Taste Of India

When Food Blog Desam had to close due to unforeseen circumstances, it saddened me. I have personally benefited from it immensely and had got used to this support system like so many others. When Indira suggested at Dining Hall that anyone interested could start a similar service, I took the responsibility to work out an efficient system like FBD. Also, comments of fellow bloggers at DH made me realize how important it is to have a good food blog aggregator. My friend and I worked for 3 days to make ‘Taste Of India’ happen. Taste Of India is on the same lines as FBD except for one or two additional features. I feel extremely happy with this wonderful opportunity that helps me give back to the food blogger fraternity from which I have derived a lot and continue to do so.

I am hoping all food blog fans and food bloggers will benefit from Taste Of India and we bloggers continue to enjoy exposure, increased readership and most importantly save time, like we did from FBD. We can’t thank you enough, Indira and Mathy, for your selfless efforts in bringing this wonderful resource to us.

The feeds of almost all the Indian food bloggers that I am aware are up and live at Taste Of India. You can subscribe to ‘Taste Of India’ xml feed [ http://www.connect.sailusfood.com/feed ]. Food bloggers whose feeds are yet to be updated at Taste of India, can update their feed address at ‘suggest a feed’ and any queries/comments can be left at this page.

Taste of India for you! Happy Republic Day and happy surfing!-:)

100 thoughts on “Taste Of India

  1. Oh my God! You are a lifesaver!! Awesome venture!

    Just one question. Is the timing PST? Cuz even though I post on the 26th of a month, it shows as 25th in there. Why is that?

  2. Hi Sailu,This is awesome… We have all been missing FBD, thanks for taking this on… The page looks great… I have submitted my feed..

  3. Thanks a lot for the effort Sailaja !! I immensely appreciate you a lot for the particular creation. When FBD was down, i was very disheartened, but now, i’m happy again. I will add Taste Of India in my blogroll right now. Thanks Once Again Dear.

  4. OMG, Indeed u are a life saver Sailu.. after FBD was down, I was wandering around and wasn’t aware of who was posting what..:) Thanks for ur sincere effort. My blog is not listed .. so sent u a request thru suggest a feed. Hope to get included soon..:D

    take care and Thanks for ur Republic Day gift to all of us.. in the form of TOI. btw love the simple yet elegant interface dear.

    ~ Siri

  5. Thats a great service Sailu, thanks to you and your friend for taking time out to do this…it’s nice to find all our favourite reads in one place 🙂

  6. Thank you so much, dear Sailu! “Taste of India” looks beautiful and I will enjoy keeping up with the latest posts.
    A huge THANK YOU to you and your friend for putting it together.

  7. Can I ever thank you enough!!!


    I noticed the post about BBB… it is by Lakshmi from Taste of Mysore, but the name Lakshmi links to Lakshmi of The Yum Blog. Am not sure if it is because of the name, I thought I’d let you know.

    Again, thank you ever so much.

  8. Sailu thank you so much for doing this. All of us bloggers will benefit from this and it is to your and your friend’s credit. A fitting initiative on Republic Day.

  9. sailu, we are speechless at the speed at which you accomplished this. and what a wonderful layout!!! let us know if we could assist in any way.

    bee and jai

  10. Hi Sailu…

    Cool of you and your friend to come up with such a fab idea..this is indeed a great help..thanks girls 🙂

    BTW. i have submitted my feed for update, please update it when one of you gets the time to do it…thanks once again!!

  11. Hi Sailu,

    This is really a great effort. Nice layout. Bloggers like me would definitely get benefited from this. Keep it up. I recently submitted my site to your list. Please update it. Thank you in advance.

  12. Thanks Sailu for taking the initiative. I have submitted my blog to add to TOI. Kindly let me know if you need any help with maintaining this. Thanks again!

  13. Dear sailaja,
    It is a great job done here ,I thank u and ur friend for this lovely initiative …Its truly is THE TASTE OF INDIA ..
    hugs and smiles

  14. Sailu! You are an angel – and so is your friend!!! I too was a bit sad that FBD had discontinued and was thinking of what to do as an alternative. This is brilliant and works wonderfully.

    Sailu, I can imagine that this was hard work and I really want to thank you. I would also love to help you out look after this wonderful work. So, I am offering my services to help with any “back office” administration that might be needed to keep Taste of India alive. Please email and let me know.

    Huge hug!

  15. Thank you so much Sailu and friend for this lovely initiative which no doubt must have taken a lot of time and effort!

    I have submitted my blog details to include. Thanks!

  16. hi sailu!!
    You are my saviour!!!!
    I actually lost interest after FBD stopped working. It made my job so hard as i didn’t subscribe to many of my fav bloggers as i could see their daily updates. But now you came up with this amazing idea!!! Love you sweetie!!!

  17. Can’t thank you and your friend enough for this wonderful effort, Sailu. We all benefitted so much from Food Blog Desam, indeed! I had been spending all my available time since it ‘closed down’ looking out for all my favourite blogs but it was really tough. This is a timely help:)

  18. u have done a grt job sailu..i was missing FBD..really thanku so much for ur patience and enthu in setting up “Taste of India”…its rocking!!!!

  19. Sailu,
    Thank you so much for taking this on. I just registerd my blog. Your efforts to take FBD to the next level are extremely appreciated.

    Thanks again!

  20. Dear Sailaja,

    Thank you for this wonderful Republic Day gift to the food blogging community. The TOI looks realy cool and very chic. Please also convey my thanks to your tech freind. Great job!

    (I’m sorry for the late reply. We were disconnected from Internet (cable service) due to winter storm, and it has taken four days to get the Internet connection back.)

  21. Hello Sailu,

    though i don’t have a blog, i would visit food blog desam everyday. since its closure i was wondering as to how to look up the blogs .thanks for setting up toi.


  22. I dont have a blog but was a regular visitor at fbd & was sad when it was down ….huge thanks for setting TOI ….and the title is too stylish and classy ..

  23. Hi Sailu,what you have done is most appreciable and wonderful.Thanks you ever so much for putting up Taste of India.Very apt title too..please accept my best wishes in this regard.

  24. Dear Sailu, what you have done is fabulous…. i and my blog were both mourning FBD…. thanks…i have submitted my feed….


  25. Hi Sailu,
    There is one mistake with my blog. I just saw there is another blog with owner Trupti. Under her blogs feed I am seeing my blogs entries as well as her blogs entries.
    Can you fix that problem?
    Thanks in advance.

  26. Hi Sailu,

    I’m a regular reader of your websie.Your creativity’s really great !!!
    Keep it up..

    I started a blogspot recently. I would like to join in your Taste of India..I tried several times ..but …it’s written ” double check and verify the verification code.” If you’ve free time please visit my blogspot and guide me how to join Taste of India.

    Waiting for a positive reply..



  27. hi,
    First congrats and thanks a ton for starting this blog…also i tried to suggest a feed to include my URL in Taste of India…i have not been very successful…so let me know if you have already recd my details….

    all the best..

  28. Hi….I would like to join in your Taste of India..I tried several times ..but …it’s written ” double check and verify the verification code.” If you’ve free time please visit my wordpress blog and guide me how to join Taste of India.

  29. These days I was just reading a few blogs that I regularly do and was unaware that FBD was stopped. I did see referrals from connect and when I did click it tells me it falls under the category ‘Sex’. Sailu request you to look in to this please. I want to be a user of Taste of India.

    Thanks in advance.

  30. Hi Sailu, awesome job.. thanks a lot for doing this.. I just left my blog feed details under ‘suggest a feed’. would be glad if you consider adding me to the blog list..!

  31. Hi Sailu, Taste of India is one spot for Indian blog , wonderful job that u ve done! I requested to add my feed. When u ve time please have a look.
    Thanks & appreciate ur work,

  32. hi sailu….U have great thing going on here.CHEERS TO U :).I have a small problem i had submitted my sitefeed and it was showing but now it somehow got removed.can u tell me how that happened?can u add my site feed again?

  33. Hi Sailu,

    This is a great effort. Bloggers like me would benefit from this. I would like to submit my blog site here. Please update it. Thank you in advance.

  34. Hi…
    I tried several times ..but I am not able to do so. It is asking me to verifiy the code. Please let me know and also guide me on how to include my Blog in Taste of India.
    Thanks for your time.

  35. Hi sailu, My posts don’t show up automatically here. I tried re-publishing my posts several times, but no use. Am I missing something?


  36. Hi Sailu, You got a wonderful site. I tried adding my blog couple of times, but it is not showing up. Am i missing something here? Please help


  37. hello sailu
    id love to be a part of ur database.. could u plz guide me how… i tried adding my name but it asks me to double check the code….

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