Culture Shock

Lost and Found

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Growing up, we were taught that when confronted with grief or trouble, ‘lose’ yourself – in work, in prayers, in your kids. This philosophy was served with dal and roti from moms and aunties, told and retold in stories and text books... (Continue reading)

Assimilation as a senior citizen

We are in the middle of processing the green card for my husband’s parents and having them immigrate to U.S. from India.  They have visited us several times and have spent 6 months at a time living with us.  I think... (Continue reading)

Perfect Timing – Moms on H4

Whether planned or fortuitous, here’s why I think being a mom on an H4 visa is perfect timing. Extended maternity leave. Enjoy it and be sure that all your working counterparts envy you. Plus, you wont have to cut into... (Continue reading)

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The Big Debate – Promiscuous

That Sarah Palin’s teenage daughter is pregnant got to me. Not because I think its relevant to the election – I dont. But it is in some ways relevant to my life as all the media scrutiny around it will... (Continue reading)

Personal is Political: South Asian Lens on Vibrant Love

Having been a close witness to the journey of Tasveer, a local grassroots film organization, I am thrilled that this family of courageous, independent film enthusiasts is demonstrating a marked evolution (and revolution) in presenting perspective through film. They are... (Continue reading)

The Immigrant Diaries – Edition 5 – Opening the house

Hi friends, it took me a long time this time given the demands of life. But I have also received some great feedback on this from the readers and what I hear is that people would like more frequent editions,... (Continue reading)

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Am I home?

I have heard more than one person complain about the difficulties they experience when they go back to “visit their home”. It is either too hot or too polluted or difficult to get around in the city. No matter what... (Continue reading)

The Big Debate – the name game

So Brangelina named their twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline. Thanks to the stars,  unique and multicultural names are becoming quite the fashion now a days. And this is on my mind because I am looking for names for my... (Continue reading)

The Big Debate – Going Home?

Last time I talked about teaching a second language in big debates facing me and some other moms I know who are establishing themselves in a new country. This time I thought I will write about the big question that... (Continue reading)

Whatever happened to Enid Blyton?

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As a girl, I lived on Enid Blyton. Famous Five. The five find-outers. Secret Seven. The … of adventure series. Even dear old Noddy. The sausages and eggs for breakfast (where I never got to eat sausages). The potted meat... (Continue reading)

Dora and beyond blue eyes

You know, I love Dora. Dora the Explorer, I mean. She is hispanic, dark haired, cute, adventurous. Thank God for her, I think sometimes. I grew up in India as you can tell from my articles on H4 Visa and... (Continue reading)

For earth day – Trash cans big and small

One thing I had completely forgotten about my mom’s house – how small her trash can is. I live in suburbia, so have the usual 13 gallon trash can which fills up many times a week, even daily sometimes. But... (Continue reading)

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Five surprising things I missed about US in India

I missed being able to drive fast, and have the cars moving. I know! I live in Atlanta, but still, this was an issue. Delhi just has too many cars now, and the roads, though improving have not caught up... (Continue reading)

Dispatches from India – Expected sickness, unexpected misery!

So I have been writing here on bloggermoms on my trip to India with my two year old. The Babe is sick. I had kind of expected that will happen. Its his first time in India, and I am afraid... (Continue reading)

Indian Baby Boy Names

With another 5 weeks to go before my due date, we have seriously started looking for Indian names for a baby boy….we want a name that is phonetically easy to pronounce here in US…that is one of the negatives I have... (Continue reading)

My child-birth experience in India

Lately, I have been thinking about the differences in my first pregnancy and the current one…ofcourse, any mom with more than one kids will tell you, no two pregnancies are the same. I had heard that before and now in... (Continue reading)

Natural child-birth or assisted child-birth?

I am 30 weeks pregnant..this is my second pregnancy…my son was born in Bangalore, India….natural birth with no complications. Then we moved here to US and I took up pre-natal classes just like I had done back in Bangalore. The... (Continue reading)

Five things that surprized me about jobs in America

OK, I spelt the suprized with a z on purpose 🙂 You know, I had worked in India in a pretty International Company, so I was used to working with people from round the world. Yet when I joined work... (Continue reading)

Funniest questions I was asked in office about India

How do you like sleeping in beds here (apparently we all sleep on floors in India) Do kids run around naked at homes without diapers Do you know my friend Amit who is also an Indian (no, there are about... (Continue reading)

Could you end your meeting, I need to pump?

I worked in a small company. And when I went back to work, I was confronted with giving up breastfeeding or using the great American and maybe European invention of a breast pump. I chose the later, because I thought... (Continue reading)