Greetings Brainiacs!!

Hi and welcome to the blog of the Half-Eaten Mind, the brainchild (please excuse the cerebral puns!) of Vijay Shah, an aspiring journalist, philosopher and all-round gentle giant.

Since graduating from a journalism & media undergraduate degree at a leading London university some years ago, the ups and downs of life have meant me taking a hiatus from the business of crafting words. Being shunted from one dour career to another, I still kept alive that desire to be a hack, a writer, a journo, a newshound, the little bird perched on the sill of the ‘window of the world’; notepad and cheap biro tucked behind my wing. Now thanks to the all-pervasiveness and accessibility of the Internet, I can now bring you forth this little pet project: the blog of the ‘Half-Eaten Mind’…!

This blog gives me a chance to showcase to you, the reader, my journalistic talents and my unique take on life, news, trends, the good, the bad and, yes, even the god-damn ugly. It will be a diary of sorts; a diary of observations. Expect plenty of facts, blended with a hefty dose of opinion. Prepare yourself for riveting, involving, contemplative and humorous wordsmithery. The main thing, though, is that you will enjoy reading this blog and come back for more brain-eating.

As time goes on, I will be adding a variety of articles and features on different topics, really, whatever subject takes my fancy. Even I cannot always say what my next article will be on, but there are always plenty of hot topics to be discovered. An important thing has to be mentioned as well. Anyone, whether you know me personally or not, is more than welcome to contribute an idea for forthcoming articles/pieces. You can contribute any ideas or even text you want published on the blog using the contact details below…and you will get credited for your work or inspiration.

Many thanks to my lecturers at university for giving me the inspiration to take my first steps into becoming a news junkie, and all the friends and guides who have motivated me a little in their own way. Credit also goes to WordPress for offering me the means to create HEM and devour your minds….and Khushbu for helping christen this blog. :-)

(c) treedork @ Flickr

If you would like a story or an issue covered on the “HalfEatenMind”  blog, contact the blog editor:


E-mail: halfeatenmind@outlook.com

You can also email ideas/thoughts directly to HEM through the blog itself.

Please note – the blog email address is strictly for story ideas and contributed pieces, photos etc. Spammers/trolls are pre-warned that their emails will be deleted immediately upon receipt. The inbox is usually checked on weekends or every day if the editor is on annual leave. Any WP likes, comments, and all emails are guaranteed a response by the coming weekend.

All articles (C) 2012 and onwards HalfEatenMind/V. Shah. Reproduction of articles in this blog or any part thereof without express permission of the author is forbidden. All pictures are copyrights of their respective owners.

Follow the blog on Twitter :- @halfeatenmind

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  1. i cant wait to see this blog finished ,goodluck vijay.xx

  2. Woooohoooooo!!!!

  3. very interesting blog…..are you really gonna eat that thing up there?..

    • Hi thegreatgodpan1,

      Thanks for the comment and compliment!! :)
      Don’t worry, I am more than happy to share…let’s make it a 50/50 split.
      Although personally I’m more of a sausage and burger man myself though.

  4. This blog looks great! Really does.

  5. Loool Vijay
    Sik Website !! :D x

  6. Hi Dear,

    I Nominate you for the prestigious Hug Award – Hope Unites Globally
    Please accept & oblige.


    Please read the instructions carefully in the link provided
    on the awards page and follow suit


    • Hi Kavita,

      Many thanks for nominating me for the award. You made my day :)

      Kindest regards,
      – HalfEatenMind

      • Your welcome dear…keep up your awesome blogging

        Congratulations :)

      • Hi Kavita,

        I am so happy you are enjoying my blog and supporting what I do. I am really grateful.
        I thought today to do my next article on your nomination of my blog for the HUG award, and also to nominate yours and other blogs for the award also.
        Hopefully you are fine with that.
        Really enjoy your writing and you certainly have a fun life around you!! :)
        Keep up the good work!!

        - HalfEatenMind

  7. Very nice blog you have here…Love browsing though your posts

    Thanks a lot for the visit dear…..Keep blogging

  8. Nice reading about you

    Thanks for visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    • Hi Mr. Ajay

      I enjoyed my visits my visits to your blog. You write well, have a nicely presented blog and from reading your about page, we even have some stuff in common.
      Well done !!

      - HalfEatenMind

      • thanks Vijay for visiting my blog

        vijay shah atle gujrati

        kyana cho

        I am from Mumbai

      • Hi,

        You’re welcome,
        Actually I’m not Gujarati, but my stepdad was. I can understand some…”me todu-todu Gujarati sikhiyo cho…majama cho.
        Oh good, which part of Mumbai are you from, I was staying just outside near Nallasopara. I was in Colaba, Apollo Bandar, a few places.

      • I stay at Opera house, Chowpatty
        bahu saru lagyu tamne malee ne bahuj

        tame majama cho ne

        I loved that Gujarati you spoke

        very nice of you my friend to hear from you

        thank you very much

      • I have heard of Opera House. Is it one of the more exclusive parts of the city?
        Thanks for your compliments. I used to know a lot more Gujarati, but have lost it over the years. I can still read it abit, at least verbally. I can even write my name in it too. Ethnically speaking I am of mixed English/Indian-Mauritian heritage, but I met one uncle in Mauritius who was originally from Surat apparently.
        It’s nice to hear from you too.
        All the best in your blogging.

        – HalfEatenMind

      • Thank Vijay nice reading about you

  9. Hey. I have nominated you for the Super Sweet Award. You deserve it. Here’s the link. You can accept it as you wish. Best wishes. :)

    • Hi Pallak,

      Thank you so much for your nomination. I’ll make an article about it and nominate you also for the Super Sweet Award.
      Once again, many thanks.

      Kindest Regards,
      – HalfEatenMind

  10. Davinder Kaur

    Hi Vijay, I have nominated you for the “Super Sweet Blogging Award”. You were the first one to ever nominate me for an award (the same award that I’m nominating you for) that I feel I want to do the same thing for you too. I think you could accept my award without having to follow all the rules again, as you have already followed them and done everything. Therefore, I hope you accept my award. Here is my link: http://luchaniktravel.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/super-sweet-blogging-award/
    Well done and congrats for being one of my nominees, and thanks for nominating me.

    • Hi Davinder,

      Thanks so much for your nomination. I gladly accept the award
      Well done for being one of my nominees. You have a great blog with wonderful & professional-quality pictures and you thoroughly deserve it :)

      – HalfEatenMind

  11. Hi,Thank you for following. It’s my privilege. if you get time please read my book “My Day Out With An Angel” and let me know the feedback at jose.a.sanoj@gmail.com


    Peace & love, Sanoj

    • Hi Sanoj,

      Thank you too for following my blog. Really enjoyed perusing thru your blog and getting a feel for your unique brand of spirituality.
      I will have a look at your book as soon as I can. Cheers!!

      Kindest regards,
      – HalfEatenMind

  12. My dear friend…I have nominated you with the Super Sweet Award…it’s OK for you to take time to post about it or if you are busy then leave it as well so that it doesn’t become a chore…but I would like to show my appreciation through this award for your awesome blog and you being such a nice person and an awesome friend. Wish you an awesome day ahead!

    • Hello dear Kavita,

      Thanks a million for your nomination. I have already posted about the original nomination, so it would be a bit repetitive to post again but I will add an extra smaller article just as ‘follow-up’ news with reference to your article.
      I really value your appreciation. You too have been a great friend and I always feel so much positive vibes every time I read one of your blogposts. You have a great photographic talent and passionate writing as well.

      Hope you have a great week !!…enjoy the great Aussie sunshine!!!

      Kindest regards,

      – HalfEatenMind

  13. Hi Vijay, thanks for dropping by my blog an liking my post, “Terminal Justice.” :-)

  14. thanks for visit and a like.

  15. Hi Vijay :-) I received some awards recently and thought you might like to share in the blogging fun? http://jilllondon.wordpress.com/2013/05/14/seven-awards/ There’s no obligation to join in but it would be great if you decide to :-). Share the love and tell other bloggers how amazing they are xx

    • Hi Jill,

      Many thanks for your nomination. Yes I would like to pass on the blessings, but due to work commitments I’ll have to do it on the weekend.
      Kindest regards,

      – HalfEatenMind

  16. Hey Vijay! :)
    I nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/three-more-awards/
    Hugz to you!

  17. Hi my dear friend…I have nominated you for Shine on Award …..this is to recognize your efforts in sharing all these beautiful posts with us….Thanks for making this journey of blogging wonderful and congratulations!

  18. Greetings! Thank you for spending some time in my blog. Feels great to connect with you. You have such an informative web log! It’s a treat to be around here.
    Keep visiting. :)

    Best wishes

    • Hi Tanumoy,

      Nice to meet you too, I really enjoy your blog, and you have a great mastery with the English language. What a fascinating read!!
      Thanks for your appreciation of the Half-Eaten Mind.

      Kindest regards,

      – HalfEatenMind

  19. Hi Vijay, Good to get to know you. Can’t wait to read more of your blog. Cheers

    • Hi,
      Thanks so much for following my blog. I just had a brief read of a couple of articles on Everything Aussie and you write really well.
      I look forward to seeing more great stuff.
      Greetings from London, England (a.k.a Hive of the Whingeing Poms)

      – HalfEatenMind

      • Hi Vijay,

        Thanks for your comment and feedback. I try to make each post better than the last one, always looking to improve. Comments like your strengthen my determination to continue.

        Looking forward to picking half of your brain.

        Greeting from Adelaide, aka the City of Churches and also a large group of whinging poms who left for Australia

  20. Thank you kindly for dropping by my blog. :)

  21. Good luck with using this as an entry point for your career. The more of us who read it, like it and recommend it on, will hopefully result in something bigger. While you’re waiting for that right connection, enjoy!

    • Hi Theresa,
      Thanks for your wishes, indeed…hopefully this might lead to my life-changing ‘big break, and help me achieve a very important dream.
      Even if it doesn’t though, that doesn’t matter though. I do this to impart useful information and news, and I really love blogging. I find it quite therapeutic actually.Thanks for stopping by :)

      Kindest regards,
      – HalfEatenMind

  22. Merci de suivre mon blog. d–0.o–b

  23. hey, found you on twitter, you interest me. from your newest follower

    • Hi Alise,

      Thanks so much for the follow. I have also followed you back both on the WordPress and on Twitter (my blog and personal accts.)
      Look forward to connecting :)

      – HalfEatenMind

  24. Thank you for visiting my site after I was fortunate enough to find yours. It is greatly appreciated. I enjoyed reading about you and the straightforward way you went about it. Kudos. ~DivineChaos

  25. A heartfelt welcome to our newest friend following our blog 😉 Thank you and God bless 😊

  26. God bless you! I just nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can find out more information on my post: http://afriendforever54.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/I've-been-nominated-for-the-Liebster-award/

  27. Hi Vijay! Thanks for following my blog! Linda.

  28. I have nominated you for The Blog of the Year Award 2013!
    Of course you don’t have to accept, just know you’re appreciated!

  29. Thank you for following my blog

  30. callingonangels

    Wonderful blog you have here, thank you for following mine =]

  31. Good for you for launching your blog to practice your own brand of journalism. It’s great what the internet allows us to do these days! :-)

    • Thank you CatBird :)
      The internet has really opened doors for journalists now. New and niche media outlets are springing up like mushrooms.
      Fantastic invention!!

      – HalfEatenMind

  32. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the WordPress Family Award.

    More about this nomination is at


  33. Well deserved :) All the best for you and your blog!

  34. Hi Vijay, the “gentle giant”,
    Thanks so much for the follow, which has led me back to your most interesting and varied blog. I am focusing on he despicable fur industry in my blog so I presume you too support animal rights? I try and find a balance in my blog between the personal and information; light and dark.
    I am interested in many other issues, though, and look forward to reading more of your posts. All the best.

    • Hi Emy,
      You’re very welcome. Yes I do have sympathies for animal rights. I despise animal cruelty and am really disgusted by the work of the fur farming industry.
      Fur looks better on the animals TBH. Thanks for your interest in the Half-Eaten Mind and I also look forward to reading more on your blog.

      Kindest regards,
      – HalfEatenMind

  35. I probably don’t say it as often as I should but your blog is very special to me and I’ve nominated you for 3 awards. Yes. Three. http://wp.me/sQUCq-rewarded . Much love!

  36. You have an interesting blog here. Continue the good style.
    Thanks for your visit and following at my blog, it is really appreciated.

    • Hi Irene,

      Thanks for your appreciation of the Half-Eaten Mind and glad you have enjoyed seeing what it has to offer.
      Look forward to seeing what you have in store for 2014!!


  37. Nominated you for The I’m NOT Featured On Freshly Pressed Award
    Check out: http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/mega-award-shower/
    Of course you don’t have to accept an award, just know you’re appreciated!
    Lots of love,

  38. Thanks so much for visiting and following my blog I appreciate it very much. :-D

  39. Thank you for discovering my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. We hope you enjoy your journey. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we wish you the best.


  40. Thank you for “Liking” the post, “My Life In A Hole”. Streets Of Our World, on my photography blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. On behalf of the Through Harold’s Lens Creative Team, my trusty sidekick Mr. SLR Nikon, his brother Mr. Pen Pal and myself, we truly appreciate your enjoyment. We hope you continue to join us on our journeys.  

    Best Regards,

  41. thank you my friend for sharing the article and happy greetings of friendship and hopefully, when we share it with sincerity. Greetings from Gede Prama :)

  42. Well, I am totally honoured…a brainiac following my blog!! Thank you. That photo is quite impressive…is that pickled brain??

    • Hi Oliana,
      You’re very welcome.
      I got this photo via Flickr. To be honest I don’t know, but one secretly hopes that it is just a fibreglass mock-up.
      I get queasy just seeing tripe on display at the local butchers.


  43. Nominated you for The Bouquet of Kindness Awards
    Check out: http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/02/06/its-raining-awards/
    Of course you don’t have to accept an award, just know you’re appreciated!
    Lots of love,

    • Hi Irene,

      A massive big thanks for selecting me to receive this lovely award. Hopefully you’re aware of the article I did today pertaining to this.
      Thank you so much for the true-to-life summary/compliment you paid round my way, I really appreciate this.


      • Vijay, Congratulations, I think that the smile you put on fellow bloggers faces makes you very deserving of this joy filled field of flowers and then your great writing as well. Thank you for the wonderful response that you have written to your nomination. I am looking forward to visiting all your nominees. Cheers Irene

      • Irene…I’m certainly smiling now…and feeling flushed too. I really appreciate your support and appreciation of my writing.
        It gladdens my heart to know that what I’m doing is inspiring happiness and mutual respect with my fellow bloggers.
        It was my pleasure :)


  44. Nominated you for The Love and Kindness Award
    Check out: http://petitemagique.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/sunny-with-a-chance-of-raining-awards/
    Of course you don’t have to accept an award, just know you’re appreciated!
    Lots of love,

  45. Hi Half eaten Mind, Just to let you I have nominated you for the seven in one award.
    More details at http://irenewaters19.com/2014/03/02/seven-awards-in-one/
    Cheers Irene

  46. Hello Vijay! I’m not into awards but you certainly deserve them all. Most interesting blog and I love your writing. Thanks for the follow, I’m now your follower, too, in spite of your bizarre diet!

    Cheers, Irina

    • Hi Irina,

      Thanks for your lovely compliments. I just had a look at your blog, and you have amazing photography skills and really bring your subjects to life.
      As for the diet, I think I should have added more salad heheheheh :)

      Thanks for following back, and look forward to seeing more of your posts.

      Best wishes,

  47. Hello there,
    I have nominated you for The Dragon’s Loyalty Award! You can see the details on my blog at http://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com/2014/03/23/the-dragons-loyalty/. :)

  48. Thanks so much Don…wooooow!!…I’m stumped :)


  49. Thank you so much, DC. These are beautiful badges for a superb award. Much appreciated.


  50. Thanks so much DC!!


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