Thank You!

High time. It’s high time I acknowledged all the love and appreciation from my co bloggers.

10 whole months into the blogging arena and with it 10 beautiful awards. Every nomination has made me smile and feel so special.
The last months have seen a plethora of accolades acknowledging my work and in effect inspiring me. The little tributes motivate us, enliven our spirits and keep our fire burning. Now, we need to stay inspired in whatever we do.
I mean to accept every beautiful gesture that my fellow bloggers show me, but I had not yet found the right words. I still don’t really have the proper ones, but defer I can no more. I simply realized, You don’t need a good time to say Thank you!

To accept appreciation or praise requires a certain kind of talent. As Angie puts it in very simple words ‘Its an art”. Yes it is.
When bestowed with beautiful compliments, I smile, shift uncomfortably, mumble a few thank yous but feel elated on the inside. In our virtual world, the gesture is limited to words only.

I want to say to all my lovely new friends – a big big thank you. My blogging experience has been this enjoyable mostly because of you guys. I’m learning so much, having fun, reading good write ups, pleasing my family, baking(!!), cooking wonderful new recipes, developing new interests and passions – all thanks to YOU – Sonal, Shobhana, Priya, Anitha, Sheila, Angie, Eva, Dimple, Upaasna, Shankari, Celeste, Elson, Chintal, Anjana, Tanushree and Divya.

Starting with the first one, Shine On, was given to me by 4 bloggers – Sonal , Priya , Anitha, Shobhana


Sheila sent me a lovely Sunshine award a couple of months back –


Dimple welcomed me into her wordpress family award –


Sheila,Angie and Eva thought Liebster was befitting –


Lastly, Upaasna encouraging the under 200 followers, sent me a Liebster discover new blog award –


Playing by the rules, we have to answer a set of questions, I had almost 50 different ones to choose from, so here I am with my set of 10:

  • Describe yourself in 3 words.

Loving, Emotional, Anxious. If you ask my family they will have a very bizarre set. So don’t 😉

  • What is your favorite time of the day?

I have two – early morning, before the world wakes up and evenings when its time to relax, meet friends and watch my child play

  • Name one non food passion.


  • If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Venice, Greece, Italy, Florence – yes Florence!

  • You most favorite cuisine?

Chinese – any time.

  • In a potluck what would you bring?

A dip and probably another appetizer or some main course, but definitely not dessert!

  • Recount special childhood memories about you?

Umm… childhood memories. There are many memories, but let me share a particular trait when I was about 10-13 year old. I was crazy about Indian movies, especially hindi movies. I was so enamoured by them, especially the actresses. So now if you are not familiar with Indian movies you will mostly not really understand the gravity of my antics, but this is what I did. I would temporarily get hypnotised by the latest movie seen and dress according to my latest obsessions.

Once I remember I had watched Sholay and a couple of days later was my uncle’s wedding. I tied my hair to the side(side ponytail types- like how Hema Malini had done in the movie), tried to tie my dupatta(stole) in a very weird way which made my dad flip. He thought his daughter had gone bonkers. Yea, I squirm when I see the pictures, the family has a field day though.

And when Maine Pyar Kiya released, I bugged my mum to get me the white salwar kameez with flowers on one side, which the lead actress wore and released doves(or pigeons?) into the air.
Yes, I got the dress but No, they didn’t get me any birds to fly. Sad.

One more? I got the green lehenga done what Madhuri Dixit wore for the wedding in Hum Aapke Hain Kaun. But the dress was not enough, I wanted my hair to look just like hers and so when my short hair refused to tie in a bun, I forced them into one with at least 15 hair pins on my head.

No, dear readers, I was not mental, just …just a very easily fascinated teenager 🙂

  • Some random facts about you?

In the past 7 years I have lost 4 mobile phones, and spoilt 2. The latest to join the lost phone bandwagon was my 6 month old iphone. Yes friends I lost my iphone. My friends joke, I could write a book on how to lose a phone in a day. The object of pity is the husband. Poor guy. He earns. I lose.

  • If this were your last day to live, how would you like to spend your day?

If I knew I was dying by the end of the day.. well, in most probability, I would get all frantic and worried and start cooking enough to last for the next 7 days for my daughter and husband. I wouldn’t want them to eat out all the time..;)

  • What inspires you?

Life. Life inspires me. When I open my eyes after a good night’s sleep, it is inspiring to be blessed with one more day to live, to make the most, to be happy.

Now for my Nominations:

I take this opportunity in nominating the following 5 wonderful people for the Liebster award:
Rules vary, but this is what I have chosen to do:

  • Nominate 5 to 10 bloggers with less than 200 followers
  • Notify your nominees by posting on their blog
  • Answer the same questions that I have answered.
  • Create 10 questions to ask your nominees.
  • Thank the blogger who presented the award to you and link back to their blog
  1. Shobhana
  2. Elson
  3. Shankari
  4. Tanushree
  5. Divya

WordPress Blogs that I love and visit regularly are –

I am glad to be a part of this incredible group. With all of you in my virtual world, life is just not as it was before. I would love to keep this spirit going! To learn, to share, to read, to laugh, to know that you are appreciated by someone who in all probability will never meet in person, yet is there to read your posts and contribute handsomely. Thank you.


40 thoughts on “Thank You!

  1. Absolutley lovely Namrata, well done on recieving all your lovely awards within 10 months. It is extremely true that we enjoy and support each others blog and without this support we wouldn’t progress ahead. You have wonderful entries on your blog which I always look forward to reading so please continue producing your delightful recipes xxxx

  2. Thank you to you also Namrata for sharing your gorgeous recipes with us and your great stories to go with it! You’re encouragement also keeps my passion for cooking very much alive and I love writing and receiving messages from you. You are an inspiration to me and welcomed me with open arms as I started blogging! Thank you my dear friend for being so kind!
    Much love D xxxx

  3. Yes, Namrata, you have a lovely blog. And I too look forward to reading your posts and seeing your mouthwatering photos! I’m glad that I was able to pass along some awards to you! WOW, 10 in 10 months, that is a great achievement! You are very inspiring to me and many other bloggers! Thank you for all that you do! 🙂

    • Sheila, I think I got 10 in 10 months because my followers are less than 200 🙂 But Thank you. You’re mouthwatering recipes and pictures makes me crave for sweet always.

  4. 10 awards in 10 months! Super! Congratulations on all your awards, Namrata! You are so sweet to think of cooking away your last day so your family could eat healthy for a few more days! You’re a star! I always look forward to your posts for your stories and your recipes and pictures.. keep them coming! 🙂 Hugs.

    • Priya, when ever I go out sans my daughter n husband, I always try to stock their food…so on my last day, cooking frantically for days to come would actually be quite a task 😉 Mostly I’ve decided to come back and haunt them, its easier… haha.

  5. Congrats sweetheart for receiving these rewards (which you totally deserve). You have a lovely blog and i always look forward to your posts. Thanks for nominating me for the Liebster award. Loads of love and hugs. 🙂

  6. Dear Namrata,

    What a beautiful, and encouraging post!!! !10 awards in 10 months is a awesome and enviable record :).. But, you deserve everyone of them. Your style of writing, variety in recipes and the awesome photo make it a lovely blog …

    Thank you so much for giving me the award.. And i look forward to many more awesome posts from you 🙂

    • Thanks Elson, but like said before, 10 in 10 months probably means I got them mainly because my viewership is pretty less. Anyways, the point of awards is to encourage you, to tell you to keep going… so with me it hit the nail right on the head and am so glad you’re inspired by it too.

  7. Omg! Please could you put your Hema Malini, Madhuri Dixit inspired makeovers!… Such a sweet post Namrata, I could not help laughing at all your childhood antics and your comical answers to serious questions. you never shy away from making fun of yourself. The best trait ever. Congratulations on all your awards.

  8. I don’t even know where to begin, my day was going bad in all directions, so logged in for some distraction….my mood is completely turned around now 🙂 Thank you so much for all your kindness and warmth. You have been such a support since I started, Thanks a ton for nominating me for this award.

    And congratulations on all your well deserved awards, your posts always put a smile on my face and your recipes are very inspiring.

    Thank you my friend for uplifting my day 🙂 and I wish you many many many more awards and I look forward to your posts as always 🙂

    • Thanks Shankari. But I know what you mean by some distraction. This medium has given us immense satisfaction. We blog not for others, not for our children or husband or family. This is just for ourselves and I can totally understand when we turn to this ONE thing for some peace. Am so glad I could help life your spirits.

  9. Congratulations Namrata! 10 awards in 10 months is huge & so awesome!!

    Your posts and beautiful write-ups constantly inspire me and I’m so glad to be a part of this virtual group… And movie-inspired outfits!! How cute is that?! I would love to see the pics someday!

    P.S. Can I have your e-mail id? I mailed you on last month but clearly you are not using that id. Thank you!

  10. Great accolades and achievements in just 10 months….Congratulations. wish you luck for many more milestones ahead.
    I have always loved your blog because of your lovely writing, delicious recipes, wonderful photography and will always look forward for more amazing stuffs.
    Thanks so much for nomination, feeling honored and encouraged.

      • Hi dear. How are you? These past days i felt disconnected to our blog niche due to some unexpected reason but i feel now i will be in touch.
        I have accepted your award nomination and linked back to your blog and this article. I feel this will be fine to you. I wanted to have a private conversation with you. Can you please give me your e mail id?

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