Santa Comes into town..Yay!!

I’ve been a good girl this year it seems and Santa’s made an advance visit down my chimney. And I am sooper happy with Santa’s gifts this year. I have always had a fascination for Santa Claus and wanted to have a Christmas tree at home when I was growing up. At school, we used to play this game called Christ ma –Christ child and wrote anonymous letters to each other all through December, sneaking in letters when our assigned Christ child wasn’t looking on. Finally,the month -long letter writing culminated in exchange of gifts. My first gift was a yummy smelling Mr Clean Watermelon rubber that I refused to use for many,many years.Something about giving and receiving gifts brings out the child in me. Maybe,we should have Christmas all year around 🙂

This year I signed up for Book Blogger’s holiday swap and Santa’s spirit lives on. A few days back, a parcel arrived for me from Gurgaon and I’ve been jumping around and grinning like a deranged monkey. Or should I say a Cheshire cat? Without further ado, let me show you the goodies that Santa Misha sent me.

Lovely,eh?.I have wanted to read The book Thief forever. And I love the lovely jewelery and the cheery,cute card she sent me.

I caught you straining to get a better look at the jewelry.Here’s a close-up 🙂

Pretty stuff,no?.Misha,You are a sweetheart!.

Misha blogs here and her blog is an absolute delight for bookworms. here are tons of author interviews,blog book tours,challenges and reviews. A true-blue book-addict, this girl. No wonder her blog is appropriately named “My Love affair with Books”.

Do hop over to her space and check out her posts.

A few more Santas sent me some more goodies last week.Reviews of the two books coming up soon.Did i hear a few groans? 😉

Have fun guys and spread the cheer around.Happy holidays!.

Masala mix..

Remember, i had posted a story about Judo kid, this is installment number 2 from the same newsletter. Most of you might know the story of how Coca Cola was born. Here goes the story..
Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton was working hard on a new invention -a syrup to treat an upset stomach .But poor thing,just couldn’t get it right. One day he discovered that two of his employees had been mixing his syrup with water and drinking.Apparently the employees were young and they loved the taste.As opposed to being angry at his workers for loafing on the job, Pemberton chose to be curious and tried it himself. Then, he added a little club soda to give the drink some fizz. And he soon began selling his new-found drink in his pharmacy, calling it “Coca Cola”…
Anything like this happened to you- set off to do something and accomplished something else ?.happens to me all the time!.

On another note,sometime back i read another article (rather belatedly) about Enid blyton’s books getting a makeover.The article said that Hodder Children’s books is coming out with a new set of 10 Famous five books replacing old-fashioned words and phrases found in the originals.This news item is pretty old,so as i speak,the changed books might actually be sitting on shelves and being taken home by a new generation of kids waiting to discover the magic of Enid Blyton books.

“Mercy me” would have become “Oh no!” ; “fellow” to “old man” and It’s all very peculiar” to “It’s all very strange”. I don’t swear here, but this news made me say “what the *beep*!”.I am not a purist,but tweaking the language of one of my favorite authors is Anathema to me. Several generations of kids have not had any problems with the antiquated language(which i think contributed to the charm in the first place),so why the change now?. What do you think?.You can in read the whole article here

For my final random bit.. I have signed up for “Holiday swap” ,a really sweet little idea to spread some holiday cheer. Book bloggers who sign up can send books and other knick-knacks to each other. Lovely idea, no?. you can read more about it here.

Have a great monday folks !