Karma Gone Bad turns out to be pretty good…

My friend, Jenny Feldon, wrote a book, got published (published!!), and in honor of her release, I allowed her to poke a little bit of fun at me…..


Jenny’s book, Karma Gone Bad, is based on her moving to India (India!!) for her husband’s job.  To someone who likes to remain stateside, I could not even imagine.  Actually, neither could Jenny in the beginning.  Her initial response went something like this:

“India?” [she] repeated.  “India, like the country?”  


Jenny, being much braver than I could ever imagine, chucked her Jimmy Choo’s and packed up her dog (dog!!) and went to India.  I did not get to know Jenny until after she returned to the states, had a couple of babies, and started writing a blog (like me).  We originally met through our blogs, but quickly realized we had friends in common (the power of the internet hard at work).  We started to form a bond over the waves of the internetz, and finally made a plan to meet up at Blogher ’12 in NYC.  


This is where the poking fun at me starts.  The following is Jenny’s retelling of our initial meeting which happened to coincide with her GETTING A BOOK DEAL.  


I’d been “online” friends with Rachel (with real-life mutual friends that made our connection feel even more cosmic) for what felt like forever before I finally met her in person at BlogHer ’12. She’d become a good friend in the virtual world and I couldn’t wait to give her a hug and turn our friendship into the real world kind. Minutes before I got on the subway to meet her at Starbucks for coffee, my agent told me we’d gotten our first offer on Karma Gone Bad. Rachel was the first person I told.


Rachel Blaufeld, Jenny Feldon

Me: It’s so amazing to finally meet you! Sorry I’m late, it’s been a crazy day. The subway took forever. And I think I may have just gotten a book deal. I still can’t quite process everything right now. Is it hot in here or is it just me?
Rachel: I got you an iced latte. A what!? Oh my god, that’s awesome! What’s your book about?
Me: It’s a memoir. I lived in India for two years as an expat housewife.
Jenny at the Festival of Ganesh
Rachel: Wait, where? Did you just say India?”
Me: Yeah, that’s pretty much what I said.
Rachel: I’m so happy for you! But wait…India? Did you have to eat Indian food?
Me: Yes. A lot of it. But that’s not the worst part. The worst part was that there was no coffee.
Rachel: You mean like no Starbucks?
Me: No coffee, no Starbucks. Plus buffalo in the road.
Rachel: BUFFALO? In the ROAD? AND no Starbucks? I’d have died.
She stood staring at me, open mouthed, her iced coffee complete with nonfat milk and one splenda, dripping condensation onto the table, untouched. It was at this exact moment that I knew Rachel and I were destined to be in-real-life, lifelong friends. 
That about sums up Jenny’s and my first time meeting in real life.  Since then, I have had the pleasure of catching up with Jenny at other conferences while following her adventure with her book.
I am so excited to be able to actually read the book—while tucked away in my king size bed, glass of merlot in hand OR from the comfy couches at Starbucks.
Karma Gone Bad
You should do the same.  Get to know Jenny and her Karma Gone Bad.

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