Pensive Moments

Photo Prompt: Sandra Cook

There was a chill in the air that evening, as Clara closed the doors to her flower shop and walked down the cobbled street, avoiding the puddles, as she made her way home

Slowing down, by one of the dimly lit lamp posts, she reminisced about a night like this many years ago. The delicate flowers, soft music and a moonlit sky. A perfect marriage proposal.  

Shaking that thought, she rushed home. The lasagna had to be put in the oven. Her husband and children would be waiting for her.

But would things have been different had she said yes?

Word Count: 100

This is pure fiction and not based or inspired by true events.

This post was written as part of the Friday Fictioneers Challenge hosted by the wonderful Rochelle. The idea is to write a short story (100 words), based on the photo prompt provided.

To read more interesting stories, hop on over to froggy island.

Top 5 Middle Grade Reads About Differing Abilities


I’m an avid reader – always have been! More importantly though, I have been fortunate enough to cultivate the love of reading in my children. They will always be on the look out for books to satisfy their appetite for reading. In this insatiable quest, they indulge in a diverse range of books – different genres, authors and recommendations from friends, and may even try out a book based on the cover! (I think it’s safe to assume we have all done that at some point!).

To fuel my own thirst, I recently joined the Diverse Books Club (DBC) as a way to cultivate a diverse range of books in my reading. I was first introduced to the DBC, through Madeleine, who shares her love for literature through Top Shelf Text.
She is also a Special Education Teacher and works hard at instilling the love of reading in children. I highly recommend her Instagram stories as they are pure bookish joy!

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid


Mohsin Hamid’
Exit West which was recently short listed for the Man Booker prize was one of my anticipated’s read this past month. I had read his earlier books, The Reluctant Fundamentalist and Moth Smoke and have enjoyed his modern writing style. An intelligent novelist, with a unique storytelling ability, Hamid’s latest book, Exit West, is a book that evokes much feeling and is pertinent in these times when we face a refugee crisis.
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A new chapter in Qatar’s literary culture

 

The exterior of the library designed to look like the pages of a book. Designed by the Dutch Architect Rem Khoolhas

The Qatar National Library (QNL) opens it’s doors to a literary space, with an amplitude of books spanning far and wide, modern contemporary furnishings, airy spaces with flooding natural light and state of the art technology that is unmatched.

Living in the digital age, the reliance on the internet, e-books and other digital resources of information is fairly predominant. But this does not eliminate the need for printed books. They are, and always will be a part of a library.
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Finding Your Way – As Your Kids Grow Up


Much has been written about parenting teenagers as they make their way into adulthood. The mood swings, the verbal dexterity and the ongoing difference of opinion. But less is written about the parents themselves and their transitions as their children grow up.
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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas

**No Spoilers**

I saw this book displayed at Barnes & Nobles over the summer, yet I hesitated picking it up mainly because it’s classified as a YA novel (and I’m hardly young, and adult is debatable too!). It didn’t help, that I had already picked up over 20 books to haul back to Qatar in my suitcases.
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Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

These chocolate chip cookie bars come out perfect every time and are incredibly easy to make! They are soft and chewy with ample chocolate chips in every bite! (That is what we love- right?!). Add to this the fact that it doesn’t require a mixer or chilling the dough- even better! In fact, my kids actually bake this up more often than I do.

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Returning Home

Photo Prompt © J Hardy Carroll

The day John finished his 15 year sentence, he made his way to the old neighborhood. His eyes paused at the run down building. With its corrugated iron roof, frayed walls and intact windows – it tug at his heart-strings.

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Author Spotlight: Sandhya Menon for ‘When Dimple Met Rishi’

I recently read and reviewed When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon. As I came to the the end of the book- the flap where you often have the author’s bio, this is what it read.

Sandhya Menon was born and raised in India on a steady diet of Bollywood movies and street food. She balances this upbringing for her obsession with happily ever afters, bad dance moves, and pani puri. Now Sandhya lives in Colorado where she’s on a mission to (gently) coerce her husband and children to watch all 3,220 Bollywood movies she claims as her favorite. Visit her online at sandhyamenon.com

 

In my somewhat disillusioned state, I was tempted to reach out to her and see if she would be willing to share more about herself for my readers on the blog.
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Top 5 Text Messages – As explained by an Introvert

I recently came across an article ‘Why introverts absolutely loathe talking on the phone’ and shared it with my friends on Facebook. Surprisingly, it generated quite a bit of response. Some could relate to it, others took it to understand why introverts, like myself, avoid phone calls like the plague!

I felt liberated – people understood me!

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