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Words forever rattle in my head; they’re from the voice that can’t be duct-taped shut. This voice adds up to thoughts which don’t fit in at home, aren’t okay for chatting, and surely don’t belong in a café setting.
They’re not porno thoughts or violent thoughts, they’re just weird…and crazy.
It sounds a bit alarming for reality’s sake, but for the Internet’s sake, it’s my best-ever reason to blog.
Latest writer update: Somewhere along the way, the blogging gave way to writing stories and publishing books, which then gave way to living in Paris twice (!!), for six months in 2013 and for the summer of 2014. Paris continues to be the inspiration for this blog, as well as the inspiration for my most recent books.
You can check out my full list of books on Amazon, and the same titles are also available on iBooks, Kobo, Google Play, and Barnes and Noble.
Most recently, I released a guide/memoir in December 2014, based on my two stints of living in Paris. I wanted it to be useful like a guide book, but entertaining like a memoir. To that end, it visits over 130 places in Paris, but it’s full of personalized stories and humour. It’s called “Vicarious Paris,” and the best way I’ve got to describe it is an armchair visit to Paris as you sip your green tea (or hard liquor; whatever suits you). From cocktail bars, to long strolls in the cobblestoned streets, to the best sinful bakeries, it’s indulgence with zero calories, and you can read more about it here.
I also write screenplays, and in the summer of 2014 I was a finalist in the Script Pipeline international screenplay competition (i.e. top 20 out of over 3,500 entries; I’ll take it!). That finalist placement was a great doorway into developing a TV pilot and getting notes from the wonderful people at Script Pipeline. The next step for the pilot is where luck meets opportunity (oh you know, that super-subjective place with lottery-like odds; no biggie), and in the meantime I’m always working on new ideas for scripts.
And what’s “coming soon” in books? Well right now I’m working on my next novel set in Paris (the question of romantic destiny set against the back drop of Paris; are you in or are you in?) because the truth is I just can’t help it; Paris is in my veins and it continues to get me excited, so let that be shown in the writing…
PS: to keep up-to-date on a regular basis, go check out my Facebook page!
If you live in Canada you must be canadian. Of course, without desconsidering your parents, their country or their traditions. But to live in Canada as an indian is out of hand: it would means to be no-country habitant.
the lack of affiliation of the children of italian immigrants drived them to constitute the most dangerous and deathful gangs, and the same is today with the chineese.
you are lucky to live in canada, a very civilized and peacefull country. think how it would be in america.
Romi, I like your new site and have added it to my reader. I’m excited to see what you have going on here! Thank you for all of your friendship and support – this is a whole new side of you and I look forward to finding out more! That would be so hard if your parents have such expectations on you… I’m sure you love them and don’t want to disappoint but – – it’s your life, and you gotta live it and be happy, right? But, you sure are caught between a rock and a hard place with this. I’ll pray that they will accept your decisions and learn to embrace them… ‘cuz you are an amazing girl whether you are Indian or Canadian… or whatever…. AMAZING!
Woooooo ! Look at that hotttnessss !
I see your hotness and raise you a sexy-licious! Let’s hope that 2009 marks the end of your parents quest to have you married… who am I kidding, that’s just their thing, right? Love ya, Romi!
hallo old plum ! i am reading your new blog all the time even though i am not leaving a comment yet :/
see I fall out of the blog world for just a few months and you have a new place. See what I miss…
I decided to treat myself tonight, so I made some popcorn and read all the articles/entries in your new blog. As a fan of “Year of the Chick,” I am not a bit disappointed in your new blog.
You are a talented and witty writer with an interesting point-of-view; but I suppose you know all that. I particularly enjoyed “Little India: The Textile Shops… .” I have experience in India and with Indian immigrants, and I have a fondness for Indian culture — more curry, please, and a few samosas. Also I have been adopted into an Indian family. From my perspective, you ring true, and funny also. Keep it up.
Any chance that you would be interested in a 61 year old man from small-town Kansas who is fat and not rich,though not balding either, and who would adore you? Should I have my Indian elder brother contact your father?
danmihalache: well gee, thank you for the very serious assessment! I can only offer you the assurance that my blog is written in humourous tones, and I grew up as the furthest thing to a potential gang-member-in-training that you could ever imagine! ;-)
David: my dad left India for better opportunities I suppose, and my mom left years later ’cause she was newly married to my dad, who had returned from the motherland to meet her, nod his head, marry her, and bring her back, hahaha ;-)
JavaQueen: I completely echo the appreciation of YOUR friendship and support, you are a such a sweet peach! ;-)
And as a “world citizen” (as I like to refer to myself..but with obvious appreciation for being Canadian of course), I too hope that whatever decisions I make in this “world” will be fully supported by the parentals…to be determined ;-)
Red: thanks, and you’re not exactly bad yourself miss RED-HOT! ;-)
Duffboy: hahaha…that is SO my parents thing, if they didn’t have marriages to arrange they’d have nothing to do with their day! ;-)
douglas4582: welcome back and it’s nice to know I’m still being followed (ooh, creepy)…are you actually gonna stick around this time? ;-)
mittins: did you just call me an OLD plum!???!!? Just kidding, I love being called a plum by my life coach, and I am ever-so flattered that you still read it, thank you! ;-)
mumbaikar: that sounds like a very interesting link, thanks for that.
cowgalutah: this is why you must NEVER stop blogging…NEVVVAAAHHHHHHH… ;-)
Paul Hoag: You’ve been adopted into an Indian family?! That’s so cool that you have a loving family who can give you samosas ;-)
PS: thank you for such kind words with regards to the writing, it is not deserved but I am truly humbled. And I’ll get back to you on your elder brother getting in touch with my dad, haha ;-)
You have what i like to call “sex eyes” lol, but you are very pretty and the green looks really good on you. Sounds like you went through something called CAD, well except that doesn’t make sense for you, bc you’re canadian, someone called me a CAD recently,and after my initial, “you’re a COCK” they told me it meant confused american desi. So i guess you’d be CCD.
Your blog is funnier than your tNBW story (which I really like as you know). But the humour really shines through more with the blog. Possibly because it’s not being filtered (if you see what I mean) by being turned into fiction.
I just wanted to follow up your comment about looking for more of my stuff. It’s not all funny I’m afraid… and my sole other attempt at humour nearly wrecked the forums (Innocent Pleasure).
I’m looking forward to seeing more of your writing and am intruiged by how much of the log might make it into the story
you have a great blog here. mind if we exchange link? im sure people in the philippines will surely love your blog when they discover it, the way i did. keep blogging ;)
VISITING YOUR BLOG FIRST TIME . YOU SEEM TO FEEL THAT YOU ARE NETHER HERE NOR THERE.
India Taj Mahal
So glad to have found you! Your intro reminded me a little about the story of the “Hindi Bindi Club”. Have you read the book?
I look forward to reading your blog!
You have a beautiful nose; I love the long Greek nose. I even have a post on that on my blog. Subscribing to your feeds. See you later.
Daroool . . .
Thanks so much for your blog! I discovered it while googling my name, and I LOVE your post about “The Time I Was an Actual Boy…”
It has taken me a long time to learn to live with my name. When I was in grade school (way back in the fifties) it was a highly unusual name and all the kids made fun of me. (Actually, my mother made up the name from Ruth + Naomi, my grandmothers’ names.)
I went through a period of going by my middle name (Noel), but went back to Romi eventually.
Then I went through a period of reading all about gypsies, who–as you may know–call their language “Romany,” and one of the names for them is RomA. I discovered that the Roma are thought to have originally come from India. There is even a gypsy organization in Spain called “Romi.”
I look forward to reading more of your blog, as it is really very interesting.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
I’m so glad to know there’s another Romi out there who had similar issues! ;-) Thanks for reading!
I love the name Romi.
where is your new site????
Hi marcie :)
The new blog is on its way, I’ve just been very distracted finishing the edit of my novel!
Thanks for noticing though ;) , and I’ll be back soon…
Wanted to say what’s up as it’s been ages since I’ve blog hopped. Hope all is well.
Doug aka Sexual T-Rex
Where have you been–I miss reading your posts!
Sorry–I hadn’t noticed your response to Marcie! It’s wonderful you’re finishing up your novel–congratulations!
Great to see you again!
Hope life is well, and if you start another blog let me know the link! :)
YAY Romi’s back. This new “About” page is full of crazy promise. Cheers to your 2010 blog.
I sure hope I can deliver on the 2010 promise ;) A bit late getting out of the gate, which means more gusto to make it good! (whatever “gusto” means…lol)
You’re delivering the gusto girl. :)
Romi. Write. Crazy.
LOVE that title.
How am I so late on commenting? WTF!? I get sick for a few days and the world passes me by!
how did I not know this comment was here? Feb 23rd…hmm, probably when I was in a post-mad-writing hangover ;) I’ll reply to your email this week! :)
I just sent a reply on the Justin Bieber post, and it didn’t show up. Then I realized it probably went into your spam qeue because I included my niece-in-law’s blogsite (I had forgotten WordPress does that with comments that include websites).
unspammed it, thanks for letting me know!
My pleasure–thank you!
Me loves you. And what’s with that sex appealing picture of you up top?? Are you trying to get men fired at work for looking at face porn?! Jeez Romi.
OMG…am I being a total face ‘ho on my blog?! But in a way, if what you hypothesize is true, then maybe it’s a feminist move, to get as many men fired as possible, and bring some more equality into the workplace :-D (though in order to really be effective, I should insert Scar-Jo’s face here instead…maybe not her face per say… ;-) )
I found out about you on water cooler thread specefically about Langtons international agency, presently i am awaiting word back regarding my partial. I live in Toronto,Canada and I feel awful that we dont have alot of literary agents to coose from. Last post I read you stated you got Langtons as your agents. Prior to that how was your process querying I think I have sent to all agents interest in paranormal romance and I have recieved a load of rejections but the door is not shut yet like I said Langtons and another agent that loves vamps requested the full…i am waiting on my editor to send it back to me,the agent told me to take all the time I need but the faster I send it…hopefully it will be received with a offer for representation…it will happen eventually …I think getting pubblished is another story send me back a line girl with all your wonderful news.
Hey Keisha, a fellow Canadian writer!!! :-)
I will send you an email when I get a bit more time, so I can give you better details and answer questions; good luck on your submission, it WILL happen eventually, and thanks for stopping by my blog!
OMG, I SECOND what I wrote up there as JAVAQUEEN, couldn’t have said it better myself… WAIT! What? LOL! I’ll be popping in Romi. You are still the same, beautiful, creative, talented, nut I’ve missed.
hahahaha…too many personalities! ;) Thank you very much for the kind words, I’ve missed you too!
That’s a damn fine reason to blog and it’s yielded some pretty great results.
Hi, nice to meet you !
omg! i frikkin LOVE your blog!!!! i am so happy i found this! I subscribed!!! :) So excited to read more!!!!! any suggestions on how to make mine better??? :(
lol…so i finally googled u!…
haha, you actually googled me, I love it! ;)
so…i read the insane Newyork post…ahem..so i see someone skipped to the juicy parts!
Hahaha…what, who me? ;-) Well let’s just say you got the uncensored Director’s cut edition of the story :-)
lol..wow i feel so special…i expect someday i’ll be watching the uncensored edition on a big screen with popcorn stuffed in my mouth!…(watch that totally happen!)….and a big smile on my face ;)
Keep it up…see you around..ttyl
haha, aww…I love you! And if you are ever watching it, you’ll be watching it at the Toronto Premiere as one of my guests ;-) And popcorn with extra butter please!
awww that sounds awesome!…just came to work…eating a bagel before clinic opens lol..is it wrong that now i wanna have buttery popcorn at 10:47 on a sunday morning!….ummmm Popcornnnnnn…;)
It is never to early to want buttery popcorn…and it’s never too late to want a bagel because it’s 9am and I want one exactly NOW… ;-)
Hey hey…just popping in …cray busy with work on my end what r u upto?
Hey! MY response is absolute ditto, work has been SO INSANE. Feel like a zombie once I leave…I hope, and I must do some writing this weekend ;-)
yup …this week has been not one of my fav’s…well aleast i got some rest yesterday…lets see what the week ahead has stored..not looking forward to it though :)
hope your week is going well so far…it’s only Tuesday and I want to shoot myself, haha ;-)
well its friday now n…im finally calming down. hopefully the weekend will treat us a bit better..:)
Hey romi…looong time ….life gets busy! how r u?
hey! A long time indeed, it’s been crazy on my end too, been insane getting my book ready for sale in eformat, but it’s been out for a month and I’m doing it all my own, yay! (and also, stressful ;-) ) Hope you’ve been well!
OMG! congrats girl!….were can i get a copy?….actually i want an autographed copy! lol…i better get one:) im sooooo happy for u and all on your own!..im impressed..im proud of u :)…keep up the good work!
haha, thanks! Right now it’s just available as a digital ebook, but I’d love to have a print copy before the end of the year—will keep you posted! :-)
Loved the book, new to the blog. Very funny, also love all the lyrics, singing along.
I’m so glad you enjoyed the book! Which lyrics do you mean? Those crazy poems I wrote? ;)
All the lyrics on your playlist from you blog. The book reminded me of my very Jewish roommate and her Indian fiancé. Talk about opposition to a union!
Wow, that’s a very awesome combination, three cheers for love across cultural divide! :-D
I agree, haven’t talked to them in years, but in my head they are very happy!
So, I just read ‘Year of the Chick’, and lemme tell you, it was amazing. Really, could NOT put it down. Love your sense of humor, and it was really awesome to see the struggles that women go through, down on paper. Excited to read your other works! Keep it up…you’re pretty freakin great! :D
I’m so glad the book was entertaining and affected you so positively; I really hope you enjoy the sequel as well.
Thank you for reading!
I am so glad I found your books (and now your blog)! I feel like the American version of you except married and a new mother. But your humor and thought process feel so similar as if I’m reading something I’ve written. I have always wanted to live abroad, and write. But I’ll settle for living vicariously through you. I look forward to your next book and future blog posts! Thank you for being so entertaining!
Hi Kay, I’m so glad you could relate, and I am impressed/look up to your state of being married and a new mother ;-). Thanks so much for reading, and the new book will be out in the end of September! :-)
OMG! romi! ha….so I get this email after ages about some comment on ur blog and im like holy macaroons!….well im a mommy now :) enjoying my little one :) I never did get a signed copy of ur book missy :( I miss our long conversations! even if they were when I was inflicting pain on u lol…:) well how r u doing?…its gaanee by the way ;)
Gaanee!!! Congrats so much on your baby!! :) And I need to see you and give you that book, because by end of September there will be THREE books in this series! I just can’t give it to you yet because I quick my job and I’m living in Paris for six months to write (can you believe it? haha). Here from May to October, but send me an email here ( email@example.com ) and we can catch up!
Hey Romi, i have read your small story of your trip to Paris on Wattpad. it was nice i thoroughly enjoyed reading it. i have been to Paris recently and the experiences i had there were quite similar to yours especially the one on the bridge, the Indian guy with padlock. I really had great time in Paris which i will cherish for the rest of my life.
I just wanted to thank you for your story which reminded me of my trip and make me smile :)
I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about some of those Parisian experiences, and that it could remind you of some of your own inspiring times :).
Just finished Book 1 and started Book 2. Love them!
I don’t think you’re crazy at all.
I read all 3 books .V hillarious I like your fluid style.So are you married by now and what happened to Eric???
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