Author Archives: Foreigner

Hogi Bartini – You say Goodbye, and I say Hello.

Unfortunately, I have to confess that since moving here, I have barely learned anything in the local languages. The challenge in India is that, unlike in many other countries where you only hear one, or maybe two languages on a … Continue reading

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Young men who rape are not “promising” or “successful” – Young men who rape are rapists.

I live in a country that has recently been the headline of international news because of the horrific and tragic case of a young woman being raped in a bus and losing her life as a result of the injuries … Continue reading

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Locating a Lost Package – The Curious Case of Mr. Suresh

About a month ago, I ordered a beautiful quilt and some pillow cases from an arts&crafts collective called Dastkar Ranthambore, located in Rajahstan. The Ranthambore Foundation was established to support villagers who had to leave their old lands because of … Continue reading

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My Love/Hate Relationship with Being an Expat

For almost a month, I went through the pleasure – and pain – of criss-crossing around the globe from India to Finland to the United States and finally back to India, in an attempt to spend time with as many … Continue reading

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Delay is the deadliest form of denial.

When it comes to garnishing global action and doing whatever we collectively can to fight preventable causes of child deaths, such as diseases like polio and malaria, nobody argues against it. Everyone agrees that as societies, governments and individuals, we … Continue reading

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Kindly do the needful and gift me something nice – My Favorite phrases and words used in India

As anyone who has ever travelled to Asian or African countries where English is spoken as an official language will know, the English language takes many forms outside the western English-speaking world. Words are used differently, new phrases or words … Continue reading

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A death of two cats.

This week has been all about loss – both expected and unexpected. While losing things I have loved, I have also come to realize how much I have in my life to value, to care for, to cry over – … Continue reading

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First time for Everything – Five things I never thought I would find myself doing

When we travel to new countries and live in foreign places, there will be many “firsts” we encounter along the way – things we end up doing, thinking, seeing, hearing and saying that we never thought we would, or never … Continue reading

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Who heard about Cyclone Nilam?

So, Hurricane Sandy didn’t reach India – but Cyclone Nilam did, bringing heavy rains, strong winds, high waves, and heavy floods across south of India earlier today. 100,000 people were evacuated on the coast of Bay of Bengal in Tamil … Continue reading

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5 + 1 things I Love about India

After quite a few rants about American politics, upcoming presidential election, the sad state of gender equality and women’s rights, and why I sometimes hate India, I think it is about time for a more upbeat positive post, and particularly … Continue reading

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