Wednesday, May 29, 2019

A Surprise Visit(or) - Preneeja

This is the kind of a call you would like to get on a hot summer afternoon. A strange number showed up on the phone - I was not sure if I wanted to pick it up but I did. A young woman's voice on the other end introduced herself as Preneeja and that she had read 'This Way is Easier Dad' and identified with it. She had put it up on her Instagram post and a school friend of hers, Sneha Nambeesan, who was also my student at the University of Hyderabad, told her that she knew me and gave her my number. And Preneeja called rightaway and said she would like to meet if it was possible. All this she conveyed in a clear and articulate manner which in itself was an achievement I thought. (I can imagine myself trying to explain the exact same thing!)

I was glad to hear that someone was reading TWIED and told her that since she liked the book she could as well meet Anjali if she came home. So she did, braving the hot sun and made it in time, a big bar of chocolate in hand for Anjali. There were so many things to like about the things she did already - calling to say she liked the book, making the effort to meet and bringing along this bar of chocolate. Thoughtful - it's a quality I like. I don't remember ever being like that - am not even now.

Preneeja has studied psychology from St. Francis and has worked as a counsellor. Now she is shifting to a new job in Vizag with a company. She related her many experiences, gave Anjali tips on art and craft, had fine opinions on several things. She has also written and published a book which is available on Amazon called 'An Anonymous Soul'. She also writes a blog - and I read it and found that she does write very well and has some fine points of view too.
You could check it out here.

Good luck Preneeja. Keep reading and keep writing. If your blog is any indication of the kind of work you do I am sure you will do a great job of whatever you choose to do. And you certainly made our day!


Rajendra said...

You are right about the many things she did right..I can also think of one that you did right- pick up her call :)

Harimohan said...

Yup. Important! :)

Harimohan said...

Was thinking of a story idea - a person who never picks up any call. And the opportunities that await on the other side. :)