The Unexpected Daughter Book Launch

The countdown is complete. The party is finished.  The Unexpected Daughter is launched. Last Saturday morning, I sat up straight  in bed at 5:30.  In eight and a half hours, I would be standing in front of a crowd of book-loving strangers at the launch of my debut novel – and I had no idea…

Top Ten Movies with an Indian Flavor

For me, summer time means a precious few lazy days of marathon movie watching.  Along with classic series like the Harry Potter movies and the Lord of the Rings movies that we love to watch as a family, my husband and I sometimes like to curl up on the couch and watch movies with an…

Announcing My New Blog SherylParbhoo.com

  I’m excited to announce that I am branching out into new territory in the blogosphere! I love writing here at Southern Life, Indian Wife about my mixed up and often crazy intercultural family. Being a southern girl in an Indian family is who I am. But, there is a lot more to me that…

Culture-Schmulture, I’m Sitting With the Guys

My husband and I met twenty six years ago this month on a humid Memphis night.  I was sixteen and scooped ice cream at the local Baskin Robbins to earn money for a car.  One July night at closing time, with Def Leppard blasting from my smuggled boom box, my co-worker and I perched ourselves…

crazy mom

Jumping Back into the Blogging Pool

I’m sitting at my laptop for the first time in almost a month, and my heart is pounding. The blank page taunts me, because my head is a so empty. I hear the echo of my writer’s voice pinballing around inside there, but my former cat-like mental reflexes have slowed to nothing, and all ideas…

Reader Question: Advice Needed on Sari Pleats

A reader recently commented with a question on my post Battle of the Sari Bulge and I do not have a good answer for her.  Can any of you experienced sari-pleating readers help her out?  I am an american married to a Pakistani, and you would think that in over 30 years of marriage I…

Mango Pachadi (Gojju)

An Elementary Approach to Indian Cooking

  What kind of cook are you?  If you like Indian food, how skilled are you in the kitchen?  Me, I’m pretty hopeless when it comes to Indian cooking. When I was a newlywed, I made a mean fried chicken, but knew nothing about my husband’s comfort foods.  I eagerly learned how to make a…

Our Multicultural Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday began with bursts of sunshine popping into our bedroom windows early in the morning.  Birds chirped all around our house, and the Azaleas looked fresher than they had the day before. It was the beginning of a day of Christian renewal and affirmation of life, and of nature’s renewal, with the shrubs fluttering…