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Author: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor Created: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, September 27, 2010

Chiyomi, coming from Japan to America continues to help me see America through new eyes- assessing, reassessing and relearning my own culture and language through helping her get used to this place called America. Thank you Chiyomi for allowing me into your life and learning from each other to enrich both of our lives.

Read her testimonial to me in English and Japanese by clicking into the post.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, September 10, 2010

Click in to experience podcasts on American, Indian and cross-cultural tips- how to prepare to move abroad, taking tests in India, applying for study visas to USA and much more!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, August 13, 2010

I appreciate you, all my fans, loyal and occasional readers for your encouragement. Without you, I know I would have stopped along time ago!

Today WE celebrate the 500th post on Alaivani.com since March 2007! I hope for 500 and countless more to come!

 
 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, July 19, 2010

Flashback 2003! Read some interesting contributions to my website from people redefining themselves as Hindus and Indians.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Saturday, July 10, 2010

Look inside for cross-cultural tips on living a cross-cultural India-American inspired life, podcasts for American English learners, Sari Etiquette and American cultural tips, and some information about what I do and why I do it! Enjoy!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, June 11, 2010

Ready for a new format to the newsletter? Click inside to see the new format and much more!

Meet Margarita Gokun Silver, cross-cultural mentor, access to free cross-cultural trainings, and look for the live interaction experience you can have with author of cross-cultural novels, Cheryl Snell!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, June 04, 2010

In this month's edition of "Blog Bling", I share posts from inspiring people around the globe with interesting perspectives on culture adjustment, cultural trends and fads, lifestyle commentaries and culture shock.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, May 14, 2010

Thank you to Jon Herrin, The Indians Abroad, Radhika Vasanth, Roopashri, my inspirational proteges and students and YOU the readers for all the inspiration and sharing of different cultures, languages and lifestyles representing India, America, Mexico, and more on this month's Alaivani newsletter!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, May 07, 2010

Experiencing cultures 'away from home', creating new cultures right at home and pathways to more comfortable lives in tunes with our true selves, no matter where in the world we live are the themes of this month's favorite blog posts by people on at least four  different continents!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Krishna's photos are getting more and more visability by friends, family and the..... WORLD! This month we found his entry to a photo contest published in Outdoor Photographer Magazine! Click into see that and much, much more!!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, April 02, 2010

Reflections on culture shock in India and China, lessons from nature and work and business life are highlights this month.

Thanks Delhi Bound, Tai Tai Johnson, Brijesh, Marie Brice, Copyblogger, and Digital Inspiraiton for this month's words of wisdom.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, March 19, 2010

Completing my social work degree exams (papers), seeing and hanging out with my classmates in Tambaram, Anna Nagar, Spencer Plaza and other areas around Chennai and Kanchipuram, including a wonderful, homely Diwali celebration were some of many memories I had during this three-week stay.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, March 12, 2010

This past month saw a blizzard both literally and figuratively in relation to weather and ideas! Check out what's been going on in Alaivani in the past month!

Thank you for spending time on Alaivani.com.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, February 12, 2010

Thank you to Srivalli, My Facebook Friends, Indians Abroad, and Indian Student Association (OASIS) at Rochester Institute of Technology for the inspiration on some of the posts this month!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, January 08, 2010

 
 

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, January 04, 2010

Vaikunta Perumal temple leaves images of wonder in our minds and hearts- and is part of Outdoor Magazine's photo contest. Click in to read more!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Thursday, December 31, 2009

This year, we have seen and experienced many things in America and India! Click inside to see some photos and videos of our travels.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Wednesday, December 30, 2009

This year with a growing  list of 40 creative contributors; sharing their world and experience through words and photography, this post is dedicated to you! I appreciate the time and interest in my website- contributors and readers alike!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, December 11, 2009

In the spirit of the season, plenty of gifts of thanks for my friends and family included in this month's Alaivani newsletter!

I appreciate you spending time on my website.

 
 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, November 13, 2009

Learning about cultural integration from different perspectives on my site and through intriguing discussions on Facebook have characterized the last one month. 

Click in to see what else was in store the last one month!

Thank you!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, October 09, 2009

Want to experience some of the sights and sounds of our 5,300 mile cross country road trip? Links to the videos and the video playlist is embedded with in!

Of course, as usual, links to the previous months Alaivani posts are also detailed within. Enjoy!

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, October 02, 2009

Cultures of Kenya, India, and self-development inspired me to click in and experience more from Africa Expat's Wives Club, Jonathan Morrow, Pavithra, Kamala and Maami.

Though quantity of posts to share has decreased, the quality has increased!! Thank you for sharing, bloggers!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Tuesday, September 15, 2009

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, September 04, 2009

This month, I have enjoyed reading culturally and spiritually inspiring posts by Aarathi, Mariellen @ Breathe Dream Go, Sharon Wilson @ Coaching from Spirit Challenge, DragonArtz, Jana @ Hijab Style, Abhilash @ Hindu Blog, Hindu Education Plus, Akshay @ I'd Rather Burn Out than Fade Away, Maddy, Cath @ Mine Your Resources, Pareltank, Brijesh @ Scaling New Heights, Leo @ Zen Habits.

Thank you for sharing your creativity with the world!

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, August 14, 2009

India, China, America- cross cultural lifestyles and cultural celebrations across the seas- a theme heard loud and clear in the last month on Alaivani from over 10 contributors!

I really appreciate each and every person who supports this blog! Thank you!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, July 10, 2009

Reflection in the Intersection

Reflecting on everyday aspects of life in India and America to help ease transitions between life in America and India has been on my mind in the last one month.

Challenging your own life's borders by living away from 'home', creating a new home, and flawlessly moving between cultures, cities, countries and 'homes' intrigues me. This topic has inspired me to write on topics of cross-cultural significance: homesickness, childraising and independance, gift giving, socializing, kitchen etiquette, and related topics.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, June 12, 2009

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Globetrotting to India and across New York in present time and in sweet memories is the theme of this month's newsletter.

This month, we visited unique and beautiful places in New York (Highland Park, Lilac Festival), Lockport Caves, Olcott Beach on Lake Ontario, Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua and have come half way round the globe to be with family and friends in Kochi, Trivandrum, Chennai and Kanchipuram (South India). These stories, still and moving images span the last three years. Enjoy!

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Saturday, May 09, 2009

 

As spring blooms with excitement all over Rochester, New York, so does many projects and creative endeavors through Alaivani! Open up to find out more!

I appreciate you spending your time on Alaivani!

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Saptashrungi Devi

I maintain a flickr photo blog. Some of the photos from that blog are displayed here in Alaivani blog as well.

I am moved to share the top 20 photos from my photo blog at flickr here.

 

Photo to right, photo by Ajoy, one of the most popular photos on my blog! Thank you, Ajoy.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, April 10, 2009

This month, join Viji, Padmini, Maddy, Raman and many others in the Alaivani community for some nice hot chenna masala and rotis while taking a peek at what's been going on in the world of Alaivani for the last one month!! Enjoy the company, enjoy the food!! Enjoy life!

 
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