Friday, October 18, 2013

When Life Interrupts

Life has this strange way of interrupting us with its unplanned moves and throwing us off track when we least expect it. Life ensured that I was not just off the internet (though I did check my emails) but also off writing for the past two weeks.

I feel bad about getting all my blog buddies worried when I announced that I would be taking a break of a fortnight due to personal issues. Most of my close blog buddies sent me private messages or left comments hoping all was right with me.

The reason I took a fortnight’s break was because my mother underwent a bilateral knee replacement surgery on both her knees on 4th October in Sparsh Hospital (Bangalore). The doctors and the nursing staff and even the attendants were a blessing. Each one’s concern and genuine care made mom comfortable and put her on the road to recovery. They all strictly followed the hospital’s motto of ‘Faith, Hope and Love.’ Till Wednesday my mom’s health was my priority, so my writing was shoved aside.

Due to arthritis and severe pain mom's movements were getting restricted for the past year. All the doctors she consulted advised surgery so that she could lead a pain free life. Mom made a quick decision to undergo the surgery. As I was staying with her in the hospital I decided to take a mini break from blogging, writing and everything else. Though I did critique my crit partner’s work when I was at home, when my dad and other family members were giving mom company in the hospital.

Thank you friends for all your concern. Now I am back and will catch up with you all. Hope you all didnt miss me too much. 

I forgot to tell you all that last week one of my books was accepted by Scholastic India for its Early Science Fiction for Young Readers. I completed the rewrites and now it’s gone for illustrations.

What do you all do when life interrupts? How do you all cope with sudden situations?

P.S. I even managed a few decent photographs of the hospital (I am one of the worlds worst photographers).


  1. Best wishes to your mom and congrats to you for being picked up by Scholastic:)

  2. Congrats for the book acceptance by Scholastic India.

    When life throws be off-gear, I will be glad - It's an excellent opportunity to be away from the LCD screen :)

    Breaks are as important, as work and if left for ourselves, we skip it and make things more difficult for ourselves.

    Destination Infinity

  3. Congratulations!

    Wishing your mom a speedy recovery.
    It was quite silent silent around these part of the world without you.

    Welcome back! :)

  4. Yay on your new book. So excited for you!

    And that's awesome that you took the time off to be with your mom. Those things are so important to do. I wish my mom didn't live so far away because it makes it hard for me to do that for her.

  5. Wishing your mom a speedy recovery! And congrats on your book, Rachna. That's so exciting!

    Happy reading and writing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  6. You did cause some concern! Glad your mother is on the road to recovery. The hospital's motto is awesome.
    And big congratulations on acceptance of your book! You will have to keep us posted and announce the release date when you have it.

  7. I'm glad to hear your mom is doing well! Taking a break to take care of family is a must in situations like that. Welcome back, and congrats on the book with Scholastic India!

  8. Best wishes and a speedy recovery to your mother. Life has a habit of steamrolling through our plans and not much you can do about that.


  9. Hi Rachna.
    You are not one of the worst picture takers. Hope your mom feels well soon. I think it is healthy to take a break every now and then. Your mom is lucky to have you stay with her through this.

  10. I am sorry I was unaware of all this! I hope your mum soon recovers and forgets about her pain! Nice of you to dedicate to your mother and leave your writing for a while.

    I am myself waiting for a knee operation on the 30th this month, so I was shocked at this coincidence! I broke my meniscus recently and can't bear the pain!

  11. and... CONGRATULATIONS!!! I can't wait to see your book published!

  12. "And now abide these three--faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love." First Corinthians 13:13

    God bless you, Rachna!!

  13. Wish your mom a speedy recovery. Though physiotherapy will take a few days I guess. I was missing your presence but imagined that you were on a holiday. Congrats on the book. You deserve it and more.

  14. Hi, Rachna, glad to hear the surgery went well. Your priorities were right on! Meanwhile, congratulations on having your book accepted by Scholastic India! That is just great!

  15. By the way, I left an award for you on my 4th Wish blog.

  16. Welcome back, Rachna. Family should always come first. And a huge and wonderful congrats for the great news about one of your books!!!! How awesome!!!

  17. Like you, I would put family matters before other life things. You were right to be there for your mother.

    Great news about your book!

    A Faraway View

  18. Hope that your Mom gets well soon:) And congrats on your there any way for those of us outside India to get a glimpse of it? :)

  19. Best wishes for your mother.

    And congrats on the Scholastic deal! ^_^

  20. Thank you friends for your wishes for my mother. I will keep you all posted about my book. I am slowly getting back into my routine.

  21. Best wishes to your mom as she continues to heal. Congrats to you on the book! Good to have you back. :)