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These days when open letters are so much in fashion, I thought of writing one for my blog. But before I do that I even want to dedicate a song to my blog…which when I hear I always think of my blog. Tere Mere Prem Kahani Hain Mushkil.... (It’s me singing for my blog about the love we share and about the difficulties we are facing) If this leaves a smile on your face…then smile wide as smile takes you a mile…..But the fact is fact. Now coming to the letter,
Dear Yummy Food,
I thought of writing this letter since sometime back, but something or other came creeping in and my letter to you got delayed. Those were the days when I had long empty hours to spend on nothing, no one to chat with with….just empty mind and empty hands. Those were the days when I used my computer to check only mails and wait to answer if any are there….the days when I used to call my mom and sis 10 times a day….saying missing you people….why don’t u come and take me back…the days when I learnt to cook on my own…the days when experimenting and experiencing the meal was the only thing I can do…..then one fine day when I was searching on some songs to download I saw a food link in the sidebar of Google search and from there a new world is born for me…a world full of yummy recipes…from then to today, I have always made it a point to search a simple to new to complicated to authentic to traditional to international recipe before I cook or bake in. Only because I wanted to know what the people around me in the world cook like….Life been so crazy after I discovered food blogs.
Later you (Yummy Food aka Kitchen Flavours) were born. At that time…it was just to pass the time…or to kill the time…or to share my kitchen experiences with my friends and cousins who are scattered all around the globe or to preserve my kitchen records or just to keep my mind and hands engaged. I started to discover new things only because of you. To bring you to life and keep you running was my only motto. It was a fabulous year….With in some days of blogging, I started receiving virtual awards…these pushed me to work more…..I cooked, clicked and cooked, clicked…..life was beautiful. And the good part of all this was I made friends and got a chance to peek into there virtual kitchens….
Those were the days when people (from food world) use to hide there identity. If calling on a Husband or Children they just used initials…..no social networking sites (facebook, twitter, ….)…the only way to interact with them is through there blogs. You can just imagine the face behind the talented blogs. There were virtual cooking events, which has even made my cooking skills sharpen and made me rush to the grocery store for the ingredients required. In the grocery store when someone picks up the unique ingredient like me I always use to think may be she is also a food blogger…shall I ask her or not…? Things like this always there in my mind….So that was the fun part being a blogger (food). No flick or photobucket to upload your pictures and then call it to blog….no picknik or photoshop to trim and trick…..just straight out of camera (SOOC) to computer and then to blog…..life was easy….
Then sitting at my home comfort I peeked into the kitchens of others and by seeing the pictures of the recipes and reading the post I could feel the warmth, aroma, spice and flavour. I was transported into there kitchen to taste it virtually. You can never guess how many times I thought of breaking down the monitor and entering into to hold that piece of cake or something delectable presented by you. Those were the days of regular blogging, the days when people (food blogger buddies) use to make frequent visits to your place to know updates, whether you post a recipe or not. When you are not posting for 2-3 days in a row….they even use to drop a friendly comment or mail in your enquiry. Such a sweet gesture….This gave my heart a feeling of warmth all the time….It’s always good and wonderful to know you are being taken care and you are in the company of loved ones….
Things change and so is the blogging (food)…when there used to be power cuts…I would go nuts over it…I have to think and re think what to do at those times….when my computer was under repair was totally mad thinking how to spend those huge hours….such was my addiction to blog. Now with change pace of my life, being a mom to one year old, double the responsibilities….I still squeeze my time to sit before the computer….to click what ever I made….may it be plain rice with dal or anything simple like that….only because…I don’t want to loose the contact with you.….who were there sharing my time, my life, my kitchen flavours….since 2008…..and I want this to go on because I wanted my little one to know, what her mumma did when she was so small and taking up all her time. I want my little one to know, what I cooked, clicked and did when she was asleep or busy with her toys or biting my hand when I sit before the computer to make a post or even watching TV.
Time changed…life changed…but one thing that did not change till today was the passion I hold for my blog. I groomed it and refined it...learnt more because of it…..made good and beast friends because of it….met new people…..learnt new cultures….One day when my little one grows up to read all this…..may be she will be proud of me….and moreover this is an online virtual dairy with lots and lots of love and warmth to her. I don’t know why but my heart is heavy…. as I close this letter ……..but still there is smile on my lips….as I close this letter….
NOTE: I dedicate this letter to all the lovely people who come to my blog and leave there valuable comments, compliments and suggestions. I owe you a lot. Heartfelt thank you….A visual treat to you all......Recipe in next post......