Abstract, Bangalore, Children, Community, Desi, Diary

Little People Problems

“I can’t believe foreigners are in our apartment!” “Won’t they think India is dirty?” Her face wrinkles in concern as she eyes Ammu and Pattu as they soar on the squeaky swings. I look at them too and answer the girl in front of me with questions of my own. We trade replies and she […]

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Cinema, Desi, Movie, Review

A rustic, light hearted, offbeat comedy

This weekend K and I caught this rather simple rustic tale on DVD. The movie is Welcome to Sajjanpur by Shyam Benegal. We picked the DVD at our local desi grocer. The name intrigued us as well as the reco that came with it. It sat on our coffee table for a week before we […]

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Desi, India, Life, Musings, People, reflections, US

Hyphenated. So what?

Sitting in class with my stat mid term paper in hand, brows furrowed looking for avenues to increase my score, I spied a section where I was given a zero. Flipping through the pages of my textbook to the part that ‘inspired’ my answer to that particular question, I found what I was looking for. […]

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Desi, Festivals, Memories, Tradition

To nice new beginnings!

I was on my cell phone catching up with my sister after a long  time. I heard the home phone ring and saw it was my FIL from India. Hanging up in a hurry, K and I settled on the couch with the phone on speaker. “Happy Vishu!” said my FIL and went on to […]

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Desi, Food, Musings

Commonplace becomes exotic.

With class cancelled today, I was thrilled with the prospect of ‘me’ time. Waving bye to K as he left for his weekly class, I turned my attention to the full sink. Working methodically, I cleaned the kitchen and caught up with the day’s events with mom over the phone. Chopping tomato, onion, ginger and […]

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Bollywood, Cinema, Desi, Feelings, Happiness, Music, Musings, Review

It is written. No?

Following Manchus comment here, I couldn’t help but pen down my thoughts on the ceremony yesterday. It was probably the first time I have paid the Academy Awards this much attention. There are snatches from previous ceremonies like when Halle Berry won that are etched in my mind. For some strange reason I even remember […]

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Desi, India, Misc, Television

The Story Of India

For those interested, PBS has this show that premieres Jan 5th 2009 at 9:00 PM EST that traces the history of India from a very long time ago to now. It is a six part series two of which will be aired back to back tomorrow. More on this can be found here on PBS […]

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Desi, Life, Misc, Musings, Rant, reflections

What Will Others Say?

“Our neighbour has invited me to receive thamboolam…” said my mom and trailed off. I could visualize what the rest of her sentence would look like. I wanted her to go of course but the conversation eventually wound up with “What will others say?” This is typical of most of the conversations I have with […]

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