How Can I Say “No” Diplomatically?

Saying “no” in most cultures is an art. There are surely times when your boss or US client has asked for (or demanded!) something that was not possible to do. Let’s discuss a few tactful ways to approach the no, save face, and maintain an amicable relationship.   What are polite ways to disagree or […]

Happy Onam to our Friends In Rochester, NY

Every year, the Malayalee association in Rochester, New York celebrates Onam in a wonderful way. Before moving to Kerala, my husband and I were active members of the Greater Association of Malayalees in New York (GRAMNY) for several years before moving to Kerala. Although we now live in the largest Malayalee association of all, Kerala, […]

Common Names in Kerala, India

Have you ever wondered what are the common given names in India, especially in Kerala? Well, the names in this word cloud below were compiled based on interactions I have had with almost 3,500 professionals throughout India, 90% of them living in or hailing from Kerala.  This list details how many times particular names or […]

Onam Celebrations at Infopark

Post by Authentic Journeys – Cultural and Lifestyle Mentoring. Onam was celebrated by all of the companies in Infopark during the first week of September 2014. On Friday, September 5 most of the companies campus-wide participated in the festivities. The festivities started in the morning between 8-8:30am. Employees were asked to come in early to […]

The Story of Onam (Onakatha)

Every year to celebrate Onam, the people of Kerala, a state in southwestern India, make pookkalams. “Poo” means flower and “kalam” means design. These flower designs or flower carpets can be comprised of pretty and colorful designs, while others also depict stories. The pookkalam pictured to the right tells the story of Onam.    The story […]

Onam Dance: Thiruvathirakali

Did you know there is a step in Thiruvathira that can help you to face the audience more confidently while giving presentations? When I ask this question during sessions on presentation skills, many think this is strange. There is one particular step in Thiruvathira that allows the dancer to “walk” in front or behind another […]

2015: Holidays & Vacations

India & US Holiday Calendar 2015  (See 2016 calendar. See 2017 calendar)  Need for this Calendar This calendar will be useful for Indians and Americans working between the two countries and cultures. As India is a diverse country which celebrates different holidays in different parts of the country, this calendar mainly focuses on: India-wide Government […]


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