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Archive for November, 2013

Vanilla ice cream, warm gulab jamuns and …

Suhaani Raath being sung by a young Indian troubadour strumming on a guitar on the roof of our hotel in Pune…wow, pretty close to heavenly! They had the Bookaroo Pune launch dinner last night and it was smaller than the one in Delhi, had a completely different feel to it, and it came with that […]

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Bookaroo in Pune…

It’s such a treat to see some of the same faces I got acquainted with at Bookaroo in Delhi! And the wonderful thing is we’ve kind of gotten past that initial euphoria stage, if you know what I mean. One of the things I try very hard NOT to do is to hog a conversation. […]

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Today was supposed to be an in and out trip. Came into Amritsar at about 10 am, did three major presentations and two journalist interviews, and I was supposed to be out on the 8:45 pm flight. Only it got cancelled, so I’m stuck here, and my flight leaves at 3 am, back to Delhi […]

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I think it’s a few minutes past 9 pm and I’m beat. Just thinking of the schedule ahead is making me seriously reconsider my sanity in saying yes. Bangalore was amazing. Or I should say the people were amazing because I actually didn’t get to ‘see’ that much of the place. Oh, I spoke to […]

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Bangalore…

is as hot and steamy as Delhi was cool and dry! It’s been a whirlwind to say the least! Got in yesterday morning, met with the people picking me up without incident, yay!!! And took a bumpy ride into the city. People had told me that Bangalore airport is about 2 hours outside the city, […]

What an experience!

It’s never a good idea to criticize yourself. Especially if people are raving about your presentation. Don’t criticize yourself publicly, don’t diminish their exuberance or their compliments by putting yourself down, but in the privacy of your own room…yes, think of what you did wrong. Analyze, assess, and fix it for next time so it’s […]

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So last night there was a sort of cocktail party/dinner to launch the Bookaroo experience. Members of the press were there, including one of the sponsors of Bookaroo, and it was held on a rooftop veranda/restaurant with the cool night air and occasional fireworks in the area–such a contrast from the night before! All sorts […]

Oh Wow!

India is quite different from Pakistan! Mind you the Pakistan I’m thinking of is twenty years ago. I’m still getting used to being here. Delhi is beautiful! Didn’t imagine it would be so green with huge trees running down the middle of the street and flowers and hedges everywhere, and gardeners dressed in shabby clothes […]

On the Eve of India…

Omigosh, where has the time gone??? I’m leaving for Delhi tomorrow and it still hasn’t hit me yet that I’m going. I keep remembering that first email conversation where my the lady at my Indian publisher Duckbill, first mentioned the possibility of my going to the Bookaroo festival, and now I’m actually packing for it! […]

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That look in a young boy’s face…

Today I did one of my favourite sets of kids. Not sure why I’m so drawn to inner city kids, but I am. Did my primary presentation for the primary kids and that often tuckers me out! Oh, they can be so squirmy! Of course Big Red Lollipop settled them down. It was so cute […]

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