A New Role

Different person in different context … We just returned from a month-long stay in India. We began to settle back at home in San Jose, sleeping throughout random intervals of the day, as jet lag crept over us. Each person is different, but it usually takes me about 4 to 5 days to adjust to…

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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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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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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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