A milestone achieved and thanks to all my friends for the encouragement and the support. A big thanks to my fellow contributors for helping achieve this milestone. It is hard to believe that a year has passed since we started our blog. I still recall the healthy debate among the family members regarding the title of the blog, the contents etc etc. And 'Chitchatcrossroads' was chosen unanimously as ours was not an exclusive food blog and the title should truly relate to the contents published.
My first blog was about my travel experience to the US, which was a true episode translated into words. This ordeal might have been experienced by many like me and it is to the individual to tackle the situation and come out of it. Although I have made many trips to US since, this ordeal remains and would live with me throughout. Again, the 'Lone Daniya' was about the whole and sole daniya (cilantro) which sprung out, just to encourage me and indeed that was my hand in gardening for the first time too. Gardening is not as simple as just planting a sapling. It requires the care and love almost as raising a child. This Lone daniya made me develop a beautiful indoor garden with about 20 plants adorning my drawing room. My other blog "Ignorance is a bliss" evoked much response as much as 'Platform No.1'. Very often we come across people who play a small role in our moving life and ever remain there, thus making a dent in our hearts. Thus, was this boy selling 'chai' in the Egmore station who I might not meet again, but he has carved a place in my thoughts and reached you all too.
Small poems like the 'LIMIT' and the 'Forget not' were liked by many and happy that it reached out to their hearts. Children, unaware of the parents' feelings, does not often communicate and keeps them under suspense. Those 'two minute' talk or chat would do wonders in their parents' lives. 'Specatular spectacles' and 'Gold facial' brought a smile into many and I personally enjoyed writing my experience at the parlour :) There are times in our lives which brings some sunshine to the routine life. Very often, these are embedded in our daily lives and there is no need to go and look out for those moments, they always exist around us and it is for the individual to watch out for those and enjoy them thoroughtly.
'Sun lover' too was a true experience of the loneliness felt with the weather change. This is quite prominent in the Western countries where there are distinct climate changes. Weather plays an important role in our psyche. Summer and spring brings in cheers and winters bring in solitude alongwith it. It is upto the individual to put on a brave front and overcome any anxiety associated.
As my children are not very conversant in their mother tongue and that made me write 'Mother tongue=Native language=???' which was chosen as the 'Tangy Tuesday pick' by Blogadda.com. Many of my frends were able to relate themselves to the story of 'My friend Kamala' and am sure there is a Kamala in most of our lives. 'Advertisement and the wonder years' brought back nostalgic memories to many of us as we all reach out to ads and simply love them. My bloglist would not be complete if I do not mention about the four parts on 'Pranayamam and its benefits' by my husband which I hope would have benefitted many of my blogger friends.
When it came to the recipes, most of them were home cooked on a routine basis, but some were delicacies and it is a norm now to ask my children if they had clicked enough of the new dishes they prepare :):)Learning the art of perfect photography too, thanks to blogging again.
That was a short glimpse of our journey of 365 days. Of course, acquired tons of friends during the journey and now blogging has become a daily feature in our lives. This has gone to such an extent that if I do not get a comment from a regular visitor, I start wondering what is happening and why they have not commented:):)
Happy Blogging!!!!!!!!"A milestone passed, new things begun, dreams as shining as the sun, a goal achieved, a victory won!!!!! - Unknown