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To celebrate Diwali, I am doing a small giveaway where two lucky winners will receive an ebook copy of Last Request from Amazon, a traditional Indian soap stone incense holder, 1 x Rose incense, 1 x Sandalwood incense, 2 x Divas (candles), some Indian sweets in a hand carved wooden bowl. (NB- sweets will contain nuts and milk)

Last Request is all about last wishes. So, to enter the giveaway all you have to do is post in the comments below something that is on your bucket list. I can’t grant you that wish, but perhaps you’ll win the giveaway.

Lucky Diwali Giveaway Winners Are …

No 5: Dave Sivers

No15: Linda Knock

I’ll email you with a code for your Last Request ebook copies and your gifts will be in the post early next week . Well done!

Two winners will be chosen by random number generator at noon on 26th October (the day before Diwali) GOOD LUCK!

Here’s why I’ve chosen to do a DIWALI giveaway …

Nikki Parekh’s mum, Lalita, is a Gujarati speaking Indian and a Hindu. When she was groomed away from her family at the age of fifteen, it was her faith that kept the troubled girl going. She carried a very small Ganesh in her pocket in the hope that he would help her escape the life she had ended up in and bring her back to her family. Ganesh is the Hindu elephant God who removes obstacles.

Diwali is the Hindu festival of light and for Hindus, it is all about the story of Rama and Sita which is told beautifully using shadow puppets by a Yr 3 class

When Nikki was a little girl, Nikki’s mum used to allow her and her sister to chalk Rangoli patterns on the step of their terraced house in Bradford. Of course, this was only done when her father wasn’t around and after the girls had done their patterns, their mum had to scrub them away before, dad got back. She also lit candles the night before Diwali and told her daughters it was to welcom Rama and Sita back. The girls enjoyed hearing the Diwali story.

With my partner being Indian, we brought up our own children to celebrate many different festivals and special days : Eid, Chinese New Year, Diwali, Christmas, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Burn’s Night, Hogmanay – any excuse for a party in the Mistry house!

Don’t forget to tell me what’s on your bucket list by leaving a comment below. Good Luck!

Comments(31)

    • Surjit Parekh

    • 5 months ago

    My bucket list should be full of Indian sweets

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      Which are your favourite, Surjit. I like penda but my huband prefers gulab jamon. Good luck in the giveaway xx

    • Sharron Machin

    • 5 months ago

    On my bucket list is go back to school to do a degree in creative writing but at 50 that’s way down my list but I’ve started doing a 16 week course through my local adult learning for creative writing so it’s a small step forward

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      Sharron you’re a spring chicken at 50, you know. I started my MA in Creative writing at 52 and I’m now part way through a PhD in creative writing. Also, some Uni’s allow you to go straight onto the MA if you have evidence of being a capable writer. Maybe that would suit. Never give up on your dreams. Good luck in the giveaway xx

    • Kerry Richardson

    • 5 months ago

    I’d love to do some conservation work around wolves – they fascinate me. Definitely one on my bucket list.

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      What an absolutely fascinating thing to have on your bucket list, Kerry! Hope it comes true for you one day xx

    • Alyson Read

    • 5 months ago

    One of my many wishes is to have the time to read all the wonderful books I have saved up, preferably whilst on that round the world cruise I keep promising myself!!

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      Can’t promise either of those, Alyson, but good luck with the giveaway xx

    • Dave Sivers

    • 5 months ago

    Seeing a tiger in the wild is too of my list at the moment.

      • Dave Sivers

      • 5 months ago

      TOP of my.list!

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      Yes, that would be a sight to see, Dave. I fear though, if we’re not careful it may soon prove to be an impossibility. xx

    • Audrey Gibson

    • 5 months ago

    What a lovely giveaway Liz. Top of my bucket list – I would love to go to Alaska in the winter and stay in a cabin in the woods x

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      I don’t envy you that one – too cold for me, but I hope your dream comes true, Audrey xx

    • Jane Willis

    • 5 months ago

    When I was at school, about 50 years ago, an English teacher, who was the most inspirational teacher I ever had, set us to write an essay about our bucket lists for the rest of our lives. It really inspired me – so much that over the years since I’ve achieved everything on it – with the exception of one thing, and that is to learn to play the Double Bass. I did dabble with violin for a while, but it didn’t have the rich, rounded sound that I was looking for.
    So that’s my bucket list now, just the one item – learn to play the Double Bass.

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      What a wonderful ambition. I must say I too love the deep sound of the Double Bass, Jane. Good luck in the Giveaway xx

    • Theresa Hetherington

    • 5 months ago

    My bucket list is to visit Iceland Noir. & New York & Florida & Canada. I’m not greedy 😂

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      I’ll definitely come with you to Iceland Noir and Canada. Not super bothered about the rest. Good luck with the giveaway xx

    • Liz Chapman

    • 5 months ago

    Visiting the WWF elephant sanctuary and tiger protected species that i donate to each month, what an honour 🐅 🐘 😇💕

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      I love lephants too Liz. I’ll come with you xx

    • Rose Feeney

    • 5 months ago

    I’d love to visit Australia….we’ve reached the planning stage,so here’s hoping for next year!!☺

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      Hey Rose. Hope your Australia trip is successful. I’ve never been but would love to go too one day. Good luck in the Giveaway draw xx

    • Vanessa Schelfhout

    • 5 months ago

    I would love to go back to Costa Rica, this time with my son. For me it is paradise and I wish I could go and live there.

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      Costa Rica sounds an amazing place to live. Hope this comes true for you one day, Vanessa. Good luck in the Giveaway drawxx

    • Pauline Render

    • 5 months ago

    Top of my bucket list is to spend time in Venice during the Carnival of Masks. I wanted to go this year for my 50th but never had the opportunity. One day though…

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      That would be a fabulous time to go to Venice. Hope you get there one day

    • Denise Anderson

    • 5 months ago

    I have two. I would love to see Beth Hart in concert and I would also love to learn to read music and to play the piano like her.

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      What a lovely thing to have on your bucket list. Good luck in the giveaway xx

    • Jacqueline sharp

    • 5 months ago

    There are so many things on my bucket list that I would like to do, visit Niagora Falls as well as many places, but being single and disabled I am too scared to travel alone. I think I would like to see a grandchild from my youngest son and his wife, after they lost a child earlier this year, it would be a dream for me to see them with their own child.

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      What a lovely thing to wish for. I so hope it c0mes true for yo all xx

    • Linda Knock

    • 5 months ago

    I would love to see the Northern Lights.☺

      • lizmistry

      • 5 months ago

      I often used to see them in Aberdeen many moons ago when I was a child. More recently I saw them on a trip to Lapland witht he kids – beautiful.

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