Monday, March 14, 2011

"MAITRI" - a friendship chain

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 Reshmi 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 (Reshmi and I) with this wonderful announcement which I am sure many of you wanted to be part of and would surely participate (I am counting on that, so don’t let me down… lol).

So here we go with the beautiful banner!!
We are naming our chain "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. 
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.   When you send the ingredient, make sure you don't just send a sample and send at least enough to make one serving of any recipe. For example, try to send one cup (8 oz). or something similar.
7.       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.
8.       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.
9.       Using the logo is MUST.
10.       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.

Note USPS Food Policy (I personally talked to them) - We can send any Food Products (perishable and non-perishable), We can also include dry ice, if needed, but dry ice quantity cannot exceed 5 pounds. When we ship any food items, we must declare it on the package about the food item and making sure they handle it carefully.

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, Reshmi and I will be sending each other mystery ingredients and then we will be matched with 2 bloggers each and proceed with the chain.

In case of any query, contact me at priya.mitharwal@gmail.com or Reshmi at reshrite@gmail.com.


A running roundup of this chain can be found here. You can check the list of interested bloggers and their matching status right now here.

That's all for now. Take care till next post.

30 comments:

Now Serving said...

I contacted them too and got the same response :( But I am SO in with this one, Priya - Awesome idea

Priya said...

Wow keep enjoying gals, do anyone happen to think about the Indians living in Europe,wish i could join u guys..

simply.food said...

Whata lovely idea and a good way to make new friends too.Sadly I live in the UK so I cant participate.

Divya Vikram said...

I am in! I was jealous of Indian bloggers after reading about the arusuvai thread and wanted to email our group asking if we could start a similar one and there you are!!

sonu said...

this will be sure fun...but i m not in US so i assume i have to stay out of it :(

Rajee said...

Great idea Priya. I have been on a blog hibernation and am hoping this will jolt me right out of my laziness :-) Btw, do we send only the mystery ingredient and the receiver has to both identify the ingredient as well as a suitable recipe to cook with it - am I right?

Rachu said...

Hey great one.. I loved the name you guys selected... 'Maitri'. its jst perfect..
ammaandbaby.blogspot.com/

SouthindianHome said...

Priya/Reshmi,

Count me in. I reside in US

Rachu said...

I am Soo IN for this event.
ammaandbaby.blogspot.com/

Shubha said...

I am very much In dear..... Was wondering and A needs to send a mystery item to B and C both... Do they need to send the same item or different?

Richa Priyanka said...

We shd do this in India too!!

Priya (elaichii) said...

Gr8 idea! loved the name! will be a part too!

Shubha said...

I am impatient..... waiting for my turn :P heheh ;)

swapna said...

Count me in dear....

Srivalli said...

Enjoy girls..logo looks very cute!..entry added, have you fixed a deadline for the posting?..couldn't find one

Sayantani said...

All the best with this chain...hosting and being a part of this is great fun. enjoy your time and cooking with the mystery ingredients.

Pavani said...

This is going to be fun. I'd love to join. Logo looks awesome.

girlichef said...

Okay, count me in. I've been contemplating and wasn't exactly sure if I'd do it, but it sounds like a fun challenge =)

Sorry to be "slow", but I will be sending the ingredient of my choice to two different people...and then I will receive an ingredient from somebody else???

Platanos, Mangoes and Me! said...

i would love to be part of this...my blog is down and will be up beginning mid May

Diana@Spain in Iowa said...

I'm in Priya!! Just let me know what you need me to do? diana@spain-in-iowa.com. Also, do you really live in Rancho Cucamonga?? I grew up there!!! I grew up in the original Victoria. Most of my family still lives there! What a small world, huh?! Thanks for the invite Priya, I'm really looking forward to this event!!

Krithika said...

Hi Priya,
I would like to be a part of this..

Reeni said...

Thank you for inviting me Priya! I am sorry I am just too busy with school right now to take part. It does sound really fun! Can't wait to see what you all send to each other.

Rathi said...

Priya,
Thank you so much for letting me know about this. What a lovely way to make friends! I am IN :)

Sushma said...

Wonderful idea! I'm in!!

Vardhini said...

Priya .. I would like to join tooo .. I am already excited :)

Vardhini
VardhinisKitchen

Ansh said...

I have always wanted to do this. Thanks for the initiative and putting in so much effort.

Hrishi said...

Are you still taking participants for this one? If yes, I'd like to join in too.

Hrishi said...

Opps..I missed the part where you say "Bloggers and Non-Bloggers must reside in USA and Canada ONLY." ..I am in Australia...so I guess that rules me out :(

Archana Vivek said...

Priya, This sounds so interesting. I would like to participate in this. What are the things i do? can you include me in?

Nupur Mehra said...

Hi,
I am Nupur residing in the UK. I am a new blogger ,can I take part in it ?
Please let me know..

Thnx
Nupur
http://uk-rasoi.blogspot.com/

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