Monday, March 3, 2014

Celebrating 5yrs of Sharmis Passions!

Thank you for the overwhelming response...I received about 100 mails and each one of them unique in its own way - I loved reading each one of them and few were so touching that it even brought tears in my eyes yes tears of joy...A Biiiiiig thanks for taking time to stop by and appreciate the work I do....that will sure keep me going!!

Though I couldnt reply to them individually right now, I will surely take time and reply to them.
Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner as I had been tied up with back to back commitments both on blogging and personal front.

Now let me tell you how I selected the winners or I should say we selected :) I took almost 20 days to go through 100 mails as I wanted to take time reading each mail.
I then selected 30 mails out of them and passed it on to hubby to select the final 2 winners but finally we decided that we should go on with 3 winners and with no further delays let me announce the winners :

I - Sharanya (csl.sharanya@gmail.com) - Borosil Gourmet Cook & Serve
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II - Priya Nicholas (priyanic7@gmail.com) - Borosil Gourmet Cook & Store
II - Farida (faridaalihussain96@gmail.com) - Borosil Gourmet Cook& Store
Yes this is the gourmetware which I have used for cooking in many posts....You can buy them online in borosil website.

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I am sure you must have seen them in my stepwise pictures the glassware I used in my garlic rasam,pepper rasam and many other posts too.....It can be used both in oven and stovetop.I personally love them and had been enquired by many readers so selected it for the giveway.

Congrats to the winners! Please send me your postal mail address to my mail id : sharmispassions@gmail.com so that I can send in your gifts :)

Happy Birthday to my little space!!
Celebrating 5yrs of Sharmis Passions!
Cant believe myself its been 5 yrs since I entered this world of blogging....It is sure a fun and roller coaster ride right from day1. Apart from being just a blog,it has changed my life sure in a better way. It has given me an identity too.This space has become a integral part of me these days and you know that already right?!

How did it all begin ?! : Back in 2009 when I had mittu in me :) I was looking for some respite from my day IT job and thats when food blogging was introduced to me.Blogging was not new to me as I already had a personal blog named 'My Scribblings'(a private one) ......Once when I was searching for a recipe and that lead me to world of food blogging and I loved the idea too...Cooking, clicking and sharing recipes online....I went crazy browsing and exploring many new blogs each day. The blogging custom of exchanging comments earned me many friends all over the world....few became very close too that we share our regular updates though chats online / phone.

There were days when I used to shop for ingredients on my way back home from office to try new recipes and click them....At that time I wasn't even aware that food photographs should be clicked only in daylight....
Slowly I started learning through fellow bloggers and many online tutorials. When I was back to office after my maternity leave, my blog had a new look(a theme change) and few drafted posts too.After I joined back work, life wasnt easy at all to get my passion get going....clicking on weekends was the only option for me though I did few clicks in the weekday mornings.

I moved sharmispassions to my own domain in 2010....It took almost 2 weeks for me to get convinced to go ahead with this name for .com....I was with around 20 names to shortlist....but then finally I felt this name was my identity in this blog world and wanted it to remain the same on any means...so went ahead with it.

Life was going busy thats when hubby got a offer in Coimbatore and that was one of my dreams come true to get settled in my hometown.When we shifted to CBE in Sep 2010, I took almost a yr from my IT job break to settle the new house and I utilised that time to the fullest in shaping up sharmispassions. Hubby got me a DSLR in 2011.How can I forget to mention about the many props I have bought and still buying all these yrs....the wardrobe has already started overflowing....I go crazy when I see props and I pick them from where ever I go....I have a little story associated with each prop of mine.. :) All thanks to my family for patiently waiting till I shop for props even when we are holidaying :)

I took up my new job in 2011 in an IT firm here and worked for a yr....When mittu was ready for schooling, she demanded me by her side and that's when I had to take the decision, a decision which was really tough.
I am sure when I turn back over the years, I would be happy for the decision I've made. Yes I quit my job permanently in 2012 and decided to be a fulltime mother and to run behind my passions.Even when the opportunities were more, when it comes to my lil one, she overrules everything and her happiness is more precious than anything else...... as to any mother :) Now thats the only weapon I have to threaten mittu whenever she is out of control.....When I say I will join back office, she will go wild.

I also took up the Project 365 challenge for the year 2012 and successfully completed it

Now its been 2 yrs since I left my job and I am happy with what I do now as I dont get tired or bored or not even stressed as the job I have taken for myself now is the one I love the most.....Cooking and Clicking!!

When people and friends say I feel hungry when I see your pics...and that makes my day! :)
You can check out the media mentions page where me and this little space has been featured into..
Thank you so much for all the warm support you all have given me, the generous comments and appreciations through mails and FB messages about my cooking and photography that motivates and encourages me so much!
Thank You!!
  • I strongly believe that there is always a silent driving force in each and every action I do....I still deem that Appa is the icon of all good things happening around me and all these are his showers of blessing even in his physical absence.
  • Special thanks to AMMA who is my inspiration for cooking......without her struggle all alone to bring me up, I wouldnt have been in the place where I am now.
  • And to hubby who is my best critic and main supporter for this space apart from being tester/taster for all my experiments :) Right from the simple ingredient to the exotic ones,the props....his search would never end though I say lets leave it....He travels the extra mile to make me happy...:)
  • And mittu as you all know she is the sole reason for the birth of this space.
  • And to my best friends Sathya & Sowmya.....who jumps with me in joy even on a small achievement in the site,encourages me whenever I am down,motivates me to do more...
  • Thanks to all my relatives and friends for the consistent motivation!
  • And Million Thanks to all you friends and readers who have made this space a success!!
Now finally to the giveaway part : Announcing my first giveaway for this year 2014!
A surprise gift to 2 readers.......So what you have to do to win the giveaway?!
Mail me here at : sharmispassions@gmail.com
1.A reason why you like Sharmis Passions and
2.A suggestion you would love to see in this space...
Thats all!
You can write stories(yes I love to read them) or just 2 points in crisp....its your choice
Results will be announced in April 1 week.

Through these 5 yrs....I have had happy,tough,exciting,fun and fearing times....taking all these as experiences my journey continues.....with the same joy, happiness, excitement and thrill which I had on day1 of starting this space. Stepping into the 6th year with all your support , encouragement and wishes!

OMG....I always have great struggle writing the 4 line intro for each post and here I am with such a long story....Blogging has sure brought many changes in me! :)


Written by: SHARMILEE J

83 comments:

  1. Congrats Sharmi!! Waiting to see more and more recipes fr ur space. Today I hv tried ur chocolate peas. Came out really well. Me too celebrating ur anniversary with that pedas. Simple and easy to make recipes really attract to ur site almost everyday.

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  2. Congratulations and wishing you celebrate many more successful years!!

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  3. Congratulations and continue to share your good work to the world and make plenty of taste buds happy!! Happy blogging!!

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  4. Aww!! So beautiful.. Thanks to you helping becoming better cook.. U r a star!!!!

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  5. Happy blogging Sharmi..... Love ur recipes.... Keep posting more and more..... Love VANITHA

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  6. Congrats!! Many More Happy years of blogging :)

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  7. Congratulations!!!! All the best for future years!!! u are really an inspiration sharmi...... ur blog is super!!!!!

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  8. love ur blog! been a silent reader!

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  9. Congards Sharmi mam..Happy Blogging..My sincere prayers for wonderful years of blogging:):)

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  10. Congrats. Keep going. All the very best

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  11. Congrats sharmi.. I am reading your blog for past two months. It really improves my cooking. I love your photos of the step by step cooking which helps us to cook better. Thanks a lot and all the very best..

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  12. Congrats Sharmi :) Your blog is a world of recipes for a many moms and working women out there.

    May many such more blog anniversary come your way :)

    Also I tried your Cilantro Almond pesto pasta and it came out superb :) A lot of thanks from me n my hubby :)

    Regards
    Pooja

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  13. Great Sharmi. Keep up this great work

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  14. congrats sharmi and more to come :)

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  16. great sharmi.... keep rocking for long more years.... congrats.... :)

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  17. I have never left a comment for your recipes... Sorry for that.. Following couple of your recipes.. Will definitely leave comments going fwd.... Great job sharmi. I try it or not if has become a habit for me each day to check your website the moment I wake up.... Perfection to the core... May god bless you and your family...

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  18. Congrats....continue cooking,clicking,sharing too......

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  19. Congrats Sharmi... Great goin... Keep Rocking...

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  20. Happy birthday sharmispassion.com. wishing you many more birthdays in the years ahead

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  21. Congrats Sharmi... Its just been couple of months I was browsing for oats recipes and found your site. Great blog..... Superb clicks attracted me... Now that to decide what to cook.... I just browse your blog :)..... Keep rocking ....good luck.

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  22. Congrats sharmi... Good recipes...superb clicks... Keep rocking.... All the best.

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  23. Congrats Sharmi.. and happy blogging with much more recipes.

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  24. Congrats Sharmi! Hope to have many such anniversaries for your blog.
    Deepa

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  25. Congrats and wishes for many more ,sharmi

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  26. congrats and best wishes for the upcoming years :)

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  27. congrats and keep posting with more recipes

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  28. Great job sharmi...Congrats, way to go....And yes u r right, our blog has become a part in our life..Keep blogging, and keep up your passion always, never put it down..

    Love your new header design too..

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  29. Omg, 5years of blogging thats really a very big milestone, loved going through ur detailed intro and am very happy to see all the efforts you have put to make this space as a guide and reference of recipes for many people whoever gone through your space Sharmi, no doubt am a big fan of yours since ever i started following you. Keep on rocking gal, am sure Mittu will be definitely very proud of you for leaving your job just for her when she will be happen to read this post..Congrats n wishing you many more beautiful years of blogging in this virtual world.

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  30. Congratulations Sharmi :) You are doing Awesome !!And All the best
    Sindhu

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  31. Wonderful job sharmi...all the very best!

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  32. Just a word about u "Awesome" .... keep going .. u r so Inspiring

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  33. Congrats Sharmi!Wishing you many more such happy milestone :)

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  34. Congrats Sharmi..Keep going...

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  35. Congrats Sharmi...Keep going...

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  36. congrats Sharmi...long way to go.... keep on rocking as u do always.... u deserve the credit for my cooking in my family..a special thanks for that.... All the best ...

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  37. Congrats.. superb.. All the best..

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  38. Hearty Congratulations akka...Please check ur mail akka...

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  39. Congratulations !!!!
    Me - a fan of your blog & your passions ( cooking n clicking ). Have tried many recipes from your blog and still continue to do so. Keep up the good....nah....'fantastic' work & wishing you many more successful years ahead.....
    :)

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  40. Congrats!!!! Sharmi keep rocking.....

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  41. Congrats Sharmi. Keep up the good work

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  42. congrats sharmi.all the best for ur blogging in future.keep rocking.

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  43. belated happy birthdaysharmipassion.....
    wish you more sucess wid fanstc recipies .ur blog lover for ever.....

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  44. I love you and your blog. You are an great inspiration to many. Keep rocking

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  45. Wish you many more wonderful years of blogging Sharmi.

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  46. congrats sharmi.. love ur space.. appreciate ur hard work.. god bless.. may u reach much more heights.. :)

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  47. Congrats! Keep rocking. I am from Coimbatore too :)

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  48. Congratulations! I hope my blog will still be around five years from now. It's a very fickle and taxing hobby but so worth it in terms of self empowerment!

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  49. Hi congrats. HV been following ur blog in recent times and it has helped me a lot!!!

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  50. Congrats sharmi and you are my inspiration in food photography. Keep rocking.

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  51. Hi congrats!!!! I hv been following ur blog in recent times and it has been very useful to me!!!! Thx

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  52. Happy Blogging Anniversary!!!! May have many more happy anniversaries!!!!! Keep Rocking Sharmi!!!!!!!!!

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  53. Hearty Congratulations! Before making any new recipa, you blog has become an important reference. Thanks & keep going!

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  54. Congratulations Sharmi! Here's wishing you more success and joy.

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  55. Cogratulations Sharmi and best wishes for next 20 years : ))
    Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    I LOVE your blog because there is NO receipe here which I feel I cannot make. YOU have given this confidence, when you post a recipe I feel I can also make it. Your eggless cakes are my favorites and please post new receipe soon. Regards and best wishes to your family and Mittu also, she is the real motivator behind the recipes we love.

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  56. Hey sharmi!!!! Many congratulations on completing 5 yrs!!! Thanks to your wonderful (tooo small word for the kind of work you are doing) blog, im able to make many delicious recipe for my family who thoroughly enjoy it... thanks a ton.... wishing many many more years to come!!!

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  57. Congratulations Sharmi! Wish you many more successful yrs...keep rocking :)

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  58. Wish you to celebrate golden annivesary.. keep rocking

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  59. Congratulations! Love your recipes, keep rocking.

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  60. Wonderful to read this and All the very best Sharmi ! You have a great perseverance which can take you heights ! Keep up the momentum .

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  61. Wonderful and All the Best Sharmi .! You have a lot of perseverance , which can take you heights . Congrats and Best Wishes.

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  62. Love ur recipes and ur passion. It is great. Congrats n best wishes

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  63. Congrats Sharmi! Best wishes!

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  64. Many congratz on this remarkable milestone,though I have heard a lot about you many times,today I read a few recipes of yours and I am quite amazed,keep up the good work

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