Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A BIG blogging break, awards and a heartfelt Thank You!

I started the blog when I was feeling particularly friendless and lonely. I was looking for work and not having a lot of luck with the process and feeling utterly directionless. I envied the easy camaraderie dedicated bloggers had with each other, the comfort they shared in knowing each other's virtual identities, being a part of their virtual worlds. I read about the Arusavai Friendship Chain on several blogs and was truly astounded at how we are all unified in just craving just a bit of human company...with people who 'get' us, who share our passions, our hopes, revel in something as simple as a cake well baked. I miss talking food...simply because I don't have a lot of people in my immediate circle who would obsess for hours on the perfect recipe for bread. Starting the blog gave me a chance to do just that.

I felt like I walked into a roomful of my besties...a total warm and fuzzy place! Thanks to Divya, Sudeshna, Priti, Laavanya, Sheetal, Madhavi and others.

Then as I got a little busy, I ignored the blog, my baby. Tomorrow, I will update the blog, I would tell myself. Wake up at odd hours to try and write, and then give it up to surf (It's truly pathetic, my addiction to surfing, I tell ya!)

Like some angsty teenager, I convinced myself 'nobody cares'...till Priti jolted me out of my slumber...Sudeshna bestowed a couple of awards. The blog begged to be updated, the awards wanted to visit other blogs and I just wanted my warm fuzzies again.

So now I make a solemn vow that this the longest break the blog will ever get, may the keys of keyboard grow weary with strain, may the clackity-clack annoy the husband into sleeping on the couch, may years of archives build up, may lazy fingers never stop typing or cooking(like I have choice with the latter!)...long live the bloggers!

So the point of the post, Thank You for all those who read and cared. Much appreciated. Really.

The awards...

Passing on the baton to Sheetal, Madhavi, Laavanya, Divya, Kitchen Flavors, Priti and Tee.



Glad to find you back gal..:-) I said before you write very's flows nice..perhaps how abt starting a blog of your thoughts n stuff ;)...coming back to the Awards .Congrats on yours and thanks for sharing with me..I accept it gladly :) sweet of U. And talking about kinda not able to update my blog or visit any other blogs too..yours is the first blog am visiting after a week or so ..I was surprised to see you msg and immediately open your blog :-)..keep rocking and blogging.

Divya Vikram

Happy to hear from u.Congrats on the award.And thanks for passing it to me..Dont worry about hosting.Just do post when u feel like.Enjoy blogging!


Thanks Priti, what can I do to bring you back to blogging?

Divya, Thanks for the nice words. I do enjoy blogging and esp the interaction.


Dear Manasi, thank you so much for this warm post - truly heartfelt indeed... Nice to hear that you will be back with more regular posts... :) Thank you so much for the awards!

Sheetal Kiran

Welcome back, girlfriend ... looking forward to many, many, many fabulous posts and recipes from you!
This is truly a wonderful post Manasi ... you truly touched me! Thank you very, very much for my first award ... warmest hugs.


Thanks Laavanya, my husband groans every morning when the first links I click are your blog and my other fav cooking blogs :) I am so surprised at the frequency of yoru posts, despite having a kid!

Sheetal, thanks. The 'touched' feeling is mutual...and no, I didn't intend for that to sound dirty :) Hugs all around!


Congratulations on ur award dear :)) and thank you so much for sharin' wid me!!That's so sweet of u :))


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