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Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Wednesday, December 30, 2009

http://alaivani.com/Portals/0/Blog/contributors/george.jpgThis year in review is dedicated to George Thaliath of Kochi, India. He was well known in some circles on the net for producing Monday Mail. It is through Monday Mail we met, and our families became friends. His help, encouragement and support have been a gift to us through the years. Read our tribute to George. Read our friend's tributes to George.

Year in Review, 2009

Expanding connections, meeting new people and making new friends characterized 2009, especially here at Alaivani.
Through 2009, I tried new ways to meet and encourage people here on Alaivani. To this end, there were over 20 guest posts this year and twice the amount of guest photographers. I also appreciate those who took the time to seek me out for interviews on WebNeeTech.

Almost 20 Contributions by 9 Contributors
A to Z of Graduate Study in US guest post by Brijesh Nair reprint
Aadi Masam 2009 – Aadi Month in 2009 in Tamil Calendar Abhilash guest post reprint
Alaivani poem by Padmini
Diwali from a Kerala Perspective Joby George
From Darkness to Light parable by Padmini
Head Facing North Maddy guest post reprint
Kartikai Deepam Reason – Why do we observe Karthigai Deepam? Abhilash guest post reprint
Navaratri: Then and Now Padmini
Photologue: Famous Sun Temple in Orissa India by Ajoy
The Puranas Padmini
Ramayana Padmini
Thaipusam in Singapore: Exploring Reasons and Meanings behind the rituals of Thaipusam (Arun 2002)
Thaipusam in Singapore (Arun and Jayanthi)
Tulasi Puja – Utthaana Dvaadashi by Facebook friend
Varusha Pirappu - Tamizh New Year’s Day Padmini
Vidhyarmbam: Conclusion of Navarathri in Kerala Saju guest post reprint

Interviews With Four Fantastic Cross-Cultural Friends
An Indian in China: Interview with Kochi-ite Sneha Krishnan
Inspirational Bloggers: NRI Maami's Expression of Indian Culture in America
Inspirational Ganapathi Idols by Roopashri and her Friends
Palm Sunday Question and Answers with Binu

Almost 20 Photo Contributors

See list of almost 20 Contributors Names!




Krishna's photos
Visit Niagara, Ithaca's Gorge's, Amish Fields and Rochester, NY through the Eyes of Krishna Kumar Through the eyes of Krishna Kumar US Road Trip and India Trip 2009
Colorful Images of Our Life by Krishna Kumar

And.. 12 More Fun Aricles Authored by Me
An American Pongal
Cleanliness across Cultures: Complete Guide to Bathrooms in India

The Dance of Overwhelming Joy
Hindu Holidays in America: Pongal
Integrating Two Worlds: Life in America with an Indian Twist
Is Homesickness a Good Thing?
The Kitchen Connection: Bonding with Indian Culture and People through Food
Reading Malayalam is Easy! Reading and Wishing Happy Onam in Malayalam - Video Tutorial
Varalakshmi Vratham Prayer Celebrations Video, Tutorial and Tips
Tutorial: Tips and Etiquette for Attending Varalakshmi Puja at Home or in Temple
What Can we Learn from the Story of Ganesha?

Sometimes I am so humbled that so many spend time on my site, reading my words, and even so inspired by this website that articles, photos and other content is graciously donated to this site. I appreciate each and every person who spends time on 'our site'. Without you, this site would not be what it is today! Readers and contributors, I appreciate you! Have a wonderful year ahead in 2010!

Jennifer Jayanthi Kumar


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