next book today (WHEW!) I decided to add  'All Done".
What a satisfying phrase!

That's all for today.  Last few days left of the blog marathon.
Hope you have been enjoying my posts
Come back tomorrow!


On life, love and friendship.

Today, three quotes for you to think about. The letting go bit---it's very hard to do. It's also hard to bear the pain in love. As regards friends--people change.

Most of my books revolve around these themes. I write about love, friendship, life.
What books of mine have you read? Which ones are your favourite ones? Tell me in my comment box!
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ps: Today is Day 21 of a 30 day blog marathon! new post tomorrow.

Why is your partner possessive?

A splendid book that I read, The Tamil Story, is a collection of88Tamil short storiesfrom the last hundred years, translated into English. It showcases the society, the human emotions and the rich literature of the language, in a wonderful way. While the societal beliefs, norms, customs and traditions have evolved and changed over the years, what remains constant , never changing, ever-present are the human emotions.
A story I found particularly interesting, written in 1920 is by Subramania Bharathi, the well-known poet, freedom fighter, activist, writer ,journalist and social reformer from Tamilnadu. The story titled Railway Station, talks about a young man, in a dilemma as he is forced to marry three sisters, who were now fighting among themselves for his affection. The young man says that life is a living hell because of them. If he buys a silk blouse for one of his wives, the other one tears up hers, demanding the same. If he buys a jewel for one of them, the same story repeats. E…