Month End Update #1

I’ve realised that I’m able to post as m much as I used to and as much as I’d like to and as a result, I haven’t been able to keep all my readers updated about my writing and reading and life in general.

So, after a while of thinking, I thought I’d start with this post as means of rounding up everything I do in a month.


  • I’ve got a deal for my book, Deceived, from a new (but promising) publishing company. They’ve asked me to make the official announcement in April, so I’m not announcing it “officially” for now. But, yeah, I’ve already bagged a deal and I’ll share the details as soon as I’ll be allowed to.
  • Presently I’m doing the first round of rewriting for Deceived with a professional editor. Who knew there’ll be so much work involved after getting a deal from publisher!? Well, as this is my first time, I’m learning a lot.

    For all the new writers out there, getting a book published is not as easy as it looks. Completing the Manuscript is just half of the entire process, so go figure…

  • Good news: I’ve not only received a great deal for Deceived but also for my next 4 books (so in total for 5 books.) My next book is going to be Sinister Town– the one that I’m working on right now.
  • I joined a really awesome group on Facebook- 10 Minute Novelists. If you’re a writer then you really need to join this amazeballs group. The members are super awesome and friendly and extremely inspiring.


This month I wasn’t able to read a lot as I spent 1 week at mom’s and basically took that entire week off writing and reading. The only thing I did in that particular week was playing cards with mom (and of course, gossiping!) Still, I managed to read 6 books this month:

Books I reviewed this month on The Reading Bud:

Fun Stuff:

  • I watched a couple of movies- Deadpool & Neerja (new releases) and Bloodsport & 102 Dalmatians (on TV.) Also, I finally I watched Game Of Thrones (S1) and again, Ned (Eddard) Stark’s death really depressed me and I spent the entire night crying and cribbing. Vishal even told me not to watch the rest of the series because it’s really affecting me, but what the hell? I’m gonna watch it until the end. 😀
  • I made Caramel Custard and Apple Cinnamon Tartlets for Vishal as a Valentine’s Week surprise.
  • On 14th Feb (V. Day) we went for the most amazing massages at Four Fountains De-Stressing Spa.Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 10.18.41 am
  • On 16th Feb I went to one of the best cafes in our city- German Bakery (yep, the one famous for the bomb blast) with Vishal and my cousin, and had the most amazing Spanish Omelette and Masala Chai with Spiced Biscuits and Bun Maska.


I’ve again started walking 5Km and will be starting my jogging routine in a week. Slow and steady wins the race, right!?Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 10.19.08 am

My Instagram:

Well, that’s all I did… What about you? What all books you read and how many movies you watched this month? How’s your WIP coming along? Please share about your month in the coments below as I’d love to know what you’ve been upto in the month of Feb.

Have a great day!

Ciao ❤

21 responses to “Month End Update #1”

  1. Wow!! Your month was happening! Those tarts look yum.
    My month started with a bang- a wedding to attend, make new friends, meet family and all. But the second half of the month I was cooped up in one room suffering from chicken pox! So, not much of reading or writing on my part. Watched the movie Neerja btw and loved it!

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    • Thanks a lot, Suchi… It was quite a happening week, indeed 😉
      What a great start to your month… but I’m so sorry about how the remainder turned out for you. I hope you’re feeling better now. Chicken Pox is really tough!
      I loved Neerja too 🙂

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  2. It is funny that you took a break from reading, since it actually is a break activity for most people. But sometimes you need a break from that break. I am glad you could spend time with your mom and enjoyed it, Heena!

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    • Haha! I’m literally cracking up here… Lol! I never thought about it this way, but it’s exactly as you put it… Hehehe!
      And yeah… sometimes you really do need a break from a break 😉
      This was the first time in a long time that I actually spent quality time with my mum. I mean it was just like when I was young… We played cards all day, gossiped about all our relatives day in and day out and the best part was that, every morning, I woke up to the delicious smells of my mum’s cooking… just like the days in my childhood… I never though I’ll say this, but I can’t wait to go back to stay with her again… 😀 God, all these ramblings are making me cry and miss her now… I’ll just go and call her… Seriously, this is the closest we’ve ever been in years!
      Thanks for being there to listen to my ramblings, Erika. You’re like a strong pillar for me ❤
      Have a great day!

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  3. Hi Heena, you certainly had a busy month. I am glad you got to spend some quality time with Mom (we moms, really appreciate when our children take time out of their buys lives for us). Even with a break from reading, it looks like you knocked off some good reads. There is no such thing as a break from reading, just a lull. Have a terrific week. Enjoy this extra day of February. Hugs.

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  4. Omg hun, huge congrats on your book seal ❤ ❤ ❤
    Can't wait for your book to come out 😀
    You've been a very busy bee, but only great things had come out of it so that's a very productive month.
    I am still searching for my editor, who is your editor and is he/she willing to do more work, lol?
    Your month hun looks amazing and again… tons of congrats ❤

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    • Thanks a lot, Sweetz! (Sorry for replying late, somehow I missed a few comments on this one including your’s.)
      Yeah, it was a really productive month and hopefully, the next few months will be like this only. Hehe!
      My editor(s) work for C.T., a book company based in India. I’ll ask them if they can edit your work as well. Will let you know when I’ll ask them (probably next month when I’ll be submitting the rewrites to them. 🙂
      Thanks again for all your encouraging words dear!
      Have a great day!

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        • Awwww… You are the sweetest friend ever! I wish the same (and so much more) for you too, hun ❤
          Thank YOU!!!!
          You too have an amazing and relaxing weekend. You need to relax, so take a complete break for Sunday and sleep a lot and eat what you like and drink your favourite drink and then sleep again! ❤
          We need you up and running again like before… full of energy ❤

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  5. Congrats again Heena. 😀 Those tarts look awesome. I loved hanging out at German Bakery when I was in Pune. My favourite was mushroom omelet. It must be pleasant there, now.

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    • Hey Norma, thanks a ton!
      And really!? It’s the best place for breakfast in Koregaon Park and I’ll be sure to try the mushroom omelet next time I visit there again. Probably this week itself 🙂
      Right now it’s way too hot here! The temps are reaching 40-degree celsius and the summers have just started. God knows what’ll happen in the months of May and June.

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      • Everyone is fearing the summers that will fall this year. Every year it gets hotter. I’m not a very big fan of summers. It must be very hot there as the sun’s rays are very direct and almost have a burning effect on the skin. Take care Heena and stay cool as a cucumber. 😉

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