Holi 2017 [Hindu Holiday]

One of Hinduism most fun and inclusive holidays is coming up: Holi!I say inclusive because it's probably the best holiday for inviting new people and including friends of any religion or background. It's a joyous and riotous celebration of spring.Holi is all about bright colors, laughter, and friendship. What's better than running up to a friend and throwing colored powder all over their hair?In fact, holi traditions are so much fun that holi powders are now being used in a lot of … [Read more...]


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Purchase the Mahabharata Board Game!

The Mahabharata board game that I designed, Exile In The Forest, is completed and now for sale! (I first told you about this board game in this post)I'm super pleased with how beautiful it came out. It's an epic adventure game for people who know their way around dice combat. You can download the rulebook for free here (and also purchase the game): https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/exile-in-the-forest Scroll down for some videos to show you the components and how to p … [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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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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Exile in the Forest: a Mahabharata Board Game

You all know how much I love board games. When I discovered that there are contests for designing your own board game, I had to give it a try. A site called The Game Crafter is hosting a contest for an adventure game. I pondered that for a while and thought up all kinds of potential themes but nothing was inspiring me. Then suddenly I thought, why not go for something I'm really familiar with? The Mahabharata!The requirements included that the location be a real place in any point in time, … [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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A New Case of Appropriation?

There's been buzz going around lately about a music video put out by Coldplay featuring Beyonce that is set in India. Brown Girl Magazine asked people for their responses and here are their thoughts...Hymn For the Weekend: Cultural Appropriation or Not?Representation or Appropriation?This article at The Independent rounds up many responses, many of them positive or not seeing what the issue is."These videos, along with Coldplay’s, continue a long, dubious tradition of depicting I … [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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Miracles and Gurus

I think I am a great example of how important it is to be patient and cautious when waiting for a guru. I've always advised you to exercise great care before dedicating yourself to a spiritual leader. You have the Truth within you and you shouldn't give your power over to someone who doesn't deserve it. And the vast majority of spiritual leaders don't deserve it. There's a lot of frauds out there and there's a lot of misguided people who become leaders because of not pure motives and still have … [Read more...]


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