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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Why Am I Not Fully Content?

Not to brag, but my life is perfect. I have the sweetest husband, a beautiful child, a home. I'm blessed to be able to stay home to raise my son. Sometimes I look around my living room at my husband, my son, my dog and my cat and I feel so incredibly lucky. In my twenties I never thought I would have these simple things that I wanted so badly. And now here I am, living my dream.Yet in the back of my mind something constantly niggles at me.After thinking about it, I believe there are two … [Read more...]


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Sunday School for Hindus

Sunday school is religious education for kids. The vast majority of churches have these programs during Sunday morning services so that's where the name comes from. As Brad and I await the birth of our son, we are thinking about religious education for his future. There are various Hindu programs in America to choose from. Chinmaya Mission Balvihar  Using fun activities to teach Hindu values. Chinmaya Mission's founder says children are not empty vessels to be filled but lamps to be lit. … [Read more...]


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The Temple and Women’s Periods

This is not really a subject I ever planned to talk about. But now I realize that I'm not the only one who is questioning tradition on this issue. So I think I need to admit my feelings about it.Okay, to back up for a moment, tradition dictates that a woman is ritually "unclean" during her menstrual period and does not go to the temple or worship during those times when she is bleeding.However, I will admit that I have never followed this rule. I don't think it's anyone's business but … [Read more...]


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