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Author: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor Created: Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Book and Media Reviews - Focus on India and U.S.A.

Sharing impressions of resources to use for cross-cultural understanding and learning. Though I will review media and books related to cross-cultural topics in general, I will lean toward sharing more topics related to cross-cultural adjustment for expats, foreigners, international and study abroad students and trailing spouses between India and America.

By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Friends!! I want to Introduce you to Cheryl Snell, Author of "Shiva's Arms", did you know Cheryl and I have something in common- both married to Indians and at that a Malayalee? ;-) Her novel on cross-cultural family life and the push-pull of cultural adjustment is a must-read for anyone who likes the topic and specifically for the dynamics of India and America and extended families. 

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, May 31, 2010

With over 120 vegetarian recipes, I am sure you won't know where to start! Each and every recipe would remind someone who grew up eating this cuisine "of home", and does surely take me back to my days living in India. This cook book is now a staple in my kitchen, I refer it to for many recipes and even ideas on how to adjust recipes and be creative in the kitchen! Thank you, Viji.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, April 26, 2010

Do you love Indian food? Do you want to venture out of the typical restaurant food found in Indian eateries in America? Though there are south Indian eateries in America, you will be sure to find more than a few hidden gems in the specialized regional ethnic cuisine from the community of Tamil Brahmins in South India who base their diet on dairy, lentils and vegetables with a hearty dose of flavorful spices. Take a peek inside, read the review and be inspired to support Viji by purchasing her book to learn more about the recipes, cookery techniques, cultural tips related to food, and tips on how to buy, store and prepare unique ethnic vegetables found in this cuisine.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, March 22, 2010

Yogurt is a main ingredient in a whole host of dishes in the Tamil, South Indian vegetarian cuisine. It's rare to find a plain, unspiced, unflavored yogurt in this wonderfully diverse cuisine!

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Helping prospective students and parents thinking or preparing for a move abroad to America for studies is daunting for any family. This handbook covers college admissions and college life in America comprehensively. This handbook doubles as not only an 'admissions manual' but a coaching manual to help a high school student and his or her family make a wise decision.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, July 27, 2009

Accent of Success - A Good Book for International StudentsWant practical advice for adjusting to life in America? This is it!

This book is intended for international students, but I think parts of it can be helpful for all categories of college students and immigrants to America. This book shares tips on how to adjust to everyday life in America: how to get a car, how to do daily tasks, how to interact with people, how to navigate cultural and social situations.

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Friday, April 03, 2009

Before I went to India, I read hundreds of books on a variety of topics and even studied some languages. I learned about a lot of things, most specifically the differences between America and India. It was fun and exciting to learn about how people express life differently than me, and of course that was one reason I wanted to experience India for myself.

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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, January 26, 2009

Want to know how the average person in India lives? What is it like to live in village India? How does living in the village or in the city create a unique way of life? David Cumming attempts to answer in his forty-eight page book, Country Insights India: City and Village Life, while providing an overview of India Read More »

By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Looking for a book that covers many aspects of life in India from a non-judgmental view point, free of the typical stereotypes of most books about India?

Full of interesting, insightful and colorful pictures, the book will draw all ages in for a quick, educational and inspiring read.

This review is the first in the India in Your Living Room series.

 

 
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By Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor on Monday, November 19, 2007

In this last installment in the column Blogging Through A Book: Eat, Pray, Love, I initiate the FIRST Alaivani.com contest! Register to my site to win! Good luck! Click in for more details!

 

 
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