Hello Again!

by - March 07, 2017


I have been playing peekaboo on my blog for a while now and seeing a lot of new faces popping up here and on my social media, I felt it was time to re-introduce myself. I am Nielouphar and my loved ones call me Neelu. I hail from the northern part of Kerala, India, and Dubai has been my home since the year 2001. I moved to Dubai after finishing my schooling and did my higher studies (BSc and MA) here.  

I started blogging in 2009 if I remember correctly (yes, I have been blogging way before blogging became cool). Back then, my blog was titled ‘need to fight writer’s block’ because I wanted a space to improve my writing. I wrote about random topics and reviewed books before moving on to recipes. I started finding myself interested in crafts – happens when you have a toddler to keep entertained at home and a baby to tend to. So I revamped my blog a bit and called it ‘creating memories with TnA’, T being my toddler son and A being my baby daughter. 

I also saw my interest in food photography and recipe blogging increasing. I have to admit, my blog is kind of all over the place which is what my life is like most of the time. That said, it has never been about numbers for me, the number of followers or number of likes or number of hits. For me, it is my personal space where I write about things that I want to write about. Simple!

My craft supply store Pretty Paper Studio was launched in April 2012 and we had our third addition to our family, little A, in April 2016. With all the things going on in my life, my blog, now called ‘Neelu’s Journal’, takes a back seat every now and then, which is why I appear and disappear like 'Eid ka chand' (Eid moon). 

I am hoping to be more consistent and talk more about things I love, whether it be challenges of motherhood and raising children as an expat, or about running a small business in a super competitive world or a recipe that I really like and would love for you to try. That said, I have stopped taking guilt trips about slacking here as I know I am trying my best. (It's a huge relief to be able to say that out loud!) 



The one thing I want to get done for my blog and myself this year is to launch the podcast that I have written about several times. I called it my ‘super secret’ project back in 2014 and then again in my series called ‘spark on with Neelu’ in 2015. It is time for me to take my own advice and just go for it because the right time to launch a podcast (for a business running mother of three) is never going to happen! I am scared to the bones and feeling very vulnerable to the different hurdles I will have to jump through to get this podcast up and running. But I am going to do it anyway. Scary things are fun to beat! I will talk more about the podcast and why I am so adamant about launching it in my next post, in sha Allah. 

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6 comments

  1. Inspiring content, well depends for aheading steps

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  2. I love listening to podcasts and adds so much personal touch when it is from someone I know. So looking forward to yours :)

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    1. Yaay! I am so happy hear that, Tasneem! Thank you! x

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  3. Nice to be re-acquainted with you!

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