In Defense of the Selfie Stick

The people I know tend to be of the non-materialistic type who value experiences over stuff and see selfies as an example of narcissism. Sometimes we have a tendency to look down on people who have different interests than us and I see a lot of snobbish looking down on people who enjoy taking lots of pictures of themselves.I've seen a bunch of memes criticizing people who take selfies (presumably) instead of enjoying their surroundings. There was a video gleefully praising a man who was … [Read more...]


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Depression-Shaming Kills

I started watching a new Netflix show: a murder mystery, which are my favorite kind. But pretty soon it became clear that the answer to the mystery involved how doctors prescribe too many pills and pharma is evil and suddenly we're all medicated into a zombie stupor and depressed people could use a nature walk. You might think that's just one character in the show, but no, this theme appears with the threads of at least three or four characters.I had to stop watching. Because … [Read more...]


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Indian Nursing Clothes

Now that I finally have a temple home and a regular appointment there I'm breaking out my salwar kameez again. I'm having two problems with my suits, though. The first is that my bust size has grown from nursing and so all the ones I have are very tight in the chest. The second is that I can't nurse in a kameez top. A sari, of course, always fits and I can nurse in, but that's way too dressed up for what I'm doing. I don't want to be a hundred times more dressed up than my friends! (If you are … [Read more...]


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Taking the Christ out of Christmas

Every year I never know quite how I'm going to feel about Christmas. Sometimes I'm bothered by its prevalence and how omnipresent Christianity is in America's culture. Sometimes it doesn't seem like a big deal.This year I feel a little better about it because Diwali actually got some attention. There was a Diwali holiday stamp this year at the post office for the first time and the makeup company M.A.C. made a Diwali-themed makeup pallette.I wasn't going to go to the holiday party my … [Read more...]


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How to Call Out Cultural Appropriation: My Proposed Solution

The article I talked about earlier made me start thinking in a slightly new way. As people of all kinds are being more and more encouraged to express what they're feeling we have several articles about how it can be distressing to see non-Indian people using symbols and accessories from Hindu and/or Indian culture. And that's great. I want to hear what people are thinking and feeling.The issue I keep having with these articles is that they are very surface level, a black-and-white, … [Read more...]


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11 South Asian Accessories and What They Really Mean–a reaction

A friend posted this link on Facebook to an article called "11 South Asian Accessories and What they Really Mean" by Aarti Olivia. It is an explanation of some of the most common culturally misappropriated aspects of Indian culture. And there's still something missing in this conversation.It's tricky because I don't want to lessen the voice of a marginalized person. I don't want to make it all about me. I don't want to be "not all white people." I don't want what I do to be a microaggression … [Read more...]


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No India This Year

I had the idea that I would like to bring Garrick Ravi to India to meet His Holiness. It would have been nice to do when the baby was super little but the timing is just not working out.I wanted to bring Brad for the first time. But it's too expensive over Christmas, too short over spring break, too hot over summer. I thought summer would be good but His Holiness travels and my father couldn't put it together.To be honest, I'm not feeling called to go and be in the guru's presence. I … [Read more...]


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Vedic Prayers Soothe Babies

I don't know any lullabies and I don't know many songs. I tried to learn some before my son was born but nothing really stuck. However, I have something just as good as a lullaby. My baby loves Sanskrit chants.I captured this video, though I'm sorry it's dark and not always pointed in the right direction. But you can see the effect the Perfect Prayer has on Garrick Ravi. It works every time!My husband sings him the Gayatri mantra. I'm so proud of Brad for learning that! … [Read more...]


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Balance of Good and Bad

My life has become wonderful. Everything I always hoped it would be. I have the doting husband, my own home, and I'm a stay-at-home mom to the sweetest little baby the world may have ever produced!The weird thing is that since all these things have fallen into place, I've been having nightmares.I'm not usually that prone to them but for the last few months I've been having bad dreams just about every night. And they rarely have to do with anything happening to the baby so I don't think … [Read more...]


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