September Gratitude List

Image Credit – Lily & Val 

September has been specially kind to me. I have experienced so many things last month that in no way can I let it go without a heartfelt gratitude for everyone involved.

Blog Love

I participated in the month long #MyFriendAlexa Campaign by Blogchatter from my food blog Twinkling Tina Cooks to see if I could better my Alexa rank. I went in with some goal in mind – which initially was to increase the rank by few hundreds. But I guess I was being too modest about it. I ended up growing the rank by a good 47%. Here is my report card about the campaign.


SO THANK YOU @Blogchatter & #MyFriendAlexa

Making New Friends

I made several friends over last month due to this campaign. Some bloggers have been so inspirational that I guess that was the best part of the campaign – I feel much richer with these bunch of friends than the increase in rank! So a big shout out for Amrita Misra, Anindya, Atul, Sam, Saumy, Shalzy, Shalini, Raj, Ruchie, Deepa, Srikanth and there are many more to name.

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Bluey Back to Eating Mode

Teething in kids can be a huge thing. Specially if your kid has started teething late. Bluey’s teething started a little late around 11 months and for close to three months he had stopped eating, like really stopped eating any meal. He was just comfortable with milk and some occasional chewing on finger food. This situation can be pretty tough on a mom. He now has 4 full grown baby teeth, and three half sprouted lower ones. There are more popping up here and there, but the most satisfying part of it is- he is back to eating. He is having regular meals and enjoyed all the cakes and puddings that I made in September.


Thank you Indian Army

Terrorism, violence,  extremism, radicalism cannot be the way of life, even if a certain sections of a particular country think that way and want to make terrorism or extremism their way of life. The recent attack on Indian Jawans  in Uri, Kashmir was a terrorist act where 19 soldiers were killed. The soldiers of Indian Special forces carried out a surgical strike in areas of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to eliminate several terrorists and their launch pads. It’s for the Indian Army’s bravery, gallantry and valor that we sleep in peace at our homes. They sacrifice their sleep, their families, and their lives for us. And recent insensitive remarks by so called on screen heroes have saddened me. You have a Fawad Khan, who got all the popularity and fame in India, who goes back to Pakistan and thrashes India. And you have a Salman Khan defending people like Fawad Khan! Like seriously?? I have to do a separate post on this, I am so pissed with it.

So Indian Army and soldiers Big Thank you to you for keeping us safe and eliminating these nuisance!

Well that was September for me. How about you? How was your September? Let me know below.


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Okay now this is not the end.

September was awesome, I have planned to make October even better, It’s festival time, it’s that time of the year when a Bengali can’t keep calm. Yes it’s Durga Puja time. Entire October I’ll be sharing Authentic Bengali Recipes in my food blog Twinkling Tina Cooks. And it’s going to be 31 days of Writing in here. So enjoy people. Happy October


I am taking part in the Ultimate Blogging Challenge, 31 Days of Marathon Blogging with Daily Chatter. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram to stay updated with #TinaWrites and #TinasBongConnection


26 Comments on September Gratitude List

  1. Mukesh
    October 2, 2016 at 6:28 am (2 years ago)

    First of all, growing the rank by a good 47% is too good Tina. All the best for your future blogging.

    My Gratitude List

    – Thank you God for the lovely September I had.
    – It was my birthday last month, had a get together with my friends at my house, and we enjoyed all. My wife and daughter, both enjoyed and had a lot of fun.
    – Also, last 8 months have been great too. Since my wife’s pregnant, and I thank God for the healthy and balanced life she had in these 8 months.
    – And, of course, thanks to Indian Army for keeping us safe.
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    • tinabasu
      October 2, 2016 at 4:05 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Mukesh. Congratulations and all the best to you and your wife.

  2. Atulmaharaj
    October 2, 2016 at 6:35 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks a lot Tima for the mention ! Looking forward to the Bong food festival on your food blog 🙂

    • tinabasu
      October 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm (2 years ago)

      you are welcome Atul. BTW Tima is a nice alternative!

  3. Amrita Basu (Misra)
    October 2, 2016 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks Tina for the kind words.Will be doing the gratitude list and copy your report card idea.Great post.

    • tinabasu
      October 2, 2016 at 5:47 pm (2 years ago)

      thanks Amrita, you have inspired me in so many ways last month!

  4. Rohan Kachalia
    October 2, 2016 at 10:40 am (2 years ago)

    What a gratitude post! Superb Tina. 🙂 I am looking forward to the authentic Bengali dishes which I am sure will be nothing less than mouth-watering! 🙂 And yes congrats on that brilliant stats.

    • tinabasu
      October 2, 2016 at 5:49 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much ROhan. yes Posts will be up next Tuesday on wards.

  5. Anindya Sundar Basu
    October 2, 2016 at 11:13 am (2 years ago)

    Wishing you a great October ahead. Wishing you and your family a great Durga Puja. Have great time and happy blogging. Thanks for the mention

    • tinabasu
      October 2, 2016 at 5:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Wishing you and your family a Happy Durga Puja too Anindya.

  6. Shalini R
    October 2, 2016 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the mention, dear Tina. It was fun doing the campaign with you. I love your enthusiasm and commitment. So much to learn from you! All the best for this Oct campaign as well. I’m looking forward to the yummy Bengali treats. Lots of love 😘

    • tinabasu
      October 2, 2016 at 10:22 pm (2 years ago)

      You are most welcome Shalini. yes will start sharing soon. Lots of love from me too

  7. Rajlakshmi
    October 2, 2016 at 12:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome list there Tina… congratz on your ranking and growth 😀
    So happy to know Bluey is back to eating… it can be so stressful otherwise.
    Thank you so much for the mention 😀
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    • tinabasu
      October 2, 2016 at 10:32 pm (2 years ago)

      Seriously that hunger strike was giving me nightmares! Thank you Raj

  8. Alana
    October 2, 2016 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I also (as a former military wife) thank those serving and those families supporting them, who (together) keep us all safe. “Terrorism, violence, extremism, radicalism cannot be the way of life” such a true statement. I hope to stop into your recipe blog now and again this October.

  9. Mayura Amarkant
    October 3, 2016 at 12:28 am (2 years ago)

    What a brilliant post! I simply love the way you have expressed gratitude.
    It has taught me to be more appreciative in life. Thank you!

  10. Menaka Bharathi
    October 3, 2016 at 1:42 am (2 years ago)

    Good list of gratitude! congratulations on the alexa rank!

  11. Ramya Rao
    October 3, 2016 at 7:56 am (2 years ago)

    This is such a nice list,Tina. And congratulations on your Aexa rank growth. Your rank is awesome and so are you. 🙂
    Looking forward to the Bengali treat.
    Have a great october! ❤
    P.S. Please post a lot of vegetarian recipes 🙈
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  12. Pratikshya
    October 3, 2016 at 10:47 am (2 years ago)

    Wow alexa rank improvement is really great feat achieved… awesome.. I can’t imagine if I can do that… Well done.. and liked your gratitude list and round up of the month…
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  13. Ruchi Verma
    October 3, 2016 at 12:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for mentioning me 😍 Lots of love n success to u .. m glad to be called as your friend!!! Looking forward for more recipes…

  14. Saumy Nagayach
    October 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey Thanks for the mention,Tina! You made many fans also last month and am one of them 😉 Well, loads of love to Bluey! He’s a rockstar! 🙂

    Also,keep updating your food blog with more and more awesomeness! 🙂

    And Happy Durga Puja! Have a fab month ahead! 🙂
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  15. Obsessivemom
    October 5, 2016 at 9:56 am (2 years ago)

    Congratulations on the Alexa Rank improvement – that is a huge step forward. Teething is a hard time for both the kid as well as the parent. But they do look the cutest with four teeth and the smiles are to die for. Glad he’s back to eating. Need to go check out your food blog.
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  16. Vasantha Vivek
    October 5, 2016 at 12:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Happy to read about your gratitude list, Tina. Congrats for your alexa rating. Best wishes for your 31 days of blogging.
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    October 5, 2016 at 11:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Awww thanks so much for mentioning me in this list – And let me say the feeling is mutual.I love your graphics proweress and love the way you share the knowledge. I know some people who ignored my questions or gev me very confusing answers when I asked for help for my blog – you are someone who rocked it for me everytime. Kudos and thanks
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  18. Deepa
    October 8, 2016 at 10:50 am (2 years ago)

    Hey thanks for mentioning me Tina..Glad to be your friend too..Keep rocking 🙂
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  19. dew cool
    October 12, 2016 at 10:06 pm (2 years ago)

    awesome list of gratitude 🙂 best wishes for your blog journey


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