Sunshine Blogger Award


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I’m not really into blog awards because like chain letters, it becomes difficult to keep the chain going. Besides, it is hard to find bloggers in my cohort who are not  already tagged. So normally, I would have just left this tag unanswered.  However, here’s hoping I can do this.

So I’d like to thank Shubhra Rastogi who has nominated me for this award. She is a mommy blogger at Natkhatz, a parenting blog that makes new age parenting easy. Since I am a hands on new age granny, I find  tips from millenial mommy bloggers very useful. Besides with most of my friends not really into the Internet, I don’t have many blogger friends who are of my age. Perforce I have to interact with younger bloggers – sometimes even younger than my own girls. But I enjoy interacting with the young moms and find that virtual friendship stretching over generations is possible and enjoyable.


So here are the questions that Shubhra asked me

  1. Your Zodiac Sign :  Aquarius
  2. Define your ideal day : One where things don’t exactly go my way but which leaves me with a sense of contentment
  3. Summer or winter : Winter in Mumbai. If it gets any colder I get crabby.
  4. What would you do if you had 1 crore rupees with you? I would get so confused about what I’d like to do so I’d probably just keep in in the bank . Boring isn’t it?
  5. Do you re-read books? If yes which book is most read? If no then which book would you like to re-read? I don’t really like to re-read books simply because I have so little time to read in the first place. But I often find myself re-reading old magazines especially ones about Interior design and travel.
  6. Your favourite quote : I actually have two quotes that I live by – Seize the Day and This Too shall Pass.
  7. What would you say to your younger self? : Keep being optimistic and stay happy and smiling. There’s no point in stressing on perfection. It doesn’t exist.
  8. What do you love about books? Language is the first thing that attracts me to a book. If a book is written well, I enjoy the images, the thoughts and the ideas different authors can conjure up.
  9. Do you prefer the beach or the mountains : I’ve lived most of my life on the coast so I prefer the beach.
  10. What do you like most about blogging? Meeting new people who become virtual friends
  11. Describe yourself in three words : Conservative, curious, frank.


  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display sunshine blogger award in your post/ on your blog.
  5. Notify nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

I Nominate:

Shilpa Gupte – whose blogs at Metanoia are truly transformational

Shalini Baisiwala – a travel blogger who blogs at Shalzmojo with breathtaking photos and great stories.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala- a mommy blogger and fiction writer who blogs at Anshubhojnagarwala

Priya Bajpai- a brilliant fiction writer who blogs at Priya Reflects

Balaka Basu – whose captivating style makes you want to go back for more at her blog Trina Looks Back

Suzy Q  – My friend from New Zealand who never fails to amaze me with her creativity. I love her new Vlogs at Suzy Somewhere

Anamika Agnihotri – A young mom currently in the UK  who introduced me to so many lovely books that she reads out to her young son and blogs about them at  The Bespectacled Mother

Vinitha Dileep – A young mom whose poems, photos and tales about her young kids she shares on Void Thoughts

Kalpana Mannivanan – an urban farmer who has exchanged her urban lifestyle for a healthier  sustainable life  at Kalpavrishafarms

Vasantha – an inspirational blogger who blogs at Sweet Nothings

Ramya Abhinand whose crisp book reviews at Me Otherwise actually help me decide whether or not I want to read the book.


And finally these are my 11 questions :

  1. Do you like watching movies ? Which is your favourite one?
  2. Do you prefer dogs or cats?
  3. What do you do to de-stress?
  4. What is your favourite way of travelling ? Train? Bus? Car? Plane? Ship?
  5. Are you a fussy eater or an adventurous eater?
  6. Can you stop at one chocolate or do you finish the whole box at one go?
  7. Do you prefer long walks or a strenuous work-out at the gym?
  8. Do you forgive easily?
  9. Do you wear make-up and if so, what do you like? Lipstick? Eyeshadow?Mascara?Foundation?Concealer?
  10. Are you a meticulous planner or free spirit who likes to do things on the fly?
  11. Are you scared of getting old?

Dear Nominees, there is no obligation, no time frame from my side.  I know you are all busy especially with school holidays and all.  But I would love to read your answers. So please do tag me when you guys are done.

Thank you once again!

Ciao and warm regards

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Author: Unishta

A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!


  1. Thank you so much for nominating me for the sunshine award. I have not done award posts in years now and it will be interesting to do this one and answering your questions. My head is already getting filled with all kinds of quirky answer ideas 😀 My reservation will be tagging bloggers further on because it is hardwork to look up bloggers who haven’t been tagged yet.
    I will write and schedule my post for one of the coming Mondays 🙂 Baaki din ke posts log kam padhte hain zara.
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    1. Thanks so much for accepting! I too was hoping you weren’t tagged. I also know some bloggers who refuse to accept these awards so I truly appreciate your gameness in accepting this challenge. Hope you are enjoying the good weather now in Old Blighty. We are boiling here in hamara desh mahan

  2. Thank you for nominating me for the Sunshine Award, Sunita. I am so sorry that it took this long for me to respond. Somehow I forgot and as soon as I realized that I came over here. 🙂 It’s been long since I participated in these tags. I will answer your questions soon.
    I loved your answer to what you would say to your younger self. I am trying to convince myself the same. Aiming for perfection is the major roadblock I have faced in my life.

    1. No problem Vinita! We all get caught up with life . I myself have been a reluctant blogger these past few months . Perhaps now I will get back my muse

  3. It was good to get to know you just a little bit more. I remember doing posts like this long time back when blogging was a bit of an anonymous activity. Now of course we’re connected on FB and twitter and insta and know everything there is to know about each other. I do miss those times.

    I like Aquarians. I have a lot of Aquarian friends and they’re happy gregarious people. I’m with you on liking Mumbai winters. It isn’t too bad in Pune either (though when I shifted here after a few years in Bombay I had a hard time). Winter in the North is a whole different story.

    PS: How’s your meditation practice going?

    1. I must admit my meditation has gone for a toss ! I just about managed to do it for ten days . When I tried to revive the practice again, it was shattered with. Phone call that informed me of the death of a very unpopular relative .
      Yes now blogging has become all about showcasing yourself, your life and your talent through it . For several years I didn’t have a photo of myself and didn’t disclose my identity but gradually I will be as well known ( I hope 😉 like the man on our rupee note .
      Many people find Bombay hard to get out of their systems and as for our winter- I know people from the North find them a big joke – especially our mismatched winter wear that make us look like Dhobi bundles on the prowl .

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