I love to be a part of my community in all ways possible; through my culture and through my neighborhood. Being raised as a 1st generation in the Indian Hindu community of the Chicago burbs, I realized the importance in always looking back at my roots. For my neighborhood, I started a group where we have multiple events including block parties, garage sales, holiday parties, girls nights and more!
“How many kids are in her class” “How much homework does he get every night?” “How much is tuition? Per child?!?!” Education is #1. It always has been and always will be. Not only is it important to me, my religion (Arya Samaj- a type of Hinduism) revolves around it. Your education is one thing that can … Continue reading Private vs Public Schools
A few short months ago on September 2nd the image of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s lifeless body on the beach went viral. This was the first time I had really been made aware of the situation in Syria and the world was heartbroken. I could barely hold back the tears. When I looked at this picture, … Continue reading Did you already forget him?
Today is India’s biggest and brightest holiday, Diwali, the festival of lights. Diwali is a 5 day holiday celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and Buddhists. The holiday represents the spiritual triumph of good over evil. Historically, Diwali also represents the start of a new year. There are several simple ways to celebrate with your family here in the … Continue reading Celebrating Diwali with Kids
In my town, there is a lot of conversation regarding holding kids back for Kindergarten. Specifically those who are born near the cutoff of September 1st and even well earlier in the summer. Redshirting is the practice of postponing entrance into kindergarten of age-eligible children in order to allow extra time for socioemotional, intellectual, or … Continue reading Opposite of Redshirting
I remember having a conversation with a friend in college about success. Having to live on a budget was not something I had to deal with back then. Although he was younger than I was, he seemed more financially aware because I had never payed for anything on my own, ever. So I asked, “how much money … Continue reading Definition of Success
On Saturday, August 29th, my children celebrated Raksha Bandhan. Also known as Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan is celebrated across India honoring one of the longest relationships in your entire life; the relationship between a brother and a sister. This tradition dates back to mythological times and I have enjoyed celebrating every year since the day my … Continue reading Raksha Bandhan
I enjoy what I do on a day to day basis. I am very lucky to have found a job that I think is perfect fit for my skill set. While I feel passionately that SharePoint and CRM can help people run their business more effectively, it was not something that spawned out of a hobby. … Continue reading Friends Who Inspire Me
Even though she is still young and lives a pretty sheltered life, my oldest daughter Avani has experienced her fair share of racism. While I do believe the US is moving in the right direction when it comes to cultural awareness, we as Indian Americans are still minorities. At the end of the day, we are … Continue reading What Racism Looks Like For Kids
This weekend marked India’s 68th year since it became an independent nation. In the Chicago burbs, it was the 1st year that a parade was held outside of the city in the beautiful city of Naperville, IL. I like to take advantage of every opportunity that I can to expose my children to their heritage … Continue reading India’s Independence Day Celebrations
Why am I blogging? The truth is I have no idea. I have been trying to figure that out myself for the last 30 days. Honestly, you may have noticed, grammar is not my strong suit. (I can think of several of you who are probably shaking their heads while they read each post). I still thought … Continue reading Results after 30 days of Blogging
I remember the day I realized that my life was worth less than my brother’s. I just graduated from college with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Engineering, and was planning one of the most important days of my life; my wedding. Following traditional Indian culture, the wedding festivities were being thrown by the bride’s family. … Continue reading Why I Wished I Was a Boy – Inequality for Indian Women
Last week, right before I threw my annual block party I started to get that itchy feeling in my throat. I knew what was coming. My eyes started to feel heavy, my head felt congested and my nose was tingling. It was the last thing I needed before throwing a party. I knew I needed to … Continue reading Haldi Shot – Natural Remedy for Colds and Sore Throat
When I was searching for a new home to move my family into, I knew that I wanted to buy a house in a neighborhood with lots of children nearby for my kids to play with. To get a better feel for the neighborhood, we went to a park near a house we were interested in and asked the parents … Continue reading How to Throw a Block Party
After being inspired by my brother to start blogging more, I decided that if I was going to dedicate time to it, I might as well do it properly. While persuaded to pick a single theme to post about, there is way more to know about me than just my passion for interior design. I also enjoy … Continue reading Lifestyle vs Niche Blogging