Every year I try to do a recap on all the fun things that happened over the course of twelve months. I started the tradition a little while back, and I want to keep it going. This year, I sort of dropped the ball on timing. Why? Well, let’s just say 2016 was busy. Here we go:
In January, my childhood best friend Adrienne had a baby! Adele (named after the little girl in Jane Eyre, not the singer–b/c you know, it’s my bestie’s kid and all) made her debut into the world with the brightest cap of red hair EVER. My Hindu godschild is perfect.
In The Perfect Ending, my main character, Winnie Metha, is obsessed with Bollywood. In honor of her, I’m posting the second annual Winnie Metha Bollywood Award for Excellence (music category only). So without further ado, here are the winners!
Best Item Songs
The Humma Song from OK Jaanu
Why? Well it’s not your traditional item song because it’s not some sexy actress dancing in front of a bunch of men. Instead, it’s a couple who are totally going to get it. (Wink wink) and it’s AWESOME. At first I was like, ugh, it’s another remake of the original Humma Song, but after a few listens I was hooked.
So kudos Bollywood. For making an ‘Item’ song that doesn’t revolve around a stage dancer doing boob shakes while being oogled by gross men.
Sau Tarah Ke from Dishoom
Why? This is more of the traditional item song, but I literally watch it for glimpses of John Abhraham strutting with all his muscles.
Jaaneman Aaah from Dishoom
Why? So another traditional item song from the same movie, but this was Parineeti Chopra’s big reveal after she started this crazy work out regimen for a movie and she looks WAY too good to not say, girl, you deserve a prize because I know how hard it is to go to the gym every day.
Happy New Year everyone!
2016 pretty much sucked, but I have high hopes that this next year will be a little bit better.
This year was supposed to be my release year (as was 2016) but I’ve yet again been pushed back. There are a ton of things that contribute to a title being delayed, and unfortunately, my story has suffered through most of those things…since 2014. But that’s okay, because I know one day you’re all going to read my story and hopefully the delay will be worth it.
The other news that I have for all of you is that ‘My So-Called Bollywood Life’ is no longer the title of my book. I want my story to reach as many readers as possible and after much deliberation, Crown gently informed me that not everyone knows what ‘Bollywood’ means.
I know! Crazy right?? But hopefully the book will introduce the concept of Indian cinema to those readers who haven’t experienced the joy of Shahrukh Khan. Which is why the new title is:
THE PERFECT ENDING
Why? Well because Winnie Metha, my main character is looking for the perfect ending to a love story that she didn’t expect. After all, isn’t that what so many of us want? a certainty, a known understanding that the romance we experience in our lives have a joy that can last forever?
So we have one more year to wait for you all to find out if Winnie meets the love of her life and has her perfect ending. But I’m around and I’m working on some other fun projects so stay tuned for an awesome 2017!
You guys. I wish I blogged more but there is so much in my life that is going on that I’ve had no choice but to neglect my online stuff.
But no more! I’ve come back to talk to you about my trip. This summer I went on a family vacation to Thailand, Cambodia and Bali, Indonesia. We went in May starting in Bangkok and ending in Bali for an Indian wedding. The trip lasted a total of 13 days, if you count the 26 hours it took to get out there and the 26 hours back. The trip included my parents and sister, as well as three other families. It was a big thing.
Here is what I learned:
Qatar is governed by Islamic law and birth control is still over the counter for women. My sister and I found this out when we went into a pharmacy in the airport. Hey, U.S. Stop throwing stones until you get your shit together.
Our tour guide in Bangkok kept trying to take us to the red-light district because that’s where a lot of the tourists spend their money apparently. It’s like a thing to go check out the “massage” parlors. We had to tell the tour guide no, but when my sister and I decided to take a walk in downtown Bangkok one night to find a Starbucks, we somehow ended up there and it was…well. Let’s just say the English that people did know, was interesting. Read more…
I live four hours from Boston.
And I’ve only gone to the city ONCE in my life. My mother and I went up for the day when I was sixteen to sit in orientation lectures at BC and BU. I didn’t go to either school.
Needless to say, I’ve been wanting to go for a really long time, just so I can say CHOWDA and LOBSTA with an accent. (and also to eat said chowda and lobsta).
So when a friend of mine called me up three days before the weekend and asked if I wanted to take a road trip to Boston for a 24 hour stay solely for the purpose of eating, who was I to argue? I cleared my schedule, and off to Boston I went!
Anyone who sees me on a regular basis knows that I am burned out. Like seriously, I’ve been melting the candle at both ends for so long that I’m not even functioning like a normal human being anymore. So, when my awesome Aunt Christine asked if I wanted to go to Miami for a long weekend because she, too was burned out, I said HELL YES.
In My So-Called Bollywood Life, my main character, Winnie Metha, is obsessed with Bollywood. In honor of her, I’ve decided to have the first ever Winnie Metha Bollywood Awards! So without further ado, here are the winners!
I know this is super late, but I figured getting in a 2015 recap is an important part of putting last year in the past, and focusing on this year. I’ve had so many things going on in my life that writing my blog posts have been next to impossible. Luckily, I’m almost done putting the pieces of my crazy existence back together, and my amazing friends and family have been the best support I could’ve ever asked for.
Now let me tell you about the madness of 2015.
So the year had a lot of downswings but there were some pretty fabulous moments that made everything seem minor in comparison, but they didn’t last nearly long enough. Read more…
As some of you know, I spoke at the national RWA conference back in…oh, July. (I know, I know)
I had the awesome pleasure of giving two workshops: one on organization for writers, and the other on Bollywood movies as a source of inspiration. I wrote about that on my group site I participate in, Saris and Stories. You can check out that post here!
What I haven’t done is posted anything about Organization for Writers. Which is why I’m going to post five quick tips here. Are you ready? Okay, here we go:
I am such a fan of Zoya Akhtar films. It’s hard finding a female producer/director in Bollywood, especially one who makes such fantastic blockbusters.
When ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ was announced, I knew it was going to be an awesome movie. I’m just pissed I didn’t get to see it the minute it came out. I had to wait two weeks before I was finally able to slip away and watch it with my roommate.
So overall impression?