The Indian American Life
Raising Awareness On Gender Equality As India Celebrates The Day Of The Girl Child (Podcast)

On How It Feels To Have a Daughter

*   To sit, sip, dream, laugh, read and muse. The world must be in order for her to do that. Everyone has a magic spot and she is mine. This little girl who has a nose for the roses and an eye for wonder. The one that has taught me to soak in a little of the...

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At Home, In America

At Home, In America

*   Cold weather pronounces thoughts of my home. I want home to be my one breathtaking world. After all, most times, I am confident enough to navigate around with my eyes shut. It's my library, my hospital, my school, my bakery and mostly my therapist. This is...

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The Indian-American Mom with a Pizza Predicament

The Indian-American Mom with a Pizza Predicament

    *   On any given Friday night you will see me putting my van into gear, family in tow, first stopping at the video store, then at the pizza place and finally making a "drive through" stop at the package (please read liquor) store. After getting...

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Balancing Culture And Community in a Global World

Balancing Culture And Community in a Global World

*   Asian/Indian families traditionally emphasize the importance of family membership, respect, and solidarity. These values are referred to as family obligations. Instead of promoting individual needs and personal identity, Asian/Indian families tend to have a...

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The Emigrant’s Anthem

The Emigrant’s Anthem

* I   Pursuing dreams, First steps Beckoning opportunities, Across oceans Proud sacrifices, Glistening eyes   * II   Anxious freedom, Fertile memories Loyal sentiments, Burning dedication Liberating happiness, Humbled notions   * III  ...

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On Winning The Nobel Prize For Literature

On Winning The Nobel Prize For Literature

Want To Listen To It Instead?    * In Literature for 2044 ~ Acceptance Speech   I wrote this essay when I was in my 30’s. This is as much I can reveal about my age as a woman’s vanity will permit. Writing generates the excesses of emotions that sustain life....

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Zadie Smith Feels Free in Atlanta

Zadie Smith Feels Free in Atlanta

*   Last night, I went to a Zadie Smith book signing event at the SCADshow theater. This event was part of Zadie's book tour promoting her new essay collection, Feel Free. She was interviewed by television journalist Gail O'Neill on topics like race, her biracial...

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Food According to Hinduism

Food According to Hinduism

Food according to Hinduism: Food is medicine. The Gita has verses that describe the three types of people based on the foods they consume: Satvik, Rajasic and Tamasic. Bhagavad Gita - Chapter 17 - Verse 7 Food should be consumed after a sincere thought about the...

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Hinduism

Everything You Wanted To Know About Hinduism

* Hinduism:    The word Hindu etymologically means an inhabitant of the land of the river Sindhu. Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma - the eternal way of life. Hinduism is a scientific and spiritual religion based on the principals of deep inner reflection and repeated...

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When The Indian-American Mom Goes Clubbing

When The Indian-American Mom Goes Clubbing

* Google maps reminds me that I am 500 yards from the destination after I have just cautiously taken a left onto a poorly lit gravel parking lot. Night clubs seem to like the appeal of appearing incognito all the while being inherently orgasmic in our thoughts. I...

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The Yoga of Karma, Bhakti and Gyana

The Yoga of Karma, Bhakti and Gyana

*   What is Yoga?   The root of the word Yoga comes from "Yug", the means to unite. Yoga is the path to unite with something that's great.   What are the different kinds of Yoga?   In Hindu scriptures, there are 4 main yogas. 1. Karma 2. Bhakti 3....

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Hebrew 6:19 – Hope Is The Anchor To The Soul

Hebrew 6:19 – Hope Is The Anchor To The Soul

A boy, who doesn't seem to be 10 yet, comes and asks me for my phone at Barnes and Noble. I look at his bald head and wonder silently, "childhood cancer?" Its little over 8pm on Thursday evening and I'm sitting with my 8 year old reading about Anne Frank's diary's...

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The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Thursday

The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Thursday

  Starring: Dad, mom (me), nanamma (dad’s mom), Boys – 12 year old Ky and 8 year old Moksh. * Continued from Wednesday Thursday I copy hand written notes of a book called Belle Cora onto the computer wondering all the while if I will ever read these notes again....

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The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Wednesday

The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Wednesday

  Starring: Dad, mom (me), nanamma (dad’s mom), Boys – 12 year old Ky and 8 year old Moksh. * Continued from Tuesday Wednesday I wake up with my hair flying off in the wind and to a screeching sound of brakes before we hit a wall. Two of my friends and I are...

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The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Tuesday

The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Tuesday

* Starring: Dad, mom (me), nanamma (dad's mom), Boys - 12 year old Ky and 8 year old Moksh. * Continued from Monday Tuesday I wake up Ky at 7am and he complains that his nada (a rope that's used to hold a petticoat up underneath a saree) has come off. Every night he...

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The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Monday

The Indian American Mom’s Weekly Review – Monday

* Starring: Dad, mom (me), nanamma (dad's mom), Boys - 12 year old Ky and 8 year old Moksh. * Monday * Morning, I kill a cockroach in the sauna at the gym appropriately named, “Crunch”. A Swami (Hindu learned man) is visiting our temple this week in the evenings to...

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The Modern Family and The Marital Adversity

The Modern Family and The Marital Adversity

*   On Sunday at 4am along the south east coast of India, a woman sleeping next to her 9 month old infant sat up on the berth of a moving train, collapsed on the floor, frothed at the mouth and died. Her husband of 3 years sought help in the next station the...

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His Mother’s Open Letter To Assad

His Mother’s Open Letter To Assad

The Letter * Assad, It is tough for me to think of you as a product of a biochemical blissful event, a distinct moment in time. Should I have sniffed the life out of you the moment I held you in my arms? The pain, the struggle that I went through to bring you here,...

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Why I Fell Off the Workforce Treadmill

Why I Fell Off the Workforce Treadmill

*   In a 2014 Gallup poll, more than 2/3rds of adults said they were not engaged at work, or were actively disengaged. Worldwide only 13% of adults call themselves engaged at work.   One evening this January, while pondering my decision to quit the...

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