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As promised yesterday, I am thrilled to welcome my friend and fabulous writer, Guilie, back here to celebrate her love story as part of her new book launch tour. More info at the end of this post – and please do look out for my book review of “The Miracle of Small Things” Congratulations on your 12th anniversary with your partner, Guilie! I am honored by your presence here today! Wishing you many more! Here’s the coffee – over to you! The Miracle of Place by Guilie Castillo Oriard A very special love story began exactly twelve years ago today. And I can’t think of a more fitting place to mark this anniversary than Vidya’s thoughtful, mindful blog, always in celebration of life and what gives it meaning. Thank you, Vidya, for having me. It’s an honor and a pleasure to share this story with you and your readers. You see,…

“Happy Easter!” – this takes me back to my school days. I have happy memories of visiting the church attached to our school, reading the bible and generally enjoying the stories the nuns kept us happy with. I liked that we celebrated all festivals, thanks to the eclectic bunch we were.  Today, I nostalgically remembered how we used to sit in groups and paint eggs. I particularly enjoyed drawing cartoon characters on them – until recently I had a couple of eggshells with my artwork, but while dusting, they crumpled. Yes, literally fell to bits. I wish you all a … Happy Easter “Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.”  ~Clarence W. Hall I had a good time browsing the web to see some painted eggs and here are some lovely ones: Easter is not a time for groping through dusty,…

I can’t think of anything else that would make the last week of the year and the arrival of the New Year better – loving and giving or give and love – whichever way you want to see it. This year Christmas was on Tuesday, an auspicious day of the week when I light lemon lamps for the Goddess Durga (the other days are Fridays and Sundays). I prayed for everyone’s health. Y’all all know I have a hotline to God, right? And a healthy, growing list of requests. I looked into God’s eyes as I pray and shamelessly asked her to fulfill my friends’ wishes. Why not? God is the Almighty, and everything is possible for her. (Yes, God is a she) Just like all special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries and other celebrations, I arranged a special lunch at my local welfare home for girls (Seva Sadan). There are…

I must have started this post at least four times, as evidenced by the drafts sitting in my dashboard – each time I started writing about something else with pictures to match. The good news is, I now have posts ready for the future – sort of. I didn’t get around to posting on Sunday as I was out having a great time at the #NokiaAppTasting Indiblogger meet! I’ll write about it in my next post. But in the meantime, right at this moment, we’re celebrating Diwali – the Festival of Lights in India and there’s much revelry everywhere. There’s fireworks, sweets, new clothes and a lot of neighborly love to commemorate this day. So let me begin with the story of Diwali (I wrote about it in a Diwali post last year – but there’s a quick recap) Diwali or Deepavali popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a…

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