Roll Call

Priyanka, a friend from the Facebook page, said that she would like to connect with American Hindus and non-Indian Hindus. I thought for a few minutes about how I might help with that and I decided that I should do a post asking people to introduce themselves. So this is that post!Whether you are an Indian Hindu in India, an Indian Hindu in America, a non-Indian Hindu in India, a non-Indian Hindu in America or anything in between, please leave a comment and tell us a little about … [Read more...]


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Roundup: Videos of non-Indian Hindus (Hindu Converts)

I've started to stumble upon people doing videos about their journey to Hinduism! So pleased to find that. So I thought I'd gather all the ones I could find. Sharing them is not endorsement. I don't always agree with everything these Hindu converts said but I am heartened to see so many finding the joy and satisfaction in Hinduism like I have.First off, here is mine!https://youtu.be/Zz6qSDyxaGcNone of the other people in these videos is in the same tradition as me but it is easy to … [Read more...]


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A Site to Connect New Hindus to a Community

Over on Facebook, Lorrie made a comment that got the gears in my head turning. (My husband will tell you I'm always plotting and planning something. I get an idea and then I jump in with both feet!). Anyway, Lorrie said that she has yet to find a home temple and a "temple buddy." The experience has been so wonderful for me that I started wondering if I could somehow connect new Hindus with temple buddies.So I don't know if this will work but I'd like to try it. I'd like to put together a … [Read more...]


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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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Panel: Honoring or Appropriation?

My friend Andrea is often my consultant when it comes to issues of cultural mis-appropriation. She and my husband were the first to teach me about these issues. I have learned so much from both of them about racism and how what I do could be seen as inappropriate or stealing. I am so grateful for their input!Andrea found this wonderful podcast and sent it to me. It is a panel discussion among Pagans of various traditions (and a white devotee of Kali!) about cultural misappropriation. This is … [Read more...]


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My New Favorite Cookbook

I don't buy cookbooks anymore because Pinterest has so many recipes and you can look up any kind of diet restriction there. However, when I got this book out of the library I knew that I had to own it. It's called But I Could Never Go Vegan.This is a great cookbook for people like me who have a moral desire to eat vegetarian or vegan but who are used to and still crave classic American food. That may not be you but it is definitely me. I'm ashamed to say that I love meatball subs.I have … [Read more...]


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White Hindu Conversations Part Five

You know how I was talking about trying to use Hindi with customers at the grocery store? I had an experience a couple weeks ago that put me in their shoes and it was...weird.I was at the mall with a friend and, as usual, wearing my little red bindi. (I've spoken before about how important that practice is to me and since that post I've been wearing a bindi full time whether it is inconvenient or not).Anyway, we passed a girl in the hall who I nearly ran into and as we were both … [Read more...]


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Guest Post: From Atheism to Hinduism

As I've said before, I know a lot of atheists and am very comfortable with most atheists. We have one really big thing in common: frustration at the way evangelical religions operate. So I enjoy atheist blogs because I can relate to that.It has always struck me as odd, though, that it seems like many atheists go from Christian to nothing and never consider any other possibilities!Once they stop believing in the Christian God it's like there couldn't possibly be a way to believe in … [Read more...]


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Which Is It?

You may have noticed that I talk about how long I've been a Hindu in different ways at different times. Was I born Hindu or did I convert? As with many things, it depends a lot on how you look at it and so I shift how I talk about it depending on context.I like to use the word "convert" because it expresses the unique challenges that come up for people who have cultural or racial barriers to the religion they are practicing. It's true, of course, that most Hindu sects don't have a … [Read more...]


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