March 17, 2011

Awards and tags to keep the ball rolling

This is cool. This is fun. Over the last few days, my newfound blogger buddies very thoughtfully and generously shared with me a few of their awards. I was delighted to receive my first lovely blog award from Ria a while back. Recently, I received the same award from each of my lovely blogmates Vimitha, Kirthi, Reshmi, Reshmi, Zareena, Neenu and Fajeeda.
Additionally, Reshmi has shared with me these awards galore:
Last but not the least, I was happy to receive the sisterhood award from the ever lovely Thoma--thanks buddy!

What can I say except a mere--but HUGE thanks to all of you! I feel the same way about you too. You guys are adorable, you have amazing skills and I love your blogs. In the span of almost three months, you have befriended me, taken the time to comment on my posts, and encouraged me to do better. It's truly an enjoyable experience and it makes me smile!

Apparently, a mere thank you is not enough. Per rules, I have to:

1. Accept the award, post it in my blog with the name of the blogger (plus url of the blog).
2. Share 7 things about myself since I was tagged.
2. Pass it on to 15 other blogger friends, to keep the ball rolling.
3. Let the nominated blogger know about their award (leave a comment in their most recent post).

You know, when I read the part about sharing personal info, I was like “Oh man, there’s no way I’m gonna do this!". Later, when I convinced myself that this was fun and I could hop in, I decided to keep it simple. But, in an utter turnabout of my earlier feelings I'm suddenly in a mood to babble. Maybe it’s the flu. Or maybe I’m missing my social connections. Whatever. Here we go:

7 things about me:
1.    Born an Indian, I have lived most my life in the Persian Gulf: Abu-Dhabi before marriage, Qatar after marriage. Currently, I’m living in Qatar with my husband and our two lovely boys.
2.    I enjoy working a lot and I’ve been blessed to work with two of the best organizations across different industries: 5 years in oil and gas (QP) and 4 plus in higher education (Cornell). The best part of my employment was all those incredible people I met through my job. For now, I’ve taken a break from work. 
3.    I’ve schooled in different cities like AbuDhabi, Kochi, Trichur, Coimbatore, not to mention, online at Phoenix. And, cough, I’m enrolled to attend school at SF. There’s more: I’ve studied in Muslim, Christian and Hindu missionary institutions. Yeah, no kidding, missionary indeed!
4.    I’m a great dreamer and I wish to travel to many beautiful places across the globe before I die. Silly me, eh?
5.    Incidentally I’ve done cooking shows on TV and now I have my own cooking blog – both more by accident than by design! And oh, I hated seeing myself on TV!!
6.    Earlier I used take pictures of friends, family and places and upload it to my FB albums. Now, I’m taking pictures of ingredients and dishes and publishing it in my blog. Interesting, eh?
7.    As for my passions, I have plenty. I love reading and I have a good collection of novels. In fact, I’ve even toyed with the idea of opening a library in Doha. Besides reading, I love listening to music, dancing, painting, writing, photography and anything to do with creativity like fashion designing and interior decoration. Food styling and food photography is my newfound passion and I'm loving the experiments.
8.    I’ve ….  Enough. I’ve to stop doing this. It’s getting silly. I know :P

Now, for the fun part--the award ceremony J Due to technical difficulties, I'm passing on these awards to just 15 people though my initial thought was to share each category with 15 people to give it to as many as I could. I know that it takes a lot of effort to deliver a post and I truly believe that each and everyone of you deserves recognition for your time, passion and dedication.

Okay. I'm delighted to share all the awards plus the tag (oh yea!) with the following people listed in the alpha order:
Judy, Joyce and Silvia (a special note that Joyce is my ex-colleague and dear friend from Cornell)

So, now my friends, the ball is in your court. I hope you take up the challenge, share a bit of yourselves with us and hit it off!! Cheers!


  1. Congrats dear!..and nice knowing about u!
    Smitha's Spicy Flavors

  2. Glad to know more about u...Congrats on ur awards..

  3. congrats.... nicce knowing more about u..

  4. Congrats Sweetheart!!! great knowing more about u!!!

  5. Congrats for the award....Nice to just wonderful facts about u :).....All the best for future

  6. Hey Nash, you have done cooking shows in TV? That is new to us. Great job dear. Glad to know about you.

  7. Wow.. thats a lot of awards and you really deserve it :) Congratssss

    It was so good to know about you and the points are cute indeed :)

    Thank you so much to have shared it with me. I'm jumping in joy and really happy to have got the awards from you :) Big hug to you :)

  8. to begin with...i've never come across anyone getting so many awards together...i'm sure you rigged the jury ;P

    thank you so much...and congrats to you too! you got to gimme time to do this coz i want to do this differently...

    finally five years in one unit, four in another, two boys...that brings me to the forbidden old are you? :P

  9. Great to know more about you..congrats on your awards:)

  10. Happy to know about u !! Congrats on ur awards !! wish u many more !! Keep Rocking !!

  11. Oooh! So many lovely awards and congratulations. You have done TV shows, wow! that's great. Good to know about a few things in your life. Thank you so much for sharing these awards, will surely post it.

  12. Congrats on all the awards dear... and great to know more abt you...

  13. Congratulations on your awards!! May you get many more too.. You deserve them !! :-)

  14. Congratulations on ur award an sure u will recieve more in future.

  15. Congrats dear...Happy to know about you...

  16. Congrats dear and heaps more - Thanks for sharing so generously - I particularly love the sisterhood one -first of the kind I am receiving - ELATED :)
    Hugs aplenty - Priya

  17. Congrats on your well deserved awards.It was nice knowing more about you.

  18. Wow congrats for these awards... thanks for passing it to me :) u have wonderful and delicious space :) Happy to follow u :)

  19. Congrats on ur award...

  20. congrats on so many awards

  21. Congrats Nash... They are all well-deserved! Thanks for passing it on to me.

  22. Happy Holi!!!! what a beautiful pic...

  23. Hey girls, thanks a bunch for your wholehearted support and wishes. You are wonderful, hugs to you.

    Zareena, yes, that was on Kairali TV. I've not posted those recipes here yet--how bad is that!!? age Thoma..?!! That's for me to know and you to guess..!! lol. Hey you charging me of vote-rigging huh, fancy that! Wait until you post your awards, I'll take my public revenge then...;P

  24. Nashi, thanks for the Award and the special mention. I thought I'd already put in a comment thanking you for the award..... guess am getting too old :(:(. Anyways from Syl, Joyce and meself...thanks a bunch and we really appreciate your support to our food blog. Our best wishes are with you always.

  25. Hey dear congratulations and thanks for passing on the awards. Really nice to know more about you, fascinating to hear you did cooking shows on TV (maybe I can google an episode video :)

    US Masala

  26. Judy dear, thanks! I'm more than glad to promote such a wonderful blog like yours -- you deserve the greatest praise for your effortless cooking and baking skills among others! Your support was an enormous uplift when I started this journey three months back..:)

    Hey Aipi, it's a shame that you'll not be able to google the episodes.....;) lol. In all honesty, though this sounds weird, I'm glad it's not online...!


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♥ Nashi