Something about me and my blog….
Hello!? ……. anyone there…..?
I am Rakshanda (my friends call me Raks) and I live in West London with John, my best friend and husband for 30 years and more. I think John’s rather noisy (he would disagree!) and I am sort of quiet. John loves and knows music inside out and I love words, topsy turvy and the two come together and here we are. Between you, me and the blog, John is very very good with words too…….. shush!
My son Saqib and his wife Mariyam and my beautiful heavenly granddaughter Manaal (I call her Minnie) live in Karachi and I miss them deeply (thank the stars for Skype!) My brother Farid is also in Karachi and I try and visit as often as I can – it is hard living away from those you love.
We currently have 3 cats (used to have as many as 6!), moggies of course, Illu, Irina and Shimizu – our babies and we love them to bits.
After what seems like a lifetime, I retired recently and said hey! a lady of leisure I shall be and do all the things I had promised myself, upon retirement…..I could see myself gracefully (oh ok perhaps in my garden boots!) pottering about my garden, sun hat donned in eternal hope…. surely it was a matter of time and the clouds would lift, the skies clear and the sun take its sweet revenge …… or I could snuggle down in my favourite armchair clutching the huge tome I had promised myself I would wade through when I had the time or perhaps leisurely fuss over some crazy tofu recipe, or even muster courage, once more, to give in to the spell of the Seven Sisters – just once more to rise with the cliffs, touch the skies and dip my toes in the waves below – to experience that divine moment which is the South Downs and the call of the “Seven Sirens”! All those dreams of what I would and here I am, working like crazy to join the world of the Blogger!
Veggie -v- vegan…?
John and I have been veggies now for 30+ years and I gave up dairy about 2 years ago (John is yet to take the step). Had I not been willing to be honest with myself at last and face the truth about dairy farming, it’s possible I would have not embraced veganism (I LOVED eggs, very much!).
And this is how it came to be……about two years ago now, over a glass of wine or two and following a discussion on the cruelty of commercial dairy farming with my best friend Rani (she had gone vegan a year ago) she sent me a link to Gary Yourovsky’s Best Speech You’ll Ever Hear which sat in my Inbox for 2 whole weeks. I knew very well that once I clicked on play, there would be NO MORE EGGS!! Ouch! and I didn’t want to know…..but then, one bleak winter’s night I braced myself; made myself a cup of strong black tea with lots of sugar, found my friend’s email and Clicked Play – from the very beginning I was mesmerised by this amazing confident young man who believed and who looked his audience in the eye and delivered this impeccable, balanced, no-argument speech to students and there was no going back…. the next morning no frying pan, no eggs – WHAM! I had given up dairy and taken my first step towards a vegan lifestyle! I will admit that the egg gap took a while to breach; I tried oats, bran, toast with some awful greasy margarine which tasted of nothing, just grease (hadn’t found the right one yet) and almost gave up on breakfast. Took me about three to four months to hunt around health food shops and supermarkets and stock up my pantry and fridge – I wasted a lot of money in a desperate attempt to find substitutes and vegan products. I over-bought simply because I didn’t know what I was looking for – a ‘suck it and see’ approach until eventually having scoured the internet for information and advice from like-minded folk, I stocked up with all the goodies I now love and trust.
So if you too find yourself in the same place as me, willing to have a go at living cruelty-free but simply don’t know where to begin, I hope I can be of some help – feel free to ask questions if you’re stuck! I will be posting recipes, most of them quite simple and lots of other information on a regular basis so watch this space…..
Please bear with my lack of photographic skills – another learning curve which I am steering around with the help of my dear friend Bill (more about Bill later). Big thanks to Court Tuttle, Blog Builder Supreme who I came upon in my search and without whom I would never have set this up – if you are thinking of setting up a blog then www.theblogbuilders.com should be your first stop.
I would also like to thank all my friends who have helped and supported me in my efforts with practical help and moral support – wouldn’t have made it without……
Hope to see you and look forward to your comments – all constructive feedback welcome!