Nobody Saw This Coming! (Part Two)

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Four days back, I did something I haven’t done for years: speak on stage. In front of a bunch of people. Voluntarily! Well, it was my first book launch and I had no choice but to step up and speak. Ignoring my pounding heart and shaky knees, I delivered the speech I had been practicing for the past few days. Continue reading

Nobody Saw This Coming!

Surprised Face EmojiWhen I shared my book cover with you guys last month, I mentioned that my book would be out in February. I never gave a specific date as things were still undecided. The tentative launch day was February 25, but chances were high that it would be postponed (again). I hoped and prayed that the venue would be available this month. And just a few days back, I got to know that there was, in fact,  just one day – February 18. Talk about too soon! I couldn’t decide whether I should go for it or not.

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At Last! My Book Is Finally Complete!

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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. Continue reading

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

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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: Continue reading

On Keeping It Real And Going In A New Direction

Oh Well I Tried

For months now, I have been looking for an appropriate headshot to use for all my social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. Now I have quite a few potential photos that I could use—and have been actively taking just for this very reason—but my search stopped as soon as this photo came into being. Continue reading

Conquering Stage Fright

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Dry mouth. Pounding heart. Weak knees. All this and more would happen to me at the faintest possibility of a public speaking opportunity. In cases where it had simply to be done, I would rush through it –  tripping over words, barely audible. Little wonder then that it has been one of my biggest fears for years. Continue reading

Reaching Out To Influential People

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In Interview With The Publisher, I mentioned that my publisher had a brilliant suggestion for my book. Brilliant, yes. Easy, no! What did he suggest, you ask? That I reach out to influential people and get quotes on their personal experiences with misunderstood clichés.

At the time, I thought,” how hard can getting 20 quotes be? A lot of people will be interested in contributing.” Was I wrong! Continue reading

Who Am I To Write A Personal Development Book?

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Let’s get straight to the point: I am a regular person. Okay, maybe I am being my usual self-deprecating self, but I am certainly no behavioral psychologist, scientist or expert of any sort.

What I am is an individual who has seen how easy it is for us humans to fall in line with what we are taught, without ever questioning why.  And I say this not as some high and mighty spectator, but as an old-time performer. It was not too long ago when I used to jump through hoops. Hoops that were set up by someone I didn’t even know. Continue reading

Interview With The Publisher

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Hours after publishing my last post, Prashant Karhade, the co-founder of APK Publishers, asked me if we could meet over the weekend to discuss my book. I excitedly told him a yes.

Turns out my good feeling was legit. Not only did he like the book, he was even ready to publish it as is. He said that unlike most first-time authors’ books, this one was finished. However, he had a brilliant suggestion which I said I would only be glad to implement. We had a long chat and he promised to get in touch with me by next week.

I am over the moon and can’t believe this is happening to me. It’s hard enough to find a publisher nowadays, let alone a good one like APK.  All I can say is, they were definitely worth the wait.