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Thursday, June 26

It all began this day last year...

Last year, I started this blog

And the very next day, you started visiting me

This year, there's a lot more to come

Since you all are so very special!

[to be hummed to the tune of Last Christmas by Wham!]

Tee hee!


Happy first b'day to An Indian Summer!

* Well, it did all begin this day last year. A lot, a Whole Lot has happened since then....this blog and YOU have changed my life in more ways than one! Thankfully, all for the good! You ask me how? Even if you don't ask, I will take you through a quick retrospective, along with some of my favorite images from one year's worth of posts....


Clockwise from top left: Though we gotta.., Fairies, elves..., Wanderlust hits again , Rent a tent

* As I started writing about design and decor, I realized how passionate I am about this, and how much I enjoyed writing about design and sharing & 'talking' with you. Your comments, feedback, suggestions and immense love made, and still totally makes my day! So much so, that earlier this year, I decided to change my career track when at its peak, and took the jump (gulp!) to focus solely on my blog and the bazaar. As of today (yes, on my blog's bday!) I made the choice of becoming an independent consultant that will allow me to divide my time between doing some good for corporate training, and some good for the world of design :)



* My vocabulary increased to include a new word: e-friend! Starting from Maryam who was the first non family/friend to leave a comment on my blog, to Kim and Jo who first featured An Indian Summer on their fab blog, to Linda whose emails never fail to cheer me up, to Vini of the prolific comments fame, to Katie who got me hooked to her blog through her kitchen reno, to Maddie, Gillian and Tara who reveal new meaning each day through their beautiful writing, to Stan and Kus, talent extraordinaire' Design Asia partners, to Joanna, Erinn, Helena, Brownyn, Melissa, Arch, Pam whose posts never fail to inspire me, to all my amazingly talented blogger friends who have appreciated An Indian Summer and given it a place on their fabulous blogs, and, to all the generous and loving readers who leave little notes for me...even when I am away from my blog! I am sure I have missed mentioning a lot of other efriends.... just open up the comments section or the blogs listed on the left...you'll find them there!



From: Join the club, There are photographers..

* I am still recuperating from the emotions expressed in the last two retrospectives! Give me a moment before I speak again..

Clockwise from top left: In the pink of things, Truly Indian, Today's inspiration, Look what I found


* I realized how well I sing...on my blog that is! I have so much fun writing posts around a song, or finding songs fit to a post! I am planning to hone this skill further, so watch out for more singing posts! I will also be open to requests! ;-)

From: When I am feeling blue..., Iran

* When you write a blog, there is always this question of how open and personal you can be or should be. Well, I started with stating my name clear and upfront (yup, that's my real name). I didn't realize one interesting consequence of that. Now when I google my name, God knows what random part of a post (or a song, as is most likely in my case!) will get thrown up beneath my name! Good fun most of the times! But, I thoroughly enjoyed sharing important moments of my life in the last year with you...my travel and vacations, my best-half rechristened as Mr. Shaking Head, my sister's wedding and my home and festivities!

From: The wedding story, 1790 miles.., Diwali...

* Of course, cats and cute babies found a way into this design blog too!

From: This post is about, Fairies, elves..., And then Ivanhoe said..

* And, the first year of my blog also brought about my first entrepreneurial venture: An Indian Summer Bazaar! Starting and running the bazaar brought about such roller coaster of emotions and mental & physical labor, that I almost went back to my 'safe' strategy and management corporate work! But boy, did I enjoy the adrenaline rush! It was so much fun!

I know you are wondering when am I launching the next bazaar? Well, given that I also have this Independent learning consultant thingie to work upon, I have decided to launch the next bazaar just in time for Diwali and Christmas. I will continue to help you with your personal shopping requests from India in the meantime.

An Indian Summer Bazaar


Phew! Hope I gave you enough reading material to last you the weekend? ;-)

Before I leave you for the weekend, couple of things...

~ THANK YOU ! For everything. Keep visiting me and writing to me

~ Enjoy your weekend! We will meet again on Monday with a brand new sponsor for An Indian Summer!

29 comments:

adi said...

happy blog birthday my dear e-friend
u've always spread light and color in our lives, may you stay resplendent always
best of luck for all your future endeavors
lots of love and luck

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

Happy Blog Birthday Bhavna, dear blogging friend! It is interesting to find those of us who all started our blogs around the same time and see what has happened in the past year! Such amazing, wonderful friends we've made!

Your blog never fails to inspire and cheer. I cracked up over the intro sung to Last Christmas, I'm still chuckling over that. You are fun and inspiring and that is a perfect combo.

So glad to know you as an e-friend and I look forward to another year of singing, laughing and ooh'ing and ahh'ing!

Best to you!

Melissa

Hammocks & High Tea said...

I've only just started reading your blog some months ago and it's so beautiful and inspiring. You're now only of my daily/weekly reads. Happy Birthday!

carol said...

I'm glad you had the confidence to make the decision you did because you are going great work with your blog. It is always one that I look forward to reading for its original voice and beautiful pictures. Congrats. Also, con't wait for the next bazaar.
Carol

Kudzu fire said...

nice photos!

Helen Cowans said...

Happy Birthday :)

Arch at Rang said...

Many happy returns on your blog birthday!!

All the very best and wish you many more design ventures:-)

Have fun!

Arch

paris parfait said...

Bhava, happy blog birthday! Congratulations for your wonderful accomplishments and your lovely blog. Very exciting news about you becoming a fulltime consultant. Wishing you all the best in your endeavours. And thank you so much for the nod; that means a lot to me. Tara xoxox

Poppy said...

Happy Birthday! I just happened upon your blog! You are an inspiration!!! Keep on Keepin' On!!!

magnoliasitter said...

Congratulations and a belated Happy Birthday.

I adore the work you do here, even though I have only been reading for a short time.

erinn said...

happy blog birthday, Bhavna! I wish you many more fabulous years. You inspire me.

Ashley L. said...

happy bday! your blog is more lovely with each visit! you have so much color and inspiration here! :)

mag duru said...

Happy belated birthday.
Cheers and many more blogging years ahead.
i love your site and permit me as i have added you onto my site for reading pleasures.
have a wonderful time and remain blessed.
thanks for sharing.

Meander said...

what a lovely post! this is the first time I've visited but I'm adding you to my blog roll asap. Good luck with your new ventures and cheers to another fabulous year!

Favfoe said...

Happy B'disch !!! The dinner for an Indian Summer's b'day still remains due after 2 aborted attempts at it. Hopefully by end of the second year, I shall have a still head.

Ashi said...

Belated Happy Birthday to An Indian Summer!
Love and puchhies,
proud threesome,Bua, phuphaji& Bhoopi.

Nadine D'souza said...

i pleasantly stumbled upon ur blog just a few weeks ago...and i'm now hooked ! I love feasting my eyes on your wonderful posts. I'm an Indian living in India, so your posts and visuals really touch base with me. Congratulations on your achievement and wishin you many many more blogging birthdays in the future !! :)

Bhavna said...

Thank you Adi! :-) [p.s...did you finally take that weekend trip?]

Thanks Melissa...I agree, it has been so much fun getting to know so many new friends via the blog!

Bhavna said...

Thanks Karen! Glad you have enjoyed An Indian Summer :)


Thank you Carol! It does mean a lot to me to get support from all of you :)

Bhavna said...

Thanks Helen, and hudzu fire! :-)


Good to hear from you Arch! Hope are doing well! :)

Bhavna said...

Thank you Tara!

Belated welcome to An Indian Summer, Poppy! And thanks for your wishes :)

Bhavna said...

Thank you Rachael!

Hello Erinn! Thanks! :)


Thanks Ashley! :)

Bhavna said...

Thanks Mag! Happy that you enjoy An Indian Summer :)


Thanks Meander! :-)


Hello Nadine! Good to hear from you :-)

Barb McMahon said...

Well, this is a little late, but a very happy blog birthday to you Bhavna!

You do such beautiful work here and in the bazaar!

Congratulations!

LIBERTY POST EDITOR said...

We are kindred blog spirits! We both started in June 2007. I love your blog, your voice, your eye, your style. Thank you. Here's to the next 10 years! xo

leather furniture said...

hey bhavna very happy birthday to you.

studio wellspring said...

congrats & birthday blisses to you ~ you're certainly a huge treasure in the blogiverse!

At Home Redesigns said...

Congratulations! Love your blog. I'm adding you to my blogroll right now...

gigi said...

congrats bhavna -- looking forward to seeing what the coming year will bring here! :)

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