Facts About Pongal Festival in South India

If you have Indian colleagues who celebrate Pongal or are from Tamil Nadu and observe this holiday in India or abroad, this article will offer some facts about the Pongal festival in addition to conversation starters with your Indian colleagues.    Facts About Pongal   When is Pongal?  Pongal usually falls every year on January […]

Didi, Akka, Chechi – Means Friendship in India

While we were in quarantine, I had quite a few American female friends reach out to me asking me, “Why did the new friend I made online from India call me by didi? What does that mean? Why aren’t they calling me by my name?”  They were obviously taken aback as they weren’t sure what the word […]

Republic Day – A Patriotic, National Holiday in India

Republic Day, which falls on January 26th every year, is the first holiday in the Western Calendar that is celebrated all over India and is an official day off.    What is Republic Day in India?  Repulic Day in India celebrates the day that India’s constitution was officially put into place on January 26, 1950. India became […]

Work Effectively with Teammates from India

The tips in this article are based on real-life experience. I am US citizen who has over 10 years living, working and studying in India. With over 30 trips between the US and India since 1998, and running a successful business in India for over 6 years, these tips will not only help you do […]

Managing Teams in More than One City in India

Are you remotely managing co-located, virtual offshore teams in different parts of India?    Understanding Indian cultural diversity and work culture will help you to manage your teams more effectively.   Considerations for Managing Teams in More than One City in India Different Languages    Though business and education is generally conducted in English, each […]

9 Tips for Expats Visiting India On Work

Are you going to India for work? I am an American who has lived in India for a total of about 10 years. The longest period of time I lived in India was when I lived in Kochi between 2011-2017. Kochi is in the state of Kerala in Southwestern India. I have also traveled between […]

What is Kerala Piravi – Kerala Day

What is Kerala Piravi – Kerala Day?  Kerala Piravi (Kerala Day) is the birthday of the state of Kerala is Southwestern India. See the map to the right. The red highlighted section is Kerala State.   When was the birthdate of Kerala?  November 1, 1956. As of 2022, Kerala turns 66! (Note: India’s Independence Day/Date […]

Basic Facts About Independence Day in India

Introduction to Basic Facts about Independence Day in India When is India’s Independence Day? August 15. When did India gain Independence from the British?  In 1947. What day or days are given off for this holiday?  If it falls on a working day, only that particular working day is given off. It is true that […]

What is Diwali? Stories, Legends, Celebrations in Different Parts of India

What is Diwali? Known as the festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated on a nation-wide scale sometime between mid September and mid November, based on the Hindu calendar. In 2019, Diwali falls on November 14. “Diwali” is the easy-to-pronounce form of Deepavali. In Sanskrit “Deepawali” is the marriage of two Sanskrit words- Deepa meaning light […]

Leave Days in Kerala, India

When elections happen in India, official holidays are called by the state and local government. As I understand it, voters can only vote in their home district as no absentee ballots are entertained. This means that people who work, live or study away from home must travel home to vote. Upon voting, a black mark […]

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