Busting Clichés: Cover Release

Hello, my dear readers! Thanks to my talented husband Aamir, the cover for my very first book Busting Clichés is finally ready! Here, take a look:

Busting Cliches Cover - Mahevash Shaikh

Please let your friends and family know about  Busting Clichés by sharing this image on your social media accounts and blogs, sending them a link to this post via email…do it however you like. Thank you for your support <3

Busting Clichés by APK Publishers will be out February 2017. Coming up next: a little more detail regarding what Busting Clichés is exactly about 🙂

At Last! My Book Is Finally Complete!


February 22. That’s the day I sent my first pitch for a quote for my book. To Ashwin Sanghi of all people. I don’t know what got into me to aim so high right at the beginning, but I did. And come March 1, his quote was in the bag. I was elated – and a tad cocky. One down, nineteen more to go. This wasn’t going to be so tough after all.

Ten months later, I can’t really express how much of a grueling experience it has been reeling in the remaining folks.  My last quote reached me on December 19, a Monday I will forever treasure as the day I could finally say goodbye to this all-consuming madness. I nearly lost my mind and patience pitching people, getting rejected or accepted, and accordingly feeling either down in the dumps or over the moon. And then. being crazy enough to do it over and over again! Emails, contact forms, Tweets, Facebook and LinkedIn messages…I used them all to reach out to—and follow up with—people. How many, you ask? Honestly, I lost count at 57. And it’s best if we don’t talk about the number of ways in which I repeatedly contacted quite a few of them. Side note: My deepest reverence to those of you who do this for a living. You guys must have nerves of steel!

Now that you have an idea of how hard this has been for me, I hope I have earned some bragging rights. I am going to take yes for an answer, so ta-da! here’s my list of incredible people. Oh, and it also happens to be the list of cliches I have covered in my book:

  1. Look before you leap – C.E. Potnis, Industrialist
  2. Good things come to those who wait – Deborah McKinlay, Author
  3. Time heals all wounds – Vishnu Subramaniam, Relationship Blogger
  4. Let sleeping dogs lie – Megha Rao, Artist
  5. Too many cooks spoil the broth – Sumdeh Natu, Film Producer
  6. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree – Ashwin Sanghi, Author
  7. Blood is thicker than water – Samantha Spijkers, Student
  8. Old habits die hard – Chetan Mahajan, Educationist
  9. Where there’s a will, there’s a way – Vidya Sury, Authorpreneur
  10. Jack of all trades, master of none – Andrew Saroch, Senior Sales Advisor
  11. If you can’t beat them, join them – Jason Zook, Internet Entrepreneur
  12. One good turn deserves another – Tianna Coelho, Creative Writer
  13. There’s no smoke without fire – Ankitaa Dalmia, Image Consultant
  14. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me – Joel Thottan, Assistant Curator
  15.  Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – Dominique Hall, Scientist
  16. The early bird gets the worm – Lee McKing, Hypnotherapist
  17. Practice makes perfect – Romita Puruswani, Media Professional
  18. Don’t count your chickens before they hatch – Aparna Vinod, Craft Exper
  19.  Birds of a feather flock together – Razwana Wahid, Copywriter
  20. Money makes the world go round – Jarod Kintz, Nomadic Philosopher

More details on these awesome individuals later. As of now, I just want to thank each and every one of them for being generous enough to share such enriching personal experiences with me and my readers. Before I get all teary-eyed, I’d like to conclude with this wonderful quote:

“Thank you for all your guidance and wisdom, for setting the bar so much higher than I thought I could reach, and for giving me plenty of room to run with my own ideas. You’ve been the best teacher I’ve ever had.”
—Lisa Genova


21 days to 2017: what will you change this new year? Here’s my list of 3.

Falling Star

Whoosh! Yet another year has flown by! I can hardly believe it, can you? I had planned way too many things for 2016, which is probably why I’m feeling less than pleased as I review the year today. Well, 2017 is the year I don’t want to have this dreary feeling in the pit of my stomach, so I am going to keep it simple, doable and accountable. Starting today, here are the 3 changes I am going to be making in my life:

1. Take myself lightly –
Writing is my passion and profession and it means a lot to me. As it should. But the problem is, I am often fretting about whether my writing is good enough. Yes, as awful as it sounds, I need external validation to feel that I am an actual writer. If all this worrying helped at all, I would at least consider letting it stay with me. Au contraire! It hampers not just my writing, but my very quality of life. Well, I am so over this self-doubt.  Whenever I catch myself worrying, I am going to tell myself,”not everybody is going to like (or even relate to) your words- and that’s okay. And sometimes, everyone in any  line of work does something they’re not too proud of. Blame it on human fallibility and move on to your next piece of writing.” So a few months later, when my book is finally out, and people don’t appreciate it despite all the effort it took, I am not going to stress too much about it. I tried my best, and that’s what ultimately matters, right? Ditto for public speaking.

2. Look after my body and soul –
First off, no more snoozing. It just makes me feel guilty and grouchy, and that’s hardly the best way to start a day, is it? I am going to wake up early and get some exercise first thing in the morning. I don’t enjoy physical activity, but I do love the happiness boosters and anxiety relief that comes with it. And yes, I love sleeping in, but I know mornings are best suited for exercise, so I am going to adapt. Thankfully, I don’t really eat a lot of junk, so I am pretty sorted in that category. Now for my soul…I am saddened to say that there’s a lot about religion I simply don’t know. That really does suck, and I am going to ensure I get a little more knowledgeable about the workings of religions around the world. It isn’t that hard, all I have to do is use Google.

3. Educate myself domestically and financially –
Household chores can only be avoided for so long. Everyone has to cook and clean at some point in their lives, so I might as well get a basic know-how. Similarly, finance isn’t my favourite thing in the world, but again, everyone has to learn to manage money. High time I begin so I don’t feel so lost anymore.

At 26, there’s a lot I know. But there’s so much more I don’t know and this year, I intend to tip the scales in my favour, if only just a little. Of course, I am not doing this alone. Accountability partners, I am looking at you. You know who you are, right?  Right. And baby steps all the way.

Dear readers, my book launch has been delayed because I haven’t got all the quotes I need for my book. Also, I am looking for an affordable social media expert to help me create *at least* a 2 month Facebook and Twitter campaign. If either or both are your thing, email me right away! And of course, let me know what changes you are going to be working towards in 2017…I promise I am not just a curious cat, I really do want to know more about you!

Source: Enchanted Mountains

Are You Living Life in Reverse?

Woman lost in thought

A lot of people do this to themselves.

They work at jobs they hate to buy things they don’t need.

They date and/or marry just to avoid being alone.

Then after years have gone by, they wake up and try to turn things around.

They pursue their real interests.

They start looking for meaningful relationships.

They go after all the things they should have pursued years ago.

Now I know why they say that youth is wasted on the young.

Once upon a time, I was guilty of this too. But then I learned to flip the script and live life in reverse (for the most part).

How about you? Are you living life in reverse too? Let me know in the comments below.

Source: The 1 Thing


Are You Saying It Right?

People Talking

So many times we focus on speaking the right words but we forget how we are saying them. For instance, if we are mad at someone but we don’t want them to know, we will hide our true feelings and talk to them like everything is peachy. However, they often get to know exactly how we are feeling, which then leads to a lengthy discussion or argument. Now this is not bad per se. It’s good to hash out problems in personal relationships.

But imagine the same situation in a non-personal relationship, say with your boss or colleague. Sounds like a catastrophe, doesn’t it?

So watch your tone along with your words. Each can bring out the best or the worst in the other.

Source: Gym Junkies