And now, for one last interview a fantastic mom who has been a part of our First Year! She hosted our Diwali Challenge to, and now, when she’s hosting our Birthday Bonanza, we decided it was time for us and you all to get to know her better.
If you are new, Life of Real Moms is a fortnight long, prompt based Photo Challenge that happens every month on Instagram with the objective of building a community, and you can read all about how it started and how you can play along, by clicking here. As a part of this challenge, every month two or more Insta-Moms will bring to you a lovely theme-based photo contest with exciting prizes and fun games.
A passion for fashion and the hunger for good food made Sharvari start her blog – Mumbai 2 Melbourne – 3 years ago. She is a recipe curator, a fashion chameleon and she can make conversations even with the wall. Mum to a super naughty 2-year-old boy, Rey, she juggles motherhood, work, and her blog, and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Let’s get to know Sharvari little better.
“Mumbai 2 Melbourne!” It’s self-explanatory, obviously. But tell us about the journey! What was it like moving to another country? Leaving your roots behind and starting afresh in a new place with a different culture.
Sharvari says, “It’s been 12 years that I have been away from Mumbai but I still refer to Mumbai as home, as my heart yearns for India. Initially I did not think of that aspect of leaving my country because I was studying here and hadn’t decided on moving to Melbourne for good until I finished studying and contemplated living and working in Melbourne.
Melbourne is extremely multicultural and there is a large Indian community here. It was easy to adapt to the Aussie way of life. Now I think I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have the best of both worlds.”
How and when did you start blogging?
Sharvari says, “I contemplated and procrastinated for a couple of years before giving in to my passion and started mumbaitomelbourne (now called Mumbai 2 Melbourne) in 2014.”
Tell us more about your interest in food and fashion. How did that begin? And how did you land up working in Marketing & HR?
Sharvari says, “I used to make design sketches since grade 5. I had a good eye for aesthetics, fabrics, and colors. However, at that time there weren’t many degree courses in fashion in Mumbai. So I ended up going into Marketing and Communications. When I finished, I realized I enjoyed it a lot and went on to study HR.
But the fashion bug never left me. Hence I started the fashion aspect of M2M. And also I love food and learning about different cuisines and cultures through food. Living away from home, I ended up cooking quite a lot and it became a passion. My grandmother is a great cook. Whatever I’ve learnt, I’ve learnt by observing her. My food section is my way of thanking her for instilling the love for food in me.”
You are a Maharashtrian married to a Punjabi. Living in Australia. How did you meet your husband?
Sharvari says, “I am a Saraswat Brahmin with Goan roots but born and brought up in Mumbai. So I’m a Maharashtrian by virtue of the state I lived in, I guess. I met my husband on the first day I landed in Melbourne. We were both in adjacent rooms in a lodge that we were staying in, initially. While hunting for permanent student accommodations, both of us being Mumbaikars we hit it off really well.
And the rest, as they say, is history. 😁”
How do you blend such vastly different cultures and keep the varied traditions alive when you are far away from home?
Sharvari says, “I have actually written a long post on this. But I would say it’s pretty challenging because you have to play multiple roles of a mum, a grandparent, a teacher, a disciplinarian, etc. Reyansh is only 2 but I have introduced him to Hindu culture. He knows how to do Jai. He closes his eyes and joins his hands in a Namaste while praying and chimes the holy bell.”
If you could be have an entire day to yourself – just to yourself – how would you spend the day?
Sharvari says, “I would book myself a hotel room and wouldn’t tell anyone where I was. Then I would simply draw down the curtains, put the phone on silent and catch up on some sleep. I’d say 16 hours straight sounds like a plan.”
What do you love the most about Instagram? How has it changed your life?
Sharvari says, “Instagram is hands down my favourite social media. I have connected with so many mums, readers and mum bloggers through it. Also I love visuals that speak volumes. My favourite kind of pictures on Instagram are food pictures.”
Is there anything you miss from your life before you became a mom?
Sharvari says, “More than what I miss, I wonder what did I do before, with all that extra time I had on my hands. I just cannot seem to find an answer to that. I loved sleeping in on weekends and I miss that as my little bubba is an early riser.”
How do you manage to keep it real when you look at other’s seemingly perfect lives on Instagram?
Sharvari says, “It’s funny you should ask me that. Because I was blogging about fashion and food for a year and half before I had Reyansh. The whole reason I started writing about maternity and parenting was to reach out to all the moms out there and show them that no one’s life is perfect. We all have our bad days and sometimes worse than bad days too. I think I’ve managed to keep my Instagram pretty real talking about post partum weight gain, sleep deprivation and the not so fun aspects of motherhood, amongst others.”
If someone were to visit your blog for the first time, what would you like them to read first?
Sharvari says, “I’d love it if you could start with these:
Thank you for taking the time out to do this. It’s so good to get to know you a little better! We are so happy to have you as a part of the LORM family.
Details of LORM BINGO 2018 will be up soon on LORM’s Instagram! Stay tuned.
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