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The Cloth Doll’s Wish

“Another day,” Lucy let out a sigh as she was lifted from the toy shelves by a giggling little girl.

“Today we are having a tea party!” said the girl, spinning round and round with Lucy. “You will love it!”



The Cloth Doll’s Wish

“Another day,” Lucy let out a sigh as she was lifted from the toy shelves by a giggling little girl.

“Today we are having a tea party!” said the girl, spinning round and round with Lucy. “You will love it!”

Lucy was a well-loved cloth doll with button eyes, rosy cheeks, a painted smile, and string hair. She wore a pretty blue dress with bows and little white shoes.

The doll was often picked up, played with, made to go to bed in the middle of the day, woke up when told to, made to sit, move and act in odd ways, drink from little cups, and eat small snacks from flowery dishes.

“Oh, Lucy, you must certainly have more,” said the girl, holding another plastic cookie to Lucy’s mouth.

Lucy sighed. Oh, if only the girl knew what it felt like to be a doll.

“Time for lunch!” The girl’s mother called.

Suddenly, the world went dark, and Lucy found herself face-down on the floor.

But before she got too used to the new strangeness, she was picked up so fast that her stomach turned into butterflies.

“You’ll make the perfect pray for my dragon!” A boy said and ran outside with Lucy.

“Jake, wash your hands, it’s time to eat!” Mom said from the window.

“But mooom!” the boy whined and went back inside, dropping Lucy by the door.

The door bumped Lucy, and she let out another sigh. But all too soon, a huge shoe came down on Lucy. The older kids had come in time for the meal and their rush, stomped all over Lucy.

“Oh, no, my dress,” Lucy murmured, thinking that as soon as Mom saw her dirty clothes, she would be tossed into the washer along with them.

A bark snapped Lucy out of her thoughts, and her eyes widened, “Millo, stop! Stop!”

The excited dog picked Lucy up and gave her a few good shakes, then licked her face a few times.

Once again, Lucy was dropped to the floor as Dad shouted, “Millo, drop!”

Lucy gasped and looked at her torn arm; it was the second time that month that it had broken. Her left button eye was feeling odd too.

After Mom found her, Lucy was mended, washed, rinsed, and set to dry. Lucy enjoyed the quiet and the sun on her. The blankets, shirts, and socks next to her began to talk.

“You have it so easy, playing all day, being so loved,” they said.

Lucy looked down and shook her head. As she told them all about her day, she thought that it wasn’t even the worse. Lucy remembered the rainy days she was left under a tree, and when she was stuffed into a backpack and taken to school, being poked and pricked with pointy things as the children played doctor, tossed like a ball for Millo to catch when Jake wanted to annoy his little sister.

“I wish I weren’t a doll,” Lucy whispered that night, looking at the star-filled sky from her place on top of the toy box.

Suddenly, a shooting star zoomed across the sky, lighting up the night.

“Lucy, time to wake up,” a gentle voice said the next morning.

Lucy opened her eyes and gasped. She was lying on a bed as soft as a cloud. The morning sun shined on her face, and a kind, smiling woman, looked down at her.

“Time for school. Hurry, or you will be late,” the woman said, and Lucy realized she was no longer a doll! The star had granted her wish, and Lucy had turned into a little human girl!

Excitedly, Lucy jumped out of bed and got ready for school. Walking took some getting used to, and so did getting dressed.

At school, Lucy had to learn to read, write, and do math. The letters and numbers all looked the same to her, and Lucy had trouble writing them and even reading!

“Sound the letters out,” the teacher impatiently said, when Lucy was asked to read and kept stumbling over the sounds the different letters made.

When school ended, Lucy thought she would be free to go for a garden walk or look at the clouds. But as soon as she got home, she was told to do her homework; then she was made to sweep the house, fold clothes and help Mom set the table for dinner.

By the Time Lucy was done, only a few hours of night were left. She went to the garden and laughed as she chased fireflies and twirled around with them.

“Lucy, come in, it’s time for bed,” Mom called all too soon.

The next day, Lucy had to do everything all over, but this time, it felt much worse!

“Lucy, sit up straight,” the teacher said.

“Lucy, don’t talk with your mouth full,” said her mother at dinner.

“Lucy, don’t go far!” Dad warned days later when they went to the park.

“But, I want an ice cream cone,” Lucy said. She’d eaten two already, but they tasted so good and the day was so hot!

“No, Lucy. You had too many, and you’ll get a stomach ache,” Dad said.

“How about a few strawberries when we get home?” Asked mom.

Lucy shook her head and stomped her foot, “that’s not the same!”

She was reminded that “a growing child needs to eat healthy food.”

Lucy pouted, she was getting tired of doing what the grownups told her, being well-behaved, and minding her manners all the Time!

But that wasn’t the worse of being a human girl. She couldn’t stop moving. Her body was full of energy. Her arms and legs constantly tingled, wanting to hop, jump, spin, swing around, climb, and be always moving. Lucy was missing the days of being a doll, as still as a rock.

Lucy jumped, skipped, hopped, talked a bit too loudly, and was full of butterflies in her stomach, making her want to do more, always more!

The summer days made her feel too hot, the winter ones too cold. Lucy didn’t like it at all!

Then, one day, she fell and skinned her right knee. A feeling, unlike any other spread through Lucy and made her cry out. Tears ran down her face as a little drop of blood slid down her leg.

Lucy wondered what this new feeling was. The answer came to her as soon as Mom cleaned and put a Band-Aid on her knee.

“A little pain is normal, but soon you will feel much better,” Mom said, kissing Lucy’s head.

But the worse happened one gray winter day. Lucy woke up, with a fever and a bad cough.

“What’s happening to me?” She asked.

“You have a cold, drink this. It will make you feel better,” Mom said, holding a spoon with something that smelled so bad, it made Lucy wrinkle her nose!

Lucy didn’t like being sick either. She didn’t like the yucky medicines and the visits to the doctor.

One night as she laid in bed, looking out the window, unable to go to sleep, Lucy saw another shooting star. Closing her eyes, she made another wish.

“I wish to be a doll again.”

The next morning, Lucy woke up in her old spot on top of the toy box.

Anya, the giggling little girl, picked her up and twirled around. Lucy laughed, happier than ever to be a cloth doll again.

“Don’t you wish to be like them, or perhaps another toy?” A teddy bear asked many months later.

Lucy smiled and shook her head, “I am happy being a cloth doll and bringing children so much joy and comfort throughout their days. I love my life and myself just as I am and will never again wish to be more than a cloth doll.”

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How Geographic Diversity Affects Adventure Tourism in India?



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Adventure tourism in India is one of the fastest growing sectors. The adventure tourism sector also provides a medium for people to live their life fully and make a living out of it. It is estimated that over 50 million people visit India every year, which could translate into the tourism sector worth of $16.07 billion by 2020.

The Adventure Travel Industry in India – Identifying Opportunities and Challenges

The Indian adventure tourism industry is witnessing tremendous growth as the future market for travel is currently growing at a rate of 7-10% every year.

It has also been estimated that the adventure tourism industry is going to become the largest tourism segment in India by 2020, with about 60 million tourists visiting this sector annually.

India is blessed with natural beauty and adventure sport enthusiasts are all about experiencing nature’s beauty in their natural forms. Thus, it is the need of the hour to cater to the demand for adventure travel to the thrill seekers in India.

The market is currently under-penetrated and needs to be explored extensively by creating infrastructure and launching packages which cater to this segment.

There are several festivals happening in India every year and this helps create a huge market for adventure tourism in the country. Adventure tourism has now become one of the most demanded segments and Adventure companies in India are making efforts to capitalize on this opportunity. However, India lacks in key areas like outdoor education, adventure adventure training and experience. Hence, there is a lack of expertise in this industry. Also, the competition is stiff and the price factor is high. Also, tourists are subjected to strict documentation and compliances for this sector, which add to the cost of adventure travel.

It has been observed that the Indian tourist sector is becoming more and more dependent on domestic tourism and less and less dependent on international tourism. In this article, we will discuss the importance of geographic diversity in the Indian tourism industry.

In order to cater to the growing needs of domestic tourism and the increasing dependence on foreign tourism, the state government concerned with the tourism industry has started to develop their own products in order to bring the best to these destinations.

Two of the key states for domestic tourism that are of importance to this discussion are Maharashtra and Rajasthan. In fact, the two states are home to many popular tourist destinations, with popular destinations including the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Both these sites are very well developed with the infrastructure as well as modern transportation facilities such as railway, airport, expressways, etc.

Maharashtra has a total of 17 major tourist destinations in its jurisdiction, which include popular tourist attractions like the places related to the Marathi community like Laxmi Road, Dadar Chowpatty, Byculla, etc., places like Girgaon Chowpatty, the Gateway of India, Sion Chowpatty and the Arabian Sea, etc. Apart from these major tourist sites, the state also has quite a few regional tourist attractions such as the Ellora Caves, the Ajanta Caves, the Konkan coast, etc.

Rajasthan is another major state that serves as an attraction for domestic tourists. It has a total of 34 tourist attractions spread across its territory and includes popular tourist destinations like the Jain pilgrimage site of Karauli, which is close to the ancient Jain city of Udaipur; Aravalli Range, where several well known archaeological and historical monuments are located, such as Udaipur Fort and Amber Fort; heritage sites such as the Mewar Circle; lakes such as Lake Pichola and the Lake Palace Hotel and fortification complexes such as Dholpur Fort and Sawai Madhopur.

The state also has several National heritage sites like Chittorgarh Fort, Mahendragiri Fort, Sanganer, etc., besides some provincial sites like Pratapgarh, Sri Ganganagar, Jhalawar, Jaisalmer, etc. The important state tourism attractions in Rajasthan include: the Jagran Fort, Dungarpur Fort, Chand Baori, Chittorgarh Fort, Nal Bada Ganpati Temple, and others.

As the state with the highest population in the country and one of the fastest growing states in terms of economic activity, the government of Maharashtra has already established quite a few tourism attractions that are meant for domestic tourists. The primary focus of tourism development in the state is of a niche nature and tends to cater to domestic tourists. The following tourist destinations are some of the most popular domestic tourist destinations in the state:

The Gateway of India

This is a popular tourist destination located at the southern part of Mumbai. The Gateway of India represents the historical Indian admittance and immigration point to the Port of Bombay and can be recognised by the large crown and lion sculptures on top of the archway. It is very popular for its unique heritage significance. The gateway was designed by architect Charles Correa and opened to the public in 1969. The Gateway of India is a popular tourist destination as it attracts a lot of domestic as well as foreign tourists.

Elephant Fort

This is located in Dandi in the state of Gujarat and is famous for its large elephant statues in the open. It is a popular tourist destination for seeing the statues of the elephant and its tusker standing around. The Elephant Fort is situated around 25 kilometres from the famous city of Ahmedabad. The monument is a fine example of Mahabharata architecture.

The Taj Mahal

This is an iconic image that is spread across the world and is known as one of the most beautiful and famous tourist attractions in the world. It is a world heritage site which is spread over 210 hectares and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. This imposing, perfect white mausoleum stands in the middle of the Yamuna river and has a beautiful garden surrounding it. There are nine minarets, more than 843 domes and an ornate marble tomb with two bodies resting on the two sides. The Taj Mahal has great religious and historical significance and the white marble depicts royal elegance.

Bhima Riverfront Development

The Bhima riverfront development is located on the western bank of the Tapti river in the city of Surat. The development is a commercial, cultural, residential and leisure tourism spot with a shopping mall. The development is spread over a total area of three hectares and is another major tourist attraction in the state of Gujarat.

Mysore Palace

The Mysore Palace is a beautiful heritage site in the city of Mysore in the state of Karnataka. The Mysore Palace is one of the major tourist destinations in the country and is visited by domestic and foreign tourists.

The Taj Mahal and Golden Gate

The Taj Mahal and Golden Gate is another beautiful heritage site in the city of Agra. The Taj Mahal is one of the most beautiful and famous tourist attractions in the world and is one of the three Mughal mausoleums in the world. It was built by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Golden Gate was built by Shah Jahan’s son, Aurangzeb in the memory of Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is a breathtaking building and draws a great number of tourists every year. The Golden Gate is a magnificent mausoleum built in the Baroque architecture style.

Narmada Valley

This is one of the major tourism sites in India and is famous for its scenic beauty. The Narmada river flows through the entire state and is said to be the lifeline of the state. The state also has many lakes and rivers with interesting and attractive landscape. The Narmada Valley is one of the major tourist attractions in the state and attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists.

Murtizapur Fort

This is another major tourist attraction in the state of Bihar and is known as the Gateway of North Bihar. The Murtizapur Fort is located on the eastern bank of the Ganges River and is said to be the home of the Magadh Empire. The fort is one of the oldest of its kind in the country and has beautiful gardens and five lakes.

Bhilsa Fort

This is a popular tourism destination in the western part of Gujarat and it is a major tourist destination for visitors to this state. The fort has a number of forts around it. The fort is famous for its Vaishnavite temples and is known for its beauty and grandeur. The famous temple of Mahadev is also located in this fort. The Mughal architecture is impressive and the fort is full of cultural and historical significance.

Jalaram Bheem Mandir

This is a popular attraction in Rajasthan. The temple is built on top of a hill and attracts a great number of tourists from across the country. The temple has an old main temple as well as many other temples and shrines. The architecture is very beautiful and it is a must-see place for visitors in the state.

The Ajmer Sharif Dargah

The Ajmer Sharif Dargah is another popular tourist destination and it is located in the southern part of Rajasthan. The temple has a number of temples in its precincts and is also a famous site for pilgrimage. The beautiful architecture and exterior of the temple attract a great number of domestic and foreign tourists every year.

Gangasagar (Sonepat)

This is one of the most popular Hindu pilgrimages in the country and is another major tourist destination in the state of Haryana. The pilgrimage is said to be a sacred place and attracts thousands of pilgrims from across the country every year. The pilgrimage area is known for its unique religious atmosphere and has a lot of scenic beauty.

Ahwa waterfalls

The Ahwa waterfalls is one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Gujarat and is known for its marvelous scenic beauty. The waterfalls are located on the Surat-Ahwa road and the Agra-Rajkot highway and it is surrounded by attractive gardens and streams. The waterfalls has been named as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and attracts a great number of domestic and foreign tourists every year.

Though the government of India has put in a lot of effort to promote adventure travel in the country, it still remains a small segment of the overall tourism industry.

A person needs to work hard for a considerable period of time to reach the highest peaks of the Himalayas and other such treacherous terrains.

The way it works is that one waits for the right season to book one’s tickets, when there is lesser footfall as compared to the busy season of monsoon and peak tourism season.

This is because it is a time when the country receives less tourists, hence the foreign tourists book most of the tickets in advance.

Among them are the Europeans and Americans, who return to their countries after a period of 6 months or more in India, as these countries have been conducting school holiday tours in this period.

The Europeans can book their tickets through travel agencies.

When the school holiday tour stops, the Europeans and Americans need to leave the country, as they require visas to visit India, which take around 3 to 4 months for approval.

Thus, in addition to the European travellers leaving the country, the number of Indian travellers must be reduced.

This causes a natural decline in the tourism industry.

This impact of the foreigners is more prevalent in popular tourist destinations, like the hill stations.

Such a dip in foreign tourist traffic can further impact the availability of local tourists as the number of Indians travelling by road increases.

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Best Christmas Quotes of All Time

Every year, the Christmas season comes and goes, and by the time December rolls around, we are all scrambling for ways to make the best of this special time of year. What better way is there than through the use of Christmas quotes?



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Every year, the Christmas season comes and goes, and by the time December rolls around, we are all scrambling for ways to make the best of this special time of year. What better way is there than through the use of Christmas quotes? There is no question that the holiday season brings with it some wonderful and memorable quotes that can touch your heart and make you smile. If you are looking for a way to light up your home during the Christmas season and want to know where you can find them, look no further than these top Christmas quotes.

If you have the nerve, anything is possible.” This is one quote that will surely bring a smile to anyone’s face no matter what age they are. It also serves as a reminder that anything is possible in life, so don’t ever worry about getting it right. Nothing is impossible if you just put your mind to it. No one has ever failed at anything because they were too afraid to try, so don’t be afraid to try new things.

A year from now you may wish you had a birthstone for every month.” It sounds like something that you only say to yourself, but every time you hear it you smile. Why? Well, each month has its own meaning, and knowing which birthstone fits that month can help to make the entire year much easier. April’s stone is the sign of Venus, which gives us plenty of opportunities for romantic adventures and trips to the beach. May’s stone is the symbol of Mercury, which makes it great for spending time with friends and family.

It’s never too late to say I love you.” Every single time you hear these lines it will bring a smile to a woman’s face because it means to love has been found. But did you know that there are many other great love sayings that can mean a lot more than just those two words to women?

A year from now you will wish you had a diamond in your ear.” This one has a lot of truth to it because everyone has dreams and wants to have a diamond in their ear. No matter what you dream of having it is good to have something that everyone seems to want. Everyone has different things that are important to them and they need that to be fulfilled. Love quotes are a way to tell someone how much you care and that is very powerful.

It’s never too late to laugh a few times.” This is one of the best lines you can have and it will really make a person smile. There are many people who get mad at each other when they hear these lines and that is why it is best to have them around when you are having a bad day. They are a great way to loosen up and have fun and if someone is having a bad day they can tell the jokes on them and laugh even harder.

A good night’s sleep is a three-day breakaway.” Everyone needs a good night’s sleep and if they do not have that they will struggle through the next day. There are some great Christmas sayings that can help someone to sleep so they can enjoy the holiday season. If they listen to these sayings before bed, they will be much better off than going without.

A best friend is one who gives more than she gets.” Sometimes, when a relationship comes to an end it is the opposite. A couple may have a great time and think that they made each other happy but sometimes they do not give each other enough attention. They should write down the best quotes for both of them to read and keep in the back of their mind so they do not forget the things they said to each other. When they both read this favorite saying they will be able to remember the things that they said and why they said them. This will bring happiness back into their lives and make them both happier than they were before the relationship.

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