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27 February, 2015

Blogging Marathon Meet #50!!

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Welcome!

BM#50,the milestone 
we were waiting for has finally come
this month!!
But what is BM? BM is the acronym for Blogging Marathon! 
How
does a food blogger run? We don’t run physically we run a mental race and live
the world with out of the world yummy dishes!! Yes we food blogger only live to
eat contrary to the saying eat to live.
Let me give you a small background every month we have
themes based on which we blog themes. The themes are challenges that keep us
going, the food interesting and families happy, well at least most of the time. J
So the BM has been running for last 5 years but not being
associated with it for 5 years has never made me feel unwelcome. In fact this
is the warmest group and the closest I have been to ever.
Yes we met for the second time for BM meet this month, the
first being at Ahmadabad where Vaishali arranged an amazing meet. I will not go
in details about that meet check it out here, here and here but is it enough if I say memories from here still linger and bring a smile to my face!
Preparation for the meet #50 began in earnest long ago and I
must say the Chennai team did an awesome job.
Okay I will quit jumping the gun now and start at the very
beginning like the song says” A very good place to begin” and tell you about BM
#50!
The Meet was to be held from 20th Feb to 22nd
Feb’2015 but since I did not want to miss any fun I wanted to go early, hubby
was all agreeable so what more do I want.  
 I descended on Padma
on the 18th Feb’2015 along with Viashali from Ahmadabad. Veena (was I
was meeting her for the first time? It did not seem like it) accompanied us to
Padma’s place.
Yes, Padma graciously opened her home to us even arranged to
accommodate her husband at her cousin’s place. Waiting for us at Padma’s were
Sanjeeta KK and my friend Pari.  Hugs and
chat were the order of the day.

 As we were chatting
and catching up Usha from Manhattan joined us, Valli and Konda dropped by. More
hugs and more chat!

Padma served us an Andhra meal of Rasam, Rice, Potato fry, Potlakaya Kura, Dosakaya Pappu an assortment of
mouth watering pickles and Curds.  
Andhra Meal
Andhra Meal

Enjoy with your eyes girls!!
 When Pradnya from
Mumbai joined us later the Pondi group was ready and we got cracking to visit
Pondicherry the next day, the alarm set for 5 am.
Pondicherry or Puducherry the beautiful and popular tourist
destination here are some pictures that speak for themselves. It’s one place
that I plan to visit again! But for now enjoy the visuals. On our way back I
was so tired that I could not help packing of the goody bags. Do I feel guilty?
Nah! Not me! J 
Here are some pictures from Pondi!!
First The Nautanki Group after breakfast!
 
Welcome to Auroville!!

 A young artist at Pondicherry

 The works

 The model

The rangoli before the model

Another beautiful Place… Madame Rose facing competition!!

 A beautiful mascot outside La Maison Rose

 The La Maison Rose

 A beautiful chandelier

Lunch Place

The restaurant

The Food 

 You are right girls they are not ducks!!

 But now on the 20th
Feb the meet begins right in earnest. we had people arrive from all over the
place we had PJ from Coimbatore , Gayatri  from Mudrai, Kalyani from Mumbai, Kamalika,
Nandini, Srivalli, Veena and Padma from Chennai and of course Archana  from Goa the most important person!! (Shhhh!
Pipe down girls if I was not there I would have missed it all so I am most
important!)

The kick off of the meet was in colour green and breakfast
and lunch was an in-house affair on this day we had amazingly soft idlis both
regular and kanchipuram idlis. I am yet to taste anything so amazingly
delicious, soft and white idlis and sambhar and chutney and the podi that was
nellakaram!!
Lunch was Sindhi special fresh green garlic rice with green
peas, Bhakari, Zunka, Thecha , Kurma, Curd rice and raita and lime and chilli
pickle. For dessert we had Colostrum, Gajjac, a honey and til/ sesame seeds
sweet, Gulpoli and the beautiful Mysore Pak. Was I packed with all these yummy
stuff!
There was so much food that it did not fit in one frame so here are some pictures.

The official photo session was in white and look at the
amazing ladies amid a lot of jokes and laughter at the antics of the kids we
cut the birthday cake for Kalyani and Valli whose birthday is in February.

We had a lot of demos from demos on how to spill water to
how to mop it up by little master Ikshu!

Poor guy was trying to click pictures but was harassed by
the director Kamalika! No one let him be!!!

There was a banana display and the use different kinds of
bananas were explained very patiently by Veena. Sorry Veena you will have to
explain it again to me.

Then it was time for Usha to give us our photography demo. She has very patiently explained the nuances and the use of light, aperture etc. I wish I can share more pictures but all of them seem to have me in the frame so I would rather not!

The way time flew I did not realise that it was time to
change in the traditional attire and proceed to Annalaxmi!

Here Sid our future space scientist gave us a model of his
rocket dosa!

Course after course of yummy and delicious food was making
me feel uncomfortably full when Padma who was sitting next to me insisted I
should try this rice!  You will not feel
so full she said. The rice was plain rice with vatha kozhambu with a sprinkling
of Neemflower Podi, Sunda Vathal, Mantakkali Vathal and a lashing of ghee on
top. Amazingly I felt good after I ate it!!

Back home it was time to talk, talk the night away! Amazingly
I who fall asleep through all kinds of dins listened to the most important
stories that were related!
What a racket we made! I am sure Padma’s neighbours were disturbed
and were kind enough not to protest!!
With that day 1 comes to an end! finally we slept because we had an early morning appointment!!
So there is more coming up ladies.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#49

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0 thoughts on : Blogging Marathon Meet #50!!

  • February 27, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Nice reading through your account Archana..:)..those little fellows surely bring a smile!

  • February 28, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Such a detailed post Archana. While reading I went back to the day..

  • March 1, 2015 at 9:57 am

    My god, am so jealous seeing all those pondy trip pictures, i miss my place now.. Very well written Archana.. I have a virtual trip along with u while reading ur post.

  • March 2, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Lovely read archana!!! All that food, is making me so so hungry now!!! 🙂

  • March 2, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Lovely write up and a glimpse of Pondi for us.

  • March 3, 2015 at 12:42 am

    I read this post as soon as you published but could not comment for emotional reasons:) how those few days flew off with us behaving like kids, remember the candy floss? ;))super fun!

    • March 3, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      How can I forget Vaishali? Do you know the way I took the candy floss afterwards we left in the same way. There were people looking and laughing at us me in particular… but I did not mind!!

  • March 4, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Love your clicks Archana and you literally took us with you on the journey. How I wish I loved in India!

  • March 5, 2015 at 5:09 am

    you really are good writer and narrator. You take me along on the ride with you

  • March 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Lovely post Archana. And your pics took us with you on your journey 🙂

  • March 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm

    Nice reading a different take from you about the day 1 happenings. It is like we were taking a virtual tour thru your images and narrative.

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