10 Stunning Sunset Pictures from the same location

Didn’t I tell you every sunset is different? These 10 sunset pictures taken from the same place, prove this fact. Have a look at the stunning, glorious sunset pictures that will amaze you. And there are some amazing Sunset quotes for that extra effect! Enjoy.

Call for the grandest of all earthly spectacles, what is that? It is the sun going to his rest.
Thomas de Quincey
How can I know anything about the past or the future, when the light of the Beloved shines only Now? – Rumi

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second.
Mattie J.T. Stepanek
The best way to live your life is this: At sunset, just think of the beauty of the sunset, because life is nothing but what the present moment offers you!
Mehmet Murat ildan
Sunrise is the start of something beautiful: the day.
Sunset is the start of something beautiful: the night.
Juansen Dizon
“I just need you and some sunsets” – Atticus
“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
-Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds
Sunset is always wiser than sunrise because sunset has added the experience of an entire day to his soul!
Mehmet Murat ildan
Don’t forget:beautiful sunsets need cloudy skies.
Paulo Coelho
Whenever you want to see me, always look at the sunset; I will be there.
Grace Ogot

Images courtesy – My Iphone

Small Things#29 – Hey Google, does Santa have enough money?

Have you ever eavesdropped on chats between a kid and Google Home or Alexa? Well, it is funny how smart home devices mix up things.

When the kids came down for breakfast this morning, they were pleasantly surprised to find a holiday toy list booklet on the table.

Looking at the pleasure in their eyes, I said – “Maybe Santa has placed it on the table, considering, you two have been very nice boys.” The older one played along but the little one expressed his wish for a fancy toy to ask from Santa this Christmas.

The older one forbid the little one to not go for expensive toys. The little one complained, “Why can’t I ask for expensive toys?”.

“It might be expensive for Santa as he has to deliver a lot of gifts. He might not have so much money. Elves make toys for him to deliver!”, reasoned big bro.

The little one came running to me. “Is Santa rich? How much does he earn?” he asked me.

“I don’t know how much Santa earns!” I replied.

He turned to Mrs. Google Home, his favorite machine, who patiently answers his unlimited questions.

“Hey Google, does Santa have enough money? Will it be difficult for him if I wish for expensive toys? How much does he earn?” asked the little one.

Well, Mrs. Google, answered readily, quoting from a random site – “Freelance Santas typically rake in $150 an hour and some make as much as $500.”

“See!” said the little one victoriously to big bro, “Santa makes enough money. He is rich!”

I silently laughed at the question and the answer by Mrs. Google. While Mrs. Google is a great in telling answers, stories and informing about great things, she clearly has a lot to learn!

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Images courtesy Google

10 Fabulous Fall Pictures of Minnesota

Last week, we went for a long drive towards Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota and saw some breathtaking sceneries along the way.

Here are 10 beautiful pictures that will make you smile and brighten your day.

Every leaf looks like a flower, isn’t it? It is glorious around here this season.

Also, I wanted to wish you all happiness, peace, success and prosperity as the beautiful festival of Navratri starts from today🙏🏻. Jai Maa.

Hope you liked the pics. Take care and stay blissful!

Happy’s Hairy Tale – On Best Sellers List – Thank You!

A big thank you to all those who have downloaded my eBook! Happy’s Hairy Tale was at No #7 in the free Dog book category this morning. It is currently running at No #14. I am very grateful to my readers. Your support makes me inspired to write more funny and motivational books for our kids.

If you haven’t already, do go over to this link to avail this limited time free eBook offer! Thanks a ton!

Free dog eBook for kids – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut

Finally, here is my fourth book (Print as well as Free eBook Version) – ‘Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut’. The book will be available free for a limited time only from Oct 8 – Oct 11 on Amazon.com – (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KHL8SHT) and Amazon.in (https://www.amazon.in/dp/B08KHL8SHT).

Please download the ebook (only ebook version is free) and do leave a review if it connects with your kids. Also, share it with others if you find it good.


About the Book: Happy, the handsome dog, loves his fancy hairstyle and hates any kind of change in life. But then, Coronavirus happens, and life changes in many ways. Happy’s favorite dog parlor shuts due to the pandemic lockdown, making him anxious about his locks.

Worse still, his Dad suddenly decides to cut his hair at home! Happy thinks the experiment will fail and he resists the change. What will happen to Happy’s amazing hair? Will his friends laugh at his Corona Cut? This delightful and humorous tale is all about adapting to the ‘new normal’.

Message: This funny dog book encourages children to accept change and find good things in new situations. The book will help kids connect to the current world scenario and help them realize – change brings opportunity! It is an inspiring and humorous bedtime read for kids between 5 – 10 years old.
The book will help raise positive kids who would learn to embrace sudden change in life.

Please watch the video preview of the book.

Check out the print version as well which is priced at $6.49 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KQBYRDZ (US only). Your feedback is extremely important and very welcome. Thanks again for being a great support!
Shivangi

Note – If you have problems downloading the book, please wait and try again after a while. Contact me if you are unable to do it.

Important Announcement by Happy the Dog

My Dear Human,

Bow-wow! This is to inform you that my important book is going to be published soon on Amazon. It’s called Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut.

I am the main character and it is my story of dealing with changes in my life due to the Coronavirus.

It will be published in both print as well as ebook version. And the good news is – the ebook version will be Free, Free, Free for a limited number of days. Do not forget to download a copy and leave a review, it will help the mom a lot.

Kids in my neighborhood adore me and are waiting for my book. I am sure your child will love my book too.

So, follow this blog and wait for the second announcement that will follow.

Love Bark,

Happy Singh

Coming Soon – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut

I am delighted to share a little about my upcoming children’s ebook – Happy’s Hairy Tale – The Corona Cut.

This funny dog book encourages children to accept change and find good things in new situations. The book will help kids connect to the current world scenario and help them realize – change brings opportunity! It is an inspiring and funny bedtime read for kids between 5 – 10 years old.

Blurb – Happy, the dog, loves his fancy hairstyle and hates any kind of change in life. But then, Coronavirus happens, and life changes in many ways. Happy’s favorite dog parlor closes due to the pandemic lockdown, making him anxious about his locks.

Worse still, Dad suddenly decides to cut his hair at home! Happy thinks the experiment will fail and he resists the change. What will happen to Happy’s amazing hair? Will his friends laugh at his Corona Cut? This delightful tale is all about adapting to the ‘new normal’.

I am sure it will inspire and entertain the little readers. My kids are excited about the book since it is based on Happy, our dog. I hope to release it soon on my Amazon Author Central Page. I will need your support and best wishes.

A Step into the Fall Splendor – in Pics

Minnesota is known for its amazing Fall. And this year, the amazing colors are back on the trees, bushes, flowers, lakes and wild foliage.

This morning, a spirited walk around our locality, once again introduced us to the amazing Autumnal colors. Orange, red, yellow, green under the blue sky…what a divine splash of colors on the nature’s canvas!

Come on, follow me, step into the Fall splendor through these pics😀

Happy Orange Red Tree

Golden Green Earth

Playful White Fountain

Wild Red Berries

Proud White Mushrooms

Tiny Brown Caterpillar on a Crossroad

Yellow Shades, Green Creepers and Blue Lake

Pink, White and Red Flowers

Hope you enjoyed the colors!

The Ideal Inspirational Blogger Award

It’s been long since I last wrote answers to questions posed by a fellow blogger but I thought of writing for Kunakshi Kapoor. I am grateful to Kunakshi for nominating me for ‘The Ideal Inspirational Blogger Award’ (BTW these awards are ways of the blogger community to show appreciation for each other). Please visit Kunakshi’s lovely blog at https://thepennedsoul.wordpress.com/ and explore her interesting works.

Now moving on to the questions she asked me:

1) When were you most scared? I was in a pet store and a huge, black dog came very close and began to sniff me. That was before we got Happy, our pet dog. I felt I was going to get a nasty bite so I reacted rudely and screamed – Take him away! The owner of the dog was pretty upset and muttered that I was not loving and friendly. Well, I was so scared I just wanted to leave the store. Now, that we have a dog I realize why the lady was upset..

2) What does passion mean to you? Passion is the brightest color in a painting, sweetest note in music and mystical words in poetry. It is the driving force behind every kind of creative activity. It is the precious energy that makes dreams possible!

3) Define life in a sentence? Life is a spectacle where only I am the actor, the director and the audience! 

4) What was your most funniest moment? There have been countless funny moments in my life. One of the most embarrassing was when I used a ball pen to sign on iPad instead of stylus, shocking teachers in my son’s class.

5) What does writing mean to you? Writing is my favorite way of expression. Many people use speech or other ways to communicate, I like to write.

The rules of the award are as follows :

  • Thank the person who have nominated you and provide a link back to his/her blog.
  • Answer their questions.
  • Nominate up to 9 other bloggers and ask them 5 new questions.
  • Notify the nominees through their blog by visiting and commenting on their blog.
  • List the rules and display the “Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award” logo.
  • Provide the link of the Award creator of ideal inspiration blogger award as Rising Star from https://idealinspiration.blog/.
  • And finally , the people whom l nominate for this award …

I would like to invite all my fellow bloggers and readers for this award. You are all inspiring and I marvel at the lovely things you write. Do take up the open challenge if you wish. And answer one or all of these challenging questions, if you want and leave a link back to my blog. 

  • Q. What if you could be invisible for a day? What would you do if no one could see or hear you?
  • Q. What would you do if you could stop time?
  • Q. What is the most shocking news item you’ve ever heard?
  • Q. If you were a tree, where would you stand and why?
  • Q. The most amazing life lesson you have learnt recently?

Be well and stay blissful!

The Dream of the Closed Door!

It felt like a nightmare. I was standing in front of a beautifully carved closed door, frantically trying to open it. But it was not opening. I was knocking and screaming. But nothing… I was not getting any answer.

I was stuck, obsessive and angry. Was I incapable, unworthy and a failure? Why was that closed door not opening for me? Why were others getting access to it? Why, not me?

I couldn’t explore anything else because I was stuck with this one. And it won’t open. And this was the only reason for my not moving on – because it won’t open. I had a vague idea that there was ‘That’ behind the closed door. And I wanted ‘That’ like others.

Finally, my ego couldn’t take anymore. So, I broke open the door. And enjoyed breaking the damn door. But when I broke the door, something broke in me too.

And what did I find behind the door? Nothing! A partially dark room with no outlet. It was stifling and suffocating. Those walls had imprisoned me.

Who was playing such ghastly tricks on me? I had seen a group of revelers go inside through the same door, just a while ago. I had heard blissful chanting from inside. They had all got ‘That’. But I was being denied! I felt unlucky and miserable.

Just then, I heard a voice. A shadowy character appeared in the empty room.

“What, how did this closed door open? Wow, there is nothing here!”

“I broke it open. Yes, there is nothing here for us. But I think others got access to ‘That’,” I said quietly.

“Ah, I see! This door wouldn’t open for me too so I moved on. And found ‘That’ through another door. I am glad I didn’t waste my time here. This door was never meant for me.”

“Why didn’t you come earlier? I wasted my time staying stuck and then breaking this damn door,” I cried.

“May be you were supposed to break it…”

The shadowy character disappeared and I stood there startled. “May be I was supposed to break it…!”

But how was I to go further from here? There were just four walls around me and no doors.

I had nothing to do so I started fixing the broken door. It felt good. Then I painted a bright red sign on that door using my lipstick.

If this door opens for you, it’s great! But if it doesn’t, that’s even better. Accept it and move on or you will be stuck.

It was funny. After years of struggle, anger, frustration, defeat, ego crush and emptiness I was doing some fixing job on the same door that had brought me so much misery.

Just then, I became aware of light in the room. There was a small closet towards the right wall. Light was coming through there.

With great effort, I said good bye to the now fixed door and entered the closet.

The closet opened to a corridor on the other side. There were many people and many doors. And they were all trying to open doors.

Unfortunately, everyone was busy knocking at the wrong doors. Some like me, were obsessed with the wrong door. Others were simply stuck.

But I had learnt my lesson. The only way to find ‘That’ was to move on and explore. My door was somewhere near. I felt like a little girl on a mission…

I was fearlessly liberated after a long time, open to every kind of experience in my journey towards ‘That’.

And the best thing was – I had learnt to gratefully say ‘Thank You’ to every door that was closing on me.

It was not a nightmare, rather a beautiful dream!

(Image courtesy Google)