Top Posts of August


August was a lot of fun with interesting discussion on a number of posts. This community is best when it's talking, so I love to see people engaging and wondering and explaining from their own perspectives.1) Happy Birthday, Krishna. I posted a short guide to the Hindu holiday of Krishna Janmashtami and it seems like everyone really enjoyed that one. It's gotten more hits than any other post on my blog ever and it's only been up since the end of August! I guess that means that a lot of … [Read more...]

Ambaa Gets Married Again: Vedic Wedding Ceremony

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Brad and I had a great, though brief, trip to Massachusetts for our Vedic wedding ceremony. (See the previous post for details of our larger intercultural ceremony)It started with a wonderful airport experience. We flew JetBlue and I think that was my first time with them, but it was very nice. I can see why they are known for customer service. Even making the announcements they used as an opportunity to be cheeky and just...human. Plus they gave us cookies and chips as snacks (even though … [Read more...]

Hindu/Scottish: Ambaa’s Epic Wedding Post


My wedding weekend kicked off on Thursday August 15th with a dinner with my parents, brother, and mother-in-law. Friday my parents had lunch with my father-in-law and my brother joined Brad's 12 hour bachelor party (it started noon on Friday and went until a bit past midnight!) Meanwhile my parents and I went to pick up relatives at the airport and have dinner with them.Back at my apartment, my cousin Emily, a talented makeup artist from Los Angeles (check out her page Emily Does Makeup), p … [Read more...]

Flowers for A Hindu Wedding

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For my wedding I'm not looking for the usual. I don't want bouquets or boutonnieres. What flowers do Hindu weddings have?1) Jai Mala garlands (also called Var mala)When a Hindu bride and groom come together, they usually exchange flower garlands that are like giant leis.     This blog has a tutorial on how you can make your own strands of carnations: (They recommend 20 carnations per foot of garland)If creating … [Read more...]

How to Dance At My Wedding

I've put together my own playlist on my iPod for the wedding. Now, most of the music is not Indian. There's a lot of 90s, current pop, and geek "spoof" songs like Roll a D6 and Mario Kart Love Song. And then there's the wonderful blend of both geeky and Indian: Game On by The Guild. But there are also a few Bollywood and maybe one or two Bhangra songs. (Anyone have any song suggestions for me?)My ability to dance to Indian music is pretty limited, so I want to brush up on some basic … [Read more...]

T Minus 18 days

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We are only two and half weeks from my wedding now! Where does the time go?When we first got engaged, it felt like I had a ton of time and was very impatient waiting. But somewhere around the thirty day mark, it finally hit me that this is happening and happening soon.I'm so looking forward to calling Brad my husband. I'm looking forward to seeing as many friends and family as I possibly can all together in one place and having fun together. It's going to be great.I'm also getting … [Read more...]

Wedding Still To Do

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I can understand now why wedding TV shows film the last week or two before the wedding. That's when the stress is really happening as everything starts to come together. We are four weeks out now and so all the things that I waited to do have to get done now!The time has really flown by.Already Done-Venue in place-Menu decided-Decor selected-Contract with videographer-Photographer selected-Wedding outfits purchased-Wedding jewelry purchased-Invitations … [Read more...]

Hindu Readings for the Wedding Ceremony

I don't want our wedding ceremony to be too long, particularly since it's outdoors in the heat of summer. Readings weren't something I was considering. But I've been hearing about different ceremony ideas lately and some of them talk about readings, which got me wondering about what kind of Hindu readings there might be.And then my father told me that he had something that he had always planned to read at my wedding. He pulled out a well-folded piece of paper with this quote from a guru of … [Read more...]

Hindu Woman on Bravo’s Show The First Year

Bravo has a new TV show that is exactly the sort of thing I love to watch! It's a reality show where four couples are followed through their first year of marriage.Not only is that exactly the sort of thing I watch, but there's even an Indian woman in one of the couples.Her name is Tina and she's a pop singer.You can watch the first episode here:'s great to see the clips from their wedding. She's marrying a white man and though her father isn't … [Read more...]