About Me

Sumana Doss Barman


Hello World!

First and foremost, thank you for stopping by and taking a look at ‘An Artsy Appetite’. I really appreciate your time.  Here’s a little bit about me and why I started this blog. 

Being born and brought up in India, I’ve been a resident of the Bay Area, California, for the past few years. I live here with my husband. I am from the eastern part of India specifically, from a city named Kolkata in West Bengal. Despite growing up in a culturally diverse country, the most common love that Indians share is a love for food, which involves cooking, feeding others, and eating! Not surprisingly, the love for food, ingredients, recipes, and trying out new cuisines is intrinsic to me.

By profession, I am a teacher. Yes, it is my ‘job’ but for me, it’s much more than that. I’ve always loved teaching and if I can stretch my memory all the way back, I remember, as a kid, teaching some of my cousins and my own younger brother whenever I’d get a chance. So teaching is not my ‘second career’ or I didn’t happen to just fall into it. I always wanted to be a teacher. Here, I teach in a public middle school, specifically 8th grade English and History. I love my interactions with the students inside and outside class, their enthusiasm, and their creativity! And if you know middle school-ers, there is never a dull moment in my work day! 🙂

Art is very close to my heart. I do not hold a formal degree in Art but have never let any opportunity to learn, pass by. I learned art techniques on my own, from books and, of course, the internet. I enjoy painting the most and receiving a lot of appreciation on my paintings led me to start my Etsy Art Shop – ‘An Artsy Appetite’.

Home decor, gardening (especially houseplants), photography, and traveling are some of my other interests. Keeping all of this in mind, I decided to blog about not just food but also my artsy expeditions! ‘An Artsy Appetite’ is my way of sharing food recipes and art (including home decor ideas) with all of you.

Feel free to leave comments, requests, suggestions, and feedback below. And I hope you like the posts as much as I enjoy creating them!




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  2. Thank you so much Sumana for stopping in and following my blog this morning. You are very talented! I really enjoy your Ganesha paintings and I look forward to seeing your future posts! 🙂 Seana

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  3. Thank you so much for popping round to my blog, it’s lovely to meet you! What a great name for your blog, covers your love for art and food 🙂 a perfect combination!

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  4. Thx a bunches Sumana for stopping by ma blog & following, u too has a amazing and what a coincident we share similar post on same day, Have a blessed day ahead 🙂

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  5. Gargi says

    Sumana , I am so proud to call you my friend and have your creativity in my life ! My kids are lucky to have you and hopefully will grow up adoring you !!! Keep up the fantastic work !!! Look forward to gazillion posts and accolades on your blogging journey !

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    • I will definitely check out the link, Deepa. I can never have enough ‘art’ and am constantly doing something or the other, painting, DIYs etc! So glad that you feel we have similar interests, I will drop by for sure. 🙂


  6. Hello Sumana mam, as I read above Teaching is one of your interest. So can I ask you few questions or will you answer my queations?would you like to help me?

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      • Ok. Thanks. 🙂
        So firstly wanna ask you about this blog WordPress. I have installed it, because I always wanted to pen down my thought( which actually I have been doing from 2012, on my diaries) but now I want to write so that people can check out and I can inprove my writing.

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      • So what is your question exactly, about WordPress? You did not mention that. However, I learnt about WordPress blogging through a webinar I attended and then I keep referring to YouTube or just search on Google if I get stuck with something. I am learning about this everyday, that way. Hope this helps.


      • Ah. I wanted to know about WordPress only. I should also refer YouTube and Google. But how can I participate in challenges? As I read your post about Creative bloggers award etc. Etc.


  7. Nice blog! I can relate to lots of food and it being a huge part of the household I have cooked for a household of 11 so I am always cooking! I like your theme with the art!

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      • Your front page looks wonderful the art! I will look at your recipes. I had so many Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani friends! I love Indian food!


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