Who am I

Hi and welcome!

I am Hemangini, and thisΒ is my humble hobbit-hole over the internet. I am in love with the hobittses since I was a tween. Especially Bilbo’s home sweet home but I love the adventures more. Adventures run in my blood and since I am in no physical condition to go out and have them myself right now, I enjoy reading about them more than I did once upon a time. (Update: Dec 2016, getting better by day and planning travels too.. πŸ˜€ so happy…)

I am a simple girl in love with life. My belief is – you have got to be insane and crazy if you want to live a great life. People often ask me the meaning of my name… So, HEMANGINI means A girl whose body parts are made of gold. πŸ™‚

I – Read. Observe. Write. Have Fun.

I love to imagine tiny stories and jotting them down in my notepads. I love reading and exploring many different genres, my most favorite genre is adventure-fantasy and sometimes I like light reads. Did I say I go shopping for second-hand books especially because they have passed through hands and there are (sometimes) notes on many of them? I just love those!Β 

I have traveled one country so far The Great Britain, except my big country, The Incredible India. Jokes apart I feel ever-excited to travel and it keeps my head burning with far away sights all day (yes, work hours included no exceptions! I wonder if it’s healthy! hmmm).Β 

Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  IΒ have seen theΒ HimalayasΒ and the Hobbit Village, NZ and saw theΒ serene villageΒ ofΒ Scotland.

Β  Β  Β  But now I am tired of Googling & ogling the images and the written words,Β 

Β  I am saving for the trips instead!

Also, I’m a food enthusiast, I have a hearty appetite for almost anything. I love walking the city streets just to find something different. You never know you can find a story or something delicious to eat anywhere!! I love to cook but I hardly do much of it since my mom takes care of it very fondly (see how clever I am in hiding the fact that I am plain lazy?!). I love rainy season especially for the feel it gives to eating perfectly normal onion and potato bhajia with aΒ cup full of hot masala chai, as I smell the mushy smell of wet Earth. Oh & I love Vadapav, isn’t that the same as bhajia? Doesn’t matter.

To the point of madness, there’s an idea that keeps stirring inside me and asks me to write it in detail.

The main reason I have this blog is to explore life in a way I can not if I do it alone.

I like to listen what someone else has to say on certain topics and what people think.

Unexpressed feelings, unsaid words, things that can not be undone, are

the main reasons I am writing here. To explore life.

To explore the hidden world inside all of us.

The good, the bad, the ugly. No sugar-coating.

On a more personal note, I have yet to learn a lot about myself and I will make sure to keep you updated about it as I walk through life with my tiny feet. There is a lot of room for improvement and I am not afraid of criticism, so hit me with your best! πŸ™‚Β I believe life is beautiful and it’s here to be lived, no matter what circumstances you are in. Because circumstances are never in one’s favor, you just have to learn to make the best of it.Β 

Hemangini Patel Author Profile - Who am I... My Petridish
Oh & that’s me πŸ™‚

If you don’t want to comment, you can contact me here: hemangini@mypetridish.com or hp_224@yahoo.com

I can be found onΒ Facebook. Twitter. LinkedIn.Β Instagram.

Ja mata ne`! Genki! ( See you! Farewell!)

240 thoughts on “Who am I

  1. Hi Hemangini,

    Thanks for your visit to my blog… Are you a teen ? I am asking it because your writing is with full of energy… The fresh wave washed over me while I am reading … If you are not a teen then hats off to you for your current writings … Hope to know you more through blogging.. Nice to meet (or know??!!!) You…

    1. haha Thanks for your sweet words about my writing. I am actually in my late 20s. Loved your parental advice Shivi… Look forward to more of your writing. πŸ™‚ Keep writing & Have fun. πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Hemangini, thank you for dropping by my blog. That thing you say about travel and second hand books is me too πŸ™‚ Just that name on top and possibly a message makes me smile and wonder what kind of a life the book had. Looking forward to catching up on your thoughts x

  3. This is a delightful introduction to your life and I look forward to reading more. Thank you for the likes and follow on my blog, and the kind comments. I’ll be back bright and early tomorrow morning to visit yours – I have a demanding cat who puts me to bed at 8:30 every night, but I am allowed to get up at 5:00am (just in time to provide her breakfast).

  4. Hello there ! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for writing the most kindest words. I will take a look at your blog today. I have to make my son’s dinner right now πŸ˜‰. Thanks again.

    1. Having a child can be a handful job. That’s why I appreciate any mom who is blogging. Takes tremendous effort and must be something that makes one happy. Visit at your ease. I hope you like what you find. πŸ™‚
      Have a wonderful Sunday πŸ™‚

    1. Wow I am so late in replying… But thank you very much for this wonderful comment πŸ™‚
      I really love Scotland and I will surely visit it someday.
      Have a wonderful Sunday dear…

  5. HI, Hemangini! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on the 80 year old changing views of aging in China. I am enjoying my visit to yours.

    1. The pleasure was all mine.. I shared about Wang Deshun on my facebook page as well. Thanks for visiting back.
      Look forward to reading more wonderful posts from you. πŸ™‚
      Have a wonderful weekend.

        1. I look forward to your new post then.. πŸ™‚ I am taking part in NaNoWriMo this month and have exams, I am not so sure about my blog posts this month but I do want to write some. πŸ™‚ Have fun LeAnne πŸ™‚

  6. LOL – I agree! I think a little craziness can spice life up and keep it alive with adventure and daring πŸ™‚ Your enthusiasm is wonderful and catching, and bubbles off the screen! Have you ever been to Scotland? I hope you can make the trip one day. It really is stunningly beautiful. Blessings, Harula xx

    1. Sadly, I have not been to Scotland yet but it’s on my list. Will sure blog about it when I visit. hehe
      Thanks for the sweet words…

      Blessings to you too my friend πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks for this wonderful comment… πŸ™‚ My blog is a mess in my opinion, due to my job and all I can hardly give it much time.

      I will surely visit your blog soon, give me some time I just got online today, there’s a lot to catch up..
      Have a wonderful week Hardik πŸ™‚

  7. You express what so many of us writers feel – we love fantasy – in any shape or form – because writing is a type of fantasy, where we make up characters and worlds….even if we write non-fiction! I wish you lived close by and could attend my creative writing classes. I love watching my students (from 18 to 98 years of age) delight in the stories they create in my class. But reading blogs is a wonderful way to explore the world AND to learn from the writing of others. And blogging is a wonderful way to share YOUR writing, and your life.

    1. Wow you also run writing classes? How fabulous! I am planning to visit USA within the next 5 years, if I happen to come to your city I will make sure to come and see you if you don’t mind. πŸ˜€

      Writing is just fulfilling in a way that we can’t make anyone understand. It gives us wings. It’s like the drunkards feel great after drinking we feel great after writing. Bad example but that’s just how I feel, ecstatic and just happy. Lovely to talk with you, it’s fun.

  8. Hello fellow Tolkien fan! I too love the Hobbits, and New Zealand is high on my list of places to visit one day <3 It's wonderful to meet your acquaintance! Looking forward to checking out your writing ^_^

  9. Hey there! πŸ˜€
    Thanks for dropping by my blog.
    It’s a nice blog that you got here πŸ™‚
    And I totally relate with the old books thing I just love those old brown pages and the smell that comes from them πŸ˜›

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  11. “To the point of madness there’s an idea that keeps stirring inside me and asks me to write it in detail.” – I love this! I always tell myself that I have a lot in mind. No specific audience for these ideas though, so I write.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Happy writing! πŸ™‚

    1. πŸ™‚ Same here.. I don’t have any specific audience.. just writing is my goal for now πŸ˜€

      Have a wonderful time writing Jing πŸ™‚

      PS> what’s your real name?

          1. Used to be. At the beginning of the semester, I give my students options: MsJannet, Jannet, Ms J, just Jannet. No other titles. Most of them use MsJ. At the end of the semester, most of them become my friends. They then call me Jing or Yaya (a caring nanny con friend in Filipino language). πŸ™‚

          2. For undergraduate students: English and other subjects under the arts wing, methodologies in language teaching for English majors and graduate school; soft skills training and business-related communication for professionals. I love MsJ too. Hehehe πŸ™‚

          3. Wow… that’s awesome. I want to teach kids someday, the less privileged ones. πŸ™‚ I love your name and the way its said.. Ms.J! It’s fun πŸ™‚
            Nice to know you Ms.J πŸ™‚ Look forward to reading more of your work. πŸ™‚

  12. Nice intro πŸ™‚ I love adventures too, I’m ready to explore, imagine and most of all, write! Nice picture of you and rain is glorious! Though i hate the most-certain gloom that comes with it!

    1. hmm oh yes, rain does bring a certain gloom with it but it also brings wonderful warm food and drinks and moments we can spend reminiscing about our happy times or reading a book… Plus,gloom don’t last forever. πŸ˜€
      hehe I’d love to read more about your adventures. Thanks for such a beautiful comment πŸ™‚

      Have a wonderful night. Bless you.

  13. Hello and thanks for the visit! Since it looks like you’re interested in seeing the world, any time you feel the urge to roll down the road less travelled just let us know, we would be happy to share our roads with you and point out the sights along the way.

    1. Your most welcome & it’s my pleasure. aaah, sure? I might just take you up on that quite literally.. Even if it takes time. haha
      Who would say no to such a beautiful place. Thanks so much for the kind comment dear. πŸ™‚
      have a wonderful day.

  14. I absolutely love the fantasy genre, fellow hobbit! I had an old copy of The Hobbit – one of my uncle’s and I read it when I was a teen too! Heading to your Anime/Manga page now! Vadapav love!πŸ˜€ looking forward to your posts!

    1. Anime/Manga has no posts yet.. Sorry about that, will be adding some soon. πŸ™‚

      The Hobbit is a wonderful book, specially those that have been read by others before. :d hehe I have an old copy as well. Hifi! Nice to meet you πŸ˜€

      thanks for the encouragement. Will make sure to live up to it. πŸ™‚

      See you. Have a great evening.

  15. Oh! that’s YOU in the picture.
    All these days I thought it to be your daughter.
    How come I missed reading your this Post. Who are YOU.
    It seems you wrote this About after a while of starting your blog.
    Its very interesting to know of your interests which has made interesting to you and us.
    “Keep Pouring and Exploring.
    Listening and Conversing
    Good Bad and Ugly
    Uncoated sugar Tabs”
    Shiva

    1. I wrote this one after ten to twenty days once I started my blog. I keep adding to it when needed. πŸ™‚
      hahaha I wish to have a daughter when I marry. Thanks so much for taking your precious time to read about me.
      I sure will keep going on. πŸ™‚
      Look forward to your next post.

      Have a wonderful day dear πŸ™‚
      see you

      1. Thank you! In India, daal or dal means lentil. However, my father, who was from Spain, made it up and said he couldn’t remember from whence his inspiration sprang.

          1. Salvador Dali’s paintings are beautiful. My sister sometimes refer to him as an excellent painter of his time. Too bad painters don’t get much recolonization when they are alive… Your name is absolutely beautiful and it’s unique. Love it. πŸ™‚

            Have an excellent weekend dear. πŸ™‚

  16. Ohhhh Hamangini, it’s so nice to meet you. I know it took me a few days to finally get over here to your blog (thanks to my crazy busyness), but I’m glad I made it today. You sound like such a charming individual. Quick question for you… Do you live in India? Where about in India?
    πŸ™‚ <3

    1. I am also not able to give as much time to blogging as I would love to but sometimes I make it. Thanks a lot for coming over and saying such lovely things dear. Yes, I am from Gujarat, India. πŸ™‚
      Now that you have aroused my curiosity, have you been here?

      1. You are more than welcome Hemangini.
        I have been to India twice. I was there in 2000, when I traveled to Calcutta, Darjeeling and Pedong. And then I lived in Jaipur, Rajasthan for almost three months while my husband was doing a media course.
        πŸ™‚

        1. Great, east and then northern-west. Rajsthan is rather colorful. I myself have not yet visited the East.. the next time you visit I will be more then happy to show you my Gujarat or any city I am living in. πŸ™‚

        1. Of course I will. I am so sorry that I am not being able to come online as much as I want to be. Visiting right now, don’t know when I will come next.

  17. Hello, Hemangini. What a fascinating About page. It seems you’re a lady of many loves and many interests. You’ve shared a lot about yourself in that relatively short piece. I share your passion for travel. The world is a huge and wonderful place, and my aim is to see as much of it as I can. As for reading… That has been my biggest love as far back as I can remember. I’ll look forward to reading more of your interesting posts.

    1. Thanks so much for this wonderful comment. You made my day. I love your travel pieces Millie. I only hope I will be able to visit all those interesting places you share about.

      Have a great day dear πŸ™‚

      1. Thank you! πŸ™‚ I seem to do a lot of travel/history posts at the moment. I’m missing doing the flash fiction, but I’m leaving that alone until my book is finished. πŸ™‚

        1. I read in your posts that you are writing a new book. Wish you all the best for it. πŸ™‚ Your travel pieces are wonderful too, don’t stop them. I love reading them. πŸ˜€

          have a great day πŸ™‚

          1. Thank you! I’m away from home again at the moment, just until next Tuesday. I love to visit lots of places so I can write about them on my blog. Today we went to see Stonehenge, which was really great. Have a lovely week, too. πŸ™‚

  18. I just started to re-read J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Ring” series, starting first with his “The Hobbit” and then I will end with his “Silmarillion” book so I was very pleased that you like those books as well! It has been quite awhile since I’ve read those books so it will be like becoming reacquainted with old friends!

    1. Wow I can’t imagine the happiness you must be feeling by re-reading these wonderful fantasy books. I am going to re-read them too. It is just so much fun. Gives you the sense that you are following or walking along with them. I don’t have the other books of Tolkien though. Tell me how you like them when you are done. It will be fun to discuss or learn what you think.

      Have lots of fun Jene πŸ™‚
      Thanks for visiting my blog dear.

    1. Hi dear πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the award and I heartily appreciate it. I am a award free blog but I am happy you considered me for it. Thanks a bunch. πŸ™‚

  19. Yes to the Hobbitses and Himalayas. I’ve enjoyed Great Britain and India too, but lately I mostly want to go back to Germany and Spain. Nice to share notes with you! Gary

    1. Good to know that Gary…I have visited Spain & Germany only in my imagination, gotta see for real some day. Look forward to more of your works.
      Have a great day πŸ™‚

  20. Nicely detailed bio. I share your interest of shopping for second-hand books although my reason for that is the cheap prices for original works as well as the sepia or yellow-tinted pages. I love Sunday markets for just that reason. I’m a foodie too but try avoiding oily/junk foods. Eat healthy, live healthy is my motto!
    Hope to read more from you.
    Have a great day. god bless. πŸ™‚

    1. Wow sunday markets in Mumbai are just awesome… You are so lucky to be able to go often… πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week πŸ™‚ Bless you

      1. I think there’s some confusion as I don’t live in Mumbai. I used to go to the Sunday Pasti (scrap) market in Bhuj when it used to be held, buying old books from the shopkeepers. Or the Gandhi Road shops in Ahmedabad whenever I get to go there.
        Nevertheless, have a great evening. πŸ™‚

  21. Alas, I’m not a fan of Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit, but you sound like a perfectly wonderful, enthusiastic and book-loving person. (And I share your love of food! I love vada-pav as well). Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for the follow.
    I look forward to reading your work.

    1. Wow you like Vada pav? excellent! Being a fan of Hobbit isn’t necessary to be blog buddies πŸ™‚ But loving food is.. hehe
      Really likes your poems. Thanks for visiting back.
      Have a wonderful week ahead.

  22. Hi Hemangini! Thank you so, so much for all your many likes, comments and the follow!! ItΒ΄s amazing: I also loooove hobbits, always wanted to live in the Shire, especially in Bag End;) The only thing I could not tolerate are the feet;) ThatΒ΄s why I tend to imagine myself as a hobbit-elf-hybrid! (Love those pointy ears!)
    IΒ΄m looking very much forward to read more from you! Have a lovely week ahead of you! Sarah πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Marina πŸ™‚ Have you seen Sinbad movie? the animated one, the main woman character’s name is Marina and she is my favorite person… haaha
      The drawing was done by my sis, thanks for the compliment. πŸ™‚

      Pleased to meet you too… πŸ™‚ Have a great time.
      see you

    1. I like how you said, EXCITING… haha

      I remember reading your blog and thinking the same! It’s fun to find alike people…. Look forward to read more from you too πŸ™‚

  23. Very nice to meet you! I also love second hand books and bookstores and I would love to visit the hobbit holes in NZ. Fantasy books are one of my favorites too- have you ever read a book titled “Inkheart”? It is one of my all time favorites and I think you may like it too. I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    1. I have not read ‘Inkheart”, I have tons of books to read but hardly any time. But I will keep this one in mind.

      Great to meet someone who likes second hand books, bookstores and Hobbitses πŸ˜‰ I hope we both will get to visit the hobbit holes in NZ. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by dear πŸ™‚

    1. I have not written much adventure or food stories yet but I sure will. πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by πŸ™‚ I loved your blog! Look forward to read your work too.

  24. Hello Hemangini! It is very nice to meet you. It appears you live in a city or close enough to one. If we swap houses I can only stay for a weekend as I am not a fan of cities and need the quiet of a village with less than 100 people. I also see you are a Lord of the Rings fan. I’ve only seen the first film but have not read the books or seen any of the other films. I guess I am simply not a fan of the genre. That being said, I love your petridish so far and look forward to reading more about your love of food, culture, heritage and virtual travel πŸ™‚ Cheers, Thomas

    1. Awww that is so cute Thomas. But I live many countries far and we can only swap our places by air travel of maybe 28 hours! I guess I should simply shift to your village since I also want to live in a small village with less then 100 people, am I acceptable? πŸ˜€

      If you like reading maybe you should read The Hobbit at the least, it isn’t a thousand page long mammoth and it is fun and adventure in forests and wonderful fantasy. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment Thomas. πŸ™‚ Look forward to read your lovely posts.

      see you
      Hema

  25. I must confess, I’m not a fan of Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. On the other hand, Basil is. πŸ™‚ You haven’t travelled through India? There are pretty many ‘surreal’ places in the northern and northeastern belt of India. I have a feeling you might like them. Thanks for stopping by our blog! Look forward to reading your take on life as is. πŸ™‚
    cheers
    Cheryl

    1. I have traveled in India but not extensively… I want to take the Konkan Railways just once to see the amazing engineering and the scenery. Look forward to read more about the travels on your blog. πŸ™‚ Your blog is exciting and I love how you both have taken a joint venture in this.. If you and Basil go to NZ and see hobbitton I am all ears to hear it.
      See you πŸ™‚
      Thanks a lot
      Hema

  26. Interesting about me page you have introduced yourself in such a nice way. Even I buy second hand books for the same reason thank God I found some one who thinks the same. My friends use to consider me miser. πŸ™‚

  27. I looked up Vada Pav. My goodness that sounds and looks delicious! I enjoyed this information about yourself πŸ™‚ Looking forward to exploring your blog! I can’t figure out how to follow you….
    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind words.
    Ellespeth

    1. haha if you taste vadapav once you might want to have it at least once a month. thank you so much for such a cheerful comment, you are sweet.

      if you can see your followers maybe you can find me there and click the follow button next to my name to follow me. πŸ™‚

      hope this helps. It’s a pleasure reading your blog. see you πŸ™‚

  28. Hello, Hemangini! I am so so so happy to have found your blog! It’s so inviting and interesting πŸ™‚ You are a Hobbit fan, have been to New Zealand (I hope to go there one day!), a food enthusiast…Wonderful! Thank you so much for following my blog, I really appreciate it!

    1. It’s my pleasure to read an ESL teacher’s blog. hehe I have not visited NZ & Hobbiton yet but I want to see them too. Thanks a lot for visiting πŸ™‚ See you

  29. That was such a genuine and absolutely straight from heart about me. I had a smile all the way through till the end. And yeah do let me know what your name means, am like really curious.
    P.S: Who wouldn’t love a Hobbit Home!! <3 πŸ˜‰

  30. Now that’s a lovely and straight from heart introduction!!! I had a smile all the way through till the end πŸ™‚ Tell me more about your name what does it mean am like really curious about it.
    P.S – who wouldn’t love to have a Hobbit home!!! <3

  31. Hi Hemangini, thanks so much for the “Like” on WordyGertie.com! I made my way through your site and I really enjoy your writing–it’s funny and adorable and genuine. I’m excited to read more πŸ™‚

  32. Thank-you so much for visiting my blog, for following me and for your kind comments. I love your about page! I also love Tolkien and have lots of 2nd-hand books too. I look forward to visiting your blog again. Best wishes, Clare

  33. A Hobbit fan…a food junkie..a lazy cook..haha…a writer and an enthusiast πŸ˜€ , things about u r grt…..am really looking forward to read ur stuffs over a ‘vadapav’ πŸ˜€
    J’adore ur hobbit style map….in love with it

  34. Just wanted to say hi and to thank you kindly for visiting and following my blog.
    Yours looks very interesting and I will look forward to coming back to learn more about you.
    Have a great evening
    Kind Regards
    Bob

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  36. It’s nice to meet you, Dear Hemangini. I appreciate your kind comments on my blog as well as the follow. I look forward to reading more of your adventures. Thanks a ton. Cheers. πŸ™‚

  37. What a lovely introduction about yourself. Thanks for visiting my blog which allowed me to visit yours and have a sneak peek at you. I have subscribed to you now and though I have very little time to read past posts I look forward to reading your upcoming posts. Be well πŸ™‚

  38. Hi, Hemangini. Your about page is really amazing and exceptionally fun to read. I’m a hobbit fan myself and even I love eating bhajiyas with tea in rainy season. Though I’m not a vada pav fan as I’m a northy, so I prefer aaluwada πŸ˜‰
    It’s good to know more about you.
    Looking forward to read your posts πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks so much Heena. You made my day!! I am so happy πŸ˜€
      I have to try aluwada, I never had them!:/ I love J.R.R.Tolkien so much! Have you read the novels too?
      I am looking forward to read your novel.

      1. You’re welcome dear!
        And yes, I’ve read JRR Tolkien’s novels… some of them even twice r thrice. I love the LOTR Trilogy, but I absolutely adore Hobbit <3
        But as much as I love these books, I'm a die-hard fan of Game Of Thrones (ASOIAF series.) Have you read them?

        1. Nope! I have yet to read Game of Thrones but I love reading it’s memes and I laugh when everyone is posting over facebook angry status about their favorite character who just died! πŸ˜‰ being an author is tough & George R.R.Martin owns it! haha

          I also have the same feeling about LOTR & The Hobbit! πŸ™‚ is this what it feels like when a book recommends a friend? dunno, maybe?

          1. Oh yes, this is how it feels. And GOT is a epic and George RR Martin is a legend (just like Stephen King) and they both are my idle…
            You have no idea what I went through when my favourite character, Eddard Stark (Ned) died in GOT… I’m still not over that shock!

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