Yesterday afternoon was the Panel that I was invited to speak at about being a non-Desi Hindu. It was awesome! I got to meet some other non-Indian Hindus and the audience was very engaged with lots of interesting comments and questions. The moderator (who now has a blog on Patheos too!) asked questions and then passed the microphone for us all to answer. That helped me to minimize my interupting! I get so excited and I always want to jump… Read more

I have been listening carefully to all the points of view on what will help curb America’s terrifying problem with school shooters. I believe I know an approach that will help, but it is going to take money. Significant money for every step. So what we need to be marching for and calling our congresspeople for and petitioning the government for is the funding to make these things happen: Resource officers. These are armed trained guards. In the school shooting… Read more

I have been invited by the Hindu American Foundation to participate in a panel about non-Indian Hindus! I’m so thrilled. It will be at the big temple in our area where they do many interesting events (it’s where I went to a talk by Rajiv Malhotra). It will be at the end of April. I am really looking forward to meeting other non-Indian Hindus in my area. I’ve never met any, but there must be some if they are getting… Read more

Did you guys know that we have a potential Presidential candidate in the U.S. who is a Hindu? She is the only Hindu in Congress. Her name is Tulsi Gabbard and she is a representative from Hawaii. ` I personally don’t really care what religion (or non religion) a President is. It’s how they behave and the ethics they have personally that matter. Sometimes religion informs that and sometimes it doesn’t. You can meet plenty of people in any religion… Read more

We are finally half way through the pregnancy and that means…it was time to find out the sex! In some ways I feel silly caring so much about this, considering that knowing someone’s sex doesn’t really tell you anything about them. Boys can be into “girl” things and vice versa and I’m all for that. Individuals should do what makes them happy and follow their heart regardless of traditional norms. Nonetheless, I really wanted one of each: a boy and… Read more

Since last year’s Holi I have found a bunch of cool things to share about it! I kind of want to buy every book in this series. They look great! Read more

The Sims is a video game that has seen me through some tough times in my life. I tend to get the urge to play it when I need some escapism. Not ideal, but I find that I am not spiritually ready to be 100% awake and aware at all times! After I got out of an emotionally abusive relationship and lived with my parents for a few months there were weeks where I did nothing but eat, sleep, and… Read more

Toyota had a superbowl commercial meant to focus on interfaith goodwill, saying we are all on one team. Who did they show? Jews, Christians, Muslims, and…Buddhists. When asked why Hindus were left out, this is what they had to say: Their excuse is that they can’t represent everyone. Okay, so they leave out the third largest religion in the world but do include all three Abrahamic faiths? That’s pretty weak, Toyota. Look, I get it. We are trying to combat… Read more

Mahashivratri is this coming Tuesday! I will probably not be doing a whole lot for it. No way will I be able to stay up all night or fast! But that’s pregnancy for you. I will definitely be playing plenty of Shiva bhajans, though. Here is more information on how to celebrate: New to this blog? Check out these posts: What Makes Me A Hindu? Did I Start Out Christian? Why Am I Called “The White Hindu”? New to… Read more

The Friendly Atheist reposted something they had written about the conversation between atheist Ricky Gervais and Catholic Stephen Colbert. It was my first time seeing it and it really struck a chord for me. In particular I’ve always struggled with how to explain that science is not a form of faith to people who say, “Oh atheists have just traded faith in God for faith in science.” Ricky Gervais explains it exactly: “And then, when told that his belief in… Read more

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