Gifts, Fame & Awards
You know when many little things seem to pile up into one large chaotic pile and then you feel completely overwhelmed? Happen to you?
Even though I consider myself to be a rather organized person I do have a few of these "pile ups!" Little heaps of to dos, that I pile up to be done on another day. Then when I finally decide to tackle these to dos, I am almost always surprised that the pile is so huge!
Well the time has come for me to tackle my Blog "pile-up". It's been nagging at me for ages. So, in a short series of two installments I share with you my first session of "A Bunch of Stuff!" This one tackles lovely gifts from gorgeous Blogger friends, my 15 minutes of fame and a few awards.
My 15 minutes of fame came from an article published in the New Yorker magazine "The Indian American". Mandira contacted me in December 2006 and asked if she could interview me for the magazine. I was thrilled to bits and agreed. In the same issue (January 2007) another lovely blogger friend of mine was also presented. I was very honored to have shared a place with Sandeepa in the issue. The article featured my Persimmon Spice Cake and shared a few details about my blog. When Mandira sent me the issue (along with a bottle of hot chili sauce and Hersey's chocolate) I was so ecstatic. I ripped open the magazine and did not stop paging till I found the article. I felt a surge of pride and beamed from ear to ear. Fame does that you know? LOL!
Another lovely and dear blogger friend of mine, Pille, sent me a wonderful little parcel recently. In one of her posts I had shown my curiosity about Kama and it did not take long - Pille wrote to me and asked if I would like a little Kama package to try out.
Well here it is! Of course I tried the chocolate first, called kamatahvel. The taste is not so sweet as most chocolates I am familiar with. It was delicious and Tom particularly enjoyed it. Yes! It's all gone. The next thing we are going to try is the kama cereal and I have been making up a few desserts in my head with the Kama flour. Can't wait to share these with you!
Then this week Amanda touched my heart by awarding me not one but two blogging awards! Do I deserve this? Blogging to me started early last year and has become such a wonderful part of my life that I would hate to be without it. Through blogging I have met so many wonderful people, made a few friends, joined an awesome group, made a few more friends, improved my photography skills, found a passion for baking and made many more friends. It's a great life in the Food Blog world!
The Thoughtful Blogger Award is for “those who answer blog comments, emails, and make their visitors feel at home on their blogs. For the people who take others’ feelings into consideration before speaking out and who are kind and courteous. Also for those bloggers who spend so much of their time helping other bloggers design, improve, and fix their sites. This award is for those generous bloggers who think of others.”
The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.”
I'd love to pass these awards to almost all of the people I have met on the Blogesphere, but I think I'd be breaking the rules. So, I've picked out a few bloggers to award these to, as I think they especially deserve them.
Helene of Tartelette
Anita of A Mad Tea Party
Bee & Jai of Jugalbandi
Manisha of Indian Food Rocks
Lisa of Homesick Texan
Kristen of Dine & Dish Blog
I thank you Amanda for this lovely gesture.
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