June 26, 2013

Celebrating 7 years of Ahaar with a Giveaway

Ahaar is turning seven this month. Gosh, how has time flown by! And after all these years, I have some updates on the blog. It has taken me seven years to add a "About us" page to the blog. But it has one now. It also has its own Recipe Index. The recipe index is by no means complete, I have to add seven years worth of recipes. But they are coming.

When I started getting the recipe index, it got me thinking about the first days. When I had just started blogging I wasn't sure I would last a year. How can anyone keep writing for so long and who will come to read my blog? Despite my fears, I persisted and slowly I gained confidence. I had a few visitors in the early days. Engaging in a conversation with other foodies helped. And as time went by, I was engrossed in this food community, where I have formed friendships, and learned so much from.

I did some time travel and went back to the beginning. I wanted to see what was I blogging about in the first month of existence and who were the first visitors on Ahaar. This exercise was a blast from the past!

I had 15 posts in the first month! I was certainly enthusiastic. From salad,to khichudi, from pasta, to lamb curry, I had posted them all.

Who was commenting on these posts in the early days? Who engaged with me on food conversations? It was interesting to go back and see. There were a few bloggers, some who were anonymous and some were friends. Some of the bloggers don't blog as often, but some are still going strong.


In no particular order, here are the first few visitors:
1. Sqrlta - my friend who now tweets under the same name. Both of us were housemates and shared food often.
2. Indira of Mahanandi - her beautiful food pictures encouraged me to start my own food blog.
3. Archana of Spicyana - she was one of the first visitors and so generous with her time helping me figure out the html world.
4. Poppy Dey - she was one of the first Bengali reader and not always an encouraging one. She would nitpick my recipes and even has a rhyme criticing one of them.  She has resurfaced and nothing has changed. Taking her off my list right now.
5. Manisha of Indian Food Rocks - she was one of the first to engage in a food conversation. She asked me "what do you put in your garam masala"?

Giveaway for 7th
To celebrate 7th blogoversary I am doing a giveaway for the first time. I have come to cherish this space and all the connections and friendships I have made over the years and it's time to celebrate some. What better way to celebrate the blog than by celebrating fellow blogger Bong Mom's Cookbook newly published book by the same name.

Giveaway for 7th
She has become a friend over the years and even though I haven't met her yet, I feel close through her writing which is as evocative as her recipes.

And along with the book, there is a amazon gift card to be had as well.

Giveaway for 7th

So one lucky winner will get a newly minted copy of Bong Mom's Cookbook and 
a $20 e- giftcard from Amazon! 

I will ship the book and the gift card anywhere so don't hold yourself back.

You don't have to follow, or like, or subscribe to Ahaar. But it would be good if you did! You do have to comment and tell me something about you. Leave me a comment. I will do a winner's drawing in 3 weeks time.

Thank you for your love and friendship, we love you back!

64 comments:

  1. Congratulations Mandira!! Quite a feat must say..
    love,
    Durga

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  2. First of all I would like to congratulate you to achieve this milestone...Huh! 7 long years of blogging...It is really an inspiration for a newbie like me.....I am Amrita and my blog name is Motions and Emotions (accessiblediary.blogspot.in/).My blog contains various recipes apart from that some thoughts and few travelling experiences...I am a medical writer by profession and cook by choice...So when both the passions came together I created my blog where I share my experiences in kitchen and some of my thoughts through writing...Thats all about me...Thank you for your patience & reading this big comment :) Happy blogging for many more years...

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    1. Thanks Amrita, isn't it wonderful that blogging provides the space to combine our passions?

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  3. Congratulations Mandira, and happy Birthday to Ahaar! I've been reading your blog for several years and always enjoy your voice, and the home-style recipes.

    Now what can I tell you about myself? :) I'm enjoying life in my new home and in a new state, nervous and excited about the hot and sultry summer here, and these days I am learning to sew and quilt.

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    1. Thanks Nupur! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your sewing and quilting on your blog. I treasure these friendships we've formed over blogging.

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  4. Congratulations Mandira, seven years sounds like a looong journey, but for you I am sure it all flew by :-) You know you were the first Bengali blogger to befrind me when I was just starting :-) Here's wishing you a happening and happy journey in the blog world!

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    1. Was I really? Reading your blog and your FB page is so much fun. Really enjoyed the series your did from India recently.

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  5. Congrats Mandira. 7 years is a long time and enjoyed reading your posts ever since I found this beautiful space of yours. wish Ahaar a very happy b'day and longer journey in the coming years.

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  6. wow, 7 years!! congratulations Mandira. thank you for your generosity in sharing! I am a new reader as you know and thrilled to find your treasure trove of recipes. wish you the very best and hope for many more successful years to come!
    about me.. well, what can i say! i love reading, i enjoy cooking, i like spending time with my family and friends, and thrilled to have been able to recently pick up new(for me) skill sets like swimming and ice skating. life is good :)

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    1. Thanks Nisha. I would love to learn ice-skating. It's on my to do list.

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  7. Congratulations on completing seven years! I started cooking seriously only after I came to the US and I've relied almost entirely on bloggers like you to teach me the ropes in the kitchen. Here's wishing you all the best for many more years of food blogging!

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    1. Thank you! It makes my day to hear from you that you've used recipes from Ahaar and liked them.

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  8. Congrats Mandhira, 7years of blogging omg thats a big number for me, wishing you many more beautiful years of blogging like this in this virtual world,keep rocking.

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  9. Hello, I love Bong Food, the mithai especially :) Please consider me for the give away

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    1. Thanks H, will do. Would have been great to get a name :)

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  10. Congratulations!!! Seven years of dedication is not a small achievement. I am not a regular visitor of your blog but do stop by when I need authentic recipes.

    I am a food blogger (rather new, 9 months old) and love good food. I try to cook everything in an authentic way (as close as possible in an US kitchen). My most prized possession is my shil nora and love freshly ground spices.

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    1. Shil nora! Wow, haven't been able to get one in the US. It's mostly coffee grinder, and haman dista for me.

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  11. congrats...7 years of blogging is a big number...wish you many more years of happy blogging!!

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  12. Dear Mandira
    Congratulations. I feel so good.
    Just came here to congratulate you after reading it at Bong Mom on FB.
    It is time for me to start cooking again from your blog ..
    have a nice weekend

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  13. Sayantan Dey12:05 AM

    Lucrative offer indeed .. Bong Mom's cookbook is a true gem for anyone who appreciates the cooking inspired by a personality. My knack in cooking got me Master Chef title from my friends and ever since I have been the torch bearer of all parties in our friend circle. Living in America opened my mind to all types of cuisines and am happy most of them make a niche around my wok. My recent interest for authentic bengali cuisine brought me to your's and Sandeepa's blog. I thank both of you for securing my ties to bangali food.
    I would love to talk food to both of you one day. Till then about me and my food all I can say is my foods are relaxed and casual ... which reflects my personality more than my inspirations !!! Bhalo thakben :)

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    1. Would love that Syantan, talk food that is. Great to connect with you.

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    2. Sayantan Dey2:03 AM

      Looking forward to that ... :)

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  14. Wow, congratulations Mandira. How could I have missed your blog! Just came to know about it from the Bong Mom's news feeds. So, rest assured you have gained another visitor in me. I am not a food blogger but I ardently follow a few food blogs for good recipes and even better anecdotes attached with them.
    I am an aspiring author, a blogger, an editor and a book reviewer. To top it all, I am a Bengali passionate about both her fiction and food.
    All the luck for your blog in future.

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    1. Thanks Priyanka! Looking forward to connecting with you.

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  15. First of all I would like to congratulate you to achieve this milestone. 7 years of blogging not a matter of joke. Wishing you the very best and hope for many more successful years to come! It is really an inspiration for me. I am Chandrani Banerjee and my blog name is Cuisine Delights (http://cuisinedelights.blogspot.in/)
    My blog contains various collection of healthy and delicious Bengali and other Indian recipes,veg and non-veg dishes all tried and perfected in my kitchen and tasted by my family. I love to try new Bengali recipes from your blog and sandeepa’s blog. I thank both of you to share new recipes.

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  16. Congratulations on seven years of blogging! Quite a huge achievement and one to be proud of :))

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  17. Congratulations, Mandira, and I enjoyed reading this post.

    I'm here to wish you, not for the giveaway. Keep blogging!

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  18. Congratulations Mandira for seven successful & yummilicious years in the world of food blogging!

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  19. Very proud to be associated with Ahaar and find a place in its birthday celebration. Just wrote about this on FB. Wishing many many more years of blogging to you, A and Ahaar.

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    1. Thanks Bong Mom, having friends like you has been the most wonderful part of blogging.

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  20. Congratulations Mandira, thanks for the wonderful recipes, I learnt the 'Sai Bhaji' recipe from your blog long back and it has been a success always.
    - Rima Sengupta

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    1. Thanks Rima, we love 'sai bhaji' here too. :)

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  21. Congratulations. 7yrs...simply wow. I'm very new to the world of blogging, about a year, going to celebrate my first year end of this month. I cook from everyday Bengali dishes to pasta and pizza to keep up with the demanding 6 yr old at home. People like you have inspired us to start our blog. Again a big congratulation on this big day. Happy blogging.

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    1. Thanks Chitrangada. Looking forward to seeing more of your recipes.

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  22. Congratulations, dear Mandira. Time just flies! It seems like yesterday. Wishing you many more successful food blogging years. Happy anniversary. :)

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  23. Mandira, Congratulations and many hugs. I cherish that time, the love, the support and the sense of togetherness we all shared back then. Here is wishing you many many more and I hope you will soon put it all together in a book ! Good luck !

    Archana from Spicyana

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    1. Thanks Archana. So glad to see you here again!

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  24. Hi Mandira,
    Congratulation! 7 years of blogging is quite an achievement!! Food blogs have opened a new world of sharing and learning for many of us including a working mom like me who only learned to cook after marriage. I have visited your page before (w/t knowing the blogger behind) and made a few dishes including GAJAR KA HALWA. Best wishes and happy blogging.

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  25. Love Ahaar and love you Mandira. :-)
    Congrats and wishing you many,many more wonderful posts!

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  26. Congratulations Mandira! Seven years! We readers have been lucky to have so many good food blogs to follow. I have quietly been following your blog,cooked a number of dishes too ,most of them were great hits at my place.hope to see many more years of blogging from you! And hope you don't stop blogging and disappear suddenly like some do. Here's wishing you all the best.

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    1. Thanks Poornima, I intend to continue blogging. :)

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  27. Wowo congragulations, i am surprised to hear that it is 7 years.

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    1. Thanks Finla, I know it's been a while :)

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  28. Mahua Chaudhuri7:14 PM

    Congratulations Mandira !!!! I have been reading your blog for quite some time now and love how you manage to cook such awesome food with two lil ones around. I have a 4 year old and he keeps me really busy but do like experimenting once in a while when I find time. Please keep blogging and sharing wonderful recipies

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    1. Thanks Mahua. It gets busy and I never get to blog as much as I did before. But I still enjoy it.

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  29. Congrats Mandira on 7 yrs. of blogging....I'm new here, glad to find your blog...I'm on kind of a temp. break mode from blogging, trying to get back.....blogging or no blogging love to cook, bake & eat....& always try to add some crafts to my daily routine....

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  30. This is a message for Poppy Dey. You have resurfaced after many years. Please do not comment here anymore. There are many more bengali blogs with traditional bengali recipes that are more to your liking. I have never claimed to be the most traditional Bengali recipes. I post what I cook. So please stop your policing!

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  31. Dear Mandira,

    I'm glad I got the internet back in time to wish you a Happy Seventh Birthday! I have always loved visiting here, and look forward to being around more often now. Not slipping in at the last minute for a prize, incidentally, only to wish you all the best and say thanks for all the yummy recipes! :)

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  32. Hi, I came here from Sandeepa's Place. Congrats on seven years of blogging. Wow! That's quite a long time :) Been going through your space and I am glad that I came across it :) Happy blogging for many more years!

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  33. Mandira, I'm late to the party but I wanted to wish you anyway. Congratulations on 7 years of blogging! Thank you for the mention. I had no idea I was one of the first! I feel very honored!

    Thank you so much for the inspiration as well as education about Bengali food. I would not have known that my fave pumpkin curry has its roots in kumror chakka, if it hadn't been for you!

    I am so glad you are still blogging. I want to make the chorchori you posted the other day but the bitter melons in the local market aren't particularly inviting nor do the bitter melons in my veggie patch show any signs of growing! I will have to make a trip to the Asian grocery store, I think.

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Hello and welcome to Ahaar. We have been cooking and posting recipes for more than 6 years now. I love to hear from you, all your comments and feedback. Please keep it coming. I will also try to answer any questions you have in the comments.

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