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A Conversation with Preeti Shenoy
India’s favorite female writer is out with a new book. ‘It's all in the Planets’, Preeti Shenoy’s latest romance is a heady mix of love, laughter and self-discovery, which is bound to leave the readers spellbound. We caught up with Preeti to chat about her upcoming title and know more about her thoughts on love, luck and destiny. An excerpt from an interview with the author.
Q. Your latest novel ‘It's All in the Planets’ explores the theme of destiny and star-crossed lovers. What do you mean by ‘destiny’, what is your idea of it?
A. Preeti Shenoy: I would define destiny as something that will necessarily happen to a particular person, or an event, which will definitely occur, no matter what you do to try and prevent it. It is something beyond your control. I would define it as something that is pre-determined and inevitable.
Q. Do you personally believe in destiny? Can you tell us about an incident from your life that strengthened this belief?
A. Preeti Shenoy: I would say that there are many things beyond our control. There have been so many turning points in my life, which I never even imagined would happen to me. Not even in my wildest imagination. It would take an autobiography to elucidate all of them. However, since this book deals with relationships, let me tell you about my own experience. I met Satish (I was not even supposed to meet him) and fell madly in love and got married to him within 40 days (yes, 40 days and it’s not a typo!) of meeting him! How crazy is that? I wasn’t planning to get married at that time. We are still married 21 years later. I do believe that things like marriage are destined. You end up with someone you are supposed to. And you get married ‘when the time is right’.
Q. In the book you explore the idea of being oneself vs. being the person your partner expects you to be, which according to you is more important?
A. Preeti Shenoy: In a relationship, it is very important to be who you truly are. Most of us wear masks to some degree or the other, and disguise ourselves somewhat. There are many expectations and it is a lifelong process, as our personalities change as the years go by. We are no longer the person we were say 5 years back. So a relationship is always a delicate balance. If you do not remain true to your inner self, and you keep wearing masks, at some point in time, the strain is bound to show. The relationship then becomes a burden, and it breaks up. Your partner should love, respect and cherish you for the person you are. And it should be reciprocal.
Q.Tell us more about your protagonists Aniket and Nidhi, what about them do you think will resonate the most with your readers?
A. Preeti Shenoy: Aniket is 27, a techie and a single, living in Bangalore. He is like most guys you know! As a person, he is polite, kind and lovable. He loves his family and he cannot believe his luck when a hot model like Trish becomes his girlfriend. He is willing to do anything to please her, including losing weight. Nidhi is very sure of what she wants from life, and she has quit her corporate career to pursue pottery, which is her passion. She is engaged to Manoj, but feels something is missing. She struggles with the question of how she can be certain that Manoj is the guy for her, and whether she is really ready for marriage or not, which is a question most single people grapple with.
I am certain that my readers will definitely know an Aniket or a Nidhi! Perhaps they may find themselves in them.
Q. What role do you think friendships play in the evolution of relationships? Does Aniket’s best friend Subbu have any role in determining his choice of partner?
A. Preeti Shenoy: Friendships will not impact a relationship, unless of course you fall in love with your best-friend’s partner! But supportive friends can make a world of a difference, as it is them we turn to, when we have relationship problems. In my book, it is Subbu who orchestrates the first meeting between Aniket and Trish. Subbu is willing to lend a ear to all of Aniket’s Trish-troubles. He plays an important role later on too, but you will have to read the book to find out what!
Q. One of your lead characters is Trish, a stunning model, who begins to date the average Joe Aniket, at first glance it appears that she is quite demanding and unreasonable and does not appreciate him for who he is, do you not think that it is perhaps risqué to project a certain type of women in this manner? Strong, assertive women are often wrongly labeled as demanding, bossy and mean-spirited.
A. Preeti Shenoy: Trish is definitely not bossy, demanding or mean-spirited! She adores animals, stray dogs in particular. As regards Aniket is concerned, she is honest to the point of being abrasive and she doesn’t realize it. She has guys fawning all over her and is quite used to the male attention. She is in a profession which demands extreme fitness, and valuing that as a trait in the opposite sex, cannot be classified as being mean. I would say that Nidhi is more assertive than Trish, as Nidhi pushes Aniket to work hard at his fitness, makes him pursue an interest outside his work, and actually helps him grow. So there is no ‘stereotyping’ done here.
Q. Your books carry a positive message and are life-affirming, what message do you want to relay to the world through this book?
A. Preeti Shenoy: I want to tell the world that sometimes things turn out the way you never even anticipated. Life will give you shocks every now and then. The incidents that happen to you are not in your control. But how you react to them is completely in your control. You can turn adversity into a life lesson, and you can grow from the pain and suffering you go through. And it may not be obvious to you, at the moment but whatever happens does happen for the best.
Q. Who are your literary forbearers, your mentors?
A. Preeti Shenoy: I admire so many writers! If any of them ‘mentor’ me I would be over the moon! I am a huge fan of Audrey Niffeneger, Roald Dahl’s work for adults, Michael Morpurgo, Neil Gaiman, Nick Hornby, David Glattauer, Mary Ann Sheafer, Mitch Albom, Kiran Nagarkar, Manu Joseph, Anita Nair, Shinie Antony to name a few. For me to admire a writer, their writing has to make me feel something inside.
Q. What’s next for you?
A. Preeti Shenoy: I have several projects, including one with the BBC. I am also working on a book. My latest is illustrated journaling, and at some point I want to write a children’s book and illustrate it too. But for now, I am still reveling in the hangover of ‘It’s all in the Planets’. (If you can revel in a hangover, it has to be when you finish writing a novel, your best so far!)
This Story Actually Tells That No Matter What Happens, True Love Finds Its Destination - It's Written In Our Destiny - No One Can Change It. Perfect Combination Of Love, Life, Friendship, Family, Faith - The Book Reminds You The Bond and Selfless Love B/W Friends. No Matter What Happened, At The End, Your Friends Will Always Take Care & Support You.. --By Abhi on 25 September 2016
I just love Preeti Shenoy's way of writing. She writes in a very simple manner and still you won't lose interest in the novel. 'It's all in the planets' is all about relationships. And I love the way she has described Aniket and Nidhi. I love you n your writings preeti mam !!! Keep writing !! All the very best !!! --By Nandita Chaturvedi on 21 September 2016
About the Author
Preeti Shenoy is among the highest-selling authors in India and has been featured on the Forbes India long-list of the most influential celebrities. India Today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. She has given several talks in many educational institutions including the IITs and IIMs.
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- Publisher : Westland (15 September 2016)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9386036452
- ISBN-13 : 978-9386036452
- Item Weight : 240 g
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.03 x 19.81 cm
- Generic Name : Book
- Best Sellers Rank: #28,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then there's NIDHI, thirty-four, who has quit her corporate job to follow her passion. She is engaging to Manoj, Mr Perfect- expect for one aspect.
Aniket and Nidhi meet on a train, a chance encounter, and she agrees to become his 'relationship coach'. It's a decision that sets into motion a chance of events that will have a profound impact on the lives of all involved.
Three men, two women and a trap called Destiny.
Well, we all know Preeti Shenoy is one of the best-selling authors in India. This is my first book of hers and I am happy to say that I am not disappointed.
▶️The cover is eye-catching.
▶️The title is appropriate.
▶️The story is sweet and simple.. and it's interesting too.
▶️It will make you believe in luck, destiny and astrological things.
▶️ Language is also simple that makes it easy to grasp.
▶️I adored Ani.. he is so sweet and cute.. 😍
You will glide easily through the story.. do give it a chance..
both are two sides of a coin, yet you strike a chord with present gen relationships with how they are now and how good they can be by showing two completely contrasting case studies, lovely narration from 2 different perspectives, it creates a wholesomeness to the reader, giving a complete and clear picture of understanding from both ends..!
And one more small request madam, it's really hard to believe that true love is still in existence, yet u portray it so beautifully, being single, I feel sick to read it, some numbness creeps over me, and I strongly believe that true love isn't just hard to feel, but really hard to find, if at all in existence still today..!
There's no doubt u are a relationship expert, maybe u might be having a good future as a relationship coach too Preeti ji...!
Keep writing and giving us some wonderful literary works..!
The ending unlike other sad love stories leaves you on a happy note( for a change)..
The story is of Nidhi and Aniket and of their relationship with their partners and of destiny.....
While reading this book you must know that the later parts of the book hold some big twists...
Finally, i will end by saying that if you are looking for an easy but enjoyable read you must pick this book...
Love you ma`am,keep writing great stories.......
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Astrology and how relationships are crucial is central to this book. The narration is fast paced and I really enjoyed that. An easy read that you could take on your travels or even get you out of a reading slump.
I find that I could relate to every character and I know someone just like them. The cover is beautiful too. I also feel that there is room for a sequel!
I plan on reading more from Preeti and recommended this book if you're wanting to read Romance novels from an Indian author.
It's funny and light but also fast paced. A lovely ending too!
One scenes are shown in Ankit n Nidhi perspectively, I felt it really nice. On one situation women n men thinks differently and it's clearly shows in this book. A started thinking about Manoj n Trish angle as well.. Made me to think a lot.
Finally I really enjoyed it. Completely very fast as I targeted tomorrow but ended today only..