One year ago on this date, over a cup of piping hot ginger tea, I was chit-chatting with Divya about domain names. Earlier I had registered a domain name but was not convinced about it. We discussed a lot many names but none got our nod together. Running out of names and looking at the cup of tea, I told Divya why not just name it Ginger chai. Voila! She liked the name too… a quick domain search showed the name is available too and we immediately blocked it. GingerChai was born.
It’s been one year and what a journey so far! From a couple’s simple cup of chai, it became a big family of team members from various parts of India and abroad, adding their unique flavours to GingerChai and making a point that “lot can happen over a cup of GingerChai too”
On 8th August, ‘09 I received a mail from Mani Padma asking if she can write book reviews in GingerChai. In her own words back then:
Well I don’t know if I am competent enough but yes! I am an avid reader, mostly fiction and I would like to try my hand at reviewing what I have read.
Soon that month, I got a mail from Sir Pumpkin who boosted us and hinted as on how GingerChai could become. In his own words:
I notice that this is an interesting newspaper-esque blog or maybe a blog-esque newspaper, pretty much like Huffingtonpost.com! I would love to contribute here.
Thanks Mani and Sir Pumpkin for the confidence, trust in me and GingerChai and becoming part of it in its very early days and planting the seed of GingerChai – the e-zine.
Then we had on board, Radha Chandran who came up with her spirituality series and giving a new flavour to our brew. Radha Chandran’s series became very popular and it also got into our kitchen a wonderful mind called Ambi. As they say everyone can agree to disagree in a healthy way, he disagreed to Radha chandran’s philosophical concepts and it lead to very interesting and informative interactions in the comment section. It was a reader’s delight! Soon we had Ambi joining us and coming up with a wonderful series “Ancient Wisdom, modern relevance” and guiding us to the ancient knowledge treasures of our land. At the same time, when Ambi started his series, I got a mail from Usha who expressed her interest to join GC. She added her own zing and flavour to GC and surprised all of us with her new series “IndiRhythm”.
The aroma of our kitchen increased further with the entry of Sanjiv Vakharia who added a new dimension to GC with his auto reviews. Vidya Sury, Pramathesh, Ali Zaffar came on-board adding new aromas. March saw the entry of Anney into our kitchen. She re-invented her own writing skills and brought a smile in all of us through her musings. Month of April saw addition of two fresh minds – Gayatri and Pranjal. Gayatri literally tooned into our kitchen and then enthralled as with her new prose-poem style of writing. When Pranjal send his “The White Tiger” book review, he surprised me by his brilliant review, and then he added a lighter moment to GingerChai with his Pranjal’s law. The GingerChai’s aroma widened with the arrival of Manimugdha saying “Hic Hic hurray” and Tikuli Dogra making a free fall. Ritu Lalit is the latest to join our brew station and her article will be published this week. So with all this brilliant, wonderful people around GingerChai turns 1 today.
As writers, we all have blossomed under GingerChai, we explored new areas in writing, we learned from each other, we all developed ourselves as a writer, thinker, editor. More importantly, we found wonderful friendship in each other.
February 5th, we started Café GingerChai. We thought to harness the might of technology and evolve a community around GingerChai.We also decided that café would serve as the head quarters for many contests that we have lined up. We started with Finish the Story Contest. Soon after, we did our first upgrade to Café, adding networking and discussion boards. As we turn one, we launched Bloggers Premier League – the first ever unique team blogging event in Blogosphere. BPL is going to be bigger, better in the coming editions and we have also lined up many exciting, new contests after BPL first edition.
Readership wise, we are clocking very healthy rate and reach across the globe. Thanks to all Bloggers who comment in our articles and cheer us and thanks to thousands others who silently read and sip our flavours.
GingerChai turns 1 and cheers to everyone! Say cheers with a cup of fresh, piping hot GingerChai !
GingerChai Promo Picture: Models – Alex Xain, Shweta Shetty and Sanjiv Vakharia
Photographed by Ashok Hallur.