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Dear Western Bride of a South Asian Groom, Part II

Imagine a Bollywood movie about a beautiful, respectful, graceful and demure Indian girl. Okay, now imagine a white girl, botching words in Hindi, inadvertently wearing shirts backwards and speaking her mind at inappropriate moments. I am, of course, the first girl. Ahem. In April, I wrote a letter to a dear friend who was wedding … Continue reading »

Categories: awkward, bollywood, communication, dancing, family, india, travel | 2 Comments

When Strangers Ask About My Lady Parts

She raised her eyebrows and leaned forward. Her arm made a sweeping motion over her stomach, pantomiming the belly of a very pregnant woman. “Can you not have your own?!”, she whispered conspiratorially. I laughed too loudly and informed her, and the bored occupants of the waiting room of the Brooklyn Tow Pound, that we … Continue reading »

Categories: adoption, awkward, manners | 9 Comments

Change Starts With Your Underwear

I spent about 3 hours googling ‘Fair Trade Underwear’. I didn’t do this because I have no hobbies or friends, but because we made an Unofficial Commitment to buying only ethical and/or Fair trade, or second hand clothing items for the year. I wasn’t sure if this was something I would blog about (Hey everyone! … Continue reading »

Categories: awkward, injustice, international, poverty | 9 Comments

They Still Say Hello Over There

I think this week, of all weeks, is a week for grace. It’s a week to watch an inane┬ávideo of One American mocking Canadians and to realize, No one person fully represents any people group. Shepherd Smith’s views of Canadians may be highly visible, but they don’t represent the attitude of (all) Americans toward (all) … Continue reading »

Categories: awkward, communication, manners | 2 Comments

Travel Tales from India: When Checking Into a Hotel Is More Difficult Than Opening A Bank Account

Wherever we go in India, Varun and I make a bit of a scene. Most people have seen foreigners, to be sure. But a foreigner who appears to be intimately familiar with an Indian? A foreigner not surrounded by white friends, but by an Indian family? A foreigner wearing Indian clothes and sindoor (the red … Continue reading »

Categories: awkward, confusion, embarassing, india, travel | 5 Comments