What To Wear to an Indian Wedding

I thought it might be helpful to write a little bit about what you should wear to an Indian wedding. This is a question that I get from the people in my life on occasion. I can't say that I've been to that many Indian weddings, but perhaps more than most. I've been to, let's see, at least three including my own. That's not a whole lot, but here's what I've gleaned...Many of my tips are similar to my tips for what to wear to a Hindu temple. Be prepared to potentially need to take your … [Read more...]


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Reclaiming the Swastika: Now Is Not The Time

I've been hearing some rumblings of reclaiming the swastika symbol. As you may know, Hitler stole the swastika as a symbol for his Nazi party. This was due to a misunderstanding about what an Aryan is (and that misunderstanding is still being used against Indian Hindus today in incredibly racist ways, basically trying to tell Indians that all their wonderful philosophy was created by white people, which is ridiculous). I've written before about how the swastika has two very different meanings … [Read more...]


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Capsule Wardrobe For People Who Love Color and Print

I love to dress with color and prints! I am never going to be a person who is happy with a wardrobe of all black, white, and gray (though I do love me some gray). Capsule wardrobes are the concept of having a small number of clothes that all mix and match with each other to create a variety of outfits. In order to make them versatile, a lot of proponents use basics in neutral colors. But I don't think you need to do that!The beauty of a capsule wardrobe is that it's easy to know what you … [Read more...]


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The Intentions of the Founding Fathers: Christian Nation?

There's a raging debate in America about whether America is primarily a "Christian nation." The debate rests on what the founding fathers intended when they put together their plan for what America could be.Us liberals say that freedom of religion is paramount to all that America stands for, that it was created as a place where people could be certain of being free to practice religion or lack of religion in whatever way worked for them (presuming it didn't involve physically hurting others. … [Read more...]


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I Thought I Was An Introvert But I Was Wrong

The classic way to test if you are an introvert or extrovert is whether being around other people drains you or energizes you. You can still enjoy seeing people but be drained from it. And even introverts have certain people that they are comfortable enough around that it doesn't trigger the draining effect.I always assumed I was an introvert.Throughout my twenties I found that I was overwhelmed by large crowds and big parties. I hated going out to clubs or anything like that because it … [Read more...]


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The One and Only American Hindu

To help me get inspiration and keep up with what's happening in my world I have some Google alerts set up. One is for the term "American Hindu." Over the years that I've had this alert, nearly all the time it comes up the phrase "American Hindu" is referring to one particular person. This man seems to have a statement for the press about any and everything that happens related to Hinduism in America. I've found it pretty funny to see if it's going to be him. Every time I get an alert I think, … [Read more...]


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Round Up: My Mahashivratri and Two Other Blogs

So I made a little video, less than a minute long, documenting my Mahashivaratri last week. Here it is: https://youtu.be/yhbldQJhm3k *** I am so happy to tell you all that my friend Jon, who has been a frequent commenter here at The White Hindu, has started his own blog about being a non-Indian Hindu. He is calling his The Invisible Hindu and I just love that name. Wish I had thought of it!Here's a little introduction from Jon himself... "Hi, I am Jon a spiritually liberated westerner … [Read more...]


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This is America Now

Some people find it odd that I blame our president for the shooting of two Hindus, Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani, in Kansas.Yes, there are always people who go off the deep end and murder people. The difference this time, I feel, is that the president encourages feelings of fear and distrust towards immigrants. Not just undocumented immigrants, all immigrants. He has told people that immigrants are to blame for their problems.It is like the movie The Fisher King. A radio shock … [Read more...]


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Hindu Holiday Nail Art!

My nails and I have a rather difficult relationship. Though my hair is thick and strong, somehow my fingernails are neither. They break very easily, nail polish only lasts a couple hours if that, and (to my great frustration) they are constantly dirty. I seem to always have a dark layer of gunk showing under my nails. I had pretty much just given up on them.Then my friend Sue invited me to a "Jamberry" party. I thought it was going to be about making jam, so I signed up enthusiastically. … [Read more...]


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