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I know I am a bit late for the September Gratitude Circle (28 Sept) and National Coffee day (29 Sept) but I am right on time for International Coffee Day—1 Oct—which is tomorrow. I could freak out over not posting on Thursday, or I could just accept that things are exactly as they should be, and move on. I choose to do the latter! So without further ado, let’s go to the good stuff! Snippets from my September Gratitude Journal: I celebrated my birthday on 27 September in the most unusual way this year. I was away from home for the first time in my life on a birthday, and felt a teeny bit sad. However, reason took over, and well, I got over that quickly enough. I had a wonderful day with friends. I was off at 3.30 am from home for a day trip to Delhi to visit…

Ugadi is one of the year’s most awaited Festivals.  Ugadi or “New Year”, ushered in by spring, is the season for everything fresh and new and of course, a time to prosper and grow. It is that time of year when the earth is blessed with vibrant new lift and celebrated with great joy in South India, especially in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. It is a time to rejoice with family and friends, enjoying great food and exchanging gifts. For the people of Karnataka, where I now live, Ugadi is the first day of the “Chaitra Maasa” as they get ready to welcome the New Year in their festive best. Mothers shower their daughters with gifts. Even though Ugadi is not officially our festival, we celebrate it with even more enthusiasm than the Tamil New Year because we’ve spent more of our lives in States that celebrate Ugadi. My…

If that’s not a good combo, I don’t know what is! Today, January 24 is such a special day. It is earmarked for National Compliment Day, National Peanut Butter Day and Belly Laugh Day. Perhaps there’s more, but let’s get started with celebrating these! National Compliment Day Whether we graciously receive them or give them, compliments are always welcome. Easy to give and costs nothing. What a wonderful way to forge a connection or break the ice with someone! It shows you care. And you could possibly make the person’s day, boost their morale and make them feel great about themselves. Good enough reasons to give one! Compliment someone. Magnify their strengths, not their weaknesses – Mark Twain And while you’re at it, do remember to compliment yourself, because you’re awesome and deserve it! Some inspiring quotes about compliments: There is no effect more disproportionate to its cause than the happiness bestowed by…

Diwali, the Festival of Lights brings a number of traditions, the most significant of which is the lighting of lamps. Why? Light is seen as “good” To spread light, illuminating the darkness to ward off evil To find knowledge, where there is ignorance To spread the warmth of love, where there is hatred And of course, lamps look beautiful Diwali brings everyone together to celebrate. Each year, in addition to celebrating with sweets, new clothes and decorative lamps in and around the house, we amp up our year-round family tradition of lighting the lamp of love in lives that need it the most by: Feeding children, the homeless and the street dwellers Gathering all our “extras” that are in good condition to donate to those who need them. This includes toys, clothes, jewelry, school supplies, utensils and just about anything we are unlikely to use Helping light the lamp of education by…

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