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What is Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

Martin Luther King Jr. day falls on the third Monday of every January (In 2020 – January 20). Meant to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s (here after, MLK) birthday, it’s a day to observe the ideals of MLK including interracial harmony, non-violence, and civil rights. (Ironically, due to this, “Civil Rights Day” is another name […]

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Respond to Party Invites from Americans

In the U.S., expect formal invitations from those inviting you to parties. Whether the party is a wedding, a Christmas or Holiday party hosted by your team or office, or your neighbor’s Fourth of July BBQ, it’s important to know how to respond to party invites from Americans.  What is an RSVP?  RSVP stands for […]

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Secret Santa Gift Exchange Rules

For those who celebrate Christmas at work with colleagues, to make it fun many may have participated in a secret gift exchange. Known as Secret Santa in the U.S., and Christmas Friend in India (at least in Kerala), this gift exchange game is popular in many offices and among many teams. So how do we play […]

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Are you settled yet?

When moving abroad family, friends, new neighbors and perfect strangers will want to know if you’re feeling at home in your new home. One way of doing that- especially the Indian way is by asking, “Are you settled yet?”  I am unsure how to answer this question. For me, feeling settled is about more than […]

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Childcare Options in the U.S.A.

Preparing to go onsite is not just for singles! Now a days, there are plenty of family-minded onsite ready employees relocating to client sites in various locations across the U.S.  While a majority of offshore team members are male, now a days, there are considerable numbers of female IT and software engineers with H1-B or […]

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10 Ways to Make Life Easier in the U.S.

“Although I have traveled around the world with my family as a child, and even visited the U.S.A. several times before moving there to study, the visits did not prepare me for living and studying in the U.S.A. as a full time student.” says Vishal Eswar, who came to Rochester, NY in 2006 to study […]

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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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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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Filling Up Checks: USA vs India

Did you know that filling up checks is different in different countries? I learned this some years ago when tutoring Japanese students in the US. Now, living in India, I am slowly learning how to use bank accounts with Indian rules and etiquette. Take a look at these videos in filling out Checks in the […]

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How to Cross the Street in the USA

If you are coming to the US for work for for a long-term expat assignment, there’s a lot to learn to get adjusted. One of the things you will probably need to learn fast is how to cross the street in the USA. I have chosen several different videos from YouTube to demonstrate this. Note […]

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