Thursday, December 13, 2018

#CatThursday - #Authors and #Cats (79) Preeti Shenoy

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The second Cat Thursday of each month is Authors and Cats Thursday. Each time I will feature an author with their cat(s), pictured with a cat(s), or guest posts by cat loving authors who also (sometimes) write about cats.

Preeti Shenoy (born December 21, 1971), among the top five highest selling authors in India, is also on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India. She is the highest selling woman writer in India. Her work has been translated to many languages.

India Today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. She has been awarded the ‘Indian of the Year’ award for 2017 by Brands Academy for her contribution to Literature. She has also received the Academia award for Business Excellence by the New Delhi Institute of Management. She is the recipient of the ‘100 Young Indian women Achievers award’ in the Powerful leader category. She has given talks in many premier educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and corporate organisations like KPMG, Infosys and Accenture. She is also an artist specialising in portraiture and illustrated journalling.

Her short stories and poetry have been published in various magazines such as Conde Nast and Verve. She has been featured on BBC World, Cosmopolitan,The Hindu, Verve, Times of India and many more.

She has a very popular blog and also writes a weekly column in The Financial Chronicle. She has a massive online following. Her other interests are travel, photography and yoga. Her books include A Hundred Little Flames, It’s All In The Planets, Why We Love The Way We Do, The Secret Wish List, The One You Cannot Have and many others. (Goodreads)

The cats in these images are not cats owned by Shenoy, although she has said that cats are drawn to her...“Cats always come to me and are friendly with me. My earliest childhood memory was with a black cat that we used to own,” she told me. “When I travelled to Orissa [now Odisha], India, I came across an interesting custom in a temple, where cats are worshipped." These images, or at least two of them, were taken at the temple she mentioned, Kedar-Gouri Temple.

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  1. I always felt very uncomfortable around people our very sociable cats avoided so given that cats are drawn to her I'd doubtlessly get on well with Preeti.

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