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…

Where Did You Get Your Kids From?

This morning, I clicked play on a rediscovered Christmas 2005 video on my laptop and cried and smiled as I watched. The kids were bouncy, and gap-toothed, and still called me mommy (now, it’s Mom or “Hey, Sheryl” ) Their high-pitched munchkin voices squealing over the things Santa brought them were precious.  My how I…

Moments in Hand

Last night, I attended a writing workshop.  It was my first time at this particular one, and as I drove up the long driveway to the hostesses home, I fought my childhood shyness pop up in my throat.  But, I fought it and threw myself in, completely unaware of the incredible inspiration I was to…

Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak

  Happy Late Diwali and Saal Mubarak to all of my Indian friends and family! Yesterday was Diwali, and it came and went without much fanfare for us.  My mother-in-law is out of town at the moment, and without her, we are sort of lost in observing the holiday.  It is true, that though my…

Lemons, Anyone?

Two nights ago, on October 31, our neighborhood was invaded by hoards of little people.  At least I think they were people.  There were short princesses, minute Spidermen, itty bitty vampires, and more than a few  vertically-challenged ninja warriors, all of whom swarmed the streets with flashlights and glow necklaces, yelling and laughing.  They sounded…

“Mom, You’re Embarrassing Me!”

I love to embarrass my kids.  One of my greatest joys is to see the look on their faces when I do something silly in front of their friends.  I’ll say things like “YOLO,”an acronym for ‘you only live once’ used by the teens. I greet their friends with “Yo, Dawg,” and I dance.  Oh…

The Mehndi Tradition

  My husband and I were married in a Christian wedding ceremony.  Like most American young girls, I had fantasized about my white wedding dress for years.  I wanted a silk, lacy dress with a train that trailed behind me like a princess, a gauzy veil on my head, and a fragrant bouquet of white…