Sunday, November 23, 2014

Rhyming with Love

Each night I looked forward to my sleep time, not because the day was ending or it was dark outside but because this is the time of quiet.

A time for reflection and relaxation; when I settle down and unwind as I wait. The day comes to an end and I find myself having the undivided attention of my mother, no interruptions, no relatives and no noise. We did not have the smart phones, tabs and 24 hrs of TV, no dishwashers, washing machines or microwaves so she was busy doing things.

She brought the world within my room with her sweet, melodious words. Telling me about the world and sharing life’s lessons.

It is just me and my mom and my favorite stories and rhymes. We always sing my favorite rhyme; Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars as we look out the window and see the sky dotted with endless bright lights. As my mother sang the rhyme with me even when I out grew the age of rhymes, these stars still hold my attention.

Many an evening was spend outside in the garden looking up at the night sky. The twinkling stars beckon and we often tried to find the constellations and stars and named a few we found different and special.

I forever look at the stars and feel so connected with my mother, wishing that she too is watching these stars like me.

An interest in the outdoors and a quest to learn have been inculcated in my mind by this simple nursery rhyme. The whole world is right before us and we can choose whatever we want to be.

Yes, indeed the wonder of the rhyme continues to make ask questions even today!

A favorite story to go with the rhyme is THE LION AND THE MOUSE. This story always made me realise that no one is big or small, all are equals.

We must not differentiate or favour anyone due to how they look or how big or small they are. How rich or poor they are? Just as looking at the stars made me wonder, reading about the small mouse made me understand the importance of equality and not undermining the underdog!

A perfect lesson for a child to know that the world is not equal for all of us but we can make a difference by treating everyone equally.

At my mother’s knee I learnt the essence of life, live and let live. Wonder, explore, embrace, love and live with freedom.

Freedom for me and freedom for you.

“What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever.”

 This post is a part of Kids Hut activity at

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PLAYING WITH FIRE in the Spotlight!

My favorite club; THE BOOK CLUB is hosting a blog tour for one of my favorite authors, so how could I not be a part of it?

Today the spotlight shines on Devika Fernando and her very fiery and crackling paranormal romance PLAYING WITH FIRE.

Check out the book and how you can grab a copy.

Playing With Fire
Devika Fernando

The Blurb
 If you’re playing with fire, prepare to get burned – or to fall in love.

Sparks fly when Felicia and Joshua meet. Discovering her inner fire and unleashing unimaginable powers makes her realize that all her life, she has been hiding her true self. When buildings burn and people are in danger, the tempting game of playing with fire becomes serious. Will their love and desperate struggle for control save her life, or will the fire magic turn itself against its mistress?

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Meet the Author

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life.
Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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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.’

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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.