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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Greetings Friends:

Hope all are well.

This month's newsletter greets you a few days late as we return from a 5200 mile cross country road trip. This trip, as other trips have changed my outlook on life and my appreciation toward what I have and what I have available in my life not only based on me and my family's accomplishments, but the bravery, gumption and determination of pioneers ahead of me as they moved across America. The landscapes of America change subtly and sometimes, abruptly. Some landscapes are easy to adjust to human life, while others, such as dry, arid, rocky and remote desert locations are not so welcoming. These are these locations we visited and have gained a new appreciation for- and how and why people made it there to begin with! It's impressive, inspiring and incredible!

As usual, I appreciate my dedicated readers to all my blogs and hope you enjoy the last month's posts and look forward to upcoming posts including photos and videos from our trip!


Jennifer Jayanthi Kumar


Alaivani- Waves Of Sound

Hindu Holidays in 2010 I have noticed a number of people coming to my site looking for Hindu Holiday dates in 2010. Here are a list of select Hindu holidays in 2010.
International Students Orientation at Columbia University (Videos) These series of videos, from YouTube are entertaining, engaging and give an overview to international students on the topics of culture shock, cultural adjustment, socializing and adjusting to college life in America.
India - America Interfaith and Public Holidays for September 2009
September 2009 is overflowing with celebrations in America and India in various traditions: Hindu (Onam, Navarathri), Muslim (Eid), and Jewish (Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah).
Jennifer Jayanthi Kumar - Bio, Memoir and Credentials
Photo Contributors to Alaivani Over the years, images have really added value and given a visual representation of cultural expressions on Alaivani. Many photos you see are not taken by me, but by an ever growing list of contributors to my site. Currently, there are about 20 contributors to this blog!
Thiruvathira - Folk Dance Performed During Onam in Kerala India
There are a multitude of folk dances in India. In Kerala, one such folk dance generally perfomed in by women is Thiruvathira. I like to call this dance a 'South Indian Square Dance.' Jennifer Kumar's Facebook Notes
Easy Mocha - Affectionately known as Coffee Chocolate
Lifestyle and Cultural Adjustment Course, Rochester, NY

Vegetarian Recipes
Some Recipes from Facebook
Vegetarain recipes I have posted on Facebook this year, that have not always been featured on the blog.

YouTube Videos
Bike Ride on the Erie Canal
Our 26 mile bike ride between Henpeck park in Greece and Main Street in Brockport, New York.
Happy Ganesh Chathurthi An almost 360 view of our dough-made eco-ganesh.
In the Wilds of Pennsylvania Click in to see a video montage of scenes from our trip to north central Pennsylvania this summer and a written narrative of the same.
Krishna Jayanthi Celebrations
Decorations I create to welcome Lord Krishna to our home on the auspicious occasion of his birth.


Thank you for spending time on Alaivani.com


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