Mar 14, 2011

Interview with Mangala from Mumbai

"The World's my Oyster" says Mangala as she allows us to peep through a window into her life through her blog. Mangala loves to experiment the layout of her blog changing the look and feel of it quite often making you wonder if you have indeed arrived at the right place or somehow landed elsewhere every time you visit :)

Her blog is a proof for her creativity where she shares her handy work of crochet bags and mouth watering recipes. Her love for life and laughter is evident in her posts.

Here's Mangala in her own words, sharing with us one-on-one from her 'oyster'. The quote here is from one of her posts where Mangala has raised few questions. Does any one have the answers?

"Each day, the world is progressing, becoming better in science and technology, but are we losing our values? In our quest for becoming better in terms of wealth and status, are we forgetting to become better individuals?"

?Can you tell us a little about yourself? Please include where you are from.
! I was born in Mysore, Karnataka. After spending my initial years in North Kerala, we moved to Mangalore, the coastal city, where I did my schooling and then completed my education with a BSc in Microbiology. Got married to my best friend, Satyajit, in 2005 and moved to Mumbai where we reside now. Since 2004, I had been working as a Medical Transcriptionist, but I have always been inclined towards handicraft like embroidery, fabric painting, and now crochet. Recently quit my job as a Medical Transcriptionist and now spending most of my time with my hooks and yarn.

? How did you first get involved in blogging?
! Last year when I was planning a family vacation to Rajasthan, I surfed the Net for information regarding the same as I like to be well informed about the places we go to. I came across some blogs who had detailed every thing regarding a trip to Rajasthan like what to do, what not to do, etc. These blogs helped me a lot to plan out every detail of our trip, and our trip went without any glitches. Inspired by those blogs, I decided to start blogging too, so that I could have a travelogue of my own which would not only help others but would also refresh my memories whenever I read it.

? What do you do when you aren’t blogging?
! When I am not blogging, most of my time is spent in crocheting and sometimes trying out new recipes, both of which I reflect in my blog. I also like to travel a lot to see new places.  I am also fond of reading, mostly nonfictional. I have a big collection of books, mostly bought during my travels.

? How did you come up with the name for your blog?
! "The world's my oyster" basically means that the world is the place where I seek my fortune. I have always felt that there is no end to knowledge. There is no age to learn something new. There is no limit to education. I love to learn new languages, learn new crafts, read about different cultures, meet new people etc. There is always something to learn in this world. A new lesson each day. Knowledge takes care of you, and you take care of your riches. Therefore the world is my oyster!

? What is your favorite post that you have written? What makes it special?
! All my posts are special to me. They are a reflection of my thoughts and my feelings. My posts on crochet and recipes are also special as they help me share my knowledge and I believe one can only learn more by sharing one's knowledge.

? Any regrets about any of your posts?
! None.

? Tell us a joke please.
! It is difficult for me to remember a joke, though I can have a good laugh. However, here's one which I read in today's paper.
Judge: Why did you hit your husband with the chair?
Wife: Coz the table was very heavy!!
? What can readers expect in your blog? What is it about?
! My blog is basically a compilation of my thoughts, my travels, and my creativity. It is like a journal which I had always wanted to maintain but never could maintain one regularly.

? Is there anything else you want to share?
! I am glad that I started blogging as I have made so many new friends who not only support and encourage me by reading and commenting on my posts, but also help me to better myself.

? Now, if you have a question for me (NRIGirl) this is your chance to ask.
! How did u come up with this idea of interviewing fellow bloggers? Thanks for the innovative idea though. It really helps us understand each other better.


A said...

I already read Mangala's blog posts when they are on general subject. She writes good and I can relate to it.

Good interview NRI...KEEP going..

NRIGirl said...

I am so glad everyone is enjoying this series @Mangala! I didn't think it would be such a hit.

It is not the idea, but the participation that makes it special.

Mangala said...

@A, thank u so much for always encouraging me with ur comments.
@NRIGirl, I am truly truly honoured. It is less than a year since I started blogging, n now others are reading about me and getting to know me better, all thanks to u!

anilkurup said...

I have not yet run into the blog of Mangala. I guess now I must go in.
I appreciate the humility in the statement of hers that,"There is always something to learn in this world. A new lesson each day".

Asma Khan said...

An Interesting blog will back to check in detail... :)

dr.antony said...

Nice to meet you here,Mangala. Will sure visit your blog.
Hepzibah,your interviews are going on was such a novel idea!

Mangala said...


Sir, thanks for your comments. I learnt that humility from my Mom n my Mom-in-law, both of whom are always eager to learn something new each time. My MIL at the age of 61 just got a diploma in Buddhist Studies and is learning Pali language all by herself. My Mom who turns 50 tomo, attended Sanskrit classes and computer classes until a few months ago.

@Asma and Dr. Antony, thanks a lot and welcome to my blog.

Bikramjit said...

Excellent answers and Now i Know you toooo :)
I guess hats off to NRIGIRL for such an idea so many people meeting Via her blog which is such a good thing making new friends and know more people ... Thats how life should be ..

I have been going to your blog too :)


Mangala said...

Thanks. Ya NRIGirl's novel idea has brought us all together. Let's all make the blogging world a better, more interesting place!

raji said...

Hi Mangs ,That's what most of her friends call her.We met through blog and realized later that we were college mates!!!She writes well,has good handcrafting skills .I own a purse which she did with her crochet and it's lovely.I wish her all the best for her creativity.

Mangala said...

@Raji, thanks so much...that's so very sweet of u!

Reshmi said...

Hi NRIGirl, first time here and I'm loving ur concept of interviewing bloggers.. Thru this I came across some wonderful blogs.. Gr8 job!! following u!

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