I’ve reached a point where I’m in the awkward position of sometimes knowing more about Hinduism than some people of Indian ethnicity that I encounter. Being Hindu is a huge part of my life and I dedicate a lot of my time and energy to it, so it’s not surprising that by this time I have a reasonably deep understanding of the faith. At the same time it seems there are many children growing up in the west with Hindu… Read more

A Mom friend said to me last week, “My husband says life is suffering and the root of suffering is desire.” I said, “Funny, my husband says that too.” She said, “It’s never more clearly true than when looking at a toddler.” She is so right. Toddlers are nothing but a bundle of desire. I’m a super permissive Mom, I don’t want to be saying no to things because of continence or things that are not critical. Yet even I… Read more

I was playing an app game the other day when an ad played for a language learning app. I’m usually disappointed by these since they rarely include Hindi and usually only have European languages. But it said it had 33 languages, so I clicked through to look and Hindi was on the list! It’s called Mondly Languages. So I downloaded it and I’ve been using the free trial. After a trial week it costs $9.99 a month. I’m not sure… Read more

One of the other moms in my moms group is married to an Indian man and they go to the self realization fellowship founded in the 1920s by Yogananda, the man who wrote the very famous book Autobiography of a Yogi (which I have but haven’t read yet!) She invited me to attend and this past Sunday Garrick Ravi and I went. It was really nice. They have a parent/child room so Garrick Ravi could run around and play while… Read more

Last week my little brother got married. It was such a wonderful event and I’m so happy for him. His new wife is everything I could want in a sister-in-law! We didn’t have to do anything for the wedding, just show up. It was so much fun to see both sides of our family for the weekend. It was very emotional too. The wedding ceremony took place in a Catholic church as the bride and her family are Catholic. My… Read more

I apologize that I didn’t post anything for Diwali. It really snuck up on me! Usually it’s in November but it came early this year and I was so focused on Navratri that I didn’t really do anything for Diwali. That said, we had a lovely Navratri. Recently we took boxes of my husband’s childhood toys from his mom’s house and the majority of them are Star Wars toys. So I told him that we should use his Star Wars… Read more

I generally avoid TV shows and movies that are “faith-based.” And only partly because, at least here in America, that is pretty much code for “Christian-based.” But what bothers me more than that is the agenda coming off these stories. You can smell it a mile away. It’s like how you can tell when someone wants to sell you something. These writers want to sell you on their God and because of that agenda they are not going to be… Read more

The Hindu holiday of Navratri (the fall one) is coming up fast! This is probably my favorite festival of the year. I particularly like the golu “doll” displays that are created in South India. This year Navratri begins on Thursday September 21st and ends Friday September 29th. How To Celebrate Navratri  This year I think my theme will be Star Wars. Garrick Ravi is still a little young to enjoy and understand but I’m really looking forward to when he… Read more

When we were at the beach a couple weeks ago I spent a lot of time playing games on my cell phone. I’m a fan of computer games and video games (and tabletop games too). Every once in awhile I would think that I should not be on my phone, I should be making memories! (And that’s not to say that I didn’t also spend lots of time making memories with Garrick Ravi too. He took his first steps there!)… Read more

I don’t spend much time or energy wondering about my past lives. I’m sure they happened but it doesn’t have too much bearing on right now. This life and this moment are the only places where change can happen, after all. This past week we took Garrick Ravi on a beach trip with Brad’s family. I grew up also taking beach trips each summer and I loved it. I love the ocean so much and I took to it right… Read more

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