About Me

Thanks for dropping by. I'm Anuradha Sridharan and been part of the blogging world since 2004. Have a cup of chai !! I'd love to share a few glimpses of my professional and personal life through this blog.

This blog is a collection of experiences I have gathered over many years, like a child collecting sea shells on a sea shore. Just like shells that have different sizes, shapes and colors, every person on this planet has multiple areas of interest. And so do I. There are 5 verbs that describe my interests - read, write, speak, travel and cook.

From my professional work standpoint, I'm an Independent Consultant focused on product management and marketing. I've been part of the software product development space for over a decade, working for both startups and large organizations. I've donned multiple hats so far - database developer, product manager and product marketer. Head over to my LinkedIn profile if you want to know the finer details.

My journey into healthy eating began when my daughter turned 6-months old. When family elders insisted that I should start her on Cerelac, I realized how the taste of it was exactly the same as paal payasam (rice kheer), loaded with sugar. Thankfully, this packaged cereal didn't agree with my daughter. There began my first phase in the journey towards feeding my baby healthy, homecooked foods. As a family, we took several steps towards eating more fruits, vegetables and simple, homecooked foods. We also eliminated most of the packaged/junk foods from our diet. In 2017, I was getting quite irritated to see how the food bloggers were irresponsible in promoting junk foods on Instagram. I wanted to take a different stand. There began another phase of my healthy eating - creating awareness among consumers on what goes inside packaged foods, help consumers understand the food labels and make conscious food choices. I have analyzed the ingredients and nutrition facts of around 60 packaged foods, ranging from breakfast cereals, health drinks, biscuits, juices, spreads etc. You can find the complete list here.

I love public speaking and have spoken in product management focused events and various other forums. I have also been speaking in various forums on decoding labels of packaged foods, how to inculcate healthy eating habits in children and ways to dejunk your diet. Check out this link to get details on past speaking engagements.

If there's one thing that I've been consistent at it for more than 10 years, it has to be cooking (apart from blogging). Healthy cooking is not just a hobby to me but has evolved into a serious passion over the last 6-7 years. To keep up this passion alive and to create awareness about healthy eating through local foods, I share healthy recipes and meal ideas on Instagram.

This blog reflects my interest in writing. Over the last 15 years, I have been writing on various topics that has caught my attention. Head over to the section on "Hand-picked articles" to read some of my posts that I consider worth your time :-)

Though I don't read as much as I would like to, I write reviews and share notes from the books I have read so far. I mostly read non-fiction ; books around behavioral psychology, motivation theories, marketing, startups, building great products, design thinking etc. All book reviews accessible here.

I believe in simplicity, minimalistic lifestyle and environment-friendly living. I care deeply about our planet and try my best to stay away from disposable plastic, paper cups and napkins. Would be glad to have conversations around how to build a sustainable lifestyle.

My husband (who has always been supportive of my various interests) , my 7 year old daughter (who's the biggest motivation for me to dive deeper into healthy eating) and my cat (who is such a calming influence) complete my world.

I guess I have shared enough about me...Thanks for reading this far! :-)

P.S. I idolize AR Rahman - he is an epitome of excellence, simplicity and humility; qualities that I highly appreciate in people.


Akshat said...

Great Work Anuradha ji.. I am sure this movement will be taken forward, given its true and honest findings, which are in the interest of indians and not the MNC's and other indian companies..

Wandering Soul said...

Hi Anuradha,
I have started writing about some packaged food in much the fashion you do, except my focus is on kids. For a recent article I wrote on bread, I added a link to your article on brown bread (http://littlefooddiary.com/best-bread-for-kids/). I hope that's ok with you.

If not, I'll remove it.


Unknown said...

Keep up the good work, Mrs Anuradha... Look forward to stay connected and learn more... Best wishes, Balasubramanian...

Unknown said...

Dear Anuradha.
Kindly accept my congratulations for exposing THE JUNK FOOD. Continue with your intellectual war. I am a senior paediatric physician here at Pune.
Please let me know if I can be of any help.
Yours sincerely.
Dr. M. R. Radia
MD. Paediatrics

sanjeev said...

Dear Madam,
I am very much impressed and appreciating you the same for the movement & challenges that you have been facing. I have been following your blogs for quite a while. Why not your blog can add some different perspective, means, a separate article section focussing on "what to eat" for breakfast, lunch etc.. a lot of your suggestions can help in improving others' lifestyle. In addition to just posting what not to eat, please pour your hand picks from the market (either packed or unpacked) that can be used for regular healthy lifestyle.

Anuradha Sridharan said...

@Sanjeev, thank you. I have written articles previously on foods to eat. Here's one, which has other links in it - http://www.anuradhasridharan.com/2017/09/what-to-eat_27.html

Unknown said...

Hi mam, am impressed by ur blog,its very helpful

Unknown said...

Hats Off is all what I can say...for your diverse interests & persistence.

Unknown said...

Hi maam. Am impressed by ur blogs. My son is 7yrs weight 18kgs underweight. His birth time weight 2.5kg. Wat is d bestfood n health drink for him to increase height n weight? Plz..rply madam. I am worried.

Rajesh Annamalai AL said...

Hi, Anuradha,

Very useful Information for our Indians. I'm also working Independently in the same mission, watch my Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kxd-I3vD2uY

If you wish, with the help of our Mission, we can come together and can educate each and every moms of our country to stay away from this packaged food.

I'm a Digital Marketing Professional, if you need any help for this mission, I'm always ready not for you but for the well being of our Nation.

Unknown said...

Dear Sister,

Before posting a million thanks to your blog, I must say that i am writing this to you at 5am in the morning, reason being that my Mother (sugar patient and occasionally low sugar) suddenly displayed symptoms of low sugar in early hours like 3am/4am.

She is normally used to eating packaged stuff biscuits (am not naming the company but the so called crackers instead of biscuits due to easy for bites). Since these crackers were not available in my town, i tried ordering online through Amazon as i am very sensitive to her well being. Since the cracker was not available in Amazon, i tried some online search. And guess what, i rightly bumped into your blog and just realized how sugar-free items can be harmful too :) also specifically read about the cracker biscuits you reviewed :)

I would try to make my Mother realize this so she can change her eating habits. Mainly the time she takes these biscuits is late at night / early morning hours like 3am. I went through your blog to identify alternatives but was wondering what could be the best alternative at night 2am/3am (handy food for her to pickup from shelf in bed, she suffers from leg problems due to sugar and movement restricted). Curious enough to hear your opinion on this.

Once again, a MILLION thanks.

Monisha nv said...

Hi mam. I am impressed by your profile. My daughter is two yra old. She hasn't tasted any packet food neither she has stepped to hospital for small ailments like fever. But to do this it takes my entire time where I even have up job after her birth.

Kartik said...

Hello Ma’am
I wish more people get to know this blog because there are very few people out there who speak about the crap that goes in the apparently healthy foods marketed these days. Kudos to your efforts!

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