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Christmas is a time for families to bask in the warmth of the festive season. This Christmas book list with suggestions for every age helps you usher in the festival spirit.
Christmas is a time for joy, for families to get together, and bask in the warmth of the festive season. This Christmas book list with suggestions for every age helps you usher in the festival spirit.
Books are always the best of gifts, the best of friends, and the best anchors in both good and bad times. Here are a few Christmas themed books for various ages, from those for little ones to those for adults.
How Many Sleeps ‘Til Christmas? by Mark Sperring
Little Pip is so excited by the prospect of Christmas, that he wakes his father up early one snowy winter morning. Not yet, says Dad. So how many sleeps ‘til Christmas? A lovely sing-song read for little ones.
Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson
Bear’s friends are determined that this winter, Bear does not go to sleep as usual. There is a surprise visitor, who makes Christmas very special for them.
The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
A young boy makes a snowman on a day it snows. At night, the snowman comes to life, and they have many adventures together. This is a wordless book by Raymond Briggs, which has been made into an Oscar winning movie.
The Empty Stocking by Richard Curtis
Charlie has been a naughty boy this year. So will Santa fill his stocking? Or will Charlie have to do something about it? A hilarious Christmas story to read aloud to little ones.
When Santa Fell To Earth by Cornelia Funke
So one day, Santa falls down to earth, thanks to Twinklestar, that marzipan loving reindeer who’s frightened of lightning. What happens then?
The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll
It is Christmas Eve, and Pearl Granger is making a snow sister – a sister made of snow is better than no sister at all. Then comes a mysterious letter, that changes everything. A wonderful chapter book for early readers.
Michael Morpurgo’s Christmas Stories
A wonderful collection of short stories on the festive season by this master storyteller, one that includes his best – The Best Christmas Present In The World.
The Christmas Mystery by Jostein Gaarder
A young Norwegian girl disappears one day while shopping for Christmas with her mother, and travels back 2000 years in time to Bethlehem. Fifty years after this happens, a boy called Joachim finds a curious advent calendar, which brings to him her story in bits and pieces, which need to be put together to solve the mystery. Can he get her back?
The Christmas Star: A Festive Story Collection by Eva Ibbotson
This recently published book is a festive collection of three Christmas stories by the iconic children’s author well known for books like Journey to the River Sea and The Secret of Platform No 13.
Lost Christmas by David Logan
10 year old Goose’s life changes completely when his parents are killed in a car crash on Christmas Eve. A year later, again on Christmas Eve, he meets Anthony, a strange man who does not remember anything about himself, but seems to know everything about everyone else. Who is he, and what does he know about Goose’s life? Could Goose have happiness again? A wonderful book that can rekindle a belief in miracles.
My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by various authors.
This is an anthology of 12 heart-warming love stories that explore the tenderness of this emotion in young adults, juxtaposed with the holiday season.
Christmas Stories by Everyman
This anthology by Everyman’s Pocket Classics comprises many known and unknown stories of the festive season, including masterpieces by greats like Leo Tolstoy, O.Henry, Saki, Arthur Conan Doyle, Evelyn Waugh, and many more.
The Christmas Box Collection by Richard Paul Evans
A collection of three novellas – The Christmas Box, which is about Christmas when a young family moves in with a widow. Timepiece, which is about the power of forgiveness and the ties that can connect one generation with the next. The Letter, which is about a couple grieving for their only child, and the mysterious letter found at its grave. A must read.
The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman
Twelve women meet once a year on Christmas Eve, to exchange hand-made cookies and stories of their lives, a tradition that has brought them close over the years. Ann Pearlman is a wonderful storyteller who truly knows how women’s minds work and how women friends are necessary to tide one over anything that life may throw at you.
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What I loved was how there is so much in the movie of the SRK we have known, and also a totally new star. The gestures, the smile, the wit and the charisma are all too familiar, but you also witness a rawness, an edginess.
When a movie that got the entire nation in a twist – for the right and wrong reasons – hits the theatres, there is bound to be noise. From ‘I am going to watch it – first day first show’ to ‘Boycott the movie and make it a flop’, social media has been a furore of posts.
Let me get one thing straight here – I did not watch Pathaan to make a statement or to simply rebel as people would put it. I went to watch it for the sheer pleasure of witnessing my favourite superstar in all his glory being what he is best at being – his magnificent self. Because when it comes to screen presence, he burns it, melts it and then resurrects it as well like no other. Because when it comes to style and passion, he owns it like a boss. Because SRK is, in a way, my last connecting point to the girl that I once was. Though I have evolved into so many more things over the years, I don’t think I am ready to let go of that girl fully yet.
There is no elephant in the room really here because it’s a fact that Bollywood has a lot of cleaning up to do. Calling out on all the problematic aspects of the industry is important and in doing that, maintaining objectivity is also equally imperative. I went for Pathaan for entertainment and got more than I had hoped for. It is a clever, slick, witty, brilliantly packaged action movie that delivers what it promises to. Logic definitely goes flying out of the window at times and some scenes will make you go ‘kuch bhi’ , but the screenplay clearly reminds you that you knew all along what you were in for. The action sequences are lavish and someone like me who is not exactly a fan of this genre was also mind blown.
Recent footage of her coming out of an airport had comments preaching karma and its cruel ways, that Samantha "deserved her illness" because she filed for divorce.
Samantha Ruth Prabhu fell from being the public’s sweetheart to a villain overnight because she filed for divorce. The actress was struck with myositis post divorce, much to the joy of certain groups (read sexist) in our society.
A troll responded to Samantha’s tweet, “Women Rising!!” by adding to it “just to fall”. She replied, “Getting back up makes it all the more sweeter, my friend.”
Here’s another insensitive tweet by BuzZ Basket showing fake concern for her autoimmune disease. “Feeling sad for Samantha, she lost all her charm and glow. When everyone thought she came out of divorce strongly and her professional life was seeing heights, myositis hit her badly, making her weak again.” Samantha responded, “I pray you never have to go through months of treatment and medication like I did. And here’s some love from me to add to your glow.”
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