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Monthly Archives: May 2010


When Varun and I first decided to go to India to Meet The Parents, I did what any sensible girl would do: I began to binge on Bollywood movies. This was done sheerly for research purposes and to give me an informed understanding of cultural norms. As my appreciation for 7 minute songs, predictable plots … Continue reading »

Categories: confusion, customs, dating, family, manners | 3 Comments

Whisper Down the Lane

Last week we were at a friend’s house who is also Indian, but who moved to Canada when he was in middle school and therefore has much less of an accent. Varun, J and I were deciding where we should go to hang out when Varun said, “You decide, J, you know the snake in … Continue reading »

Categories: animals, communication, confusion, language, story-telling | Leave a comment

Actually, servants don’t sound too bad….

The first time Varun told me he had servants, I reacted with arrogant shock. Servants? Who is this guy? Neglecting to think about the socio-economic differences between India and my suburban North American upbringing, I immediately showered him with good old-fashioned judgement. To his credit, he took it in stride and explained to me the … Continue reading »

Categories: Housekeeping | 8 Comments

Physics is PHUN!

One of the leaders in my high school youth group was a physics teacher who had a shirt that read, “Physics is PHUN!”. This, of course, was a source of endless amusement to us at the time. Fortunately for me, the phun hasn’t stopped there: I married an engineer. A man who turns coat hangers … Continue reading »

Categories: Engineering, physics | 3 Comments

Meeting in the Middle (at the table)

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard Part of being in a marriage wrought with differences is the continual hunt for similarites. Luckily, Varun and I share some pretty important similarities: we both dislike seafood, are always on time and have very few preferences regarding household organization or scheduling. We also share … Continue reading »

Categories: dessert, family, food, indian food | Leave a comment