International Author's Day - Giveaway & Blog Hop

We all are story tellers, aren’t we? What else would you call the way we cook up stories when we want to lie, when we manage to create imaginary characters just to please our children, when we write essays and autobiographies in schools or better still manage to grab the attention at get-togethers as we go about narrating simple day-to-day incidents with a panache that has everybody hooked!

My first experience with a real story was the day I had asked my mom the eternal question – Mamma, where did I come from? And my mom very lovingly placed me on her lap to narrate a story which began with the usual Once upon a time. I clearly remember I had asked my mom to narrate this one so many times to me that I had lost count. I loved the part where she said “And we got you home!” I just loved the joy that one sentence carried. Perhaps that was the moment I fell in love with stories and with happy endings too!

As I grew up my mother introduced me to reading, Cinderella being my first book ever. Since then the appetite for books has just increased. She thought she is taming a hyper active child but actually books only became one more activity for me as I literally gulped them down. Slowly as the characters begin to come to life and the story begins to take shape all the noises begin to drown in the background and all that can be heard is the rustling of pages along with my pacing heart beats.

How can I forget the tears I shed when I read P.S I love you, Love story, Harry Potter, A walk to remember, How about a sin tonight, Love, Peace and Happiness, Seven steps in the sky, various Chicken Soup Series, Aleph, Veronica decides to die , Women writing in India (I & II) etc etc

The giggles I had while reading Two states, some of Cecelia Ahern's books, Princess Diaries, Diary of wimpy kid, Harry Potter (again!)

The magic I witnessed in Harry Potter (yet again - gosh I think I need to do a separate post on all that I learnt in these 7 books), Manual of the warrior of the light, Lord of the rings, Cinderella , Snow-white, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty............

The beauty of love & relationships I experienced when I read Home, Where do you belong, From the eyes of my mind, Life of Pi, Brida, A calendar too crowded, Because I am girl,

The moment I enter a bookstore I am like a crazy kid in a toy store. I run my fingers over the various books there first just to get a feel of them, and suddenly stop at one. I somehow believe books speak to me. And I stop at a book that has just started saying something. I feel the book, read the blurb and then I open the pages to smell them. Once I am convinced with the feelings this actions have invoked I buy that book. Sounds weird - but then that's Moi!! ;)

I breathe books when I am reading and live them when I write. My love for writing perhaps generates from the deep rooted love for anything related to words. I am a book hoarder, having some 550+ books and I dream of a house with a library in it someday. And when I will die I want to be buried with my books so that I can continue to exist in my magical world of words. The only thing my heart says right now is....

So we are celebrating International Authors Day on the 18th and on that occasion we all are participating in a blog hop and giveaway hosted by The Book R3vi3ws. Do participate in the giveaway to win an amazing book called The Eligible Princess by Summerita Rhayne 

~ Blurb ~ 

King Kartikeya must marry a princess. He's determined to do anything to keep the kingdom that he has taken with strategy and sheer guts. If that involves charming a princess into marriage, then so be it.

Princess Lakshaya infinitely prefers the study of her scientific experiments to the learning of the arts of impressing a suitor. In fact, she would rather have no more proposals at all. But refusing a king as opulent as Kartik is out of question. Drawn against her will by the force of his attraction, she begins to accept him, only to discover hidden secrets along the way.

Can she bring herself to go ahead with this marriage?

You can reach the author at Website | Twitter | Amazon Author Page

Over to the other fellow participants ~


  1. This was such a beautiful post! Loved reading about how you got introduced to the world of books. We have many similar choices in books. And that's such a wonderful thing. Happy International Author's Day dear.

    1. Happy International Author's Day to you too dear!

      And yes glad to add another thing to our same pinch list :)

  2. Cinderella is a great place to start, smart mom!

    1. Very true Maria, I agree. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  3. King Kartikeya--is that also the name of a character from the Vedas? Tell me more, please.

    1. Yes He is also a God who is worshipped in some parts of India.

  4. The Metro diaries wand-wielder. You've nailed it again! Happy IAD!

  5. We learn so much through reading. It's amazing what stories can do!

  6. Great story on how reading became important to you, brought by the question of life! Nice to meet you during this great blog hop. Nancy’s Blog

    1. Same here Nancy, thanks so much for stopping by!


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