March 31 2018

Generously Yours by Inderpreet Kaur Uppal

 

 
GENEROUSLY YOURS
by
Inderpreet Uppal
 
 
BLURB
 
‘Love is forever’ or so thought Diya. 
Shy, bookish and loving, Diya never thought she would ever need to be anything else. Her charmed life slips away from her in ways, she never imagined. 
Will Viren be able to sort the jumble of their lives or is it already too late? 
A bittersweet story of life, longing, and lasting love.
 
Grab your copy @
 
 
About the author
 

 

Inderpreet writes for her love of writing, edits manuscripts,  and reads endlessly. A sprinkling of fiction, a dash of books, and a bit of opinion add to the eclectic mix that is Eloquent Articulation. She is a Masters in Human Resources Management and an Army brat, she now joins her adorable Army hubby across the country. Books, editing, reviews, freelance writing, posts, and blogging keep her busy whenever she gets a breather from mothering her ‘too tricky to handle son’. She has recently published her first book on Amazon, GENEROUSLY YOURS,       
                  

 

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March 30 2018

#WATWB – Dhanak of Humanity

Dhanak – is a group for people who are in or entering an interfaith marriage/alliance. They address issues related to such alliances. They advocate policy/legislative changes required to overcome the technical obstacles faced in interfaith / inter-caste marriages, children and their religious identity. They address stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions that exist in our society associated with such relationships by holding dialogue and discussions about communalism, religious intolerance and related issues. Dhanak of Humanity is working to promote Right to Choice in Marriage or Relationships, and ending Honour Based Crime.

Dhanak is an Urdu word for rainbow, which is a beautiful yet rare phenomenon. Similarly, interfaith/caste marriages are not common in our society. Just as rich colours get together to complete a rainbow, I believe that the differences in our religious backgrounds are like different hues that add to the richness of our lives. Not only can we co-exist, we can also enhance life’s quality thanks to the diversity that comes along due to the differences in our religious identities.

Their journey began in 2005 when a few interfaith couples decided to get together with the intention to form a forum which we decided to name as Dhanak. The idea was to help people with similar backgrounds to come together and form a support structure for each other at small group & individual levels. More importantly, they wanted to counter the spread of communalism in the society.

For More details on Dhanak – Please click here. 

Your co-hosts for this month are:   Belinda Witzenhausen,  Sylvia McGrath, Sylvia Stein  Shilpa GargEric Lahti . Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi!

The guidelines for #WATWB:

1. Keep your post to Below 500 words, as much as possible.

2. Link to a human news story on your blogone that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. The Link is important, because it actually makes us look through news to find the positive ones to post.

3. No story is too big or small, as long as it Goes Beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

4. Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so, this is just a gentle reminder for the others.

5. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share using the #WATWB hastag to help us trend!
Tweets, Facebook shares, Pins, Instagram, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month most welcome. We’ll try and follow and share all those who post on the #WATWB hashtag, and we encourage you to do the same.
#WATWB
Here’s the FB thread where you can add links to your WATWB post for better visibility: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=1688337314546724&id=1340888285958297

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March 30 2018

Why I am a Great blogger

 

When I was writing the title I almost changed it, because I didn’t want it to seem like I’m boasting. But how easy would it have been for me to write the title “why I’m a crappy blogger”, and write about all the things I’m bad at… I know there are a lot. I didn’t, though. I gave this post such a full on title because I think it’s time (the blogger community, and) I take a stand, and say that actually, I’m hell good at what I do, and I’m not afraid of acknowledging my accomplishments.  You know, I’ve learnt so much over the past 14 years that I’ve been blogging. From learning about how to lay out photos, to taking them at the right white balance; from learning about how to articulate myself in a way that people would understand, to finding my voice through words, to structuring blog posts; from learning how to use social media to promote my blog, to developing contacts with other bloggers through social media… the list could go on forever, it’s so damn long.

But I think you get the point; I’ve learnt a heck of a lot… and every single day that I immerse myself in the blogosphere, I develop my voice more, and I am constantly learning.That in itself is a wonderful thing. Let’s call that number one of why I’m a great blogger. Learning is always a great place to start. So that brings us, inevitably, onto the fact I may not be some mega blogger who gets asked to write posts all the time and spends a heap of time editing every singe picture, I put a  lot of effort into this little space of mine. Running a blog takes a lot of sweat, drive and determination- and most importantly hard work- no matter how much you post, or what ‘level’ you’re at.

I have opened myself up on this blog so many times, and I have made myself vulnerable in ways that I never would have even dreamed of doing when I started up this little space of mine. I have written some really difficult and challenging posts, both personal and not. Putting myself out there in the blogging world has been daunting, and it has taken a lot of courage for me to write about the things I have written about; especially the personal things.

Not only that, but I have been completely open with my friends and family about my blog, and what I write about.

I remember when I first started my blog, and a few people found out and tauntingly asked me about it… I stood up straight, looked them in the eye, and told them yes, it was my blog, and they were welcome to go on it, and comment if they so wished. These people were not my friends, and to be honest they were only really looking for someone to tease; but by being completely open, I not only showed them I was proud of my blog, I also gained a good number of views, as they scanned through my little place to find something embarrassing- which they didn’t.

I am a great blogger because I love my blog. The most important person to please with this blog is myself, and I have achieved that much. Even if nobody read this post, at the end of the day, I would still be happy because I wrote it, and I am proud of my work. I created the header for her electric ocean, and I was happy with it- and my opinion was the only one that mattered.

My blog is my space, and so I decide whether it’s a success or not. And in my eyes, it is very much so.

This article is written as a part of #SuperBloggerChallenge2018 conducted by  Healthwealthbridge.com,  Fashionablefoodz.com Allaboutthewoman.com and should not be re-purposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2018 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.

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March 27 2018

Piece Keeper by Antwan Floyd Sr

About the Book:
Teresa Prince, a small town girl with a big
heart, had dreams of working in law enforcement her goals put on pause in the
worse way possible. Will she overcome this tragedy and emerge triumphant with
her mind and soul intact? Or will the mental anguish be too much for her to
bare? 

James, a twisted soul with ideas of love and
grandeur with a woman that doesn’t feel the same for him, at least not yet.
That will all change if he has anything to do with it. Also, her old flame has
stepped into the picture. Will James be able to win her over and make her the
love of his life before the flame is rekindled between her and her ex? Or will
he be left in the cold while they live happily-ever-after?

Black Love was always a white collar kind of guy
more so than a gangster when an unfortunate incident occurs in a small town in
Illinois he rushes to the side of his ex-fiancé to attempt to save the day. It
does not take long to figure out that not everyone wants to see justice served.
On top of that, his feelings for his past love may not only cause conflicts in
the case but also add a rift to his new relationship. Will Black put his past
behind him and find out who violated Teresa? 

In this fast-paced tale of pain, misguided
passion, and lost love we follow these three souls as they embark on a journey
of romance, rape, and retribution. When there’s no one to count on but yourself
will you stand and deliver? Or bend and break? Each will face that question in
the midst of what they once thought was true. They all find out that when love
turns to war, someone has to be the Piece Keeper!

 
Book Links:
Piece Keeper via Amazon   Piece Keeper via Barnes & Noble   PieceKeeper Paperback
Read an Excerpt:
Prologue
The
streets were desolate and cold. James shook off the chill that shot through his
bones as he pulled the skull cap slightly down over his eyebrows not leaving
very much of his face to be seen. He took his time moving to the ATM machine.
He had transferred a small portion of his money from the offshore account to
his account in the states. He had been in Burr Ridge for almost a week now.
Nothing or no one, other than Witherspoon, was connecting him to what happened
to Teresa or the others he’d dumped in the river over the past year. He knew
Witherspoon would never speak and their employer had no idea who it was and
didn’t want to know. He felt bad about not trying to bring Teresa. He
contemplated that she was better off without him. He slid the bank card into
the machine, keyed in the code followed by the amount he wanted to withdraw,
and then waited for the machine to spit the bills out. Once the money was out
he retrieved his cash and card and went back to his car. He had nothing to
worry about yet he still felt compelled to get out of Illinois. He wanted to
see his sister before he left because he didn’t know when he would see her
again. As he climbed into his car and started the engine, he heard the sound of
a click behind his head.
“You
can have the money and car,” he said. The person behind him remained silent.
James
spoke again. “It doesn’t have to end badly. I haven’t seen your face so you can
just take the cash and go. Everyone’s happy.”

 

“This
isn’t just a robbery,” the woman’s said as she pulled the trigger.
About the Author: 
 
Antwan Floyd
Sr. is a Publisher, Author, and Reviewer. He publishes Crime Fiction novels
under his publishing company Maleah Solange Books. He has released two titles
in the Black Love Detective Series: Piece Keeper & Cannibal in the City. He
has also written Dope Fiction and Dope Fiction pt. 2 “Greed Between the
Lines”. Originally from Chicago, IL he currently resides in Indianapolis,
IN where he is penning his next novel.
 
 
Contact the Author: 

 

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March 26 2018

Coffee Conversations with Sherna

Right now, at this very moment, the world of social media is as busy as it’s ever been. To no surprise, the increasingly large volume of posts, tweets, pins and stories brings with it a lot of noise and fun.

In an effort to help others find the real value and connect with those creating it, yours truly Novemberschild has put together a new series on the blog – featuring some of the interesting and famous faces of Social Media who are really my close and very good friends.

This week’s featured interview is SHERNA

 

In her words – A digital marketing professional 8hrs for 5days, a melancholic realist and a pensive goofball rest of the time. Zealous blogger covering Hyderabad one inch at a time.

Let’s get into it.

Novemberschild: What’s your favorite thing you own and why?

Sherna: Doodle Diary – I own a unique planner specially designed for doodling your heart out. I make note of important dates, life events and much more with all the stationery I own. It’s one of my most prized possessions.

Novemberschild: What are your favorite cosmetics?

Sherna: Lipstick & Kajal are my comrades. I never step out without them. A lipstick when paired with black kohl-ed eyes can beautify any lousy day! I am always on the prowl for the latest shade. Just got myself a wine red shade and I totally love it!

Novemberschild: What’s your dream job?

Sherna: I have always wanted to start an initiative where I can set up employment for the underprivileged. I aim to set up a quaint café of my own. Handling these with my passion for writing – that’s my dream

Novemberschild: If you had to choose between using Internet Explorer forever, or permanently using an AOL e-mail address, which one would it be?

Sherna: Internet Explorer – Patience is the key. 

Novemberschild: What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done on a date?

Sherna: Spoke for about 20 minutes about my love for French fries and then gobbled it for another 15 minutes in silence respecting the savoury. 

Novemberschild: What would your dream vacation consist of?

Sherna: Dream Vacation – Would consist of a unique cuisine, history, culture and a mix of both the hills and the beach. That makes my dream destination – Japan. Hope to strike this out of my “to-travel” list soon.

Novemberschild: What are your top three biggest pet peeves?

Sherna: Ah finally I can push my grudge out. The three pet peeves that annoy me are – 1 – Humans with lack of awareness, 2 – Office gossip & rumour mongering, 3 – Impatience

Novemberschild: What book has impacted you the most?

Sherna: It’s always been Da Vinci Code – The book challenged critical beliefs and changed the way I looked upon systems. One takeaway I’d like to share is – Seeing is not believing. Some concepts need debates.

Novemberschild: If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sherna: French Fries no doubt!

Novemberschild: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

Sherna: That I am really observant about people’s behavior and I always try to figure out their sun sign from their mannerisms. 

Stay up to date with Sherna via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Blog 

Thank you Sherna

If you wish to be featured in this series, you can drop me an email or get in touch on Twitter. I shall be really happy to make you part of this. You don’t have to be a blogger/writer/reader, but make sure you are an awesome personality.

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March 23 2018

One Minute Super Dad by Dr Prashant Jindal

Blurb: Being a good father is an art as well as a science. New dads need some handy tools to connect with their kids at the deepest level and inspire them to develop great habits, mindset and beliefs. But raising children in today’s fast-paced world is more challenging than ever. One-Minute Super Dad gives you – the new dad – simple techniques that can be put into action in just a minute a day. Repeated consistently, they will help you forge a strong bond with your kids that will hold them in good stead for a lifetime. Featuring a Foreword by Raymond Aaron, author of Chicken Soup for the Parent’s Soul, this book is an outcome of five years of passionate work, research, interviews and real-life experiences. Inspire your kids to a whole new level – lack of time no longer being a factor – and raise amazing children!

About the author: Dr Prashant Jindal is a refractive eye surgeon who has successfully operated upon numerous peak performance athletes, Olympic medalists, celebrities and people from all walks of life. He has appeared on numerous talk shows and has been widely interviewed on ophthalmology, parenting and health issues.

Review: This book is for anyone who is looking for tips for a positive upbringing of their children in healthy manner. I am not a parent myself but I enjoyed reading this book a lot. This non-fiction book is one of my best reads of this year. A renowned refractive eye surgeon’s new book suggests 99 one-minute methods to raise positive, confident and healthy children. I believe raising kids is a science. A child’s mind is a blank paper. So, it is important to understand this in a deeper way. Information, observations and experiences in the first 12 years of life are recorded in the subconscious mind and form a child’s personality we can influence kids in a positive way through these. These first 12 years of the children are also the father’s most crucial career years. Every child has within him seeds of greatness. All we have to do is to provide the right environment to nurture them. We do not have to reinvent anything. It is a very simple, easy to read, very usable tips that work to the deepest level. This should be read once every few months by the father’s and perhaps by the mothers too. If you too are like many dads, particularly the busy ones, you often wonder if you are doing everything you can to help your child grow up to live to his/her full potential, do not despair. I believe a good father can raise his child to be a stable, healthy, confident individual, composed in all situations, and one who responds rather than reacts to situations. The few essential tips shared by the author in his book are worth a mention- Encouragement is a cornerstone of a child’s development and the art of communication is based on understanding that nothing should be assumed. When returning home, a hug with a one-minute description of how much you missed them all day and how much they mean to you makes up for all the lack of time spent with kids. Don’t rush to check your email or text as soon as you get home. The first five minutes when you enter your house is most crucial and impactful. Don’t forget your spouse too here. Make a list of healthy fruits and vegetables and talk about one every day. Select a ‘vegetable or fruit of the week’ and have a one-minute talk on it for a week. This educates them about diet and nutrition, which is missing in the school curriculum and in the modern age, accounts for up to 40 per cent of health problems in childhood. The catch is to bring in awareness in a fun way. I thoroughly recommend everyone to read this book. In this world where everything is fast paced and parents have limited time this book is definitely of great help in dealing with the kids. Respect and appreciation to the author for attempting to write such an inspiring book.

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