Culture Shock: Privacy

Culture Shock: Privacy
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Chor Bazaar in Bombay.(Photo by Eric Parker)

There are so many things I had to live with and was NOT accustomed to when I moved to India. Slowly, some of those things are becoming tolerable. Some are still not. One may experience culture shock when moving to a different country, and usually, when people visit or move to India, those things include: massive poverty, adults and kids doing their private business out on the streets, the crazy roads, the smells, the cows, the staring, the dirtiness, the crowds… As soon as you step out of the Chhatrapati Shivaji (Bombay) Airport, chaos is apparent. (On a side note, every time I arrive to India, the airport has been improved.) Continue reading

Indian Dishes I Want To Learn How To Make (Part II)

Indian Dishes I Want To Learn How To Make (Part II)

We have been living in India for two months now and I already know so much more about Indian food than I ever knew before living here. Even after having visited India over ten times and been to many Indian restaurants around the world. There are so many Indian dishes I’d like to try to make at home.  Continue reading

We Got A/C!

We Got A/C!

Very exciting, indeed.

I have been to India many times (before residing here), and though hot, I have never needed A/C. So when Josh said he wanted to get A/C when we moved to the house, I was skeptical. I thought it wasn’t necessary. I kept thinking “we’ll see.” Very ironic, because I complain about heat a lot during the summer. My body’s cooling system is broken, so once it gets hot, it takes many hours to cool down, causing me  what I call, “heat headaches”. I don’t know. And India’s weather was one of the things that worried me before making the move. Continue reading

Tip: How To Feel At Home

Tip: How To Feel At Home
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Photo by Cuba Gallery

Josh and I were taking a walk in this Indian land where we are now expats, when he suddenly says: “I just realized the sky is there, and it looks the same as the sky in America.” He goes on saying: “If you look down or around, everything is different to America, the ground is different, the people are different, the animals are different. But the sky is the same. If the sky was red I would be okay with it because I would just think: Oh we are in a different planet. But if I look up at the blue sky, I can feel at home.” Continue reading

“We Live In Different Time Zones”

“We Live In Different Time Zones”

It was 11:40pm on a Friday, and my husband and I were working on our computers a couple meters apart from each other. This is the usual sighting in our house every night… when he suddenly says: “it’s Friday already?!” to which I responded: “it’s the end of Friday.” Technically, in about 20minutes, it was going to be Saturday already. But he said: “I don’t think you get it, we live in different time zones.” and I said: “I get it, I just forget.” Continue reading

Decorated Cows Receive Prasad

Decorated Cows Receive Prasad

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We were heading home when suddenly, we saw a man with his two cows, and other men surrounding them, walking up the hill. These cows were all decorated with balloons and powdered paint. The only camera we had on hand, was Josh’s phone (which has a pretty crappy camera, unfortunately.)

He took some video and followed them towards Meher Baba’s Samadhi, where they were headed. I sat on a nearby bench and waited. Continue reading

Behind The Scenes: Statues for Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)

Behind The Scenes: Statues for Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu Festival)

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In the last few days I have been driving by some tents with people making statues of Ganesh (The elephant Hindu God). Then I learned that Ganesh Chaturthi, a big Hindu Festival, is coming soon.

During Ganesh Chaturthi, the birth of Lord Ganesha (the son of Shiva and Parvati), is celebrated. This festival lasts 10 days, and begins on the fourth day of the waxing moon period, during the Hindu month: Bhaadra. These dates usually fall between August 19th and September 20th. This year, it begins on September 9th. Continue reading

Our First Pizza Night In India

Our First Pizza Night In India

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Today was pizza night. We live in a small village, but they have one Domino’s in town. Today, Shekhar said we should have pizza night, so we did. It was a treat because we have been having a lot of Indian food, since we live in India and all, you know. Continue reading

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter

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Making homemade peanut butter is surprisingly simple and you have the control to decide the saltiness and the sweetness, and you get to be creative as well (how does adding cocoa powder sound?).

All you need is a food processor or blender, peanuts, and then it is up to you to decide the amount of honey/sugar, salt, and any other additions.

So, let’s cut to the chase. Continue reading