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Food for my blog.

April A to Z Blogging Challenge

Food, as a category, was never on my mind when I created Metanoia.  It just happened one day, when at a restaurant I went crazy clicking pictures of the lavish spread before me and then wondered how to share them! That’s when I decided to create a separate category just for FOOD.

A place for restaurant reviews, recipes, posts on healthy eating and nutrition on my blog sounded quite exciting.  So, I first created an Instagram account dedicated to food – Foodiezms –  and then the ‘Food’ tag on my blog.

Then, last year,  I met a blogger friend and a brilliant cook, Sunita Rajwade of BellyBytes, who came up with the idea of  #FlavoursomeTuesdays.

If you have visited Metanoia earlier, you will know that on the first Tuesday of the month, we -Sunita and I – hosted the #FlavoursomeTuesdays, where we invited bloggers to share foodie tales, memories revolving around food, recipes, restaurant reviews…everything related to food.

We received a good response at our first  Linky Party and were encouraged to take it further on our blogs.  However, this year, we decided to take a break from flavoursometuesdays. But, it sure was fun doing these food posts!

This is the badge I created for our posts:

FlavoursomeTuesdays

Cool, isn’t it?

My interest in food and nutrition developed way back in college when as part of my B.A. curriculum,  I chose it as one of the subjects.

So, when the idea of having a category for food came to mind, I decided to make it really special. There would be not just entertaining posts on food, but also informative ones that would help my readers in making changes in their diet that would help them improve their health.

And, Metanoia being a Health & Wellness blog, inspiring others to look after their diet and giving information on food and nutrition seemed like a great idea.

If, as a newbie blogger, you wonder about a niche for your blog, and if you are a foodie, or a cook, then a food blog will be the best thing to do. I know, most of you are well aware of such possibilities, but for those who are clueless (like I was), do give it a thought.

You could share your personal recipes, restaurant reviews, cooking tips and tricks….oh, the list is endless about what you could do with your food blog!

Sharing some of the food blogs I visit for the recipes and also to gaze and drool at the food on display:

Rachnacooks  by Rachna Parmar

somethingscooking by Shalini Nair

happinessquotient by Bhawna and Jyoti

 

Do visit these blogs if you need the inspiration to begin your own food blog. It will be your favourite place after the kitchen!

 

Love,

SHILPA…

#FlavoursomeTuesdays

 

 

April 2018 A to Z blogging Challenge

 

My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time  I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began. 

You will find all of my A to Z posts here.

 

 

 

 

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Lone Fox Dancing – An autobiography. Ruskin Bond.

 

I made the acquaintance of Mr. Ruskin Bond a few months ago… through his books, of course!  Although, I so wish I could make an acquaintance with the man himself – ah, wishful thinking! Coming back to his works, I first read the book, ‘Love Stories’, that is edited by him, and also includes a short story by him.  I then stumbled upon his  weekly columns that appear in The Times Of India (which, sadly, aren’t a regular feature) and, to cut a long story short, I was hooked. So, when I happened to come across his autobiography, I simply grabbed it!

Learning about a person whose work you have grown to admire, whose words act like a balm on troubled souls, can tell you a lot about the person, their journey and their life. And, that’s just what one gets to draw from this book, ‘Lone Fox Dancing’. 

Right from the first page, to the last one, Mr. Bond keeps you engaged with the story of his life. The happiness of being with his beloved father during his early childhood, the difficulties of adjusting to  a life without him after his untimely death, stories of his dear friends, his family and his struggle to make it as a writer despite the obstacles that lay in his path, Mr. Bond,  through his  words,  has opened  up his soul for the reader to get a  glimpse into his life. There are amusing anecdotes that make you chuckle, and tales of sadness that bring a lump to your throat. Often I wished I could reach over and give him a hug for all the times life was an arduous journey for the young Ruskin.

I loved his language – so simple and down-to-earth – it sounds like the soft tinkle of the temple bells to the desperate soul in  search of some tranquility. My words may sound very “inspired”, but then, that’s the magic of Mr. Bond and his writing, isn’t it? His ability to extract from the ordinary and present it to the world in an exquisite package – it’s a feat he has achieved, receiving applause from the young and the old alike!

There’s so much to learn from him, not just about his writing style, but also his living, and facing every failure that he did during the beginning of his journey as a writer. There’s a lesson to be learnt for us budding writers! The path we have chosen for ourselves  is not going to be easy. The praise that we desire for our words,  will be hard to find, the applause we pine for, won’t be heard for years together. Yet, we ought to keep going, striving to do our best without worrying  about the results. And, most importantly, enjoying what we do. That’s just what Mr. Bond did.  No, I am not going to give you any more details;  I want you to read it yourself. Lose yourself in the pages of this magnificent book.

The book also has 30 pages of photographs from Mr. Bond’s album. From his childhood to his present.  Pictures of the cherubic baby growing up into a young lad, a teenager, and a young adult. Pictures of his family,  his friends, his pet cat, his present family. The picture album is a delight for his fans! You wish you were a part of this story, a part of his journey!

It’s a pleasure reading the entire book;  you will wonder what to do with yourself once you reach the end! I was lost and sad that the book had to come to an end so soon!

I wouldn’t call this a review of the autobiography. I would call it sharing with you all a journey I enjoyed; a journey I wished had gone on for some more time. I will end my post here with Mr. Bond’s quote that he ended his book with:

     “I am like a shopkeeper hoarding bags full of grain, only, I hoard words. There are still people who buy words, and I hope I can keep bringing a little sunshine  and pleasure into their lives till the end of my days.”

 

Thank you, Mr. Bond, for the sunshine, and the happiness!

We love you!

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A new phase begins.

 

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You know how, when you are about to set off on a journey, or embark upon a  new venture, you experience those butterflies in your stomach? Well, that’s just how I feel as I type my first post on my new blog!

As I sit here, trying to work out my thoughts, align them in an order and pour them out on the screen, I think of the time I began four years ago as a techno-challenged newbie blogger, writing whatever came to my mind. Back then, I was oblivious to the myriad possibilities that lay in store for a blogger.  But, over the years, having met some fine bloggers, and the varied projects they are associated with, the seed of an idea was sowed in my mind.

To implement that idea, I had to move to a custom domain and then begin something different that would (hopefully) take me to newer avenues. Being  techno-challenged, I really wasn’t sure how I would do it, but, being  pig-headed, I wanted to do it all by myself. Thankfully, hubby’s colleague was there to help me make the big move to WordPress from Blogger and get a custom domain. And, from there on, I was on my own; she being a busy professional, and I being in a hurry!

It did worry me, initially. Working on Blogger for all these years, handling the complicated scenario on WordPress was anything but simple.  I did get all jittery when I saw I just could not cope up with the complex structure of this place. But, you know that saying, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way”? Well, that helped me in driving home the point that setting up the blog was really not rocket science. My blogger friend, Ankita Bhoye who had done the entire “job” herself, inspired me to give it my all.

It was really simple. All I had to do, was look up on the Net and follow the instructions on the videos on YouTube.  And, that’s all I did. Ha ha. Who am I kidding? Frankly, it was really not as simple as that.  There were  moments when I would pull my hair in frustration, shed copious tears at having failed to follow the technical jargon and spoiled things, and being such an utter failure!  But, luckily for me, some things fell into place by fluke, and slowly but steadily I began finding my way through the complex maze and reaching my goal.

And, finally, after all these days of sitting cooped up at home, bent on the keyboard, working feverishly on achieving the desired target, here I am. My old blog, ‘Feelings’ changed over to,’Metanoia’, with a new look. There are a few changes here, as in I have shifted all of my fiction posts to a new fiction blog I created some time ago. I have also included my art work in here and given it the platform it deserved. Erm, do I sound a tad boastful? Forgive me if I do, but reaching the place I have from where I began, I myself hadn’t expected this much of me, and thus the tinge of pride in my words.

Metanoia is an ancient Greek word that means a journey of change in one’s heart, mind and way of life. It is the precise word I was looking for. As human beings, we are constantly evolving; changing with times, and our various experiences; changing towards being a better version of ourselves, and that’s what I want to achieve. That’s what I hope to achieve through my work on my blog and in my life.

Inspiring myself to make changes in me is the reason behind this big leap. I keep my fingers crossed and intend to give it my all. I don’t know what the future will bring with it. All I intend to do is do my best, enjoy the journey and grow as a human being. So, help me God!

I would love to get your feedback and suggestions, considering I am still not very adept at handling the intricacies of the technology needed for this kind of work. It will be of a  great help to me.

Thank you all!

Love,

SHILPA..