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Top traits of Indian parents?

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1. Indian parents are conservative and traditional. They raise children as if stuck in time limbo. For more, see http://www.bloggermoms.com/from-sarongs-to-saris/ 2. They are extremely protective and treat dating as a life threatening sport. To Indian parents you are not an... (Continue reading)

Activate thy Verbs!

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Happy 2010 to all! This is my 13th year in America, and I recall fondly that when I first moved here, I arrived with a formidable fluency in the Queen’s English peppered with occasional indulgences in the flavors of Ind-lish. Although I didn’t end... (Continue reading)

Nature’s paradox : immortality ensures mortality

Last Saturday, I went garage-sale hopping in West Seattle – something I ordinarily wouldn’t do, but a community-wide initiative in an upscale neighborhood meant I could peek into beautifully designed homes, and gain a voyeuristic view of their odds-and-ends collections …... (Continue reading)

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)

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)

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)

Mom in Question – Monika

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  Profession: IT Kids:  Tisha (7) , krish (3) Born and brought up in: India Currently base in: India Countries lived in: USA, India Cultures in my life: Indian, American     What did you find most interesting about living and... (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)

Top five things to do while you are nursing

So now that I have been nursing for three months, and the nursing stretches are getting longer instead of shorter, I keep thinking of things that can be done with one hand and with baby attached to you. Of course,... (Continue reading)

Introducing Maria

When I was five or six back in Calcutta, I went to see ‘The Sound of Music’ with my extended family. I think it was the first movie I saw and I remember being dressed in my best, the line to get... (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)

More kids lunch ideas with a multicultural twist – from the readers

I loved the suggestions I got on the post on ‘Kids lunch ideas with a multicultural twist’. Sometimes the ideas get lost in the comments – so I am listing them here as a kind of part 2. You can... (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)

Becoming Big Brother – Sibling Class

I had scheduled a sibling class for the babe this week. It was at the Northside hospital, called the ‘baby factory of Atlanta. It was a class for three to six year old kids. The babe was very reluctant to... (Continue reading)

Mom in Question – Indrani

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Name: Indrani Dasgupta Goyal Profession: Home Maker Kids:  One son, Shaamak, 22 months Born and brought up: New Delhi, India Countries lived in:  India, Singapore and US Cultures in my life: Indian, Chinese, American What were some of the most... (Continue reading)

The Big Debate – Religiously trying

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And I thought being multicultural will make me more open minded. Back in India, I did not consider myself a very religious person. Sure I would celebrate any festival we would get a holiday on, which pretty much included HIndu... (Continue reading)

Some back to school lunch ideas with a multicultural twist

Its back to school time here in the US, and many parts of the world and if you are looking for some ideas to serve some multicultural lunches for your toddler, preschooler or kid, here are some ideas. These are based... (Continue reading)

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