Living in Consciousness ~ Indi(r)a’s Food and Garden Weblog


Tulip Balloon, Photo by Vijay Singari

“I need a fresh look.”

“OK, what do you have in mind?”

“Scrub the makeup you have layered on my face. Don’t you dare put new widget grafts, and No botox plug-ins!”

“But, the botox and skin-grafts are in vogue right now.”

“I know. I prefer my plain natural self. No makeup, no frills. Simple and clean.”

“OK. Done.”

“I feel fresh and peaceful.”

In a culinary web-world, where the latest fashion is silicone, my website Mahanandi is going back to cast-iron days. Basic, functional and durable. I call this new look enticing in an effortless manner.

Between the hubbubs of holiday hungama, we have made some time to spruce up my website. On my request, Vijay has designed a favicon to honor “Mahanandi, the temple town“. The favicon shows the first letter of Mahanandi (మహానంది) in Telugu. I think it looks nice.

I’ve updated the article and recipe index. My daily meal record has, over time, evolved into an elaborate feast, and I have tried as best I could to make it comprehensive and user-friendly. Instead of hiding behind passwords and special logins, I have kept the Index accessible to all, following the principles of Web 2.0:). Check it out, and if I missed some detail, please let me know.

With Vijay’s help, I have installed a new web site called India Cookery - Food Stock Photography.

  • The gallery has 1,400 images of food ingredients, preparation process and the scrumptious end results related to Indian cuisine.
  • A neat keyword tag feature supports “search” function, and makes it easy to browse and find the food photos. (WIP)
  • With the “purchase cart” feature, you can easily print or digital download food images in different resolutions and sizes with a simple click.

This food stock photography website is in response to frequent image theft by some desperate newspapers and webzines. I hope they stop stealing images now, and purchase the photos legally. The gallery is open to all, and you can also download and attach the food photos to your articles or in your web design for a nominal fee.

After three years of free service to the community of food lovers, I finally made Mahanandi go green in an attempt to reduce the carbon footprint it is leaving on our family income. If it becomes self-sustainable, thanks to your generous support, I promise I will cut-off the symbiotic relationship with corporate megaliths.

An avid food enthusiast and my friend, Sreemathi Veena Parrikar accepted my request to write a regular column on Mahanandi. Her exceptional knowledge and writing skills would become an excellent addition to Mahanandi tradition.

I wish you all a culinary-adventure filled 2008!

Posted by Indira©Copyrighted in Zen (Personal) (Monday December 31, 2007 at 7:42 pm- permalink)

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26 comments for 2008 »

  1. Hi Indira & Vijay gaaru

    నూతన సంవత్సర శుభాకాంక్షలు - 2008

    Best Regards,

    Vijaya Ranganath,

    Comment by Vijaya — December 31, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

  2. Indira, Your dedication to food blogging just amazes me. Great work. Eagerly waiting for your culinary fireworks in 2008. Happy New Year!!!

    Comment by Sudha — December 31, 2007 @ 9:37 pm

  3. Happy New Year, Indira and Vijay — Kittaya too! The new look is indeed fresh and clean. Look forward to seeing it fill up with more of your wonderful cooking :)

    Comment by Linda — December 31, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

  4. This new look does need some time to get used to. Happy new year, Indira.

    Comment by Suganya — December 31, 2007 @ 11:43 pm

  5. Best wishes for the New Year!
    (I like the new plain look, I think I need one myself :) )

    Comment by Marcela — December 31, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

  6. Love your new look and new approach. It is cast iron without botox for me! hehe. It was good to read your thoughts. Happy new year to you and I look forward to fabulous phood and fotos from you in 2008.

    Comment by Vegeyum — January 1, 2008 @ 5:53 am

  7. Happy New Year my dear Indira!

    Comment by Inji Pennu — January 1, 2008 @ 6:02 am

  8. Happy New Year Indira….

    Comment by kalva — January 1, 2008 @ 6:41 am

  9. Happy New Year to you and Vijay!

    Comment by Lata — January 1, 2008 @ 7:14 am

  10. HI indira
    wish u happy new year.

    Comment by Roopa — January 1, 2008 @ 9:55 am

  11. Indira, love the new look…happy New year to you and Vijay :-)

    Comment by sunita — January 1, 2008 @ 10:02 am

  12. Happy New Year to you and Vijay, Indira.
    The changes are exciting!

    Comment by neroli — January 1, 2008 @ 12:21 pm

  13. Thank you for the warm wishes. I wish you the same as well.

    Comment by Indira — January 1, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

  14. Happy New Year Indira, love the new look, very clean and fresh…

    Comment by Sig — January 1, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

  15. I like the clean look and want to wish you and Vijay a propserous 2008. My very best wishes in your blog going green.

    Comment by Cynthia — January 1, 2008 @ 6:09 pm

  16. Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year Indira gaaru.

    Comment by satya — January 1, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  17. Wish you a very happy new year..Nice new look..

    Comment by Maya — January 1, 2008 @ 9:17 pm

  18. A Great Year ahead and looking forward more delicious recipes. Very nice look.

    Comment by Suchitra — January 1, 2008 @ 11:14 pm

  19. Dear Indira
    Happy new year to you and your family.

    Comment by vineela — January 2, 2008 @ 7:56 am

  20. Dear Indira & Vijay,
    Any change is a welcome sight and your reasoning behind the change makes it even more appealing. Exciting news about the photo gallery website. Smugmug eh :) ? It is a great move against plagiarism, we applaud your efforts.
    So Indira could mean India with an R for recipes (clap clap).
    Have the most beautiful 2008.

    Comment by pritya — January 2, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  21. Indira, I like the new design and colors. The previous background color delayed the loading of pages, and with a white background, the posts load much faster. Happy New Year and looking forward to more wonderful vegetarian recipes. :)

    Comment by Amit — January 2, 2008 @ 12:43 pm

  22. Seems like someone did a lot of work over the holiday break.

    smugmug gallery idea is awesome, Indira. Happy new year to you and Vijay garu.

    -Mythili and N

    Comment by Mythili — January 2, 2008 @ 1:40 pm

  23. hey you…happy new year..:)

    Comment by faustianbargain — January 2, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

  24. Indira,

    Happy New Year !

    Your website has been a real inspiration this last year or two. Thanks for all the neat content and recipes you upload.


    Comment by Jayashree — January 3, 2008 @ 12:10 pm

  25. Hi Indra,

    Wish you and Vijay a very Happy and Prosperous New year.

    I have been visiting your site since Nov 06. I did not know to cook prior to that….And the very first food blog site I chanced upon was yours. Your simple recipes gave me confidence to let go of my cooking fears. If today somebody compliments my cooking skills, it is because of you.

    My heartfelt thanks to you….God Bless!

    Comment by Lavs — January 3, 2008 @ 11:24 pm

  26. Hello Indira,
    I love your food blog and have tried out quite a few things from on here. I noticed that you welcome donations. I would really like to comtribute (not too much…I’m still a student) but would like to help in anyway. And I hope your blog stays online for a long time.
    A very Happy New Year to you and yours.

    Comment by Madhavi — January 6, 2008 @ 2:56 pm

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