It has been exactly a year to the day when a very special forum for Indian women bloggers was founded. I was added by Purba Ray to the group and thought of it as one of the other multiple FB groups that I am a part of. Well, I was wrong, very wrong! The group, a brainchild of Vinita Bahl aka BlogwatiG ( I didn’t know her then seems so difficult to believe now after all the fun, laughter and faceoffs we’ve had :)) has been one of the nicest and most vibrant groups that I have participated in. I have met a bunch of truly fantastic feisty ladies through this group all across the country and abroad. And guess what, we never promote our posts here. So the whole point of staying in the group is for the lively discussions, stimulating shares and opinions, and sisterhood at its best. We fight, we tick each other off, we banter, we jest around, but we are there to provide our shoulders when someone needs them. You are never short on advice and opinion here. And I have been touched by the concern shown by some of the ladies towards me as well as to others when we needed it. There have been times when the conversations can lift up sagging spirits and wipe a tear. Who says, women don’t stand for other women? Well we do!

And on this anniversary, not only did I want to acknowledge the enrichment that Indiblogeshwaris has brought for all of us but also outline that one thing that I’ve done in the past month that I have always wanted to do. Well, I just started a new blog on cooking. It is no secret that I enjoy cooking. It was on my mind for sometime to have a separate space for my foodie exploits. And so, I finally took the plunge. Here is the new blog. Do visit if you enjoy things food:

Rachna cooks

And the Facebook page of the blog isΒ 

I hope you enjoy visiting and do give me your feedback if any.

So here’s to sisterhood, to good times and bad, to camaraderie and to my dear Indiblogeshwaris!

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76 Thoughts on “A group of women, a new beginning!

  1. Ahaa, I had been very curious to know what you have been doing the past month and so, this is it haan? Nice πŸ™‚
    In case you wonder how I am commenting first, well….today I will be online the whole day πŸ˜‰

  2. Muah, Rachna!!! It is one of my most vibrant fb groups…I can always find something interesting…and yes, women do stand up for each other–We know each other is a resource and that we dont always need a man to soldier us–women can soldier us too!!!
    Noted your cooking blog…one of these days will start using your recipes…

    • And if a woman would stand up for another woman in every walk of life, don’t you feel that the world will be able to face its biggest challenges! Love back to you!

  3. You love cooking? Can i apply for the post of a Food Taster?

  4. blogwatig on June 2, 2013 at 10:28 am said:

    Ah, Rachna……………….good on you! I am so glad you took this route and chose to share it with us. This way, we will always have a special place in your life. Good luck on the new venture. You know me and cooking, πŸ˜› But I am looking at some fab recipes coming out from here and who knows, will come to B’lore to taste them too.

    Thank you for the wonderful post and for being the person you are πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Vinita for facilitating a fabulous group of ladies. And thanks for the wishes and warm words. You are most welcome to come home and I promise only to make you eat :-)!

  5. Here is to us ! I am so glad I met you through indiblogeshwaries … And congratulations on Rachna Cooks πŸ˜›

  6. Congratualations on your new cookery blog, Rachna! Heres to many many relishing finger-licking posts from you πŸ™‚

    As for IB, yes its been a wonderful experience being a part of this vibrant group :).

    Beautiful post πŸ™‚

  7. Congrats to all the lovely ladies on the one-year anniversary of IndiBlogeshwaris! And all my best wishes for Rachna Cooks, too.

  8. Waiting eagerly for your posts on the new blog! πŸ™‚

  9. Congratulations! From a larger sisterhood. πŸ™‚

  10. Cool initiative, Rachna, wish you a great start! You’ll find me lurking here often:)

  11. Congrats Rachna.Waiting for yummy recipes from you.

  12. Great article Rachna. Congratulations on your new cooking blog. Way to go πŸ™‚

  13. Echo your sentiments here, Rachna. Who said women don’t stand for each other, indeed? Here’s wishing your cookery blog all the best. I will be subscribing to it right away! πŸ˜€

    • Zephyr, so happy to see your comment. Well, you know how myths go :). Thanks so much for your wishes. My blog is more about experiences with food and simple homestyle cooking — nothing fancy but close to my heart.

  14. I never expected Indiblogeshwaris group to be so interesting! All the best to all of us!

    All the best to your cookery blog!

  15. privytrifles on June 2, 2013 at 6:28 pm said:

    Wow that was some gift for yourself!

    Loved it <3

    Looking forward to some interesting gyan on food too now πŸ˜‰

    Glad to have met you here…

  16. Cant wait to hop over to your food blog. And yes, Happy Anniversary to us

  17. After admiring your great figure.. now I should only eat what you share on your blog πŸ˜‰ Good luck with the new venture Rachna

    • hehe Farida! Oh, I should take some good recipes from you after I read about all the yummy goodies that you keep churning out regularly. Thank you for the wishes!

  18. I do enjoy all things food! Heading over to your new blog to check your recipes πŸ™‚

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  20. My best wishes to all the girls involved in this

  21. Hugs, Rachna! What fun it was to meet yesterday! πŸ™‚ Congratulations on your new blog. Heading over right now!
    Glad we are connected!
    Love, Vidya

    • Yep, it was so much fun. I have a special place in my heart for you, but then you know that already, don’t you? I love the bunch of friends we have at IB and at our fun Bangalore meets too. <3 back!

  22. That’s super cool. This is easily one the best groups ever I have been part of and all thanks to you for that.

  23. Rachna good luck for your food blog I look forward to learn some interesting recipes. Great initiative ladies keep up the good work.

  24. Smita on June 3, 2013 at 11:53 am said:

    IB is a nice group and though am a member there I hardly communicate. I wish I could spend more time there!!!

    Hopping on to ur food blog!

  25. I completely echo your thoughts on IB. We women do stand up for each other. And we soooo need that sometimes.

    Going to your food blog now. πŸ™‚ I am not a ‘healthy’ food person, but maybe I can get inspired. πŸ˜€

  26. That cooking blog is for sure a cool idea Rachana and pretty pic to go with the post πŸ™‚ ! The blog for sure inspired me too in a short span…
    Hav fun and hoping to hav a more gala time ahead

  27. Whoa Rachna! Looking forward to the delicacies from your kitchen!

  28. Hei Rachna,
    I learnt about Indiblogeswaris page through Naba’s blog post and now that I have a clear idea about what it is all about … I wish the entire group a very very happy 1st year and may God keep the group packed with love and care for eachother and it grows with the advent of time .. πŸ™‚ All the Very Best !!
    And Congratulations and all the very best for your new cooking Blog !! Find me around as I am a foody πŸ˜€ .. although now I am more into conti and bland food .. a little helath conscious through out the week .. I leave sunday for the foody inside me who is set free for asking my people to make things for taste buds only !! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much, My say! It is nice to find a place where people rally around and support you even without ever meeting you. I would say Amen to your wishes.
      Welcome to my food blog. And come on, you don’t have to eat bland food to stay healthy :).

  29. Wonderful to have met you through this group. Next time I am in Bangalore…all you food bloggers will invite me home and pamper me silly….I will be the official IndiBlogeshwari taster πŸ˜€

    • It has been a pleasure knowing you, Janu! You are truly a lovely person. You make the effort and you are always so encouraging. Always stay this way. About pampering with food, absolutely done :).

  30. Cheers to a wonderful journey!

    Am equally elated to be in this indie group πŸ™‚

  31. Such a lively group, where the women are never shy about sharing their deepest, darkest fears. Once you are part of Blogeshwaris, stimulating discussions is guaranteed.

    Jai ho, BlogwatiG πŸ˜€

  32. More power to Indian women bloggers! May the fun never ends πŸ™‚
    And a food blog is a huge responsibility. I find it so hard to click pictures of what I cook! Good luck to u πŸ˜€

  33. Cheers to the all women brigade! πŸ™‚
    Hopping over to your food blog…

  34. Been away for a week and off blogging..but you know, I make time to peek in…hehehe…I didn’t know abt this group until Sridevi mentioned the other day….Looks like this is going to be a fun group…and I feel so protected in it, already. πŸ™‚

    • And for some strange reason, I always thought that you were a part of this group. Else I would have added you a long time ago. Anyway, der aaye durust aaye. So, were you on vacation?

  35. You have a cooking blog too?? Never knew…will check them.. I am very silent member of the group..haven’t interacted with anyone….the reason being the usual “no time”….but I would love to come there sometime…..the conversations and comments in the group have never failed to bring a smile on my face! Sometimes, it’s like stress-buster!! Nice tribute to the group!

    • Just started recently Anu and migrated a few relevant posts from this blog to that one. But, you must pitch into the conversations. I must tell you that I did not know anyone in the group when I joined. Once you start participating, you will find others welcoming you with open arms. It is a stress buster!

  36. Congrats on Rachna Cooks. It looks good. IB is an awesome group.

  37. I am feeling left out, add me to Rachna. And congrats on the new blog. πŸ™‚

  38. IB has enriched all our lives in some way or the other, Rachna. And thanks to Vinita… she created a support system that is so strong that we all can fall back upon very confidently.

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