A New Continuation!

Photography | Kankana Saxena

I can’t thank you guys enough for taking your time out and responding to my thought, helping me clear my doubts and make a decision. It was not easy. Believe me. The past couple of days, I read and re-read your comments and emails, not knowing what to do. I decided to stay away from technology for a while. I read a book, shinned my toaster, vacuumed twice, baked a pizza and tried two new recipes. All these helped me clear my head and then it hit me.


I don’t have sunny days all the time and neither do I smile all the time. I still haven’t figured out if I like dark moody shots or bright white lights ones, but there is one thing that is constant irrespective of how grumpy I am or how gloomy the day is. I love cooking; I love playing in my kitchen.


With that note, I decided to call my tiny space ‘Playful Cooking’. Phew!! This feels good.


The name is simple, easy to pronounce, easy to spell and it’s me. I wanted that! Sorry if I disappointed some of you with the name change but I hope that my work and my photography would continue bringing the smile on your face even if the name doesn’t.


It will take a while for the change to happen but I am working on it fast. As you can see I am not very good with letting things hang on my head.  And thank you once again so much for being there. No matter how many times I say this, it’s not enough. Thank You!

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  • Rosa
    April 21, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    A lovely name! Very courageous of you to take that decision…



  • Reem
    April 21, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    I’m so so so so Happy for you K!
    I love the name. .. I can totally see your happy n smiling face behind Playful Cooking. We may sometime still call the blog Sunshine n Smile but in the end these are 2 pretty name of a beautiful space filled with so much of beauty n talent… And they have n will always reflect you n your passion.
    Wishing you years n years of happiness with Playful Cooking!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 21, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      Thanks Reem for all the support and motivation 🙂

  • ahu
    April 21, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Love the new name! Can’t wait to follow you in your new space 🙂

  • IshitaUnblogged
    April 21, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Sad. But good wishes… ‘Playful Cooking’ or ‘Playful Kitchen’?

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 21, 2013 at 8:20 PM

      It’s ‘playful cooking’ and sorry to disappoint you!

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    April 21, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Love the name, it still fits you very well :).

  • Debjani
    April 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Kankana, you did what your heart truly desired. I am happy for you. Your talent is full of beauty and whoever has come in contact with your beautiful blog knows that this is a place where you become you, truly. I wouldn’t want to miss your blog space no matter what it is called. Playful Cooking is You. Congratulations!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      Thank you Debjani 🙂 You always motivate me!

  • Abby
    April 21, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    ‘Playful Cooking’ sounds great! It’s awesome that your site will be named something that truly represents you and your passions! 🙂

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      That’s the whole idea and I am truly glad that you liked it 🙂

  • Vishakha
    April 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    booo hooo 😉 hehe just kidding!
    As much as I expressed my love for ‘sunshine and smile’, now I look forward to the changes 🙂 I am sure the transformation from ‘sunshine and smile’ to ‘playful cooking’ won’t be very difficult for the many people who admire your work!! All the Best!!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 21, 2013 at 8:22 PM

      Teehee! Thanks Vishaka. It means a lot 🙂

  • Archana
    April 21, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    ‘Playful Cooking’ sounds great. It is just as pleasant to hear as ‘Sunshine and Smile’! It must have been a tough decision for you. Looking forward to your gorgeous photography and recipes at your new site! Good Luck!

    • Kankana Saxena
      Kankana Saxena
      April 21, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      I am so glad you said that 🙂 I know some of my readers didn’t like it but I hope they will come back some day!

  • Jess
    April 21, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Good for you – the best thing you can do is go with your heart on a decision like this. These spaces have to evolve along with us, so I can’t wait to see the same beautiful content in a new space!

  • dishesfrommykitchen
    April 21, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    Such a beautiful name..Looking forward with your new name and refreshing posts again.. Loving it Kankana..All the best sweetie.

  • Siri
    April 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Totally love the new name K. I can’t wait to see the new avatar of your blog. 🙂


  • Deepa
    April 21, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Kankana, I am a newbie to your blog and I think it is beautiful and will continue to be so regardless of what you call it. It will be tricky at first but at the end of the day you will be much happier with something that really represents you. Good luck with the change and remember a rose by any other name. ……….

  • Nami | Just One Cook
    Nami | Just One Cook
    April 21, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Ohhhhhh! That’s a great one, Kankana! You often talk about how you enjoy cooking, being creative which brings you such a joy. I actually love the name A LOT. This name will last forever, and you can catch up with everything soon. Good luck! 🙂

  • Lawyer Loves Lunch
    Lawyer Loves Lunch
    April 21, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Yay, I’m so glad you found your path, friend! I really like the new name. And of course, new name or old, I’ll continue reading your tales about cooking, and travelling, and life regardless 🙂

  • Kiran
    April 21, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Yay! Glad you found what you’d been looking for!! Love the name “Playful Cooking”. It’s so you 🙂

  • indugetscooking
    April 21, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    The name still remains cheerful 🙂
    Waiting for your great work at Playful Cooking!

  • Grishma
    April 21, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Still love it! Looking forward to see what’s cooking in your “Playful Cooking” 🙂

  • Gabriela
    April 21, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    No matter under what name your blog will be listed, the work that comes out of it is important – is playful, colorful, cheerful – and one name or another it might ever comprise all these wonderful feelings that makes us feeling good. All the best to this soulfully place and its new name!

  • Anamika | madcooking
    Anamika | madcooking
    April 21, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    It’s a lovely name and glad you went by what your head said 🙂 though for us you will still be the sunshine girl who is always seen smiling 🙂 …. Looking forward to the new look with the new name….. All the best :)!

  • Pia
    April 22, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    I was waiting for the new name, and suddenly here it is! ‘Playful Cooking’ feels just right, Kankana. It’s so reflective of your space and your unique voice. Well done, you 🙂

  • Rose Magpies Recipes
    Rose Magpies Recipes
    April 22, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Perfect name K! Joyful like you 🙂

  • Lail | With A Spin
    Lail | With A Spin
    April 22, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Re-branding! Love the new name as much as the old one. I wouldn’t want to miss your blog no matter what the name is.

  • Sarvani (baker in di
    Sarvani (baker in di
    April 22, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    change is always good!! all the best!!Looking forward to more from the playful chef!! 🙂

  • Angie@Angiesrecipes
    [email protected]
    April 22, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    A new and lovely name….I already like it a lot.

  • Priya Krish
    Priya Krish
    April 22, 2013 at 1:22 AM

    What! A name change?? Yes its true that the name means various things but you have branded “Sunshine and Smile” to yourself. The new name is fabulous but I will always associate Kanakana and her work to the existing name :)Good luck!

  • Sia | Monsoon Spice
    Sia | Monsoon Spice
    April 22, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    I LOVE it! ‘Playful cooking’… It sounds so right and cheery. Just like Sunshine and Smile, Playful Cooking brings smile on my face 🙂 Now relax for a day with a nice glass of wine before the madness of rolling over to new domain takes over. ~hugs~

  • Mallika
    April 22, 2013 at 2:52 AM

    So glad you took a wise decision on a New Continuation! Love your new name ‘Playful Cooking’. If runs so many wild thoughts in my brain! LOL 😉 Flour flying sky high, arms deep in batter, the whirling concoction, the muddle in the curry, frisking those beloved pots and fans, knuckles battering the dough, oh that’s being naughty, so much fun and all about cooking! It brings sunshine and smiles to my face already 😉 Wow Kankana, wishing you all the best and looking forward to join you in your Playful cooking 🙂

    • Mallika
      April 22, 2013 at 4:28 AM

      Wonder what happened to my typos on the above post dear! No option to delete, so re-writing.

      *It runs so many wild thoughts in my brain!
      *Frisking those beloved pots and pans 🙂

  • Shruti
    April 22, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    🙂 I’m sure you can relax now… That you have made the decision finally..will continue to follow you…after all ..what’s in a name ..ha…the content is what matters..your core strength..

  • Marie|Little Kitchie
    Marie|Little Kitchie
    April 22, 2013 at 4:21 AM

    LOVE the name! So happy, so warm. Congrats! 🙂

  • Spandana
    April 22, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    Nice name ‘Playful Cooking’ love it. Cant wait to see the new avatar!

  • wok with ray
    wok with ray
    April 22, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    That is a nice name, Kankana! Like what I said, whether you continue using “Sunshine and Smile” or with the new name, I am still your fan. Best wishes! 🙂

  • Manju @ Manju'sEatin
    Manju @ Manju'sEatin
    April 22, 2013 at 7:29 AM

    Great…looking forward to your new posts from ‘Playful Cooking’! It’s a fun and cheery name like Sunshine and Smile was 🙂

  • Soma
    April 22, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    As I said, it’s your space and you should listen to your heart. We will still be sticking with you. Hope the sunshine and the smile never goes away from your life.

  • Nik@ABrownTable
    [email protected]
    April 22, 2013 at 8:11 AM

    I love your site as I said before so I will still be a fan of your work! Good luck and the new name sounds fun!

  • Eha
    April 22, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Agree with Ray that we shall open that post, enjoy it and mostly comment on it, whatever name you may choose. Shall be looking out for your new one 🙂 ~

  • sulagna
    April 22, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Kankana..do you remember the last time you would have actually “played” like run around and get dirty, dig your fingers deep in sand, not bother about ruining the clothes or your time table…thats what play does..it lets you be..what better name could you think of..look forward to some more awesome stuff as always

  • jehanne
    April 23, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Ha i should have read this before posting my comment on the previous one! Nice name 🙂

  • Sarah
    April 23, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    I’m here for the content, not the name. It’s good either way! 🙂

  • erin @ yummy supper
    erin @ yummy supper
    April 23, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Kankana, good for you for changing your name to what feels right. Like you, I started my blog on a whim, picked a random name, and didn’t know it would become such a huge passion for me.
    It’s good to remember we started these blogs because we wanted to – they are our spaces and we get to make whatever decisions we want. And you did just that. I’ll be there when you make the switch. I love what you do.

  • Charul @AsPerTaste
    Charul @AsPerTaste
    April 23, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    I like the new name. Although sunshine and smile is an awesome name, more generic name would have help me find you earlier. Once found no matter what the name is its your work that brings me back.
    Good luck.

  • Kitchen Belleicious
    Kitchen Belleicious
    April 23, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    i think that name is PERFECT for you! I think you are definitely being led in the right direction and I can’t wait to see where this takes you!

  • Reese@SeasonwithSpic
    [email protected]
    April 24, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    I must have missed out the time you posed the question on the name change for your little creative space, Kankana! Sorry for being a little slow, but I’ve managed to catch up. Playful Cooking…I dare say it fits you well! It says a lot about you as a cook, someone who is not afraid to experiment and have fun with your foods. I will still remember the name as Sunshine & Smile because it really makes me smile whenever I drop by.

  • Jacqueline @HTBAG
    Jacqueline @HTBAG
    April 27, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Well, you certainly sound as if a big weight has been lifted! You must feel relieved that you have made the decision. It’s a lovely name!

  • Deb Cox
    Deb Cox
    April 28, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    Don’t you make any apologies girl. You do what feels right for you in this respect. You are not hurting anyone by changing the name of your blog. People will get over the adjustment. Tis life and you go with what feels right (better) for you in this regard. Congratulations. You did it!

  • Shri
    April 28, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Kankana, your space will be lovely and creative.
    True, it might not be always sunny but I also love dark moody frames which will technically put be ‘underexposed’.
    However, if that gives you your creative space, do go for it.
    I love the b.villae snapshot. Best wishes.

  • Charul @ Tadka Masal
    Charul @ Tadka Masal
    April 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I read both the posts at the same time, the one where you were confused and the one where you decided to switch. Well, I have to say I was a little disappointed when you said you wanted to change the name.. Sunshine and Smile is so you and your pics.. But now that I know its Playful Cooking, its again so you and your pics too. So, lovely name! 🙂

  • dassana
    April 30, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    loved the new name. glad you listened to your heart.