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H.S.L. Mama

Friends, we are in India with our dear little daughter M. Because we haven’t yet passed court, we can’t post her name or pictures. But let me tell you, there are many, many pictures forthcoming. And some hilarious videos. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to post more detailed updates about the transition from … Continue reading »

Categories: adoption, communication, confusion, Hindi, india, language | 6 Comments

Fun With Words, Hindi Edition

I love words: learning them, using them, mocking my husband when he misuses them…Which means that my time in India is a smorgasbord of new words to learn–an endless source of intrigue for me and entertainment for those around me. As I slowly attempt to learn Hindi, what I lack in skill, I make up … Continue reading »

Categories: communication, Hindi, language | 1 Comment

Of Henna and Dancing

I have stepped out of my normal life and into a Bollywood movie: choreographed dance, henna, sparkling saris and the good-natured chaos of wedding celebrations. Since we arrived in India on Sunday, we’ve had the privilege of joining various wedding preparations and festivities for the upcoming marriage of Vasudha and Vishal. Vasudha, my dearly-beloved and … Continue reading »

Categories: bollywood, celebrations, dancing, family, hilarious, Hindi, india, wedding | 2 Comments

Commonwealth English: Baffling Americans Near and Far

#IndianEnglish It seems that wherever English is spoken, it takes on the flavour of the land. In India, I find myself marvelling at the twists and starts of a language so familiar and yet so foreign. Apparently, I’m not the only one to notice this. #IndianEnglish was trending recently on Twitter, and as I scrolled through, … Continue reading »

Categories: communication, confusion, india, language | 15 Comments

Home is where the (heart is) slippers are

The Surprises We Find is a series of guest posts written by friends in intercultural marriages. Over the summer, they will share the hilarity, confusion, shocks and romance of being in intercultural relationships. For some, the shocker is how similar they are, despite differing backgrounds. For others, the shockers include new types of food, in-law … Continue reading »

Categories: communication, customs, family, language | 2 Comments