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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Trips, Pain, Smiles, Birthdays, and Anticipation

Hello Everyone! Hope you are doing well. I did get many of your emails after I left blogger...some unhappy, some hopeful, some angry, and some wishing me well. Thank you all for your heart-felt words. They mean a lot to me...truly. I may not be around in person but I am definitely around in spirit. I often wonder what you are doing, how your blogs are going, and what must have transpired in your lives. I wonder if you do the same about me too. And if so, here is a small update for those who really care.

In the past few weeks, a lot has transpired in my life. Some events were planned while some decided to surprise me. For beginners, I took several trips. One to Las Vegas, one to Malaysia, one to Thailand, and am currently in Singapore. Las Vegas was great, and surprisingly, eye-opening to me in many ways. I discovered personal things about myself that I had no way of knowing prior to this trip. That was not all. I also developed some sort of a neuroma after I returned from the trip which could have been caused by wearing heels and trotting along like a model all day long for 4 days in Vegas.

What's a neuroma? The doctor said its a kind of a tumor caused by the nerves. As of now, it is not clear to the doctors what the problem is. I was frustrated. But more than that, I was in pain. I could not walk and when I did, I cringed, and often cried. What did the doctors do? They injected me in my foot with steroids. I am a thousand times better now. I can walk. I cannot run, though. I am still confused about the problem too. And I have no idea of when I will find the solution.

Today is the 6th day of my vacation in Singapore. I am smiling. I love this city. I always have..for years together. What I am smiling about is the fact that I met several of my family members this trip who I had not seen for a decade. I find that I still love them. I find that we still connect. And I find that their presence still fills my heart with warmth.

Now let's come to the selfish part. I have missed you...some more than the others. Now that my birthday is only 2 days away, I find that I miss you all even more. I remember my birthday post last year and I remember how your warm wishes came in and wish the same for myself this year. I also take this opportunity to wish Kanan and Ceedy a happy birthday for I know that their birthday is around the corner too. And yes, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

I have saved the best for the last. There is a book coming out on the 4th of January. I hope and anticipate that nothing untoward will happen at the last minute. I wanted to share the good news with all of you on the d-day but cannot contain my excitement anymore!! Its not MY book. However, its a beginning. One of my stories features in that book. I will keep you all posted more about it as the time approaches. Looking forward for your support and thanking you all a zillion times for your strong words of encouragement all along my journey. You are my inspiration!

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

70 Words of Wisdom:

La vida Loca said...

happy birthday!
nice beginning on the book--hopefully u will write one yourself.

Take care on the neuroma- wish u well and great new year.

Deepali said...

That's a post with a lot of things but I'm going to try and not miss out anything I was thinking while reading -

What did you find out in Vegas? Could it be that you figured that you are a big gambler at heart? hehe


Glad your foot is better. Hope you can run soon. You sure it got caused by the shoes? I would assume many people might be prone to this then.


Enjoyyyyy your vacation :) especially if you are loving being around your family.


Glad you miss some people enough that it sort of got you back to write a post.

Happy Birthday in advance.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Congrats on the story getting published :) Great news. Btw I hope you have considered that maybe this is a sign from higher powers that you should continue writing :)


Anyway it was great to read a post on your blog again. Do drop in and leave updates more often if it's not a problem.

Nitin said...

wow Solitaire on move...move..move..
U will not believe that I was thinking to writing to you but somehow it got postponed by a day to 25th... (for only one reason..)

Very happy to see ur post,hoping to see u back soon (full fledged)

Wish u all the best for Book (story). And hoping neuroma will soon roam far away from u.....

Manasa said...

Good to see you blog again.

Hope you're much better now. Take care. All the best. :)

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

congrats on getting published. Please share with us our story.
:-)
I hope you continue blogging.

ceedy said...

Great..glad to know that you are doing good.

Congrats on the story...will wait to hear/read about it.

Also Happy Birthday in advance....you really have a treat - go watch Ghajini (firstly it relates to Aamir and secondly it is in line of your work) and read my little review if possible.

Thanks for the advance birthday wishes....

Have happy holidays....

I Walk Alone!!! said...

hey that's some news from you and I am really really happy to hear from you... its been long since your blog update showed "xx hours ago"...

Missed your short stories... Nice to hear that you are in Singapore... I am here as well... Moved here 2 months back...

so celebrating your b'day in Singapore or you are off to India? WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY B'DAY in advance

Wishing you a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year as well...

You take care girl... your health should be fine... God bless ya!!!

vishesh said...

happy happy birthday :D :D :D in advance...

and merry Christmas :D :D :D

and a book? ha i am waiting :P

Ghost Particle said...

hmmm... :)

pisku said...

Merry Christmas and advanced Happy birthday!
Interesting lines on how u still connect with family members even after a decade!
And my, your travel itenary is awsome. All the best for the book.

Lakshmi said...

Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas..great to hear from you..and I hope u are feeling better..wow, I envy the fact that u are travelling and glad that you are part of a book...congrats and do keep posting once in a while..and Happy new year

CяystąL said...

A very very very Happy Birthday to you,mi pretty lady ;)
Hope you have a super Christmas and a successful new year.

Wishing you all the luck,
Aayushi

Hiren said...

hey ... look who is back ... it was gladdening to see my blogger update showing a post on psychobabble ... :) You must be out of sight .... but you surely are not out of mind !!!

firstly, wish you an awesome birthday and a rocking year ahead !!!

and you have been traveling around to so many places, meeting family ... cool ... take care on the neuroma thing ... wish u a speedy recovery.

keep us updated about the book ... looking forward to see ur story in that ...

Wish you Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2009 ...

Arti Honrao said...

Hope you r feeling a lot better now.
It is always a good feeling to know that you still love "your" people despite the distance [and time]

Happy Birthday n congratulations on your book!
I am sure it will be released on the day it is meant to release, everything would be smooth :)


Keep writing
GBU
Arti

marvin the paranoid android said...

for starters, happy birth day... okay five and a half hour before your budday but still.. enjoy the day and the entire year... cheers!!!

and all the best with your neuroma.. hope it gets well soon...

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Happy Birthday :)

God Bless!

Hemanth Potluri said...

Happy Birthday Sneha

ur being missed a lot :(....

nice begin to the book ...:)...

please come back soon if u can :(...i am terribly missing u :)...tc have a gud time :)..

urs..hemu..

Shruti said...

Wish u a very very happy birthday, Sneha!! Hey, there will be posts off and on here na? U know, u don't really have to quit the place.. updating us once in a while like this will be fine too :)
And.. hope the foot n heel heal pretty quick!
Take care :)

Neeraj Singh said...

Happy B'day.. Congrates for the story in the book ..

Arjun said...

Hey Sol!!!
Happpppppppppppyyy Birthday!!!

..and a merry christmas as well :-)

Kanan said...

Happy birthday, Sneha! :)

Wishing many many happy returns of the day.

Also, happy birthday to Ceedy. :) Didn't know he had a birthday around this time as well.

Thank you for the wishes and hope the new year is fulfilled and the pains go away.

God bless!

Happy holidays to all.

alok said...

Great to see you back here and hey, wish you a very happy birth day.

Happy holidays and get well soon.

SMRITI said...

I Was pleasantly surprised to see "PSYCHOBABBLE" updated on my blogroll :)

Looks like you are enjoying your stay in Singapore. Happy that your foot is better. And really glad about your story being published... Hope we get to read it too :)

Oh...almost forgot...HAPPY BIRTHDAY :)

SMM said...

Hey Sol...grrreat to cya back. Hope your having a great time in S'pore catching up with longlost family members :)


And superb news about the book. Way to go girl...best of luck with it. Btw is it going to be out in the US of A or in India?

SMM said...

And Happy Birthday too :0

Forgot to wish you

Prakhar said...

ok...I missed it by a day :D...Belated Happy B'day....wishin u a gr8 year ahead..

nd get well soon !! :)

Pavi!!!! said...

Hello girlie..Glad ur having one helluva time!

B'lated Merry Christmas and B'day wishes as well!

Glad to know ur foot is gettin better...n ya..hope it gets perfect soon!

Happy New Year in advance.....

Fingers crossed for all to go well with ur book....


n hey....come back sooon! miss u sooooooooooooooooo muchhhhhhhhhhh!

Anurag said...

I thought Solitaire was gone ..but good to see u around ........ What's better is u writing a book : O :O

Wish u a Happy Waala b'day and even Happier waala new Year ... :P

Amrita said...

welcome back!!!! so good to see u arnd...

badshah khan said...

hmmmmmmmmmmm neuroma .....birthday gift ? anyway take care and once again many many happy returns o the day ...and njoi ur stay in singa.pur

Romila said...

Belated Happy birthday to you. I hope you had a great time.

n congrats to your part in that book. Awaiting more info on the book.

And wish you happy new year too.

Satish Bolla said...

sneha, it's so nice to hear frm u. am very very happy indeed. popped by to ask "how u felt abt ghajini". n this great post welcomed here.

ok ok, it's not great to hear bat ur leg. i hope it gets cured soon.

congrats for the story thing. keep us posted with the updates. n let us know if we can buy/read it online.

n belated wishes for a very happy b'day. advance wishes for a happy new year too. happy holidaying. now that u r going places, where r u planning to spend the new year eve?

Anu said...

Sol,
Belated happy bday.. and was really kicked to see your post online..

I am sure now with the book, your new year is going to be the best.. keep us posted

anits said...

Hi dear..happy belated bday! wish you Happy new year! and May god bless u with happiness..tcare yah?!

Romila said...

Came by to wish and ur family a prosperous year ahead.

rahul said...

Here's Wishing you a very happy and prosperous '09!!!!!....and surpriz and one of your blogger friend also has his short story in that book :))

TROJAN SPIRIT said...

Hey Hey Hey. It was so nice to read your post after such a long span of time.I did not expect it at all.

Wishing you a wonderful b'day ahead and a great year too. I hope you continue blogging inthe coming year.

Karthik S said...

Hey it is really good to read your post after a long time. I really mean it. Really missing you much.

I was out for vacation with little access to net. I couldn't wish you on time.
So, Belated Happy Birthday!!

Any details about the book??? Atleast its name??

Take care !!

Wish you a very happy new year!!!

Cheers :-)

D writer said...

hey belated happy birthday, happy new year....all the best for your book...missed your posts...


keep posting, take care

Deepti said...

Belated happy budday .. Happy waala new year
So glad to see you back. Hope the leg is better now ..
And is the book out/ Will mail you sometme :D So happy to hear about the book :)

Soham Shah said...

Ohhhh !!

After our last conversation on Orkut, i never ever in my wildest dream believed that u will ever write a blog post .. U were so determinant not to write anything ..

But with God's grace, I somehow opened Google reader and found a post on ur name .. I was so amazed ..

Anyways, welcome back .. Belated happy B'day and Hv a wonderful year ahead !!

rashmi said...

hey... missed ur posts...

1) Get well soon. dont worry. u shall def start running again.
2) wish u a belated happy brthday
3) wish u a very happy new year
4) congratulations for the book.. what is the name of the book?
5) have a great trip

any chance that u shall start blogging again?

Hiren said...

happy new year !!!

Prakhar said...

Oye Angel :D

Happy New Year!!...Have an awesome year! :)

Reeta Skeeter said...

belated birthday wishes from Skeeter...
cheer!

Damyanti said...

Belated Happy Birthday, Happy New Year and Congrats on the publication of your story. I found you on technorati, and hope to visit again!

Ankur said...

i am sorry for being ignorant but i pray to lord for u!!
i wish you are doing great for now... just take good care of urself!!! :)

Ankur said...

also.. i m happy to c u back!! :)

Solitaire said...

@ La Vida

Thank you!
Happy new year to you!

Solitaire said...

@ Deepali

WOW! I am so glad that you read the entire post!

Naah..not a gambler, thank god for that!

I have no idea what is wrong with my foot actually. Its only slightly better. Gotta go back to the doc soon.

Thanks for your wishes!

Solitaire said...

@ Nitin

LOL at neuroma roaming far far away!

Thanks for your comment. The book is out! YAY!

Solitaire said...

@ Manasa


Thanks!

Solitaire said...

@ Raaji

Thanks dear. I will continue blogging at least on Calm Frenzies intermittently.

Solitaire said...

@ Ceedy

Will email you a response to your comment.

Happy new year!

Solitaire said...

@ I Walk Alone

Sigh! I wish I had had the time and opportunity to contact you while I was there. I did celebrate my birthday and new year's there and had the time of my life.

Happy new year and thanks!! :)

Solitaire said...

@ Vishesh

Thanks!

And happy new year to you!

Solitaire said...

@ Ghost,

:)

Solitaire said...

@ Pisku

LOL!

Thanks!

Solitaire said...

@ Hemu

Thanks!!! I am right here you know.
You can always email me. :)

Solitaire said...

@ Lakshmi

Happy New Year to you too!

Thank you for your wishes.

See you around. Hope you do buy my book.

Solitaire said...

@ Crystal

Thanks! Happy new year to you!

Ankur said...

and belated bday wishes... i missed those!! :)

Wish you lot of happiness, love, success and everything u dream of!! :)

Cheers!!!

Solitaire said...

@ Hiren

Thank you!!!! Its nice to know that people still have this blog on their reader.

Happy new year to you as well. I had a fabulous time. Foot is the same..though.

Details about my book are up in another post. I hope you do get a chance to purchase the book.

Solitaire said...

@ Arti

Thank you so much!!!!!!!!

Solitaire said...

@ Marvin

Thank you

and

Thank you

Happy new year!

Solitaire said...

@ Sameera

Thank you!

And happy new year to you!

Solitaire said...

@ Satish

I loved ghajini (for obvious reasons) tho I thot it was too violent for my taste.

Spent new year's eve in singapore watching fireworks over the bay. It was an awesome experience!

You can surely order the book through the publisher's website. :) Let me know what you think of it.

How is the new year coming along for you?

Solitaire said...

@ Shruti

You are so sweet!!

Thanks a ton.

Satish Bolla said...

@solitaire
good to see a reply frm u. i'll surely check out the book n let u know my opinion

Adisha said...

Best wishes for your neuroma. Hope u find a solution soon.

Congrats on your book.