Memories of My First Job in India!

I was given the amazing opportunity to give a talk on motivation and goal setting entitled “Motivation: Four Keys to Abundance and Success” to 120 students of the MBA program at Jai Bharath College in Kochi, India on July 1, 2011. (This seminar was also given in 2012.)   The banner the college created to […]

Understand Daily Life in the US Before Leaving India

Jennifer Kumar, blog author, at ASV SunTech Park, Chennai Looking for a novel approach to cross-cultural guidebooks?  Meet Subbu, a typical guy from Chennai who shares his story and cultural ups and downs, that almost any Indian or foreigner to the US can empathize with in the book Ketchup and Curry: Your Guide to Life […]

Raycast Technologies: Education Through Games

In this installment of the Infopark Startup Series, meet Abhishek, the the CEO of Raycast Technologies.   Abhishek Mohan K, pictured to the right, is the CEO of Raycast Technologies, located in the Kochi InfoPark. In 2013, Abhishek resigned from his job in the Ministry of Education, Maldives, to start this company. Jennifer: Thank you […]

Indian English Phrases and Slang Not Used in the US

“I’ll just be coming….”   “Have you taken your food?”   These were a few phrases that baffled me when I “landed up” in Chennai to study my Master’s in Social Work many years ago. Probably one of the most challenging aspects of moving to another culture that has the same language is realizing that […]

Motivation Across Cultures: Same Value – Different Approach

All cultures have values which are common to the people in that culture. Many cultures have similar values so, some argue that there is no need to learn ‘Indian cultural values’ or ‘American cultural values.’ While we may not need to know that people in both of these cultures hold ‘truth’ and ‘honesty’ as a […]

Malayalam MTI Reduction Tips with P, B, MP, MB Words (മ്പ)

“Pai Dosa. Where is this?”  We asked this driving around Ernakulam one night. I asked as well as my husband who’s a native Keralite (raised in Delhi and lived in the US more than 10 years), asked. We were utterly confused when no one understood us. Finally, someone repeated what we said back to us, […]

How to Introduce Yourself to Americans – Lessons from the book Ketchup & Curry

Subramanian Venkataraman Parthasarathy, an Indian who went to study in the US, introduced himself this way to his American classmates in the book Ketchup & Curry:Your Guide to Life and Success in America:   “I’m Subramanian Venkataraman Parthasarathy. My father is Dhandapani Sabapathy Parthasarathy and mother is Vyjayanthi Mala Parthasarathy. I have come here from […]


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