The Indian American Life
When the Indian-American Mom Goes to Dirty Sixth

When the Indian-American Mom Goes to Dirty Sixth

* As I walked past The Velveeta Room, I saw the chalk board at the entrance with the words, Stand-up comedy night, showing at 11pm. I asked the old white guy, possibly a biker dude by day, who was cutting tickets standing at the entrance if I could take a quick peek...

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How to be a Hindu in 6 Easy Steps

How to be a Hindu in 6 Easy Steps

* * * What is Hinduism? What happens when someone asks you this question out of genuine curiosity? Do you find yourself hopelessly tongue tied or not in a position to give a crisp 5 minute brief on the topic?   *   Hinduism, like any other religion was...

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Who On Earth Are You?

Who On Earth Are You?

* This is an invite I drafted for an upcoming employee resource group ice-cream social. The event aims at promoting diversity discussions among peers, thereby enhancing our modern global work culture and the strength of our social networks. * Tell us! As part of a...

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If Oreos Were Pets

If Oreos Were Pets

*   The ghostwriter for this short story is my 7 year old. According to him, this is how I would write about the lady bug who has come to live with us. * * *  

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Karma Yoga and the Secrets to Inner Transformation

Karma Yoga and the Secrets to Inner Transformation

* *** Source: Lessons of Life of Bhakthi (Devotion) from the Ramayana: By Swami Tejomayananda, an Indian spiritual leader and head of Chinmaya Mission. These are my notes on the discourse I attended when he visited Atlanta in July of 2015.  * I feel that it is my duty...

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Teaching the Law of Dharma to the ISIS

Teaching the Law of Dharma to the ISIS

Spoiler alert: This essay is committed to making a point in gravitas, which I have understood can only be done by not expressing myself in emojis or the texting slang language. * Dear ISIS, Did you know that irrespective of religion and cultural references, once you...

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The UBER App and It’s Human Heart Beat

The UBER App and It’s Human Heart Beat

* “I don't really need to go to Church. If I am feeling low, I just pray. What will God do that you can't do for yourself anyway?” Words of wisdom from a 23 year old Haitian-American UBER taxi driver, Ernst. * What would a 40 billion dollar company like UBER, a taxi...

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The Wishing Well and An Empty Tummy

The Wishing Well and An Empty Tummy

© MColdPlay's 'Hungry Child' @ Deviantart * I call my boss and tell him, I won't be in until late. Over a crisp morning coffee I work out logistics. I plot the distance between school and home.. 500 yards.. I aim for taking cover. While setting up my equipment at...

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Osama, hermit you are not.. Love Teresa

Osama, hermit you are not.. Love Teresa

Dear Osama, Even in this 21st century, with super fast technology, it took me a while to get in touch with you, and it has been partly because of your tight security and lack of information on the internet on where you are hiding, er, living. It has been a stressful...

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An Epiphany of the Future

An Epiphany of the Future

  *   Why my brain only holds a few of my childhood memories so vividly is beyond me, but one of them just came back this morning, as I walked, held my Kindergartener's hands and went along with him, floating as if in a bubble, as snapshots of past, dreams...

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I Rock and the Boy Genius..

I Rock and the Boy Genius..

At the risk of celebrating "mediocrity", we are very careful about what we congratulate and good job my 5 year old son about, on a daily basis on his 'achievements'.. So, time has been passing and with each day, it is amusing how the little ones are growing up to know...

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For an Indian-American, Life is a Layover

For an Indian-American, Life is a Layover

  Namaste (Nah-mah-stay)! So, it wasn't really the kind of birthday celebrations I would have nurtured for myself, but come on, why would I have minded spending time with the three most wonderful people I love, my two boys, (one an infant, please note!) and my...

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Vultures Don’t Soar High

Vultures Don’t Soar High

* The vultures hover above their tiny heads. The wind here has never stood still, the putrid smell of decay fills the air. Their dirty hands, the sewer nearby and the food crumbs tell an endless tale of survival. There is no healing except from the spit of the...

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Esprit D’Escalier

Esprit D’Escalier

So, this is it and I have to capture this moment for my blog.. But, then, what is the big deal about what I am doing right now??? Fast food dinner at a table at the mall food court.. And a shopping list tucked in my hand for later.. How exciting..?! But, this night...

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Working Mom: Existing Remotely

Working Mom: Existing Remotely

By my own tacit admission, I am not a person who would travel for work voluntarily.. There has to be a strong reason for it, something that has to really drive the need for leaving town for work.. :) And the idea is stronger now in our current state of life because we...

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Life’s Precious Dream

Life’s Precious Dream

*   The door bell rings! Oh?! Is that you at this hour.. on this day..??? I better get it.. It may be your first visit after you left home to realize your dream.. Who is going to win all those shouting matches played out in this very living room? The house is now...

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Manualation.. Yes, Please

Manualation.. Yes, Please

If I had sent you a hand written postcard inviting you to my son's first, and you wonder if I was not being too efficient about it.. well, I would just brush that off thinking that it is just your way of looking at things.. :) Wait, I will let you defend yourself.. !...

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Daddy and Me..

Daddy and Me..

  All this week I have been thinking of my father, because it was his birthday yesterday.. I feel terribly home sick and awfully miss daddy when his birthday is approaching, the day it is his birthday and a few days after the fact.. :) It has been an exciting...

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Life….. Brought To You By Texts And Emails

Life….. Brought To You By Texts And Emails

  Well, I used to think it was rude a few years ago, to tell the other person on the phone that I am no longer interested in the ongoing conversation and that I am bored to death and want to slam the phone down on him / her.. So, I would listen on intently to my...

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Innocence Is Bliss

Innocence Is Bliss

* Our first one has the funniest disposition of all the kids I know.. OK, well, I might be saying this because he is my own.. :) He keeps getting bribed for doing all the things that he is supposed to do anyway! Like brushing his teeth, going to potty, eating his...

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A Connection To The Heart

A Connection To The Heart

* It was love at first sight in the hospital. His little brother was in my arms waiting for his first reaction. It was plain and clear, that of love. And now at home, He hovers around his bassinet wary of all the visitors who pay a visit to see what he calls "my...

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