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I saw that this blog topic was trending this year so, as my blog completed 5 years TODAY, I thought this would be a fitting time to write some facts about myself. After putting a few profiles together for some clients, I thought it was time to write something about me. I am hoping you are interested in reading through, though some of you may know these truths about me and some of you may have your mouths wide open.

My passion for writing began at the age of 7. I had a diary in which I would jot everything down. I would go bonkers at a stationery store and make my mom buy all sorts of writing and drawing materials. Somewhere in 2005, I stopped writing details in my diary. Then 10 years later, in 2015, I wrote my first article on a random website only to help people with losing weight the way I did. A friend encouraged me to start blogging. Before that, I was oblivious to what blogging meant and I have come a long way ever since.

I started on Blogspot and wrote for a few parenting websites before my hubby helped create my own Blogaberry Foo. I also deleted and rewrote several of the initial articles when I learnt that they did not satisfy the SEO rules. Here is one of my first blog posts.


Nevertheless, here are the 25 barely known facts about me (Founder/Writer – Blogaberry Foo).

  1. According to my mother, I was a rebel ever since I was a little girl. I never did anything without knowing WHY. I also did daring things that made her heart skip a beat many times.
  2. I was born in Kuwait and never knew about India until we had to come here during the Iraq invasion. I went back to Kuwait and lived a total of 25 years there (Still have an Indian passport though). But until I travelled with my husband (then boyfriend) in 2007, Kuwait and Mumbai were the only places I had been to. After 2007, he and I have visited various places in the USA, Europe, Russia and Asia while our base has always remained Kuwait or India.
  3. At the age of 7, when my mother asked me to sweep off some dirt, I annoyingly asked her if she named me ‘Cindy’ because she wanted to treat me like Cinderella. She laughed and still reminds me of it.
  4. I hated anything made of chocolate, coffee or caramel, since I was a tiny tot. We would play shop-shop with the sweets given by friends and family.
  5. The only times I’ve drunk hot tea was when I had a sore throat (black tea) or at a massage parlour (lime tea or green tea). I have never drunk ice tea after I took a sip to taste it once.
  6. I first appeared in a local (Kuwait) magazine at the age of 2 for a ‘Child of the Week’ contest that I was selected for.
  7. The first time I appeared in the newspapers (Kuwait Times) was in 2008, when I won a jiving competition, with a friend who I had never danced with before or after that.
  8. During the Gulf War, I was one of the children (along with my mother, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins) airlifted from Kuwait in 1990.
  9. Till I came to India in 1990, I would be extremely shy to wear shorts. Later, I went on to be called the ‘short skirt girl’ in higher secondary as my school skirt was shorter than required.
  10. That skirt still fits me. Along with many other outfits from the 8th grade.
  11. Between 1991 and 1994, teachers (St. Charles High School, Vakola, Santacruz – East, Mumbai) fought over which group song I would take part in because I was quite good with my pitches and notes. Later, I joined the choir and a band and then stopped singing for a long time. Now, I sing on Smule so you can hear some of my singing here. It was my dad who loved music and introduced us to singing. After he passed away in 1994, our singing seemed to have left with him.
  12. In my growing up years, I used to be a bookworm. I would be stuck to a novel even when going down to the shop to buy something. Till date, I prefer hard copies than e-books.
  13. I had my first boyfriend at the age of 13. That relationship lasted for a total of 7 years with a couple of breaks in between.
  14. I used to stroll with friends for 4 to 5 hours without resting or sitting. I can still stroll for several hours at a stretch.
  15. Though my English teacher loved my handwriting a lot, she always took my case in class and I once (9th grade) flunked in the subject (my friends almost had a cardiac arrest, I cried, my brother was baffled and my mom taught me about over-confidence).
  16. As a teenager, I was hot-tempered and got ticked off at the slightest thing not going my way.
  17. I loved photography since I was little. My mom would go crazy washing the camera films at the studios and getting maximum spoilt photos. I used to tell her there should have been a screen on it where I could delete the unwanted pictures before sending them to the studio. With my first salary (2001), I bought my first digital camera (Cybershot by Sony). My mom was relieved. Check some of the recent clicks here.
  18. In 2005, when I first travelled to Mumbai without family, I realized that my cousins were street smart and I wasn’t. That was when I decided that I did not want my kids to be brought up in Kuwait.
  19. After meeting my ‘foodie’ husband, I realized I was one too. Until then I would barely eat. He was the one who introduced me to Sushi and Sashimi (my favourite dishes).
  20. When I was putting on weight because of marriage and restaurant food in Kuwait, I went on a Subway sandwich diet at the age of 26 and got back to my normal weight. Since then, and till date, I always watch what I eat.
  21. I prefer non-Indian food and can live on it for months.
  22. I pray or speak to God every single day.
  23. I have always felt inferior about my face cut, height and overall looks. I felt brave, beautiful and confident only after I delivered my first child.
  24. I started working, to support my mom financially, at the age of 19. Till I was 25, I had changed 4 corporate jobs.
  25. Until 2011, I worked as a receptionist, assistant, secretary, tuition teacher and customer service representative. Since 2015, I have been a freelancer. Besides managing Blogaberry, I blog at Momspresso, write reviews, create articles for brands, do a bit of content writing, influence my followers on Instagram, transcribe minutes of meetings, model for online advertisements and teach belly dance.
barely known facts
Me in a Kuwait magazine

And, I always wanted to be a model/air hostess/actress, etc in my younger days so I live it by being an influencer. The rest of the facts are naturally not for public eyes or ears. Perhaps I could write that if this blog survives another 10 years with your support in reading, commenting as well as sharing my articles.

Any fact about me that is similar to yours? Be brave and share one barely known fact about yourself in the comments below. We would love to know.

This blog is a part of #LBWP #LetsBlogWithPri Season 2. You can read about crafting in Nupur’s blog here and a review on Rose Glow kit by Deyga in Sindhu’s blog here.

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Cindy D'Silva
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Cindy D'Silva, besides being a mother of two angels, is a belly dancer, writer and photographer. She loves partying, bowling and eating sushi. There is a detailed biography about her on the ABOUT ME page in case you would like to know more. :) You can like and follow her Facebook page to get all updates on the latest blogs and more:


  1. This was such a fun post. It was lovely to know so many fun facts about you. I’m sure your regular readers would have really loved it too.

  2. writenlive says:

    Nice fun post. That pic of yours at 2 is so cute!

  3. It was a fun post. And amazingly with just one post your readers can know you better. I liked the way you were confident in writing facts about you. I too prefer hard copy of books over e books. Also it is a milestone that your blog completed 5 years. I am still smiling on Cinderella question 😂

  4. Arulmozhi N says:

    Congrats Cindy . Wishes for you to grow more and more

  5. Lol. That Cinderella fact made me laugh a lot! I still can’t stop grinning. I have never really travelled a lot too. And now with corona, I wonder how travelling might work out. I am glad that you grabbed the opportunity to travel! Congratulations on completing 5 years. That’s amazing. I will look you up in Smule. 🙂

  6. u HAVE EXPRESSED some facts fearlessly. Kudos. and Love this pic of cute 2 year old Cindy.

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  8. Nupur says:

    Congratulations Cindy! You have certainly been on the right path and your bloggiversary deserves a celebration!
    Really enjoyed reading these facts about you… the fact that you have been an independent woman since your teenage years but gained confidence in your looks only after becoming a mother – this is something that so many of us can relate to. Keep writing!

  9. Disha says:

    Congratulations on completing 5 years of blogging! It’s lovely to know more about the person behind the blog. I can relate with fact of wasted photographs on the older camera rolls. I did random photography from a polaroid camera during a family function and still remember the repercussions of it. 😉

  10. Congratulations Cindy . And the barely known facts surely did let me know about you more.

  11. Arti Singh says:

    Beautifully done blog and it’s actually fun reading it.
    I am still laughing on the fact you asking your mom at 7 that she names you Cindy for Cinderella and now everytime I will cross your blog or work this is going to stay with me Cinderella ☺️

  12. Vaishali says:

    “That skirt still fits me. Along with many other outfits from the 8th grade,” this is such a revelation! You must do a lovely blog around re-purposing old clothes. I have saved a lot of my old collection )that I don’t fit into anymore), but I’d like to save it for the sake of memories.
    Also, “I prefer non-Indian food and can live on it for months,” well, as a vegetarian, I wonder how it feels to be you 😉

  13. Fatima Kazim says:

    Enjoyed reading your 25 unknown facts Cindy,very inspiring read,thanks for sharing your thoughts with us,wishing you all the best buddy.Congrats on completing 5 years of blogging.

  14. Amrita Rajani says:

    Mazel Tov Cindy🥳 .. you’ve encapsulated a glimpse of your younger days which speaks volumes of your endevours.
    Wishing you success in all your aspirations.

    May you continue to evolve & inspire.

    Happy 5th (wooden) blogging anniversary 😘
    To 💎💎someday .. cheers.

  15. Congratulations Cindy & Happy Birthday Blogaberry Foo!

    On a lighter note, you left out one very important detail about food & the time taken to consume it 😉

    Cheers & wishing you many more years of writing!!

  16. Sherlyn Lobo says:

    Congratulations Cindy on completing 5 years as a blogger. I always enjoy reading your blogs. And yes i remember the sony cybershot camera, you had once brought it to Talegaon.
    Cheers! 🙂

  17. Sundeep says:

    Many congratulations Cindy on completing 5 years in blogging. We are confident that you will keep up the good work for many years to come! Good to know about you Cindy.

  18. Congratulations on the completion of 5 awesome years as a blogger, Cindy. It was really nice to know these interesting facts about you. Your content has always been so relevant and honest. Much appreciated.

  19. Vaishali says:

    Good to e-know you. Happy 5!

  20. Jenifer says:

    Congratulations for the beautiful journey of 5 years. Like u even I use to write in dairy and then before starting a blog, has written few articles for other platforms. Also, like u, my hubby encouraged me to start my own.

  21. Varsh says:

    My my, your life has never had a boring day it seems. It was fun knowing about you, Cindy. Although I wonder why you ever felt conscious about your looks. You’re hot as far as I can see! (Hope you don’t mind me calling you that)

    • Hahahha that’s now perhaps. Though many boys would have a crush on me back then, I never thought I was hot or cute or beautiful or anything positive and I would wonder why they liked me 😂 and what was wrong with them…

  22. Dipika Singh says:

    Congratulations on the yearly celebration get to know these little facts about you. It is always good to know the people we interact with on and off in a life I am happy that you have shared these inside scoops from your life

  23. Snigdha says:

    First , congratulations dear for completing successful 5 years of blogging. And it is so nice to know more about you ..

  24. Judy Morris says:

    FIrst of all congratulations Cindy to you fo competition of 5 yrs in blogging. I love reading your blogs so keep it up. It was good to know more about you as a person.

  25. Roma says:

    Perfect post for your 5th blog anniversary Cindy. Congratulations loved knowing more about you my dear

  26. Tina Basu says:

    so nice to read about you Cindy. I like sushi and sashimi too. This gives me an idea that I must do a post about myself too someday.

  27. Neha Sharma says:

    Congratulations on your blog’s 5th birthday! I liked the idea of sharing facts about yourself on this special day. When I started reading about you, I realized that the two of us are quite similar like even I was a rebel during my childhood, always wanted to know the why. My FB status still says Rebel 😀 And then, I also started maintaining a diary from an early age. It was interesting to know more about you, Cindy.

  28. Charu says:

    Good to know more about you. The fact on ‘Cinderella’ cracked me up. I have been a rebel of sorts too., Btw many congratulations to you on completing 5 years. Kudos.

  29. Akanksha Singh says:

    Wow Cindy, you are a woman of many talents. I too used to write diaries during my childhood and still love hard copies than the digital ones.

  30. Wow Cindy…got to know a lot about you and ur life….. i too was in Muscat Oman till 96 when my father passed away there and we moved to India. Would love to see ur dance sme tme… (I use to jive n do sme salsa too 🤦‍♀️ but now husband has 2 left feet)

  31. Wow, Cindy that’s quite a revelation. Congratulations for completing 5 years of blogging. I really love your writing style with lots of puns, facts and interesting facts. Cindy as in ‘Cinderella’ got me into chuckles while those skirts from std 8 still fit you put me into awe. Like you, I love eating Sushi too. Keep up the good work.

  32. Dr Bushra says:

    First of all congratulations on successfully completing 5 years of your blogging journey. Learned some interesting facts about yourself. Looking forward to read more interesting tales on your blog

  33. Congratulations!! Cindy on completing 5yrs of blogging journey. The one I could not stop chuckling was the Cindy episode of yours and second, that showed how dedicated writer you are when you deleted posts to enhance the quality of your posts to meet SEO requirements. Kudos to your efforts

  34. One barely known fact about myself is that I have been fired at least thrice in my 19-year-old career. Never an easy thing losing a job but clearly I didn’t lose hope and kept rising the corporate ladder. I think one of the things that kept me going was tremendous strength from within even when the odds were heavily stacked against me.

  35. Seema says:

    First of all congratulations on finishing 5 lovely years of your journey. This post definently tells so much about you. Few of them were very common like even i was biy rebel when i was young. It was nice knowing you personally through this post..

  36. Neha Jain says:

    This is such a awesome post Cindy, we have met few times but it was always nice and lovely meeting you I really liked your photography and Dance . Congratulations on completing your 5 years of blogging wish to meet you again soon

  37. MeenalSonal says:

    Wow! Now we know you more ..Great to read all about you especially the 3 rd one. Congratulations for the milestone.

  38. Great Rinehart this personal insight onto you and what made you who you are. Sharing the journey with your readers and fans this is truly a special time and congratulations on the big 5

  39. It was such a beautiful blog post. Really loved knowing so much about you & now i can say what a journey.
    Also, this post made me realise that we often don’t know much about the real life of the writers & bloggers . But your real life is as much inspiring. More power to you.

  40. Ishieta says:

    Interesting list 🙂 I cannot believe you do not like leave alone enjoy chocolates and coffee!
    A good cup of coffee is such an important part of my everyday.