My Story

An Introduction to the Blog and the Author

I have a habit. As habits go, I am not really sure whether it is a good one or a bad one. You see it defies being white or black and prefers to be in the grey somewhere. My habit, that is. Not me, I am...let's keep this for later, shall we? For now let's get back to this habit of mine. My habit is to check out the 'About Me' section of any new blog which inspires me. Call me nosy, call me inquisitive. But this is the kind of blog reader I am. Half way through the first post I need to know who writes, clicks and creates all the magic on that blog. I am curious about whether she likes lemon pop or grapefruit sorbet, whether she hearts street theatre or puppet show, whether she has ever walked barefoot in the snow or flown a kite - you know the inane, tiny details which makes a person special. So when it is my turn to write about myself, I do not feel shy. No, no, I am ready with all the details - my life, my likes, my dislikes, my quirkiness - the whole list. Hope it helps you to know me & my blog a little!

Kitchen Karma

Okay let's begin at the very beginning. The name. You know I have been meaning to start a food blog for quite sometime, but somehow 'the name' was eluding me. I did not want just any name ladden with curry or spices or cooking or Indian or even kitchen for that matter. I wanted a cool & interesting name, a name which would stand out in the blog ocean and demand to be read. But 'the name' was nowhere to be found. I did not panic, I did not rush. I let 'the name' be. I knew it would come to me when the time was right. And it came. During a bus ride, while I was dozing, trying to shut out the ruckus created by a bunch of noisy school children, the name Kitchen Karma suddenly floated in and sat on my imagination. It popped in from somewhere, nowhere like an exotic butterfly. Nap forgotten, I sat up a little straight, excited about the possibilities. By the time the bus had climbed the hill and dropped off half of the children, I had my blog with 'the name'. Thus born on London bus route W3 between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace, Kitchen Karma started it's blog life with gusty wails recipes. Giving birth to a blog was easy enough,but helping readers discover it's niche in a cyber world heaving with food blogs a dime a dozen is difficult indeed. The journey is still on and dear reader, Kitchen Karma needs you as much now as it needed you when it was a wee born. 

Being a food blog, Kitchen Karma does recipes. From easy ones for busy professionals to preserving complicated traditional ones and all those which belong somewhere in between. 

You can find a detailed index of all the recipes posted on this blog and Kitchen Karma's Facebook group here. Each recipe, easy or difficult, quick or lengthy, is always, always accompanied by a story. For we believe that food has a socio cultural context and if you take food out of that context it is no longer as enjoyable. So the recipes are ushered in by stories of - cities; travels to far near lands; favourite things; loves, old new; changing seasons; festivals; near dear ones; cherished memories; events; and sometimes the stories are made up just like the ones your grandma told you during your childhood. Kitchen Karma also loves to hear stories. So do not be shy, please do share your story with us. 

My Story

I am the migratory sort, the one who makes home away from home. Occasionally in nearby lands, at present far away. Like in Bangla we would say saat somudra tero nodi paar { seven seas and thirteen rivers away!} To deal with the loneliness of my chosen migratory life, I create stories. Sometimes in my head, sometimes on the paper computer. Stories make me hungry, so then I take refuge in the kitchen and cook up magic. At times I cook the food of my left behind homeland, other times I cook the food of a place I am yet to visit and on special occasions I bake  cakes. I love it when the smell of baking envelopes my home and warms my heart. I drink tea, cup after cup. Green tea, Darjeeling tea, vanilla tea, Indian masala tea. I like reading, word after word, page after page, book after book, non-stop.

I stalk my favourite blogs. I also blog at 'Hold A Thought, Pen It Down'

I am a city girl heart and soul. I currently live in London, a city I can't stop exploring and falling in love with more and more. Also the last couple of years I have been travelling around UK and  Europe quite a bit. Friends have been telling me to start a travel blog. But I am too lazy, so will squeeze in travel stories in Kitchen Karma under Travel Karma. I am fond of home DIYs and arty projects. I am trying to learn photography, but suck at the technical bits. I like hearing from my readers & making new friends. Drop me a line?

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Yours affectionately & sincerely,


Ruplun said...

nice !!!

Ruplun said...


shaggy's said...

Loved your post about Victoria memorial ... :) keep up the good job

Mahua Ghosh said...

Dear Suchi,

You are in inspiration! Truly an inspiration. I have been to your Facebook page and this blog for quite some time, but never commented!!!Your images can always evoke a happy mood inside me!

A big hug

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