Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – The Magic of Gifts by Balroop Singh


It can be very hard on children living within a multi-cultural society to participate in all the activities that others take for granted. Christmas is one of those festivals that has become more than a Christian celebration, and whilst some may say it is far too commercialised these days, the slackening of the rules around it, does mean that others of different faiths can join in. But it has not always been so, and in some families today it is still the case.

 The Magic of Gifts by Balroop Singh

This little girl didn’t know anything about Santa. She didn’t even know children could request him to bring exquisite presents of their choice. The magic of gifts or Christmas was never real for her…it existed only in the stories.

She could not visit a single day in her memory when she had received a gift. She lived in a small town, oblivious of any such festivities. The cocoon in which she existed was just wide enough to peep outside and see the commotion of people, wearing new dresses and going somewhere.

The magic of gifts:

Gifts can be so magical and so loving was revealed to her through a story, which she happened to read in one of her schoolbooks. For the first time she could experience the joy of receiving gifts just by reading that story.

She always wanted to know more…why gifts are given…how could she get one and when would she get it!

She could never get an answer for her questions, so she had become quieter but the stormy thoughts in her mind didn’t subside.

Till she saw Santa!

She couldn’t believe that he actually existed. She went closer to touch him and all her friends laughed. But she was now grown up enough to understand all!

Trust in this mystical figure can only be created at a very young age when children look up to their parents and believe all they say, when they learn to be good for the sake of Santa, when they can smile at the make believe world created for them, just for fun! She had missed that stage of her life.

How she yearned to grow up again, to be loved, to be heard, to be understood!

Not just for the gifts she had never received.

But to grow up with that magic, which is renewed each year, to wait for the gifts which were lovingly left under the tree, to look in awe at such a dazzling Christmas tree, to nurture the faith in Santa that comes naturally… to grow up with the feeling of belongingness…to fit into the multi-cultural society that looks down upon certain people.

The lessons:

Emotional affliction

As an adult, she refused to live according to the expectations of the society. She crawled out of that cocoon, which had made her reclusive. She chose her friends very carefully. She abandoned certain people she didn’t like.

She found great satisfaction in giving. All the gifts that she had not received were given. She started with her own children but her range was much wider than her surroundings.

Christmas was not the only time to create the magic of gifts. Now she knew how to create magical moments of fun… her efforts were just a grain of sand; a drop in the ocean but that thought didn’t deter her efforts.

The blessings:

The innumerable blessings that she continues to receive have steered her towards the path of humility, forgiveness and spirituality. She wonders how she gets the resilience and which force is guiding her trail. The travails of childhood have contributed to her growth in a huge way, she knows that. She doesn’t hold any grudges. She expresses gratitude to all those who neglected her and provided her with the invaluable lessons of care and affection.

These emotions have evolved with time and age. Forgiveness and gratitude were the most hard and arduous to cultivate. She spoke to her inner voice thousands of times; she calmed its shouts as many times and has succeeded in convincing herself that life is content and peaceful if we accept it as it comes.

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Thank you for your support. Please share your valuable reflections, they are much appreciated.

© 2014 Balroop Singh.

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About Balroop Singh.

61ebbw1tqhl-_ux250_Balroop Singh, a former teacher, an educationalist, a blogger, a poet and an author always had a passion for writing. The world of her imagination has a queer connection with realism. She could envision the images of her own poetry while teaching the poems. Her dreams saw the light of the day when she published her first book: ‘Sublime Shadows Of Life.’ She has always lived through her heart.

She is a great nature lover; she loves to watch birds flying home. The sunsets allure her with their varied hues that they lend to the sky. She can spend endless hours listening to the rustling leaves and the sound of waterfalls. She lives in Danville, California.

Books by Balroop Singh

A recent review for Emerging from the Shadows.

Cathleen Townsend Reflections of an emotionally mature writer November 18, 2017

Emerging from Shadows is no callow compilation of a lovestruck young adult’s first sonnets. Rather, it’s the reflections of an emotionally mature writer who has faced life’s stings with a determination to grow from them in an honest and healthy way.

This is a verse from my favorite poem in the collection, Sound that Resounds.

“I can no longer remain insignificant
Your harrowing hauteur is oppressive
Forgive me for finding my own avenues
My gratitude goes to my spirit.”

It’s an excellent read for anyone recovering from emotional trauma, especially those who would rather eschew bitterness, and instead be at peace with how they respond to life’s trials.

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

and Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

Read more reviews and follow Balroop on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7340810.Balroop_Singh

Connect to Balroop Singh.

Blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BalroopShado
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Emotional-Shadows/151387075057971
Google: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+BalroopSinghsrao/posts
Pinteresthttps://www.pinterest.com/balroops/

Thank you for dropping in today and I am sure that Balroop would love to receive your feedback… Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Book Promotion – Air Your Reviews – Helen Jones and Balroop Singh


Welcome to the place where you can share your latest excellent review.. I do go review hunting regularly throughout the week on both Amazon and Goodreads, primarily for the authors who are on the bookshelves of the Cafe and Bookstore. However, this promotion is open to any author..

So head over to your accounts on Amazon and Goodreads and check to see if you have a review that has been posted in the last three months that you can share to give your book a little spring boost.  All it will take is a few minutes of your time and an email with a little bit about yourself (if we have not already met) and the link to your book account. As the Meerkats would say.. Simplezk…

First review today is for Helen Jones and her book, A Thousand Rooms, that we featured here late last year.

About A Thousand Rooms

Katie is thirty-two, single, and used to work in advertising. She’s also dead. A lost soul hitching rides with the dying, trying to find her way to… wherever she’s supposed to be.

And whoever she’s supposed to be with.

Heaven, it seems, has a thousand rooms. What will it take to find hers?

Love it! on April 24, 2017

Wow! I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this work. Shamefully, I hadn’t even bothered to read the synopsis first which is so out of character for me. Why? I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you however, is A Thousand Rooms far exceeded any first impressions I may or may not have had regardless of my aforementioned neglect.

This is one of those rare books I simply couldn’t put down. I was immediately captivated from the first sentence, and became so completely engrossed that nothing else in the world mattered for a good few hours.

This story would make a great movie that for me would be something like a cross between Ghost, and What Dreams May Come… and some.

Jones’ creativity, originality, writing style, and storytelling skills are first rate. This book ticks all the boxes for a five-star work.

Read the reviews and buy A Thousand Rooms: https://www.amazon.com/Thousand-Rooms-Helen-Jones-ebook/dp/B01MDP0TX9

Read more reviews on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32721282-a-thousand-rooms

Also by Helen Jones

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Helen-Jones/e/B00VG6SWN4

Connect to Helen Jones via her blog: https://journeytoambeth.com/

The second review today is for Balroop Singh’s motivational non-fiction book, Allow Yourself to be a Better Person.  

About Allow Yourself to be a Better Person.

Do you think you are a good person? Would you like to meet your better self? Welcome to the vast vistas that this book unravels before you by highlighting the shaded areas that could never get your attention.
Enhancement of personality is a long process, which starts only when we acknowledge the need for it. Often we detest looking at our imperfections and if somebody is professionally successful, the thought doesn’t even strike.
This book enlightens you about the goodness, which lies dormant within us till we make an effort to explore it. It exhorts you to introspect and accept natural human failings. It guides you towards the metamorphosis that could make you an endearing personality.

The latest review for the book.

Good for the Soul on April 2, 2017

Singh shares her knowledge and wisdom with us in this book of personal growth, showing us how to develop inner stability, self-love, self-esteem and self-love by learning to turn the negatives within ourselves into positives. It is the first steps we take that lead us to fulfilling new avenues.

Often the simpler things we often take for granted are God’s greatest gifts to us. The author demonstrates how to overcome emotions such as anger and arrogance and why it’s important to let go of past hurts while showing us the way to find forgiveness. The sum of our experiences build our personalities, but negative emotions within us can be changed. This book is a wonderful self-help book in the journey to finding fulfillment within. You can improve your life with Singh’s gentle reminders for your soul to thrive in harmony.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Allow-Yourself-Be-Better-Person-ebook/dp/B01MR1WGC3

Also by Balroop Singh

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Balroop-Singh/e/B00N5QLW8U

Connect to Balroop Singh via her blog: http://balroop2013.wordpress.com

Thank you for dropping by today – Thanks Sally

You can of course keep your latest review to yourself or you can share it with me.  I will then share with the 27,000 people I know!

Look forward to hearing from you….sally.cronin@moyhill.com