I have been a regular reader and an admirer of Kiran’s blog for a very long time. Kiran left the corporate world to join her husband in America and started blogging as a way to stay in touch with her family and friends back home. She continues to blog about her adventures in a new country, which eventually lead to her passion for traveling, writing, food styling and photography. And somewhere along the way, she says “she has became a vintage lover (hoarder, to be more precise).” Without further ado, let’s chat more with one of my favorite bloggers. -sweet or savory? Huge sweet tooth!
– how has the transition been from the corporate world to that of a blogger in a foreign land? Do you miss it? At first, it was a little difficult. From having a nine to five job, that usually ran till wee hour, to doing absolutely nothing at all — it was definitely an eye opening moment in my life. I had to find a way to allow my creative juices to flow and address my state of boredom ASAP! Blogging helped me in doing just that. And now, after almost a decade, I don’t miss the corporate world one bit 🙂
– what’s a day in your life like? Being a wife itself is a full-time job! Especially wife to a husband that works from home 🙂 Here’s a personal blog post that I wrote about my daily routine. A lot have changed since, but this is the gist http://kirantarun.com/blog/2011/03/10/routine/
– your blog posts are always so positive – how do you always manage to be in such high spirits? Have a great sense of humor, able to laugh at myself and just being silly — all the time. Most importantly, surround yourself with positive people that brings out the best in you 🙂
– what are some of your favorite places to travel? Or any plans for 2015? I’ve traveled so much, domestically and back home. I have my heart set in NEW YORK and INDIA. It’s just mesmerizing, every single time. There’s no out of the usual plans for 2015, except visiting families back in India & Malaysia. We are hoping to visit Europe someday 🙂
– if you had to pick the top 3 recipes from your blog for everyone to know- what would they be?
– I love your photographs/moods/styling/lights everything… What are some of your tips for a novice photographer?
- Do not invest in expensive gears unless and until you’ve mastered the basics of DSLR settings. The manual book and a lot of test shoots are your best friends.
- Your eyes are your lens, and your heart is the shutter. Your photos should translate a story. Capture it with your lens and write your story.
- Try to find the “light” that works for your styling.
- There are a bazillion recipe on brownies. Don’t ever doubt about posting your version. The story-telling would always be different and can be distinguished.
- Don’t compare your photographs with others. Give yourself credit too, learn and don’t be afraid to ask.
- And most importantly, DON’T EVER KEEP YOURSELF HUNGRY WHILE SETTING UP AND TAKING SHOTS.
– where will I most likely find you on a Friday night? Out with husband and/or friends for dinner/movies
– what are some of your prized vintage findings? So many! But these are some of my fave:
– where do you find inspiration for your recipes? My mom’s recipe collections from years ago, my mother in law, cookbooks, magazines and my brain 🙂
– do you wish you had known about certain things prior to entering the blogging world? Not really. I think everything happened for a very good reason and I’ve embraced it, as is 🙂
– if we were having coffee together, what would you tell me? That you are so beautiful, in person. And then I would proceed to suggest that we NEED to have french pastries NOW, all while you are still in daze after receiving the compliment. I’m a passionate food manipulator, so only coffee will not cut it 😉
Thank you so much Kiran for hanging out with me today and I really hope there is coffee and French pastries for us together in the near future!
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