Tia, my passport to motherhood!!!

This is definitely a food and travel blog and I must have left you wondering, what’s a dog doing in here. Nonetheless, I want to share this wonderful phase of my life with you. Life’s a journey and I’ve promised to share my travelogues with you. So, let me introduce you to Tia, our princess and my first baby… a priceless part of my life’s journey.
I am a dog lover. A distant dog lover to be precise. So I’ve always been apprehensive about getting one home to be a part of my life. But the moment I set my eyes on Tia, all those apprehensions were burried somewhere deep under my love for her. She is a gorgeous dog. Well, I don’t call her a dog anymore and neither do I let anyone call her that way. Love changes everything for sure.
Tia, keeps me on my toes all day. She is loving, innocent, mischievous, and stubborn. I see myself in her eyes which are cutely hidden under the fringes of her hair. She has those big, round eyes which seem to have gathered all the innocence of the world in them. I love the way she touches me with her paws, jumps over me, follows me all around the house, practically every single things that she does. All the unconditional love that she showers on me and without expecting anything in return.
Being with her for last couple of days, has activated every thoughtful area of my brain. Can we humans ever be like Tia? Is there anything at all that we do unconditionally for each other? Is it so difficult for us to be like her? We are animals too… Homo Sapien Sapiens…aren’t  we? Although, an ongoing evolution has got us here with a brain that has enormous potential to bring the whole world down or just love each other with all our might and make this world “a” heaven on this earth. I could have used “another” instead of “a”. But I chose not to. I haven’t seen the first heaven after all.
Well, right now, I want to live in this moment with my baby… my daughter from another mother. Welcome to my world, Tia. I promise to love you the way you do. We have a long journey to travel together. And with you, this journey is sure to be fun…

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Warm welcome to BitesandPlaces!
My humble little blog has its own story to tell… my story… I’m gregarious being, vagabond at heart and have a monstrous appetite for food. I used to be a Human Resource professional until few years ago. To be among, with and for people was the reason I’d chosen this field.
Being in HR, I could only accomplish the ‘people’ part. I still yearned to be in those places I saw on TV and travel magazines and craved to eat all kinds of food that lulls you into coma. I didn’t want to be just a spectator anymore. I wanted to be in those pictures.
Luck smiled at me and I fell sick with an awful heart, lungs and liver disorder. Family said stay home. Rest.
Rest? Were they crazy? I grabbed this opportunity and quit my job; to pursue my passion – people, places and food.

Being on my own gave me lot of spare time for all the three.
I’m not a professional cook, but I’m mighty passionate about cooking. Although Indian, BitesandPlaces does not restrict itself to just the dishes of my country, which are toothsome beyond doubt. I’ve also tried to put together a bunch of mouth-watering and eye-pleasing recipes scattered from all parts the world. A lot of them are a tribute to my mum’s kitchen, the ones I grew up with. Few of them are a result of my experimentation and few others, borrowed from my generous friends 🙂

I religiously follow Andrew Zimmern’s favorite quote – what looks good to your eyes, EAT IT!! After all food is something that follows no boundaries, isn’t it.

Travel, I believe, is about exploring new places, meeting new people, building new relations, soaking in their culture, gorging on their cuisines, discovering their stories and of course, capturing all of these in my teeny-tiny camera.

After having been there and done that, I was inspired to share my travelogues with you, encourage you to travel and in some way find a bit of your happiness through me.
Thus BitesandPlaces was born!

Life’s a journey and people, places and food are all a part of it. So, come along with me and eat your way through this journey called Life…

I like staying connected. And it’ll be a frosting on my cake if you drop a line or two at natasha@bitesandplaces.com.

Celebrate Life!!!
Natasha Gracious

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