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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 […]

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Malayalee By Choice – Foreigners at Home In Kerala

Being a foreigner in some countries makes you an instant celebrity. Everyone knows who you are. People greet you on the street. Many, many people. Some you know, some others are complete strangers. It’s done out of curiosity and friendliness, though at times it can either be flattering or overwhelming. It’s not easy to blend […]

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Cris: A Spaniard in India (A Spanish & English Interview)

This second bilingual post on Authentic Journeys is in Spanish and English. The Spanish version is first. Scroll below for the English version.   Cristina, española, ha estado viviendo en Bangalore, India durante casi tres años. Ella es autora de un blog sobre la cultura india en español para lectores de habla hispana en todo […]

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How NRI Children Find Adjustment to Life in India Difficult

Many Non-Resident Indian (NRI) families considering moving back to India wonder how their NRI children may adjust to life in India. Recently in interacting with Non-Resident Indian (hereafter, NRI) families considering a move back to India, I thought to share a few challenges NRI children who move from the USA to India face.  What Problems […]

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Kinds of Household Help Hired in India

By: Pallavi Rao Edited by: Jennifer Kumar & Chris Sufi  Note: Quoted rates in this article are from 2012. In the previous post, I shared some general tips on hiring household help in Mumbai, India. Today, I would like to introduce you to all the different kinds of help that you can hire to for […]

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13 Tips for Employing a Maid in India

Employing a maid and other household help in India is common. Many Non- Resident Indians (NRIs), including myself, have lived in the West where we had to do all the household chores without any help. However, when we come back to India, we realize most of the people behave as if they live in the […]

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Help With Living In India

Jennifer wrote on her blog INDIA! “I think hands down, this has been one of the hardest things I’ve done, both in terms of work and country. Before coming to India, I met a new friend, Jennifer, who is a cross cultural coach here in India and lives about 2 hours south of me. I […]

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“India Was One” – Book Review

“India Was One” – Book Review Can love really conquer all? Can love bring together diverse cultures that seem at times to mingle only out of necessity but at other times be forcefully territorial about their differences and claims of originality?   India is a diverse country and one of its mottos is ‘Unity in […]

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An American Who Understands Tamil Culture

Can someone from the US understand Tamil culture?  It gives me great pleasure to say that Jennifer has given a detailed and comprehensive review of “Classic Tamil Brahmin Cuisine” that I have co-authored with Viji Varadarajan. She has taken time and detailed analysis to write about our book. It is interesting to see how a […]

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