Who is Diya?

this is me

I am Diya.

I am a wife.

I am a baker.

I am a foodie.

I am a traveller.

I live in the UAE.

I am an introvert.

I am a book lover.

I am a cross stitcher.

I struggle with my faith.

I accept my laugh lines.

I have skydived… twice!

I adore Calvin and Hobbes.

I am approaching my thirties.

I couldn’t cook to save my life.

My husband claims I am a slob.

I am sarcastic with close friends.

I am a thinker… often overdoing it.

I am passionately in love with words.

So why Diyalogues?

I have always been in awe of people who come up with witty blog names that are a play on their own name. For single word puns my awe is magnified ten times over. While I may not have been as successful at this as I would like to believe (try spinning a name like Diya and see how far you get), Diyalogues is a pretty close enough pun for me!

Moreover, I have come to learn that blogging is a two way street, a give-and-take. No blogger is an island (What? That’s not how it goes you say?). In other words, blogging is a di(y)alogue.

And last but not the least, this blog is a reflection of all my interests – a catalogue of all my passions.

So there you have it. The story behind Diyalogues. Don’t give up on me just yet, will ya? Stick around and read some more!

To know more about the genesis of this blog and what you can expect to find on it, click here.

212 thoughts on “Who is Diya?

  1. Nice to meet you! I can be an over-thinker as well 😉 I couldn’t really cook until after I got married .. then, I taught myself. Looking forward to reading more of your blog!

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    1. Hehe… It was way too much fun to be scary 😉 The team I jumped with the first time around kept us entertained and distracted from start to finish. The magnitude of what I was doing didn’t really register until it was too late 😛

      I do hope you get the chance to do it someday. I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

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  2. Wow, i like the precision on how you turned about ME to I and everything else followed. Exactly how an about me section should be and you gave a run to it in just few lines, that say a lot about you. #Talent! – Cezane

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    1. Thank you so much for your visit and comment. I am so sorry for taking so long to respond but as you may have read in my last post, I have been away on a trip and just got back.

      The slant line was definitely intentional 🙂 It took a little bit of maneuvering but I managed to say everything I wanted to say in a way that was still visually appealing (I hope!) 🙂

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  3. I love your list! Sky-dived! Wow! I am way too chicken to ever try anything like that, you brave soul! Pen to needle, I get it now. 🙂 That is a great title.

    I say, you can’t over-do the thinking unless it causes you to wake up with a hangover and if that doesn’t happen, then you haven’t over-done it, right? Looking forward to your posts!

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    1. Yay Vanny! You did find your way here after all 🙂

      And sky-diving? Well there’s really not much you can do once you’re securely strapped to a 6 foot 5 giant and he decides to leap off a flying airplane. I went with the Grin-Like-A-Lunatic-And-Pose-For-The-Camera route 🙂

      And no one has ever said my title is ‘great’. You really are my new best friend! 😀 Just out of curiosity, what did you think it meant before you visited here?

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      1. At first I thought it might have something to do with tattoos. Once I got here I realized that it meant your interests ranged from everything from a pen to a needle, because you like to write and cross-stitch. 🙂

        I still think you’re brave for sky-diving. The closer I get to being IN the ground, the more I realize I like to have my feet firmly ON it. 😀

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        1. Haha… tattoos! I like the way your mind thinks 🙂 I’m planning a post on the blog name sometime in May so look out for that. Although fair warning – my plans rarely materialize into action 😉

          And would you believe I have a fear of heights? I cannot stand on a chair without feeling giddy! Gimme solid ground any day! 🙂

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          1. Oh that’s something to look forward to, a post on the blog name!

            No worries though – I totally get that about plans and materializing. Story. of. my. life.

            No! A fear of heights? However did you manage to even get in the plane?!

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  4. Hello Diya. I am so pleased to have found your blog, I have no idea how it managed to slip through my fingers before now. Anyone who likes travel sounds good to me. And I would like to know more about your journeys to Greece.

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    1. I’m so glad you found your way here Georgie! 🙂 It’s always great to find a fellow travel bug.

      And Greece? We were there for only about 2 weeks. Definitely not enough time to do that gorgeous spot on the planet any justice 🙂 I live in hope that we will go back again some day. Or even better, settle down there after retirement 🙂 Which is why I am so envious that you get to spend so much time there! In the meantime I hope to get around to updating the Travel section of my blog. A long overdue project and I really need to get cracking on it 🙂


  5. Hi Diya…I want to apologize to you. I had asked a question in the Community Pool, and you ‘liked’ my question. A few days later, I got an email saying that you had requested permission to view my site (it’s set to private). I just wanted for you to know that I have it set that way because it’s not ready yet, not because I have anything against you! It’s slowly coming along, and I soon as I publish it to the world, you will be the first to know 🙂

    I’ve decided to follow you because reading this page, we have a lot in common…I’m also an introvert, struggle with my faith, can’t cook, have a sarcastic sense of humor, and am a major thinker/daydreamer. So much so that it’s hard to organize all those thoughts in my head into words!

    So, it’s nice to meet you and I look forward to reading your posts.

    Happy Blogging…Melissa 🙂

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    1. Hi Melissa! You totally don’t need to apologize. I remember very well how it felt just before I hit Publish on my first post 🙂 I wanted everything to be as perfect as it could possibly be before sharing with the world too.

      I’ve since come to realize that there is a lot to learn and my blog has changed quite a bit since I first started. Nothing as drastic as a theme change (yet!) but subtle changes here and there that add a more personal touch to my space on the web. I’m sure you will learn and grow on your blogging journey too.

      Wishing you all the very best and I look forward to getting to know you better through your posts! 🙂

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  6. Hello! It’s nice to meet you–it’s great to find another person who travels and bakes. And on top of a bunch of other amazing things, you love Calvin and Hobbes! It such a great comic, and I completely agree that there is never enough time to do all the nothing we want to do. =)

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        1. Sighhh… I’m sure they do. Let me refer you back to the ‘Can’t cook’ point 😀 Until I magically divine the secrets of putting together a meal, I’ll just have to rely on chefs at restaurants. Or kindly friends who may want to share a meal with me 😉 😛


            1. Yes I have. To be honest my cooking is not as bad as I make it out to be (I have been labelled the Queen of Exaggeration. I kid you not). As long as I have a good recipe to follow all is well with the world 🙂 DH at least has not had any severe bouts of food poisoning at my hands so I suppose that is a good sign 😉

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  7. You sound like someone, I would absolutely gel with in no time! I would applaud the sky dives too 🙂
    Can’t wait to read your adventures:)
    And all the more amazing that you are in UAE.

    FARZ from FarZain

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    1. Hi there! I’m so sorry I missed this comment… Glad to “meet” you too 😉

      As for heights…standing on a chair induces vertigo for me. I have an aversion to any activity that requires losing contact with ground level. I promise. And yet somehow I find myself pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone. I keep thinking it will help me conquer my fears. Two skydives later you’ll still find me shrieking in panic after climbing up to the second rung of a step ladder 😀

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    1. Hi Preeti! Welcome to P2N 🙂 Happy that you found me 🙂 I totally know what you mean with passwords. It’s the same with me for the lovely Blogger sites I want to follow 😦 If you’re interested I’ve enabled an email option for followers as well. So much easier! 😀

      It’s been a while since I stopped by our blog. Must visit again soon and catch up with your latest escapades 🙂


  8. I love your about me page. It is so unique and tells a lot about you. I think I would like to skydive once… may need to put it out there and see if it happens! I look forward to following you on your adventures. Happy blogging and travels, Cheryl


    1. Thank you so much Cheryl. That means a lot to me 🙂

      Skydiving is a must if you get the chance. Nothing quite like plummeting to what should be certain death to give you a little perspective 😉 Just kidding… I was in safe, professional hands both times and it was an exhilarating experience. Now on the hunt for my next adrenaline fix 😉

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  9. Nice to meet you!
    Thank you for your visit and follow. We certainly have several interests in common – travel, books, words and cross stitch for starters. Which reminds, I really must get on with some of my cross stitch WIPs!


    1. Thank you and nice to meet you too Debbie! 🙂

      See what I mean when I said I was ticking things off your list? 😉 It’s wonderful how the internet can bring together like minded souls from halfway across the world 🙂


    1. Lol… I am SO delighted someone noticed 😉 Took a bit of manipulation but I managed it without having to deviate too much from what I wanted to say! 😀 Cheers! 🙂


  10. Love this list! I relate to so many of these too except I am twice your age +:) Haven’t skydived but have zip-lined and gone up in a hot-air balloon. Hardly the same but that’s where it stops for me. Your experiences are unique to you and you should consider just jumping right and and write about them. For inspiration go look at Good Woman at https://helizabeth1952.wordpress.com/. Best wishes!


    1. Thank you for the great advice! Will keep scribbling away 🙂 And if there’s one good thing about getting older it’s that we have so many life experiences to look back on and cherish!

      Ziplining is fun isn’t it? We were lucky enough to be able to do it on one of our trips. Hot air balloon is still on my to do list 🙂

      Oh and I just discovered the Good Woman earlier today and followed. Perfect recommendation! 🙂


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