You’ve read far too my of many of my posts to know by now that I’m no keeper of suspense or drama… if I’m excited about something I’ve made, my very first sentence gives away my excitement completely! So when you see a beaming picture of me with a post title about awards, I just can’t wait to tell you that this little haven of mine on the internet, my blog, won the runner-up spot in the Baking Blog category at the Indian Food Bloggers Awards ’14!!! Can we just hug this one out, please? Yes you and me, we’ve totally done this together. You’ve been with me every step of the way for the last 18 months, egging me on to do the best I can. Remember the pictures I put up for my first post? It’s taken a lot of late nights, some tears (it’s the first time I’ve confessed to that here), and a whole lot of hard work to get things right here. So when you drop me a line here, or on social media, to tell me that you tried the pizza dough recipe, or made these muffins for a birthday party… you just make it all seem worthwhile!
These awards were organized by the Food Bloggers Association of India (FBAI), and relied on a mix of public voting and jury selection (Rashmi Uday Singh, Vicky Ratnani, Sanjeev Kapoor, Farzana Contractor, Sona Bahadur, Ranveer Brar, Rushina Munshaw Ghildiyal Pavithran Nambiar). I’d reached out to all of you on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, asking for your votes… and you guys are just the best. I’ve told you about a certain person whose name begins with ‘A’, being the reason I was able to nail this recipe for ‘Baked Onion Rings’, but what I haven’t told you is that this blog would never have been a reality without Aniruddh (yes, he’s the mysterious ‘A’ I was referring to)! It’s only apt that I thank him here, the very space he helped create. Aniruddh, Mum, Dad, Masu, Meeti Papa, Naira and Pravir, my family and friends who never miss a post and YOU, my readers – you are my rock! Wow! It’s funny how I thought I was gonna sound all cool and collected here, sort of like Ben Affleck’s acceptance speech at the Oscars, but really, now I feel as emotional and teary eyed as Gwyneth Paltrow when she won the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love! A big thank you to FBAI, its awesome Co-Founder Sameer Malkani, and the jury, too.