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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Friday, November 13, 2009

Greetings Friends:

Hope you have been well in the past month. For me, as usual, the last few weeks have been quite interesting.

I am honored to have highlighted an interview with a Tamil girl settled in US and her experiences integrating traditional Indian rituals into American life in the interview with NRI Maami. In addition to this wonderful interview, I learned about Diwali as a harvest festival, and I met an interesting friend on Facebook who has anonymously offered an informative article teaching me a new aspect of Indian and Hindu culture in the Tulasi Puja.

I was also featured in an interview in a series of blogger profiles on WebNeeTech.com. Check out my interview and browse other intriguing blogger interviews.

Lastly, I would like to share with you the December 2009 India America Interfaith Calendar. See the list of December spiritual and secular holidays, and download the pdf calendar to hang on your fridge - or whereever you so desire! If you would like the events of this calendar for 2009 and beyond sent to your inbox- with remiders three days before the event, please subscribe.

Thank you for spending time on my website! I appreciate your time and interest.


Jennifer Jayanthi Kumar


Alaivani - Exploring Intercultural and Interfaith Lifestyles of Americans and Indians:
America and India November 2009 Holidays Calendar

Baree in Mauritius (Contributing Author)

Blog Bling November 2009
Click in to read expressions of Indian culture in America, American lifestyle adjustments in Italy, Introspection in the exotic beauty of Utah, and other amazing insights that inspire and motivate!

Colorful Images of Our Life by Krishna Kumar
Photos of our
Utah Road Trip (still more to come...), India trip 2009 (still more to come), Syracuse Nationals Car Show 2009, Navarathri Golu 2009 and other amazing shots.

Diwali from a Kerala Perspective
Joby shares Diwali as a harvest festival in Kerala, India.

Inspirational Bloggers: NRI Maami's Expression of Indian Culture in America
How a typical Tamil girl settled in America celebrates with traditional flair holidays such as Navarathri, Diwali.

Malayalam Studies in India, USA and Internationally
Malayalam language learning resources: websites, books, CDs, DVDs, and more!

Tulasi Puja – Utthaana Dvaadashi
In this annual ritual, the Tulasi plant is worshipped for the goddess to mark end of monsoon season.


Photo Contributors this month.
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Creative use of Computer Desk
NRI Maami

tschörda at flickr

harvest ladies
Mike Byford

Paddy Harvest in Tamil Nadu
mckaysavage @ flickr

Diwali Harvest
reebird@ flickr

Diwali Greetings 2009 e-card
mckay savage @ flickr

Vegetarian Cuisine
Cornbread with Cream Corn and Red Bean Curried Gravy This dish is inspired by a dish we love at Cheesecake Factory called "Sweet Corn Tamale," and my love for the layered, flavorful tastes of India and Mexico. I hope you're tempted to try the same!

Horseradish Spiced Mashed Potatoes

Indian Cooking Coaching Classes for Indian H4 Wives, Others, In Rochester, NY

Okra Curry- the Martha Stewart Way and the Jennifer Kumar Way
Intrigued by American interpretations of Indian dishes, I saw Martha Stewart on TV one day making okra (ladies finger/bhindi) into what looked like a curry (stir fry).

Palak Paneer - Fried Homemade Cheese Curds in a Flavorful Spinach Puree
Want to see Yogurt from a different perspective?

In a review of tasty recipes from Viji Varadarajan’s book, A Healthy Taste of Indian Culture: Cooking with Yoghurt- I explore the spicy and savory side of yogurt.

Recipe Review- Links to some favorite recipes by bloggers I been following the past few months.


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