An Old Love Story

Source for picture: Click here  “When are you going to build me a Taj Mahal? Learn a thing or two from the great Shah Jahan,” my mother would declare when my father would annoy or tease her. Growing up, I’ve probably heard this phrase more than a hundred times. Hearing my mother, aunts or older…

Bangles, anyone?

Bangles anyone? Bangles (Churiyaan) are special ornaments that are worn in many wonderful occasions. Bangles are used to bring shine to the dress of the occasion. Churiyaans are usually worn with Indian clothes, also known as salwaar kameez. Now as you know, salwaar kameez isn’t just any dress. It is a well embroidered piece of…

A New Face: Miss America 2013

Photo Credit: Source link  On Sept., 15, 2013 , Nina Davuluri, an Indian-American, had the honor of winning the title of “Miss America 2013.” This isn’t just any news! This, indeed, is grand news for Davuluri is the first Indian woman to win this prestige title. Props to the Miss America Organization for recognizing beauty…

The Essence of Oil

Source: Click here  The usage of oil is important in Indian culture. I know what you are thinking. Oil is obviously used daily when we cook, and of course it is essential. However, I am not referring to cooking oil; I’m talking about oil for one’s hair. From childhood, we are taught that if you…

Big Fat Indian Weddings

A traditional wedding dress.  Photo Source: Sajeda Vahora, a family friend. Have you ever been to an Indian wedding in your life or planning on attending one? Fear not! By the end of this blog entry you’ll feel as if you’ve explored every aspect of the festivity and you’ll be more confident. Being an Indian,…

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali (dee-waa-li) everyone! Source: by Ashish Kanitkar – Diwali-Festival  Many of you may have heard of this festival; some refer to it as the “festival of light.” Taken literally, this term just means lighting tons of candles and lighting a bunch of fireworks. But this celebration is the total opposite! The Hindus refer to Diwali as…

Sip Chai with us and Relax

Do you want to feel as if you are part of India, right amongst the loving and heart warming people of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh? Then you must try the infamous desi chai! Imagine coming home from work or school, and wanting to relax because of such an exhausting day. A great way…