Wednesday, April 18, 2018

A VERY exciting slightly INSANE announcement! (Read to believe!)

I am entering the blogging #BlogchatterA2Z blog through April Challenge

Yes I am VERY late.

Yes I am most definitely insane!

But I haven’t been able to stop thinking of it. So I am going to do it.

I’ve been wanting to get back to blogging – the live-my-food-life-on-my-blog type of blogging. I have also been wanting to lose myself in a subject. And then this A2Z challenge caught my eye, and had me obsessed. And then the folks at Blogchatter got in touch to ask me to be part of #FBChatter their series of Live Panel Discussions. Namely one on 'Food Writing in India' along with my long-time friend, food blogger Kalyan Karmakar of Finely Chopped and hosted and moderated beautifully by a newer blogger friend Anindya Basu of Pikturenama who I have followed keenly since I discovered him last year. The session, our conversations, the memories it evoked and the audience participation is really what finally got me truly going on this.

I am late starting because I was looking for inspiration. Then #AacharDay came along… and I finally found it in Achaars when I started gearing up for Achaar Day (portentous since my career in food writing began with a blogpost on Achaars 15 years ago- talk about coming full circle!) And then I had to put content together to see if I had enough to start with because I had to catch up halfway through. Well 15 years of writing stood by me, I did! And like the best pickles, it all fermented together and here we are!

"What is this Blogging From A to Z Challenge you ask?"
And I thought I was THE LAST ONE to find out about it!

The blogging A2Z April Challenge started in 2010 and has been growing each year. Blogchatter does #BlogchatterA2Z. It basically calls for bloggers that participate to post a blogpost every week-day in April, inspired by a letter of the alphabet (hence the A to Z!) In normal circumstances Sundays are off (but not for me seeing as I am JUST starting). Ideally at the end of April one would have 26 blog posts, one per letter of the alphabet!

The theme I have picked is A-Z of Achaar! Look forward to my trip through the pickle jars of the world as I lose myself in mangoes, chillies, jars, vinegar, fermentation, making, tasting, cooking and God alone knows what else… (I promise I am far more sorted than this sounds…) There will be essays, recipes, #Foodles, trivia, memories, histories and if I get high enough on pickles maybe a stray poem or fiction piece too!

So... off we go! With the hope that this will get me back into my favourite aspect of my life, blogging and writing regularly (too many unfinished posts have languished to unread death in my computer), will help me write faster and with greater self-discipline (something I forgot along the way) and hopefully find new blogger friends and blogs to read! And maybe at the end of it I’ll make an e-book on Achaars or something because I so want to write another book… BUT I will stop here (lets leave that for when I get to that bridge!) 

See you on the other side! 



Madhushree Basu Roy said...

Omg. Can't wait to follow up with this challenge. All the best. What I really look forward to is your plethora of food knowledge and writing and not to forget, some great recipes.

Anindya said...

Wishing you all the best Rushina. Thanks for your kind comments and am humbled that you like and follow my blog