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Change Clocks in 2020, 2021, 2022: US, Canada, UK, Australia

Did you know that your team members in India change their working hours to adapt to the time change? That is because India does not observe the time change. If we look exclusively at Indian Standard Time (IST) compared to Eastern Standard Time (EST), when we are in Daylight Saving Time (DST), between March and […]

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Cross-Cultural Skills Resolve Conflicts In Daily Life

Did you know cross-cultural skills are helpful for understanding abroad and at home? When I say ‘at home’ I do not only mean in your own country of origin but literally at home– in your home among your family and friends. How can this be so? Well, let’s take a look at three cross-cultural skills: […]

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Average Weather and Temperatures in the U.S.A.

When people think of the climate in the US, many may assume the U.S. is a cold country. This assumption is far from true. While there are parts of the U.S. that have cold weather, there are as many kinds of tundra as there are types of weather. I probably learned about this when I […]

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Spring Ahead & Fall Back: What is Daylight Saving Time?

What is daylight saving time?  Daylight saving time (DST) provides “extended” sunlight hours during the summer. Typically, those who practice DST must physically change their clock time ahead one hour (in the spring) or back one hour (in the fall) to ‘save time’.  Sometime in the mid 2000s, the end of DST was amended from […]

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What is the Story of Onam (Onakatha)?

Every year to celebrate Onam, the people of Kerala 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 here tells the story of Onam.    The story of Onam shared below was written […]

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Onam Office Celebrations at GeoInfopark, Kochi, India

The beautiful designs shown in this post may look like something out of a kaleidoscope, but actually they are flower designs called pookkalam. More than flowers, these designs require an immense amount of patience to create. The green and dark purple colors are the hardest to come by. Green is taken from a particular plant, […]

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Some Onam Symbols, Games and Activities in Malayalam and English

Countless representations of Maveli pop up almost overnight throughout Kerala as Onam nears. Maveli is the iconic symbol and ‘mascot’ of Onam, just as Santa is for some at Christmas. Though Maveli can look a little different in different forms, there are a few common characteristics that must be there: He must be carrying an […]

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Common TV Channels in the US

As an expat worker onsite in the US, your American colleagues will be making small talk about their favorite television shows and movies. Some of these programs will be found on the channels noted below. Some of the below channels may be broadcasted outside of the US. However, as many channels are not mentioned by […]

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How a Japanese and US Citizen Became Life-Long Friends

Today, I’d like to share a touching story of open-mindedness, forgiveness, friendship and a new understanding. This story narrated by Shintaro Tominaga is a reminder of the power of forgiveness and how it can build bridges in ourselves and with others in unexpected, amazing ways. America means a lot to me. Japan lost the past […]

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Onam Celebrations at Work in Kerala, India

Onam falls every year between late August and mid September for 10 days. Onam is the major holiday of the people of Kerala, a state in southwestern India. Onam is a harvest festival, but it also has mythical connections. Every year during Onam, the king of yesteryear, King Maveli (Mahabali), comes to visit. Many moons […]

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