Thanks for taking the time to chat with SIW. Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog.
Pushpa : Talking about myself is very difficult. Personally I feel I am just an ordinary person with interests in many things. I love travelling, socializing, I have deep interest in art, architecture, photography, handicraft, food, and spend most of my time pursuing my passion. I have written books on computer for kids, a set of 25 modules on Mathematics for kids, and more recently, I have published a cookbook on regional cooking called #SindhiCuisine. I maintain seven blogs where I share my experiences with the world. I am trustee and coordinator to the SBP, school for mentally challenged at Belapur, Navi Mumbai. I blog about special education at ‘Warm Touch’. Moreover, I love my city of Mumbai. I blog about my city of Mumbai at ‘Welcome To Mumbai’, I blog about special education, about lifestyles, about travelling, about books, I have blog on poetry and fiction but the most popular blog is about food at Papadchai.
What makes your blog so unique and why should people read it?
Pushpa : My food blog at Papadchai is normally focused at younger generation. I have step-by-step recipes with attractive pictures. There are food stories, their health benefits, and my personal experience of food during my travels. There are product and restaurant reviews. Initially, I started my food blog mainly for my nieces and nephews, who live abroad and enjoy my food. Whenever they would ask me for a recipe, I would post it on my blog. But over two years, my food blog has gained momentum and more people have started enjoying it.
How often do you blog?
Pushpa : Since I have seven blogs, I blog thrice a week.
What has been your most successful blog post to date and what was it about?
Pushpa : Most of my blog posts are appreciated mainly because it is simple and touches the cord of emotions. My most successful blog last month was when I blogged on my trip to Lonavala with my friends. I blogged at http://chat-with-pushpee.blogspot.in/2014/08/lonavala-greets-group-of-pretty-women.html and everybody who read it, came back to Facebook to befriend me.
My most popular blog on my Mumbai blog was about redevelopment issues at http://mumbai-pushpa.blogspot.in/2007/05/redevelopment-of-properties-in-mumbai.html many people came with different queries to learn more about housing redevelopment and I ended up learning more about it too.
My latest blog at Papadchai was on Sindhi festival at http://papadchai.blogspot.in/2014/08/thadaree-important-festival-of-sindhis.html that also became very popular since it was the first post after the release of my book on #SindhiCuisine.
What do you find most challenging about blogging?
Pushpa : Most challenging is to get the right information before blogging. For every blog that I write, besides my personal experience, some facts have to be sought. It takes me 7-8 hours to get the post on the blog. Research is done through search engines, photographs have to cleaned and cropped, draft is made, and then editing and proof reading. For me, blog is a serious activity, not something that you write on an impulse like we do on Facebook wall and twitter.
What are some of your favorite author blogs and why?
Pushpa : I have many favorite blog that I visit regularly. I get inspired to write when I read my friend’s blogs.
I like http://www.finelychopped.net/ because Kalyan’s food articles are very informative and well researched.
I like http://growingwithmum.blogspot.in/2014/08/all-fall-down.html where Richa posts some beautiful stories about her experience as mom.
I like http://knownturf.blogspot.in/ for some intelligent posts
I like Nisha’s blog at http://www.lemonicks.com/ for her travel memories.
What are your favorite books that you would recommend SIW family?
Pushpa : My all time favorite books are ‘The Palace of illusions’ by Chitra Banerjee, ‘The diary of a Social Butterfly’ by Moni Mousin, ‘Shantaram’ by Gregory David and ‘Roots’ by Alex Haley
What advice would you give to young women readers of SIW who want to follow a similar career path as you?
Pushpa : My advice to young women is to follow their passion, don’t do something just because others are doing. The most important thing in life is to be content and get happiness for whatever we do. Be true to yourself.
Blog URL : papadchai.blogspot.com
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