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Birthday Party, Bollywood Style

My friend has some of the most creative party ideas I have seen ( I was going to use ‘funnest’ even though I dont have a tween but my collapsing command over Queens English is another story). Last year she... (Continue reading)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

April 22nd was celebrated as Earth Day throughout the world.   This post is my day late attempt to start a Earth Day discussion. Growing up in a relatively small town in India, I did not give much thought to “Going... (Continue reading)

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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 – Cosleeping

I am debating whether to cosleep with the little one. In Calcutta, India, where I grew up, cosleeping is the norm. I remember sleeping in my parents bed for a long time. Sometime around I guess 8 or 9 I started asking... (Continue reading)

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Five reasons why the gloomy economy is good time to be on H4

I know what you are thinking – she was in hibernation all these months and has gone nuts. With all the tension around H1b hiring and job losses, how can she even say this… But if you are looking for jobs... (Continue reading)

Holi

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Tomorrow is Holi, the festival of colours. It is a popular Hindu festival celebrated mainly in India and also globally. Holi is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Phalgun (Phalgun Purnima), which usually falls in the later... (Continue reading)

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Jesus Never Fails

Long international flights, like the ones I just did from Seattle to London and back, are great times to nap, watch movies, read a book … and well, for me, often ponder important thoughts. This time, besides making considerable headway... (Continue reading)

Positive Discipline

Of late I have been reading a book called ‘Positive Discipline’ by Jane Nelson. I bought the book after I was flummoxed by a ‘surprise’ question in a parent questionnaire for school admissions. I say surprise, as I was supposed... (Continue reading)

Holi Finger Paints!

Finger paints! Thats the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of Holi in the US. I usually write about multi cultural activities for toddlers and kids, but recently festivals have been on my mind. What is... (Continue reading)

Why do we love the Slumdog?

As the stock market plummets, the stimulus package remains under scrutiny and more jobs disappear, what is it about Slumdog Millionaire’s rag-to-riches story that has overwhelmingly caught the Western world’s rapt attention? With the Academy Awards in which the film... (Continue reading)

Recipes … with love

Although I absolutely love cooking – I think of it as an art form, therapy, and a medium of sharing pure love – I rarely write down recipes. I neither record my own recipes, which I have been creating since I started cooking as early as... (Continue reading)

What went wrong?

I am not a mom yet but got introduced to this blog by Sharmiladi. And ever since I came to know about this blog, I have been a regular visitor but this would be my first post. Although this post... (Continue reading)

A Truer Choice

“We reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” Barack Hussein Obama’s speech a few moments ago was sophisticated, muscular, ambitious, unapologetic. At the same time it accessed a certain humility and reverence, laced with several metaphors for old American ideals.... (Continue reading)

May I return this 9-year marriage, please?

Thanks to Sophie’s raising questions about divorce in Indian marriages through her posts, The New Indian Woman and Divorce and A Big Debate – Kids and Marriage, I was inspired to share this little excerpt from a short story I have written.... (Continue reading)

Rowing in Tandem

This past summer, my boyfriend and I were in Halibut cove, a tiny island of about 100 residents off the fishing town of Homer. (A story from this trip was shared in a previous post titled Mommy and Momma.) In the late afternoon, our hosts... (Continue reading)

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The Ulto Day

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The babe and I have decided to have a ‘Ulto’ day. In Bangla, Ulto means topsy turvy or upside down. I dont know who came up with the idea – it was probably when we were chatting about how life has... (Continue reading)

Celebrating Multiculturalism in Preschool

Next week is family-week at the boys’ preschool. Each child has been asked to make a poster (with the parent’s help) describing his/her cultural background. So the boys and I were busy making our poster, the last couple of days.... (Continue reading)

Will you marry us?

“Will you marry us?” This is the question that was being asked of me. Not a common one, is it? Usually, it is “Will you marry me?” But no, I was being asked the former, by a close friend of mine... (Continue reading)

Mr. Perfect

So, while I have written quite a bit about many aspects of being Single in Seattle, I haven’t yet touched on a big aspect of being single again … yes, dating!  Just over 2 years ago, when I became ready to date, I didn’t know quite... (Continue reading)

Four ways to enjoy your time on the H4 visa

Usually I write about things I have found out you can do to push your career forward when on the H4 visa. Or just things you can do to take more control. I have told I am too serious, and... (Continue reading)

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