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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

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

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. View this post on Instagram 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 insan

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 seeing my 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

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 be

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 probabl

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 togethe

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.

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 yo

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