About me


About lime 'n' lemony; Ashima Goyal Siraj

I’m a dreamer, a wisher, a liar.. a hope-er; a pretender and a magic bean buyer!

cross the bridge when you come to it.

A close friend of mine said this to me almost 10 years ago and it has been my mantra since then. I am a very confused person; I do not know what I want from life and I do not know where in life I will be 6 months from now. Thus not worrying about the bridge till it comes works perfectly for me. If I look at my life till now, it’s been a roller coaster, something that I could not have planned and totally unpredictable.

I was born and brought up in Jaipur, Rajasthan. My first 16 years in Jaipur were the only stable years…since then I’ve been constantly moving places. My friends call me when they need packing advice! 😀 I’m currently based in Vadodara (Baroda),Gujarat.

I am an odd mix of an engineer and a social scientist. Left engineering 4 years ago when I moved completely into the development sector. Along with working in the social sector, somewhere in these last 4 years I also discovered my love for writing and for cooking too :). This blog began as my online diary and that is what it is; my thoughts on varied topics that can be bundled in one category ‘life’. Wonder why wordpress’ default category is ‘uncategorized’!

The kitchen is my biggest stress buster and I blog about my adventures there at  My Weekend Kitchen.

Volunteering is another passion and something that I’m very vocal about. For the last two years I have been working with an NGO towards promoting volunteerism amongst Indian youth and Volunteer Weekly is a small attempt towards that. Volunteer Weekly is a blog for celebrating volunteerism and sharing stories and resources on volunteerism with the hope that these would inspire more people.

I’m also a freelance writer and content developer. You can access some of my writings at The Alternative and Organic Facts.

Hope you like what you read!



38 thoughts on “About me

  1. Gazala Bohra

    You have been blogging for 3 years and I finally caught on…gosh which world am I in. Well loved every word , every article I have read so far.. Some snippets reminded me of myself , as I used to be in another lifetime…:) well keep it coming and make the posts more frequent. I am subscribing to your blog now bhabhi ji….

  2. Ashima

    I really try to be more regular and there always are so many things to write about but somehow there is always something else that comes up! 🙂
    check out my food blog as well:

  3. Akanksha Behari

    Like Gazala mentioned 3 years of writing but just noticed !!!!! (better be late than never). I loved your article on human trafficking, not that its unheard of but yes it hits hard when someone as close as you writes about the issue. I have always wanted to do something for children; repeatedly telling myself “although corporate jobs are well paying, when the time comes I will jump off this rat race wagon and do something for the young minds (toddlers)”. After I gave birth to my daughter, my mind became even more clearer with what I wanted to do however it was only until my recent visit to India that I realized this passion to do something is not for children who are blessed and born in good circumstances but for those who are not. Not sure how, when, where I will be able to realize my dream but reading your blog and the work you are doing in the field of development definitely encourages not to lose sight of that dream.

  4. hey there…

    nice blog you have here…something i can relate to after shifting from corporate world to that of photography and development.

    wishing you the best


    • Ashima

      Thanks Siddhartha,

      Just saw your work, really nice. I’m from Rajasthan so would love to see your book on Rajasthan when it comes! 🙂

      Good Luck

      • hi ashima, please contact me sometime. Its been a while. Settled in Kodur in andhra. See my facebook profile and see the work that goes on here.. Would be good to hear from you again.

  5. Hi, ashima,
    Thank you very much for wonderful write up and spending your valuable time with our villagers . I am happy that people like you who based in city still have a thought and concern about villages and eye for development people.
    Once again thank you very much for your write up.
    You are always welcome at sahaj !!!!
    Please visit again with your friends and family
    with warm regards
    all the very best,

  6. really liked…………….

  7. Love your blog!!

  8. This is great stuff to read.

  9. love ur blog!
    can we be blogging friends? 🙂

    • Ashima

      Of course! Would love to 🙂 I love your blog too and I wish I had known you before my trip to Assam! Though I had gone to Dibrugarh so little chance that I would have been able to meet you 😮

      • Hey! I am from Dibrugarh but work in Guwahati. Do you know someone there?

      • Ashima

        Wow! What a small world! One of our friend was working in Dibrugarh with OIL but he has now moved. So before the move we went there and went to Kaziranga also! I loved the place! As soon as we came out of airport there were tea gardens on both sides! Though the people living there say they get bored of it! And the OIL campus is so beautiful!

      • the world indeed is a small place 🙂 hope to meet someday!

  10. Ashima

    Same here! 🙂

  11. Wonderful blog. Had an unexpected opportunity to visit Jaipur last year and loved it! Wish I can go back. Cheers

    • Ashima

      Hello Jean!

      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your thoughts! Even as a local, Jaipur never failed to amaze me. There still are so many places that i need to re-discover!

      Totally in love with your blog and pictures!! 🙂 I am still on it 🙂


  12. Hey! I had nominated you for the Liebster Award. It’s a great way for newer blogs to gain new followers, and a way to discover new blogs. If you’d like to participate, please visit my post that includes my nominations and the guidelines on how to join in!

  13. Hello Ahsima!
    I have nominated you for another award. Check the details here –

  14. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle .

    • Ashima

      Thanks Prasad! Glad you liked the little bits I have written 🙂 And thanks for sharing, I love your writing!

  15. Hey!
    I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Check the nomination post here – http://dreamzandclouds.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/some-love/
    Congratulations! 🙂

  16. Hey!
    I have nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award. For details check the nomination post here – http://dreamzandclouds.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/some-more-love/
    Congratulations! Keep up the good work! 🙂
    Have a good day!

  17. asilora69

    Nice bloggg… I am Not Putt My Blogg Link.. So relax… I Like Your Blog.. Nice… And BEST OF LUCK..

  18. Hey! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Check the nomination post here –
    P.S. – If you don’t do awards or have already received this one, kindly accept it as my appreciation for your wonderful blog. However, if you feel like, you can acknowledge the award & share some random facts about yourself. That will be fun!
    Congratulations & best wishes! 😀

    • Ashima

      Dearest Santa!

      Thank you for continuing the Christmas Cheer in my blog! 🙂


  19. Hello!

    I have nominated you for an award. You can check the details here – http://dreamzandclouds.wordpress.com/2014/02/12/working-to-change-the-world/
    If you don’t do awards or have already received this one, kindly accept it as my appreciation for your wonderful blog. But then, if you want to, you can acknowledge the award & share that one thing which you feel can make the world better. That will be fun!

    Lots of love,
    Madhusmita 🙂

  20. Arka Chakraborty

    i was actually trying to download a good indian map , and i typed india map in google images ,,,, i saw a good map there and clicked it , i ended up in your blog …. though i was very busy at that point of time … but still i managed 2 mints of my time and decided to read your blog for the time being…. but the more i was reading it, the more i was getting interested reading in. to be very honest with i liked the way you portrayed your ideas , VERY WELL WRITTEN !! keep up 😉

    • Ashima

      Thanks so much Arka! 🙂 I am so glad you liked what the random ramblings of my mind!

      You kind of made my day with that comment today 😀


  21. Anand Subramanian

    Hi Ashima…enjoyed reading your blog on luanda and angola. I am on a business visit here and was wondering where to go for the weekend. Your blog on benfica market and things to do in luanda is good and i plan to go there on weekend. Are you still here?

    • Ashima

      Hello anand. Welcome to Luanda! Yes you can go to benfica on the weekend.. If you have transport you can even go a little further to mussulo or cabo ledo as well. And yes, I am still in Luanda.

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