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Just finished reading this book by Fredrick Backman. This story deserves a pat for the presentation of weaving the fairy tale into the main plot. I liked Elsa’s questionnaires, It was so inquisitive. At places I found the resemblance of “P.S. I Love you” story structure catering to younger audience. A nice standalone book with some morals thrown in there.

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STOP COMPLAINING!

Imagine being born in 1900.
When you are 14 years old
World War I begins
and it ends when you are 18
with 22 million deaths.

Shortly after, a global pandemic
The flu is called “Spanish”,
It kills 50 million people.
I come out alive and free,
You are 20 years old.

Then at 29 years, you survived the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment, and hunger.

At 33 the Nazis come to power.
You’re 39 when WWII starts and ends when you’re 45 during the Holocaust (Shoah) 6 million Jews die.
There will be more than 60 million deaths in total.
When you’re 52 years old, the Korean War starts.
When you’re 64 starts the Vietnam War and ends when you’re 75. years

A child born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how hard life is,
and they survived various wars and disasters.
A boy born in 1995 and today at 25 years old thinks it’s the end of the world when his Amazon package takes more than three days to arrive or when he doesn’t get more than 15 “likes” for his photo posted on Facebook or Instagram…
In 2020, many of us live in comfort, have access to different sources of entertainment at home, and often have more than we need.
But people complain about everything.
However, they have electricity, phone, food, hot water, and a roof over their heads.

None of this existed before.
But humanity survived much more serious circumstances and never lost the joy of living.
Maybe it’s time to be less selfish, stop complaining and crying.

Source – https://www.facebook.com/InspirationalQuotesHub

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When he was 40, the renowned Bohemian novelist and short story writer Franz Kafka (1883–1924), who never married and had no children, was strolling through Steglitz Park in Berlin, when he chanced upon a young girl crying her eyes out because she had lost her favorite doll. She and Kafka looked for the doll without success. Kafka told her to meet him there the next day and they would look again.

The next day, when they still had not found the doll, Kafka gave the girl a letter “written” by the doll that said, “Please do not cry. I have gone on a trip to see the world. I’m going to write to you about my adventures.”

Thus began a story that continued to the end of Kafka’s life.

When they would meet, Kafka read aloud his carefully composed letters of adventures and conversations about the beloved doll, which the girl found enchanting. Finally, Kafka read her a letter of the story that brought the doll back to Berlin, and he then gave her a doll he had purchased. “This does not look at all like my doll,” she said. Kafka handed her another letter that explained, “My trips, they have changed me.” The girl hugged the new doll and took it home with her.
A year later, Kafka died.

Many years later, the now grown-up girl found a letter tucked into an unnoticed crevice in the doll. The tiny letter, signed by Kafka, said, “Everything you love is very likely to be lost, but in the end, love will return in a different way.”

Picture Courtesy – Art by Isabel Torner

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Two Frogs in the Milk

This is the story of two frogs. One frog was fat and the other skinny. One day, while searching for food, they inadvertently jumped into a vat of milk. They couldn’t get out, as the sides were too slippery, so they were just swimming around.

The fat frog said to the skinny frog, “Brother frog, there’s no use paddling any longer. We’re just going to drown, so we might as well give up.” The skinny frog replied, “Hold on brother, keep paddling. Somebody will get us out.” And they continued paddling for hours.

After a while, the fat frog said, “Brother frog, there’s no use. I’m becoming very tired now. I’m just going to stop paddling and drown. It’s Sunday and nobody’s working. We’re doomed. There’s no possible way out of here.” But the skinny frog said, “Keep trying. Keep paddling. Something will happen, keep paddling.” Another couple of hours passed.

The fat frog said, “I can’t go on any longer. There’s no sense in doing it because we’re going to drown anyway. What’s the use?” And the fat frog stopped. He gave up. And he drowned in the milk. But the skinny frog kept on paddling.

Ten minutes later, the skinny frog felt something solid beneath his feet. He had churned the milk into butter and he hopped out of the vat.

Source – http://www.rogerdarlington.me.uk/stories.html#Story48

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I would call this novel a coming of age with compelling read. It contains two criminal cases and travels like a whodunit style of execution. The structure is coiled by its story within story patterns, setting a dimension of tracing the culprits with an edge of the seat atmosphere. I have read the author’s previous book ‘The word is murder’ which was randomly picked for its mystery genre and gave it a go, but now I know what I was getting into and have been right all along. When the first case is paused and moved to second one I was mad to be let loose, but the ending got me hooked and I find the second case less involving than the first may be that’s just me. Overall, a nice page turner and keep you engaged.😌

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Everyone has a story in life

A 24 year old boy seeing out from the train’s window shouted…
“Dad, look the trees are going behind!”
Dad smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, looked at the 24 year old’s childish behavior with pity, suddenly he again exclaimed…
“Dad, look the clouds are running with us!”
The couple couldn’t resist and said to the old man…
“Why don’t you take your son to a good doctor?” The old man smiled and said…“I did and we are just coming from the hospital, my son was blind from birth, he just got his eyes today.”

Every single person on the planet has a story. Don’t judge people before you truly know them. The truth might surprise you.

Source – https://www.4recruitmentservices.com/blog/2017/08/15-motivational-and-inspiring-short-stories

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Truth Worth Reading –

In Ancient Greece, Socrates had a great reputation of wisdom. One day, someone came to find the great philosopher and said to him:

  • Do you know what I just heard about your friend?
  • A moment, replied Socrates. Before you tell me, I would like to test you the three sieves.
  • The three sieves?
  • Yes, continued Socrates. Before telling anything about the others, it’s good to take the time to filter what you mean. I call it the test of the three sieves. The first sieve is the TRUTH. Have you checked if what you’re going to tell me is true?
  • No, I just heard it.
  • Very good! So, you don’t know if it’s true. We continue with the second sieve, that of KINDNESS. What you want to tell me about my friend, is it good?
  • Oh, no! On the contrary.
  • So, questioned Socrates, you want to tell me bad things about him and you’re not even sure they’re true? Maybe you can still pass the test of the third sieve, that of UTILITY. Is it useful that I know what you’re going to tell me about this friend?
  • No, really.
  • So, concluded Socrates, what you were going to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor useful. Why, then, did you want to tell me this?

“Gossip is a bad thing. In the beginning it may seem enjoyable and fun, but in the end, it fills our hearts with bitterness and poisons us, too!” – Pope Francis

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This book is a pictorial representation of the world of introverts. From social seclusion, finding partners to employments is well coiled within this informative nuggets. There are lots of moments that are highly relatable and certain graphics will tickle the bones! I felt like Debbie was a mirror image of me at places. This can be served as a manifesto at schools to explain about the nature of introverted people and hope it receives its deserved recognition.

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Don’t say something you regret out of anger

“There once was a little boy who had a very bad temper. His father decided to hand him a bag of nails and said that every time the boy lost his temper, he had to hammer a nail into the fence.

On the first day, the boy hammered 37 nails into that fence.

The boy gradually began to control his temper over the next few weeks, and the number of nails he was hammering into the fence slowly decreased. He discovered it was easier to control his temper than to hammer those nails into the fence.

Finally, the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father the news and the father suggested that the boy should now pull out a nail every day he kept his temper under control.

The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence.

‘You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there’.

Source – https://thoughtcatalog.com/january-nelson/2018/09/motivational-stories/

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