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text 2018-11-11 22:50
Updated fireplace pic for Diwali

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text 2018-11-08 22:31
24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali, Task 1 (Favorite Light Display)

"Bonn leuchtet" -- "Bonn Shines" -- is the name of an annual event in early November during which some of Bonn's public buildings (and city streets and trees) are colorfully illuminated at night.  Here are a few impressions from this year's iteration:

 

Old City Hall (and Market Place):

Sterntor (the only remaining medieval gate / remnant of city wall):

A bit of fun fair atmosphere (thankfully not too much, though):

Main Post Office and statue of Beethoven:


... aaand Bonn University (with Old City Hall in the background):

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text 2018-11-08 15:15
24 Festive Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali, Task 4 (Book Covers: Young Women Holding Flowers)
Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy,John Bayley,Larissa Volokhonsky,Richard Pevear
Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon - Jorge Amado
The Third Wedding - Costas Taktsis,Κώστας Ταχτσής
Cousin Phillis - Elizabeth Gaskell,Joe Marsh
The Virgin in the Garden - A.S. Byatt
The Bride Wore Black - William Irish,Cornell Woolrich
The Rose Rent - Ellis Peters
Goldengirl - Peter Lear
Death in the Stocks - Georgette Heyer
The Pursuit of Love - Nancy Mitford

Bookshelves: Classics, Women Writers, International (resp. various country / language shelves), Mysteries, Historical Fiction

 

I'm not a romance reader at all, but I've found ladies holding flowers (actually more than I could attach to this post) in unexpected places ...

 

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text 2018-11-08 13:50
DIWALI-24 TASKS

Diwali

Task 1:  Share a picture of your favorite light display.

 

 

Not lit up for the holidays yet! But you can see the candles and lamps that surround it. 

 

Task 2:  Cleaning is a big part of this holiday; choose one of your shelves, real or virtual, and tidy / organise it.  Give us the before and after photos.  OR Tidy up 5 of the books on your BookLikes shelves by adding the CORRECT cover, and/or any other missing information. (If in doubt, see here: [insert link to MbD’s how-to post from earlier this year.]]

 

I did clean up my shelves with this renovation! So I have before pictures. Will have to take pictures tonight for after.  

 

Before


After

 

 

Task 3: Eating sweets is also a big part of Diwali. Either select a recipe for a traditional sweet, or make a family favorite and share a picture with us.

 

I miss cooking and baking. One of my favorite things to do during the winter time is to bake brownies. Here is a recipe that I have used time and time again. Go to All Recipes if you are looking for the exact recipe and you want to know about trying to tweak it a bit. 

 

Best Brownies

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

 

Frosting:

3 tablespoons butter, softened

3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup confectioners' sugar

 

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour an 8-inch square pan. In a large saucepan, melt 1/2 cup butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not overcook.

 

To Make Frosting: Combine 3 tablespoons softened butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa, honey, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 cup confectioners' sugar. Stir until smooth. Frost brownies while they are still warm.

 

Task 4: During Diwali, people pray to the goddess Lakhshmi, who is typically depicted as a beautiful young woman holding a lotus flower. Find 5 books on your shelves (either physical or virtual) whose covers show a young woman holding a flower and share their cover images.


Thank you Goodreads! I picked books on my read shelf on Goodreads. 

 

True Love (Nantucket Brides, #1)Vision in White (Bride Quartet, #1)

Bed of Roses (Bride Quartet, #2)Happy Ever After (Bride Quartet, #4)

The Life ListBlossom Street Brides (Blossom Street #10)

 

 

Book: Read a book with candles on the cover or the word “candle” or “light” in the title; OR a book that is the latest in a series; OR set in India; OR any non-fiction book that is ‘illuminating’ (Diwali is Sanskrit for light/knowledge and row, line or series)

 

Two potential books: 

 

Title details for Summer Light by Luanne Rice - Available  

 

Hmm maybe this book. Will have to see. 

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text 2017-10-13 10:50
Top Five Diwali offers on Smartphones

Big brands are rolling out discounts on their smartphones this season with Diwali  Offers. These attention-grabbing discounts can be availed by consumers online from different retailers. Here are top 5 deals on smartphones that you can grab this festive season.

 

LG Q6:

 

You can get LG Q6 for as low as Rs 12,990 on Amazon. The price gets even lower with 10% instant discount on select credit & debit card payments. LG Q6 is an absolute treat thanks to its full vision display. It has a 5.5 -inch display which comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. There is also 3000mAH battery, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal memory.

 

Moto G5S Plus:

 

Moto G5S Plus has dual 13MP lens at the back which is USP of this mid range smartphone. It is a good upgrade for someone who wants to stick the Motorola Brand. The smartphone features a 5.5 -inch Full HD screen, Snapdragon 625 Octa Core processor, fingerprint sensor, and 8MP front shooter. The 4GB RAM & 64GB ROM variant costs Rs 15,999. It also has a smaller sibling in Moto G5S which comes at Rs. 13,999.

 

Xiaomi Mi A1:

 

The first Android One device from Xiaomi supports dual rear cameras. It runs stock Android and Xiaomi is promising Oreo update for this phone very soon. Mi A1 is priced at Rs 14,999 for 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which is the only variant of this device available for now.

 

Apple iPhone 6s:

 

The list has to include at least one iPhone, it is the slightly older one Apple iPhone 6s. Available at Rs. 34,999 it is a good value for money device if you ever wanted to own an iPhone. It runs IOS v10 operating system. This device from Apple is run by 2GB RAM & 32GB internal storage. You can use single nano SIM.

 

Samsung Galaxy S7



This smartphone from Samsung is available for around Rs. 35,000. Samsung is also offering one-time screen replacement on this mobile phone. Galaxy S7 is a flagship device with 4GB RAM, 32GB ROM, and 5.1 inch Quad HD display. Samsung Galaxy S7 is available in Silver Titanium, Gold Platinum, and Black Onyx colors options.

 

With Diwali Sale, you not only get attractive discounts on all these smartphones but added benefits like No Cost EMI, Exchange Bonus, and Free Data. To grab the best Diwali Deals visit FreeKaaMaal, the website also has many Diwali Coupons.

Source: freekaamaal.com/diwali-offers
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