October 7, 2013

An Update & A Sneak Peek

October 7, 2013
Where did the late spring and summer escape? Trees are, again, woven in a mix of yellow and chilly Nordic breeze. I’ve been so absorbed in book-writing that a full season of blossom and green skipped me and I’ve only seen the daily tour of sun through my window for the past four months!
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Last week I finished photographing for the book. What a task! It was so intense that I’m not able to analyse it yet. One thing became clear though: my creativity is a myth! I started with a fresh mental monsoon of ideas but soon became drained, as if cracked, and helplessly dependent on the potency of prayer.

A well-known sentiment by an early 20th century sport journalist Grantland Rice “not that you won or lost, but how you played the Game” became the precept of my sportsmanship. I imagine marathon runners adapt such ethos when their glycogen levels drop and they “hit the wall”. Then, the seemingly endless road becomes the duty. It’s both, the path and destination.
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I have cooked all of the 108 recipes twice or trice, and will still cook some of them at least once. More I cook, more I’m torrid about food related ingredients, relationships, techniques and experiences. I’ve become a person who observes and notes down facts, patterns and transformations while awake and asleep, and contemplates them. In yoga, such stages of internalization are known as sravana, manana and nididhyasana. Writing a cookbook has actualized my interest in cooking.
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From now until the end of the year I’ll focus on the non-recipe content of the book and, also, process the images. During this time I’ll resume the blogging responsibility, too.

Some of you have privately expressed that the readers are losing their patience because the blog is in a dormant state. I’m sorry about it. The good news is that I have created a file of almost 200 recipes that didn’t make it to the book and will gradually unzip it here. However, today there is no recipe. I hope this post will bring us all up-to-date. Welcome back!
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Thank you.

51 comments :

  1. Welcome back! As usual, your pictures and food are wonderful.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  2. Welcome back Lakshmi. I missed you so much. It feels wonderful to have you back :)

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  3. I cannot wait :) Beautiful work

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  4. Lakshmi, your pictures have life do does your words, so real! Congratulation on completing the photo session.Hope autumn colour and crisp nordic air smoothens you from all your hard work, but whole world is looking fwd for your book, i'm one among those!

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  5. Welcome back....Now early waiting for the comeback recipe and book updates....tons of luck....

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  6. Welcome back Lakshmi! Your work and words both are very inspiring as always. I am so looking forward to reading your book and savoring each page as I do here on your blog!

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  7. Welcome back! I can't wait for your book.

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  8. So excited to see you back, Lakshmi! Beautiful images and words, as always. Looking forward to the book, and more gorgeous posts!!

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  9. It's been so long that I've seen you (mostly because I no longer visit my flickr page). How wonderful to read your ruminations and understand the turmoil and challenges you no doubt are experiencing. Bravo to the work, you will find great rewards. :)

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  10. Don`t worry about needy fans, yes it's nice that you are back and your photos are beautiful, but blogging should be about fun, not extra pressure. Good see you back

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  11. Thank you for posting again, what beautiful pictures! :-)
    Cheers from Danièle

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  12. you're the best! i love your culinary! congratulations, Radhe Radhe!!

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  13. Gosh!!! Your pictures always leave me speechless Lakshmi!! Congrats on completing the huge task of photography!! I wish you all the best for the book!! Hare Krishna :)

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  14. Welcome back Lakshmi. Although I missed your posts, just the thought of being able to cradle your beautiful book in near future makes me really happy :) It is wonderful to know how the book is shaping up. Wishing you tonnes of luck!

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  15. Have been missing you a lot, but I knew you would be busy with the book. I patiently wait, forever if I need to :). Cannot wait to see the book. xo

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  16. Welcome back Lakshmi, so happy to see your new post :D
    Missed looking at your beautiful photos.
    Waiting patiently for the 200 new recipes and the book too. :D

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  17. Wow!! I'm so pleased to see avocado featured in one of your photograph!! It was just last week I tried to do something similar with whole wheat flour, avocado, till seeds and whole lot of spices. Rolled them into chapattis and my DS, 6 years enjoyed it. Can't wait to learn from you! Welcome back!!

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  18. Cannot wait for your book!!

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  19. Welcome back. Missed you. Cannot wait to see the book.

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  20. stunning images. I'm looking forward to your recipes :)

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  21. Welcome Back! I have missed reading your blog and visually consuming your photographs. I love the way your express yourself through your words and from a lens...I am really looking forward to your book and hope you sell it on amazon. Am glad you are back to blogging, reading pure veggie is like fresh air!

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  22. Beautiful. Thank you for the reconnection. The photos and sentiments are beautiful. Enjoy the journey.

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  23. It will be a beautiful book with a beautiful soul. Hope you find the strength you need and the rest of the road a pure thrill. Good Luck and see you soon!

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  24. Welcome back with a good news about the book.. I bet it would be a piece of art...all the best!!

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  25. Yay! I'm so excited to hear your voice again and enjoy your recipes and works of art! Your cookbook is going to be phenomenal!

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  26. It'll be worth the wait.

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  27. Madhuri RadhikaOctober 08, 2013

    Happy that you are back and looking forward for the book - that would be the best present to all my beloved ones!

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  28. Your creativity is not a myth, it is epic! Your photographs are stunning, and so sattvic and soothing. Looking forward to holding this treasure of beauty in my hands. Jai Radhe!

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  29. Oh my GOD, cant' wait for your book, Im so happy you're back!!!! We missed you.xx

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  30. So happy to see you back here

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  31. Ahhh so so glad that you are back!! Missed you!

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  32. This time, checking your space what a wonderful surprise!
    Can't wait for your book to come out.

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  33. great to see you back!! Looking forward to your book - exciting!

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  34. Your pictures are very inspiring! I recently came across your blog and already can't wait for the book to come out. Great photos and tasty recipes! =)

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  35. "My creativity is a myth!" I do not agree with this statement :) Your creativity is exactly why people are drawn to your blog. I'm hooked to the beauty here.

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  36. Dear Lakshmi,
    Don't worry about speedy, needy ("hungry") people - everything has its time, and you have been immersed in honing, mastering your skill. The audience (here at least) has all the patience and understanding of the seasonal nature of ones' progress and quests in Life.
    I'm cheering you on, together with many of your blogreaders - take your time, dive as deep as you need, and when you emerge again we will applaud in wild excitement!
    Enjoy the journey.

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  37. We all need to make choices and yours seems a wise one and a good investment. I do always wonder where you go and then all of a sudden you are back. Lovely pictures, words, descriptions, it's calming to read and to look at. Love it. Keep up the great work. The world is ready for your book!! All the best.

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  38. So glad you're back, and I'm so looking forward to your new posts and your book! Thank you for all the work you've put in!

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  39. Welcome back! Tervetuola takaisin! :)

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  40. Welcome back, Lakshmi! As always beautiful clicks!
    Best,
    Sihi

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  41. very nice to see you again. cant wait for you to continue blogging. Good luck with the rest of your book, I am sure its awesome!!!!

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  42. Thank you for the encouraging comments!

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  43. You are blogging again!! I missed your post/writing and photos. I look forward to your book release.

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  44. What a beautiful work you're doing ! Please feel free to take all the time you need, be indifferent to the fact that we love it when you post here !
    Your book will be a treasure for the eyes and for the soul, no doubt. Your voice is quite unique, thank you so much for sharing it with all of us !
    Sincerely
    Florence

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  45. Terry CovingtonOctober 26, 2013

    I admire the fact, in this too-hurried, multi-tasking world, that you have been taking the time you need to focus on something important to you. It is important to do that, and important for others to witness people doing that. Those who are impatient for blog posts are complimenting you because they miss your posts; but perhaps need to slow down themselves and remember that everything happens in its own time. Part of the beauty of your blog is in how you demonstrate, through your writing, recipes, and photos, that every single moment matters. Your book, I am sure, will reflect this as well, and will be beautiful.

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    1. Dear Terry,
      Thank you for your in-depth comment. My observation is that older we get, less we're able to multitask. Time spins too fast. It’s tough enough to remain in the present moment and do one’s duty as well as possible.
      Greetings, Lakshmi

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  46. Welcome back, dear! I've missed you. I definitely relate to being too busy to blog, but unfortunately I haven't been doing amazing food photography while on hiatus. Instead I've been totally overwhelmed by graduate school and it being much more time and life-consuming than I'd expected. In fact, with every day, I become convinced that any progress I made in photography ability was a dream or a fluke. Your photography is clearly as gorgeous as ever and I can't wait to see more of it now that you're returning to blogging.

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    1. Xiaolu, we have to prioritize and graduate school is rightfully on the top of your list now. You’re still young and have all the time in the world ahead of you! The skill of photographing will remain latent until you pick up the camera again and start shooting. What you’ve learnt in the past will come back and expand. No worries! You are doing a much more important thing now.

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