Just me

Why I Blog….

I cook, I bake, I paint, I read ….and I write about all of this…..It’s hardly a path-breaking new concept but then I really do like what I do. I am a new blogger and have been blogging for almost a year now and started blogging merely as a serendipitous accident. I seem to have a bit of time to myself nowadays and a blog seems like the perfect conduit to house all of my passions.

About me..

I live in the lovely Goa, India with my husband and 2 lovely boys. I have masters degrees in management and literature and am contemplating entering the field of education.

What you will find in my blog

I have only recently started exploring my culinary side but it does look like the baking bug is here to stay. I love to make dishes that are simple to prepare, and I love the complicated as well. So be prepared to find all my trials –failed and successful, in my blog.

Tanjore paintings have always enamored me. So when the chance came to do a short term course in it, needless to say I dived right in. I’ve made dozens of paintings and I just love this art form. It gives me a whole lot of happiness and inner peace. It’s almost a form of meditation and prayer for me.

You will also be subject to mindless ramble and some of my in-coherent thoughts and ideas..book reviews, movie reviews, maid issues and what not!…..But please feel free to comment on anything. I would really love to know who has been here and what you think….


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  1. Megan

     /  May 13, 2011

    I came across your website and found it alluring and exciting. I am a big fan of travel and adventure. If you could e-mail me back, that would be great. I just had a couple questions.
    I look forward to hearing back from you soon! Have a great day.

  2. Jaimishi

     /  February 9, 2011

    My name is Jaimishi.I’ve been reading your blog for sometime now.I think its superb and very interesting.
    Infact,I do PR.I have my own company in Mumbai. My general clientele is mainly restaurants (F n B) in Mumbai . I was wondering if you could
    blog about this one particular one. It’s called Torrp It up.It’s a QSR.It serv3es Torrps,Wraps,Burritos,Brownies,Salads,Cookies,Chocolate Mousse,Dessert Wraps.
    I could arrange a lunch/dinner for you.Torrp It Up has many outlets.(Bandra,Andheri,Nariman point,R-City mall,24 x 7 park).

    Do let me know if you could do it for me.

    Thank You,
    Jaimishi Shivjiani

  3. Rani

     /  January 23, 2011

    Hi Sheba
    What a lovely blog… and your pics are fab! I Think I may be a better cook now!!
    I’m from Goa too!! I happened to come across your blog today… am so happy I did!!
    All the very best!
    Love & Light

  4. Awesome ma’m. du très bon travail. Je suis sûr que vous ferez très bien. Excellent work!!

  5. Hi Sheba,
    What a lovely space you have..keep up the good work. Post on Gangtok is amazing.

  6. Lakshmi Warrier

     /  November 30, 2010

    Wow Sheba! Love your blog!! Now I have to see your painting AND taste your yummy cooking when we meet 🙂 Keep doing what you love, you are flying high!

  7. Geni

     /  November 25, 2010

    Really wonderful space u have here… Really love the way you express yourself.

    Fab recipes … can’t wait to try them.

  8. Carolina Rius.

     /  November 16, 2010


    We have read your blog and we think one of the events we are organizing could be of your interest as well as the interest of your followers. “Discover the Spanish Taste” is a fantastic opportunity to get to know better how Spanish products are getting introduced in the Indian market and get some knowledge about Spanish wines and gastronomy,

    We would like to invite you to the press conference and workshops organized by Federation of Spanish Food Industries in order to promote Spanish food and beverage in India. On 30th November at 10.30h The Spanish Ambassador Mr. Ion de la Riva will launch the workshops and make a brief presentation followed by the workshops.

    You can see full details of the event below. We would be very please if you could join us.

    Kindly confirm your interest by replying to this email. The event is Free. Only for Professionals.

    Thanks and Best Regards,

    Carolina Rius

    Managing Director

  9. What a lovely space. I’m glad you found my blog because of it I found yours. Love your honesty and simplicity of writing. Goa is my favorite spot in India and how lucky you live there.

  10. Call For Submissions

    The Culinary Coquette
    (Women Writers On Food )

    The Culinary Coquette is seeking salacious and spicy prose, essays, recipes, poetry and short stories by women writers that explore, celebrate, analyze all things food. Some topics you might consider when submitting your work for review; food and the erotic, food and ritual, Soul Food, Food Not Bombs, Veganism, gender roles and food, food for gods and goddesses, Biblical foods, sexual symbolism and food, ethnic foods, communal gardening, communal gatherings, feasts, organic food, GMO (genetically modified) food, seductive foods, aphrodisiacs, magical cooking( food spells, healing foods), Kosher foods, food politics, addiction to food, why we are obsessed with cooking shows, exotic foods, potlucks, ode to a certain food, and the old adage “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” These are just examples of what to consider when submitting to The Culinary Coquette. Be creative and send what you think might be ideal for the anthology.

    Essays and prose should be between 500 to 2000 words.
    Short Stories 1500-3000 words
    Send submissions to jackiejoice@yahoo.com
    Please send document in an attached file and in the body of email in .doc or .rtf format

    Include your first and last name, email, daytime phone number, and mailing address in upper right hand corner of your submission.

    Deadline for submissions Nov 15, 2010

    Jackie Joice is an essayist, CNC (certified nutritional consultant), spoken word poet, photographer, and mom. Her work has been published in Shout Out: Women of Color Respond To Violence ( Sealpress 2008) Joice contributed to The Women’s Movement: An Encyclopedia of Thirdwave Feminism ( Greenwood Press 2005). Joice was selected as a 2004 participant in the Hurston/Wright Writer’s Week at Howard University. She currently writes for Blade Magazine and maintains the blog theculinarycoquette.blogspot.com

  11. Claire Smyth

     /  August 10, 2010

    Hello there,

    We have taken a great interest in your site, with your passion for writing shining through your work. You no doubt have an interest in the world of water, things in it and travelling on it. We have created an infographics which may be of some interest to you:


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  12. Dear Sheeba,

    Thanks for visiting my blog …I must say you have a lovely place here..I loved your Gangtok post ..I have great interest in Learning Tanjore paintings myself ..but I/we are always traveling ..need to settle down somewhere to really concentrate on these hobbies.
    Hope to see you bake many more yum cakes like the Swiss roll cakes ..
    hugs and smiles

  13. manchitra

     /  July 30, 2010

    You blog is awesome.I may have to spend some time going through your posts.Shall be in touch dear.

  14. pooja

     /  July 30, 2010

    hi sheba,

    nice blog with lovely pics. keep up the good work! we too origin from goa, our main temple is damodar temple in zambavli

  15. I just discovered your blog and am already enjoying it. Will be back more often for the bakes, cakes, arts…

  16. shubhada123

     /  July 11, 2010

    Hey Sheba, lovely blog..even I’m from Goa and I know exactly how u feel about that place..keep up the good work.

  17. Sheba~

    I’m glad you stumbled across my blog too! I loved reading several of you post on life in India. I spent 3 summers there in my late teens and early twenties, so your photos and descriptions bring back many happy memories! I’ve been to Goa! I think I was 19, and simply couldn’t get over the breath-taking beaches and lush surroundings. You are a lucky girl to live there!

  18. Dear Sheba
    Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your appreciation.
    I shall start reading your blog starting with travel postings …the Gangtok one…carries lot of memories of the route.
    Have a nice weekend

  19. You are hardly living a boring life to me! This is a lovely blog. your creative side resonates with me. Outlets outlets..thats what we need…im glad u dropped by. I look forward to ur rambligs n food as well.

  20. I’ve only just found you and already I love your blog! Thanks for visiting me.

  21. I am so lucky I have found your blog. There are a lot of interesting stories and recipes here. I can’t wait to try some of them out.

  22. Just realised I’m blogrolled here. Thank you, I’m flattered 🙂

  23. Hi Sheba …
    It was so nice to know about you n your interest in arts , i do some painting n other crafts myself but that had taken a backseat in the last few years , hopefully to be revived soon.
    Loved your tanjavur painting and read many of your posts today , could come after a long time n enjoyed reading all this.

    BTW your face in the PP looks very familiar , have you ever been to Dehradun AFSB?

  24. Hi Sheba

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment. Wow – I am impressed by all the things you are doing too! I want to learn Tanjore Painting at some point, but am still playing with canvas. Good luck on your reading project.


  25. Ryan Rubin

     /  April 19, 2010

    I was doing some research online when I stumbled across your site. I really like what you have done so it gave me some ideas that I wanted to share with you.

    About what I do, I work for Veneto Panama, one of the most luxurious hotel and casino resorts in Panama. Since the material on your site complements what we do, I’d like to propose a partnership that is mutually beneficial for the both of us.

    I have a team of writers available that can write articles, web pages, blogs, etc… We’re also open to freelance opportunities should you be interested. Let me know if you’re interested or have any questions.


  26. Sheba your tanjore paintings are amazing…..thanks once again 🙂

  27. Namastey Dost!

    My name is Raj Kaur Bilkhu and I’m from England. I’m currently working on a project with Dulux and I thought you may be interested so I’m getting in touch.

    Tintas Coral is launching Let’s Colour this month to inspire people to reclaim their surroundings and regenerate them with a splash of colour. Dulux understands colour’s uplifting effect; how it can re-invent the familiar with shades of calm, vitality and happiness. Let’s Colour will see Dulux work with local communities to paint spaces that need a little colour and experts in design to ensure they reach their potential.

    Already the project has proved a hit in Rio De Janeiro, is currently in Paris and will move on to London and finally in India as part of a colour movement spreading around the world. The project will be coming to Jodhpur in Rajasthan on the 2nd of April and I will send photos and footage of the location before and after painting so you can see the positive transformation on the areas and people.

    For more details and pictures to see how Dulux is spreading colour around the globe check the official site, http://letscolourproject.com/blog/ and follow us on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lets-Colour-India/370918713355?ref=ts and http://twitter.com/lets_colour

    “Now why am I contacting you?” you maybe wondering. Well, to spread the word in India I have been contacting people on social networking sites like Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, Bharat Student and BigAdda. However, bloggers are also an influential resource. Thus, I am contacting Indian bloggers to ask if you would be willing to blog on this project by getting regular updates from the website, or joining “Let’s Colour India” on Facebook and Orkut. Please let me know on your charge per blog and the blogger with the most responses from readers will win a cash prize!

    For an idea of what we would like you to do, check out Prachi’s blog on Purple Homes: http://purplehomes.blogspot.com/2010/03/lets-colour-project.html

    Would be good to get your thoughts on this and whether you would be interested in supporting us promote colour, paint and art!

    Best wishes

    Raj Kaur Bilkhu

  28. lovely blog… will come by regularly… keep blogging, keep loving!


  29. Hey Sheba,

    Love your little space on the web. I think we have similar hobbies.. art and baking to name a few. Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    Let’s stay connected!


  30. Hi Sheba,
    You have a wonderful collection. Will keep dropping in often !!!

  31. Lovely blog and informations . great

  32. Sheba, i hope thats the correct name and that belongs to a cousin and class mate of mine too.Good to see you here, from Inchis site and subcribed to your blog mails regularly.

  33. hi sheba, first time here, thank you so much, you must be thinking how stupid I am, to tell you the truth, I usually never log on to my blog, as I am terribly scared to open it up because of some other adult blog opening up when ever I logged on!!, and causing havocs and couldn’t stay on the recipe, I still dread to open my blog, from the mail I couldn’t access your blog, so I never knew who you are, I always replied from my mail to who ever left comments in my blog!!, today I thought I should write something to all my viewers and when I saw your name, I clicked on it, and here I landed, you have lovely blog dear, thanks so much coming to my blog and writing to me about what you think of the recipe, I very much appreciate it, and it definetly means a lot to me thanks once again

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  35. Hi Sheba, greetings from Malaysia! 😉

  36. gastrogeek

     /  January 31, 2010

    What a gorgeous blog! This is a real find, I can’t wait to try some of your fabulous recipes 🙂

  37. Hi Sheba,
    I love your blog. I hope to visit Goa one day…beautiful!

  38. yamini

     /  January 15, 2010

    hi Sheba,
    you got a lovely blog here 🙂 i like art too, and was considering learning Tanjore Painting, but since i dont know of any classes where i live, i am hoping to pick it up during a long vacation to india [whenever that vacation may come to be :)]

  39. hai , you have a nice space here last year i came to goa , such a nice trip. you know my hometown is tanjore (origin). still my parents are there.

    you know i am having lot of tanjore painting collections in my house at chidambaram. i am fond of those paintings.

  40. Hey Sheba,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and for yr lovely comment:)
    You have an outstanding blog and the photography is awesome. Keep rocking!

  41. Sheba, you have a lovely, lovely blog! And you write really well too. This blog will go far. Happy new year to you and your family!


  42. Thanks for the visit and comment on my blog.

    You have a good food blog here! 🙂

  43. You have a wonderful blog here. The food photography is awesome and the dishes look very appetizing… will be forwarding link to my wife who is also into food blogs.

  44. Hi, Thank you for stopping by my blog, I am so glad it led me to you….your blog is lovely…and very much the kind of thing I am into… I am really looking forward to being your follower : ) …

    oh and I love Goa…the best indian food comes from there : ) … and it is an amazing place in general !

    have a lovely day !


    • Thanks Nat thanks sheetal for the kind words..and yes i agree..Goa is a wonderful place..i just love it here

  45. Sheba,
    I love your intro and I love Goa. I was in Goa last summer and enjoyed every bit of it. In fact my hometown is close to Goa and I wish I could visit Goa every time I made a trip to India.

  46. Thank you for the comments boss!!!

    I never saw your blog before.
    Will try it. 🙂

  47. You’ve an interesting blog which I would like to visit often.
    Please come to my blog and feel free to drop your comment 🙂

  48. I came across your blog just today and am floored by the art work of yours. It’s amazing, Sheba. God has indeed blessed you with such a divine talent. Keep working on it.

  49. Sheba, I haven’t had time to explore your space much..but I just did it now…very nice…and yes your art works are awesome!..keep going!

  50. Hi! Very well written dear. I have also lived in the beautiful Goa. Have very fond memories of me working, cooking, eating, visiting beaches.
    Of all the beaches Baga was my favorite and always used to love sitting in Brittos watching the sunset.

    • s

       /  October 3, 2009

      i too love Baga beach though its been many month since we went to Brittos

  51. Hi Sheeba,
    Thanks for visiting my blog and lovely comment. You have a wonderful space here… and impressive writing dear! Will come by often to read more. Keep in touch!

  52. S, you have a nice blog going here, you got me girl staying in Goa I would love to see some of Goan exotic foods and places in your blog. Keep em coming


  53. Elegant blog you have here. I like your intro, and am a fan myself of Tanjore paintings, travelled all the way there to get them, but never tried them.

    • thanks uma…i would LOVE to go to tanjavur..in fact its right on top of my to-do things..

  54. Neetha

     /  September 9, 2009

    beautiful website, fresh, inviting and eyecatching just like your recipes. now i can just try out your recipes, instead of going through a whole lot of cookbooks. great job.

  55. Well girl, we are in a very similar situation….but…worlds apart. Literally a long distance…grin. Okay…well not really the same….I do not have any art background but I love to write…a closet novel writer….and food interests through a masterful cook in my mother. After her passing last year I think I transferred my grief into a hobby of cooking and the photography that came with it. I am enjoying it….egads…my waistline a bit too. I just saw the movie Julie and Julia last night with a friend and she agreed…that is ME!!!! I have put you in my sidebar…will keep checking in here….Have a great week

  56. preetipathanjali

     /  September 7, 2009

    i love goa and i love tanjore paintings too…infact, I have started my own small collection…would love to see what you have done…send me a link if you have one!

  57. u do have lovely space,..thnks for droppin by,.:-) and ya luved ur intro,..btw i i luv Goa,..few yrs back it was my dream to hve a house ther,..u r lucky to stay in Goa,..

  58. Divya

     /  August 20, 2009

    Suberb intro!

    Coming from a person who claims to be leading quite an uneventful life, I think you have just showcased all the essential ingredients of an upcoming novelist!


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