I am prone to many anxious moments when time is of the essence and everything needs to get done just right. This is particularly the case during the holidays. I want everything to go well. As a multiracial, multicultural family, at every bend, starting October, there is a celebration a.k.a stressor, just waiting to get… Read More Multicultural Celebrations – Hanukkah and Christmas
In Part I of the Diwali Series, you read about my Diwali morning dwelling in nostalgia whilst enjoying some hot chocolate and marshmallows making memories on a rainy day. (There is a lot going on in today’s post and not all of it may read coherently. Please excuse any choppiness.) Soon after sipping on our… Read More Multicultural Kids and the Legacy of Family Rituals – Diwali Series Part II
Sunday, October 30th was an eventful day. Culturally. Experientially. Physically. Emotionally. My multicultural family celebrated Diwali – The festival of lights after having celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving earlier in the month. Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrating, more secularly, the victory of good over evil. There are religious meanings associated with the celebrations too but I’ll leave… Read More Of Rains, Memories, and Cultural Comfort – Diwali Series Part I
First a disclaimer: I do not mean for this post to sound pompous or self-righteous. We all have to live by the consequences of our decisions and choices. One such decision I made was to come to the US for graduate studies. Sixteen years later, I call the US my home. Yes, India is also… Read More Raising my kids in the US vs. India
There is something to say about Indian and Western parenting when flexibility takes the cake and holding on to cultural values may not always be the best option. When I was pregnant, as is common with Indians and as I believed too, I always said that our baby would sleep in our room for at… Read More Baby’s Own Room
My parents arrived in Chicago from India on Thursday and I am enjoying the pampering even as I am getting used to four adults living at home. It is common among diasporic Indians including those in the US to invite their parents over during pregnancy. Parents travel all over to their children’s adopted homelands and… Read More Parents are here!