For New Readers

Every once in a while I like to do a post of links to my previous articles because there's a lot of new people who find me through search engines or recommendations and most, I think, are interested in some very specific issues of being a non-Indian Hindu. So rather than have you get lost in day-to-day posts, here are some links to the posts that best explain me and the way I feel about being a convert to Hinduism:My own personal favorite post is How To Explain Hinduism, a guide to dealing … [Read more...]


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A Must-Have Hindu Toy!

A friend of mine just posted this on my Facebook page. It's a set of toys that connect to a digital game on phones or pads and it's all based on The Ramayana!The concept is very similar to my favorite video game: Skylanders. It's another toy that comes to life in a video game. Though that game is designed for kids in the single digits, I've been enjoying it for several years.The Gamaya game takes that fun concept and adds in culture and religion, which I think is totally awesome. The … [Read more...]


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Indians in Media

Suddenly there's a bunch of new options for Americans to see people of Indian origin on TV! It's not just TV, either. Indians and Americans of Indian ethnicity are making themselves heard and I love it.TVMaster of None (on Netflix): Aziz Ansari plays Dev, an Indian-American actor. It's hilarious and my favorite episode is the one about his parents and his friend's parents. Ansari cast his real mother and father and they bring so much heart to it that they steal the … [Read more...]


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Sons of Gods: Interview with the Author

Sharon Maas reached out to me to share this retelling of The Mahabharata that she has created. It is called Sons of Gods and is available at Amazon. Reviews praise this version as being a good way to get introduced to what can be a very complicated and confusing story! Ms. Maas also agreed to answer some questions about it for me. Here is her interview...  1) Tell us a little about your background. How did you discover The Mahabharata? What got you interested in Hindu history and … [Read more...]


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Maybe Cause You Don’t Understand Eastern Philosophy

I happened to be watching the fun series "Everything Wrong With..." on Youtube and in the Return of the Jedi one there was a moment where he saw a "sin" that to me is just the basic Hindu philosophy that a lot of Star Wars is based on.(start at 13:32 for just this "sin") How does Luke become dark side if he kills the bad guy? The commentator wonders. Why is giving in to his anger bad when he is facing the evil emperor? How can the light side win if the bad guy is not killed?And here … [Read more...]


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The Divinity Of Disability

Some well meaning people, such as Prime Minister Narenda Modi, have suggested that people with disabilities should be viewed as special.I understand the idea behind wanting people to view disability as a kind of divine gift instead of a curse, to claim that people with disabilities are special, elevated, have something to teach the rest of us about life. But that attitude is actually very patronizing and is too easily used to dismiss what people with disabilities actually need: … [Read more...]


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Return to Old Comment System

Sorry to have so many posts lately about just blog business! I decided that the World Table comment system is not a good fit for this blog, at least as it is currently. I know the team is working hard and they are only in alpha testing. I wanted to help but I'm finding that there's still so much left to work on and in the mean time it is harming the community here as people have begun to struggle to comment and communicate.I also feel that this blog does not struggle with trolling at … [Read more...]


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How To Pronounce Indian Names

A friend of mine was complaining recently that people go out of their way to avoid saying her name and it causes unnecessary confusion. She made a great educational video on how to say her name. I was surprised at first hearing that she had this problem because to me Indian names are mostly pretty straightforward. But I realized that, of course, I have a great deal of familiarity with them. That was not always the case and so I thought I might be able to help demystify Indian names for other … [Read more...]


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Your Feedback Needed

I have noticed that there are not any comments on my last five posts, which seems strange to me.This blog thrives only on conversation and community and I have been looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the guest post about Yoga, about Krishna as a proto-Jesus story, thoughts for 2016, etc.So speak to me!Are there technical difficulties with the new comment system? Do you just not like the new comment system? Is there something else going on? Please either leave a comment here … [Read more...]


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