.... be a part of "Maitri"

"MAITRI" - a friendship chain

>> Monday, March 14, 2011

Hello Friends,

In last few weeks, many of you might have seen posts related to a wonderful friendship chain of food bloggers and non-bloggers alike called "Arusuvai". The moment Priya and I saw it (and I am sure many of you too), we so wanted to participate in it. But, then when we contacted the creators, we got to know that it is only for bloggers from India. Then, we kept thinking what to do to participate it.

And, what could be better than to start something similar over here in USA and Canada area. So, here we are (Priya and I) with this wonderful announcement, which we are sure many of you wanted to be part of and would surely participate (We are counting on that, so don’t let us down… lol).

So here we go with the beautiful banner!!

We are naming our chain as “MAITRI”, which in Hindi/Sanskrit means “Friendship”. This is going to be a chain, where we will have fun with food and make lots of new friendships.

Here is how it will work.

The main concept is that bloggers send “Mystery Ingredient” to each other (through regular mail USPS/UPS/FedEx) and then have fun cooking with it. Every blogger, who is interested in this chain will let us know through commenting to this post. As, we have bloggers interested coming in, we will be matching bloggers. It means that matching blogger “A” with blogger “B” and blogger “C”, and then blogger “A” will be sending “mystery ingredient” to blogger “B” and “C”. And then, blogger “B” and “C” will have fun identifying the mystery ingredient (if it is not already mentioned), cook with it, share the recipe with everyone. Then, each of blogger “B” and “C” will send another mystery ingredient to 2 other bloggers. I hope this explanation makes sense. If you have any questions, feel free to send us email or leave a comment and we will clarify.

Here are some basic rules for this chain:

1. It is open to both Bloggers and Non-Bloggers.

2. This is NOT restricted to Indian origin bloggers and anyone and everyone who owns a food blogger or a food enthusiast (non blogger) is eligible.

3. Bloggers and Non-Bloggers must reside in USA and Canada ONLY.

4. Bloggers and Non-Bloggers will be matched randomly by Reshmi and I and we will notify the respective bloggers and also maintain a page on our blogs which will be updated every few days.

5. Mystery Ingredient HAS TO BE STRICTLY VEGETARIAN (no meat or seafood or related products are allowed. If you have any doubts on whether or not a specific product will be eligible, feel free to let us know.

6. The recipe that you will share with all of us which you will make using the mystery ingredient HAS TO BE VEGETARIAN. No meat or seafood allowed. Eggs are allowed ONLY in baking.

7. The post which you will make for this chain has to have “MAITRI” word in its title and should link to both Reshmi and mine announcement posts.

8. Using the logo is MUST.

9. The Blogger and Non-Blogger need to cook and share recipe within 1 week from the date they receive the ingredient. This is just to ensure the chain keep glowing.

We will continue this chain till all interested Bloggers and Non-Bloggers are exhausted. Once the chain is over, we will start a second chain in appropriate time period.

We are hoping a heavy participation. So, keep your requests flowing and let us begin the chain. To start the chain, Priya and I will be sending each other mystery ingredients and then we will match with 2 bloggers each and proceed with the chain.

In case of any query, contact me at reshrite@gmail.com or priya at priya.mitharwal@gmail.com.
That’s all for now. Take care till next post.

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Vimitha Durai March 14, 2011 at 10:56 AM  

Lovely event... But am gonna miss this :(

Unknown March 14, 2011 at 11:15 AM  

Hey Reshmi.count me in.Do i need to send a formal mail,or just commenting is enough.do let m know.

Kankana March 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM  

This sounds fun! I would love to participate. I do however have few questions about how to send the mystery ingredients . Are you suggesting us to buy the ingredients and then courier it to the blogger or we just let them know, and they buy it ??!

Anonymous,  March 14, 2011 at 4:39 PM  

A very sweet idea, would love to participate :)

veena March 14, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

would have loved to be a part of Maithri, but me residing in India:-(

Gauri Trivedi March 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM  

Hi Reshmi..the idea of "Maitri" is superb but I am a little concerned about sharing address ...do you think there is any other way out?

vandana rajesh March 15, 2011 at 3:54 AM  

Very nice event..great idea.

turmericnspice March 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM  

first time here...you have an awesome space...and lovely event.

Latha March 15, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

Hi Reshmi,

Thanks for following my blog. Great event. Count me in.

Malaysian Delicacies March 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM  

Thx for inviting,but have to let go as am residing in Malaysia.Anyway's great idea and event.All the best.

Shubha Ravikoti March 15, 2011 at 6:09 PM  

Yippeee... U know I have always envied people doing the arusuvai.... now I am glad we can take part too...:) I am in :)

Sathya Sankar March 21, 2011 at 9:50 AM  

Hi Reshmi,

Wonderful Event ! I would love to join you !

Rani acharyulu March 31, 2011 at 8:18 AM  

Hi Reshmi,
Nice Event.I am glad to join you.

Valar Siva March 31, 2011 at 12:25 PM  

Hi Reshmi,

Interesting event, do count me in..


Mehjabeen Arif April 22, 2011 at 12:49 AM  

Reshmi.. this is such an interactivce event.. love it.. definitely COUNT ME IN.
and of course. u really need to guide me on how it works.. :)

Gerry @Foodness Gracious April 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM  

This is an awesome idea, I heard about it through Girlichef's blog and I would love to take part!!


Shobana senthilkumar May 5, 2011 at 3:11 PM  

Wow...interesting one...i like to join:)

Jagruti April 1, 2012 at 1:11 PM  

This is great! I would like to enter this event. Do let me know.

Pragyan April 25, 2012 at 8:00 AM  

awesome idea..first time for me to be participating in such a event! Count me in - looking fwd to my first partner... :)

Pragyan July 18, 2012 at 11:04 AM  

Are you guys still doing this? :)

Reshmi July 20, 2012 at 3:01 PM  

Hey Pragyan, we are not having enough participants. It's on hold for sometime.

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