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celebrations

The Christmas Ache

Can you feel it? The gnawing, nagging sense that you’re just not feeling Christmas? That maybe if you listened to a few more carols, watched another Christmas movie or finished wrapping presents, you could work up Christmas cheer? If I’m honest, it’s not about the Christmas cards I neglected to create, nor the decorating I never … Continue reading »

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From ‘Namaste’ to ‘I Do’

I’ll never forget the uncertainty and fear I felt, as I sat at the kitchen table, tracing the word “pyaar” (love) in gold letters on our wedding invitations. My thoughts were racing to process the contents of a recent discussion Varun and I had had in premarital counselling. While exploring the chapter on extended family, Varun … Continue reading »

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The Baby Blanket That Lent Me Hope

As Varun and I sat in the flickering candlelight reading words of hope from Genesis last night, I thought how candles are beacons of hope. Bright and yet fragile, a candle can give light to a dark corner or be snuffed by a strong gust. At times, our hope too is frail, weakened by long days … Continue reading »

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The Time I Scolded the Henna-Wallah

When I’m in India, I generally try to keep my feistiness to myself. But when someone messes with my family, my calm and polite facade crumbles. This time, I was able to be Demure Indian Amelia for 4 whole days, until the Mehndi party. Henna, or mehndi, is a paste that’s artfully applied to the palms, arms … Continue reading »

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A Small Diwali Surprise

I’ve finally surfaced from piles of saris, platefuls of butter chicken and hours of delightful Hinglish conversations with relatives. Post-wedding we enjoyed a whirlwind trip to Agra and Jaipur, and now we’re back in Delhi to celebrate Diwali. Speaking of Diwali, I have a small Diwali surprise to share with y’all….. Miraculously, Varun and I … Continue reading »

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