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Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Fly On Our Wall

If you were a fly on our wall, this is what you would have heard this week…. (Listening to Christmas music, the song mentioned mistletoe) Varun: What about toes? Amelia: Mistletoe. Do you know what that is? Varun: Toes? No. What? Amelia: Um, it’s like this plant you hang up at parties at Christmastime and … Continue reading »

Categories: celebrations, communication, confusion, food, hilarious, semantics | 1 Comment

Passports, please.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Varun and I don’t have a common citizenship and our status in Canada is somewhat tenuous. As such, every time we cross the border (by air or car) we are careful: we bring passports, permits, proof of residency, our marriage certificate and no fruits or veggies. Varun, of … Continue reading »

Categories: confusion, immigration, india, language | 2 Comments

Ask Before You Eat

I pressed my lips together in a vain effort to keep the gooey liquid from running down my chin. Cheeks bursting, I attempted to chew. I shifted my gaze, avoiding the eyes of my Mother-in-law-to-be and the Paanwala who were both looking at me inquisitively wondering, Well, does she like it? Gulp. I swallowed a … Continue reading »

Categories: awkward, confusion, food, india, indian food | 2 Comments

Dinner At Our House

I’ve been reading “Under the Tuscan Sun” and decided to get in touch with my Italian roots. We invited a friend over for dinner and I spent the better part of an afternoon making homemade pumpkin ice cream, biscotti and eggplant parmesan. It was delicious. I am now committed to preserving my culinary heritage. To … Continue reading »

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This past weekend was Diwali. Diwali is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar and is celebrated across India and around the world. Being a festival of lights, Diwali is celebrated by lighting candles around the house as well as lighting firecrackers! So, Varun and I decided we needed to celebrate. So, … Continue reading »

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