I Am Honored, Bhavesh Chhatbar! - and a List of Some of My Favorite Indian Blogs -December 19, 2010
People who know me well, and those who have come to know me through blogging, are
well aware of my love for India, a country that I have only visited once for a brief ten days
back in February of 1997. When I began cruising with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, the
first person I really met was a bartender, Odelio Santos, from Mumbai, and then I became
friends with dozens of other Indian crew, many who became like extended family to me. I
laughed when they started calling me "Mother India" or their "American mother." During
my India visit I stayed with Santos and his wonderful family and saw others of my crew
friends who treated me like a visiting dignitary.
When I entered the blogging world, I was delighted to meet Indian bloggers online and
began following many of them - poets, writers, photographers. It kept me connected to a
country I love but, as of yet, have not been able to visit again - though, someday, I hope I
will be able to return - and I will have new friends to see, along with my old "family."
Bhavesh Chhatbar is one of my blogging family. He is an young Indian photographer and
his blog address is: http://blog.chaukhat.com/. I encourage you to check it out for his
beautiful photography and interesting narratives.
On December 14th, I published my holiday poem on my blog, Carmen's Chronicles
Bhavesh sent me an email telling me how much he liked it and asked if he might put it on
his blog. I, of course, gave him permission to do so and it is posted at
http://blog.chaukhat.com/, for December 18th. His post really lifted my spirits so much
during this difficult time I have been experiencing and I treasure his support and praise. I
cannot thank him enough. I do encourage you to check out his website to enjoy the
beautiful photography, to take a look at India, the country of my heart, and to, also, check
some of the other Indian blog sites. Too bad you cannot experience the incredbile food
via the internet!!
Thank you so much, Bhavesh!
Just a few Indian bloggers with whom I am acquainted:
http://blog.chaukhat.com/ - Bhavesh Chhatbar is a young Indian photographer, His
photography is also available for sale.
http://mumbai-eyed.blogspot.com/ - Deepak Amembal has several blogs. He is a well
known Mumbai photographer known as Magiceye. He also does a blog called
Pet Pride. His prints are available for sale as well.
a wonderful photographer from Bangalore. You MUST visit his website!
you on a visually exotic trip about this beautiful part of India which I hope, some day,
to see in person.
forum, he does discuss myriad topics openly and candidly. I, sometimes, wonder
how he can speak so freely without incurring wratch from some of the Indian authorities
and officials! Some of the topics, I don't completely understand since I am not Indian
and don't live in Indian but I always enjoy his blog.
who is now happily back at home in Delhi after working for over a year in Bangalore.
His blog is about his personal life. Admittedly, he is much busier enjoying his free time
with his friends and family than he was previously, far from home!
http://bangalore-city.blogspot.com/ - Rajesh Dangi is a photographer whose blog is
Bangalore Daily Photo and I enjoy my daily visit to this Indian city.
http://isharethese.blogspot.com/ - Indrani is a blogger from Bangalore who writes about
her travels in iShare. Her other blog, Frozen Moments, at
http://indisnapshots.blogspot.com/ is a fun task where she provides a photograph and
asks you to suggest captions..
http://visions-priyanka.blogspot.com/ is the blog of Priyanka Bhowmick of Assam, India.
She is a published writer, poet, and photographer and her blog, Lens and Verses is a
lovely place to spend some time.
http://www.incenseandanklebells.com/ - I just love Geeta's blog with its beautiful
name, Ankle Bells and Incense. She is an American, a young college graduate
who spent time in India and is of Indian background. Her writing is delightful.
http://www.brajas.com/ is the blog of Braja Sorensen who lives in Mayapur,
India. Lost and Found in India is truly a treasure. My only complaint is that Braja
does not write daily.
Of course, there are many other Indian bloggers I have yet to discover! My blog list is
already so numerous, I spend over ten hours a day at my computer reading other blogs,
writing my own, commenting and writing comments. Heavens, what did I ever do when I
was working! If you have time in your day, I encourage you to check out some of these
wonderful bloggers from India or the other bloggers listed on my blog.