The Annual India Trip

The much anticipated visits As a member of the Indian diaspora, I am all too familiar with the annual “India trip”. It is customary for Indians living abroad to visit their homeland annually. I have been doing these annual trips since I was a child. In fact, I would have so many school breaks, that…

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Singaporean Styles

Fashion is an integral part of the culture of a country. From religious and traditional outfits to day-to-day casual wear, fashion and clothes are an important part of society…

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An Indian Wedding (Part 3)

In the eyes of my friend … In part 3 of the Wedding Series, I interview a British friend who attended my wedding in Jodhpur, India. Her responses allowed me to see my wedding through a foreign lens! 1. Was this the first Indian wedding you attended? Yes, this was the first Indian wedding that…

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An Indian Wedding (Part 2)

Whirlwind of a happy celebration… Our wedding took place over the course of two days in December 2014. Guests flew in from all over the world to the charming city of Jodhpur in India – also known as the “Blue City”. The city is called as such because, if you walk over to the highest…

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Sports in India (Part 2)

Previously, I started talking about some of the oldest sports in Indian culture, some of which began as means of battle and combat. In this section, I’m going to tell you more about casual sports that are played today in India…

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Sports in India (Part 1)

Sports and games are an integral part of Indian culture. In ancient mythological scriptures, battles have been won and lost over games of dice, and even the Mughal rulers enjoyed their games of live chess…

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An Indian Wedding (Part 1)

Where do I begin … I got married in the lovely Rajasthani city of Jodhpur in India in December 2014. I had an arranged marriage. We met in person over 3 days in April 2014, and we said “yes” to each other on the second day of meeting. I can sense the collective gasp from…

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Codeswitching

The timbre of my voice, whether I string my words together or chop them up with little breaks in between, the speed of which I convey something, and if the sentences come out in a single language or multiple ones – it all depends on who is on the receiving end of what I’m going to say…

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My New Home (Part 1)

The 3 Phases of a Cross-Continental Relocation On January 8, 2018, it will officially be 3 years since I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area from Singapore. Notice something unusual here? Yes! I’ve finally learned how to write my dates the American way ! You won’t believe that it took me more than 2…

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A City of Festivals (Part 3)

This is the third and final part of my blog series on festivals in Singapore. Indian festivals are my area of expertise, of course. The best part about festivals has to be the food…

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