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Friday, November 21, 2014

#DonateYourParty & #BlogToFeedAChild

The lavish spread consists of over six different cuisines and ten different types of sweets. This is not counting the mind boggling array of snacks on offer. This is generally what we come across in any of the upmarket weddings taking place in the many 5 star hotels across the country.

The big fat Indian wedding takes on a whole new meaning when also compare it with the average meal an Indian gets in his or her own home or rather homeless. How many men or women can be fed out of a single wedding function and just think of the number of functions we attend for a single wedding?

Not a single one of you would disagree when I say that at one time or another you must have said I cannot eat all this or I cannot attend another such feast!

Imagine what a good deed it might be if we could brag about the number of children we could feed out of our wedding budgets or birthday and anniversary parties?

The impact this change would cause in the sheer number of hungry children and the good will it would spread.

The elders always had the tradition of donating food, clothes, books & toys etc on their birthday or any other special occasion. Why can we not revisit this tradition.

I think in today’s materialistic world we all have become hoarders. Buying so much and yet yearning for so much more. The next big buy, the next big diamond, the next big TV, the next big bike, the next big house and the next big party.

There is always a next time, the next big event, the next big outing, we are never satiated, never satisfied and never stop collecting.

Like notches on a pillar, making our achievements; these ostentatious display of money slowly turns into a vulgar display of who can shell out more money for more exotic adventures.

Imagine a world free of hunger and want, access to education for all children. If we can provide food and education to a single generation in our life time we can change the world.

This can be done if each one of us chooses not to have yet another over the top display of money and parties trying to feed those who can stop eating for a week and still not get hungry!

Yes, it is a joyous occasion and you must celebrate but do you really need 7 to 10 functions inviting people you have not even spoken to in the last decade for the celebrations. I am sure if strangers fit the bill for invitation; these children are perfect.

Add to this the number of children you can feed out of a single wedding and I am sure you would love to be a part of this initiative. Let us share this with those underprivileged children whose life can be changed with your efforts.

I urge to make a pledge to share this point of view; instead of buying more for yourself and having one more over stuffed function, share it with the needy. Imagine how many lives would change because you had one less function in your marriage or celebration.

Join Akshaypatra and donate and BLOG for the education and food of these children.Your words are powerful. I urge all my fellow bloggers to blog about this initiative.



'This initiative can eliminate classroom hunger.
Imagine what India would be like if no child goes hungry and an entire generation is educated.’

This post is a part of the iniative by and

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

LOVING WISHES - Kaleidoscope of Hopes Book Review

Hope is eternal to our survival, we humans continue to strive, move and just live against all odds, surviving & striving due to hope. It is the glimmer of light on dark moonless night. Hope is the seed that keeps Nadia going too, it drives Lucas as well even though he would never accept it.

Kaleidoscope of Hopes is a sweet romance that brews slowly and grows on you as you read it. One by one all the characters endear themselves to you and as a reader you are engrossed in their lives, hoping with them for good times and happy endings.

The story has beautiful & sweet Melody to add to the charm of the book, her lovely antics adding an element of fun to the book. She brings sunshine into the lives of Lucas and Nadia.

Nadia is blue blood, the rich girl who wants to forget her past but yearns for her roots. She is beautiful, gentle, and so feminine. She is alluring and irresistible to Lucas.

Lucas is the suave gentleman, detached yet concerned and a doting father. They make a perfect pair and yet they hesitate to acknowledge their love. This love story is about loving the whole deal – the past, the future and the baggage that comes along.

Devika has managed to explore and express the emotions of both Nadia & Lucas beautifully. For a young author; she manages to do full justice to the extremely emotional past of both the characters. Devika has written in different genres and this is her third book and as I see it she comes out flying.

The story line, the emotions, the love story and the culmination of love finding its way is written to keep the reader interested and yearning to know more. The bitter sweet commitment to love is a different and wholesome read that talks of a love of a family and the real, strong kind of love.

The book finishes with a beautiful sentence summing up love, the real kind, the kind we all want and search for. Hoping against hope, Nadia and Lucas find it.

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Kaleidoscope of Hopes



Monday, November 17, 2014

A Friend Indeed.

 As I plunged into the life of a full time mother and became a lot more than just a lady but a bit less of myself – the individual; I was still the same person but being a mother takes priority over all else.

How keep my sanity and nurture my grey cells at the same time, coz there are only so many ways you can play with a truck and not go around in circles!

The world of blogging has been my constant support system and has opened up a virtual chest of information, ideas and people. There is so much to read and so much to learn, sharing and growing together.

I am lucky to have made friends from all over the globe and I tell my ‘local friends’ that all the places I want to visit; I am experiencing them through the amazing friends I have made on the world wide web.

I am extremely honoured and proud to be featured on the blog of one my most favourite bloggers. A lady with a lot of spunk, a spine of steel, a mind like a sponge, a heart as large as can be , unlimited courage and caring enough to share her love and help all that she can!!  She is Carol Graham.

You think not? You will be pleasantly surprised as you visit Carol Graham who blogs at Battered Hope. Carol is an author, health coach, motivational speaker, blogger, business woman, mom and grand mom! Yes, all this and more makes Carol a survivor and one with a very positive attitude in life. 

Please visit Carol and read her inspiring, heartfelt and very endearing & enlightening posts.

Not only did I find a friend who hold the same values about life and family but also encouraged me to share my thoughts with you all.

Today I have a guest post about marriage at Carol’s Blog.
Please visit and share give some love and share your views.

“My friend cut the cake celebrating forty years of marital bliss.  Her simple but intuitive statement made an impact on me.  Smiling she said, "A small celebration at home for forty years is sufficient.  Our gala party will be………………Read more at..……….

What kind of a marriage do you have?
Do share your views on marriage.
Please visit and share some love. 


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Scorched By His Fire Book Review

I was so pleased to read a Mills and Boon which was reminiscent of the masterpieces of the yester years and as M&B’s go Scorched By His Fire fits all the bills. It has a cracker of a story line, great characters and a lot of conflict and rocking chemistry. All this is possible due to the effortless writing by Reet Singh. 

She writes the story of Mita and Tanay with such grace and flow that I felt the story was reading itself. Scorched By His Fire has such superb style, great language, good sentences and a great vocabulary. After reading the book I was happy with the way the story unfolded, the resolution and the emotional quotient of the book.

Tanay is hot, handsome and he sure knows how to strut his stuff, Mita has no hope of not falling for him. Mita is soft, gentle and a quintessential lady even though she does not feel like one in Tanay’a arms. She finds her safe haven and a true hero in Tanay. The family, the travels and the stopover, all were so well written, her language so lucid and straight from her heart. Just plain old “superb writing style.”

That the book totally justifies the title and even I felt the heat of the fire that was scorching Tanay and Mita is an added plus for the author! The chemistry, the slow build up of the tension and the raw attraction all add up to a totally fabulous read. My day was made and I found this book to be the right one to pick for some guilt free, happy reading. I plan to read this book again, so well does Reet justify the story and characters.

That I had to read this book with a lot of breaks  but it only made me want to get back to the book, again and again.

I don’t need to write more, a true lover of M&B’s would not let this one go by. Scorched By His Fire is a from beginning to end an all out entertainer and a perfect example of a great romance.

Scorched by His Fire
Reet Singh 

The Blurb

Mita Ramphul can't face another family set-up with a 'nice young man'. What she needs is to divert her family's attention so introducing the devastatingly handsome Tanay Devkumar as her new boyfriend is a stroke of brilliance. Until Tanay's scorching hot kisses threaten to shatter her plans for the perfect pretend date. 

He might drive her crazy, yet spending time with Tanay sparks a passion Mita never knew she had. It's only meant to be temporary, but when Tanay looks at her with that smoldering fire in his ebony eyes Mita can't help but surrender to the temptation of her fake boyfriend.

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Meet the Author

Reet has a romantic soul, partly genetic but certainly attributable to the romantic fiction she devours by the kilo. When she's not watching romcoms, or doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook, or playing Scrabble, she can be found in the kitchen putting together her 'world-famous' one-pot meals.

Married for three decades, her prototypical tall, handsome, and sensitive hero-husband still makes her heart skip a beat. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul; hearing from her readers thrills her.

Having a mother that read to her, she paid it forward, telling bedtime stories to her sons and nieces until they grew too old too fast. As a reaction to them growing up before she knew what was happening, she began writing for older children, and has published children's books on Amazon, for Kindle.

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