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Feb 12

Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Friday, February 12, 2010

Greetings Friends,

Hope all are doing well. Here, in Rochester, New York, we have avoided the bucket-loads of snow that other parts of the East Coast has been bombarded with. However, if you have yet to see or know what snow is, I had an opportunity to document my experience with a bit of snow at my home recently.
See that video on this post.

This past month, I have had the honor of sharing with you the perspectives of two readers and friends of Alaivani. If you're interested in reading more about Sankranti, click into "Sankranti: A Karnataka Perspective" and listen to my audio review of Srivalli's e-book "Flavours of a South Indian Kitchen" and jump over to her blog and support her creative efforts! Thanks.

In addition to those exciting pieces of news, I have also been inspired to share with readers tips on cross cultural etiquette and thoughts on cross-cultural integration and culture shock training. I appreciate the opportunity I had been given by the Indian Students at Rochester Institute of Technology to present my thoughts and gain inspiration from the students there. Thanks, OASIS, RIT!

Here is a list of training and cross-cultural tips:

Five -Part Series on Culture Shock Reduction Strategies:
Part 1 Introductions - Fall In Love with Your Global Lifestyle
Part 2 Experience Inspiring Cross-Cultural Relationships
Part 3 Alleviating Culture Shock by Taking Inventory of Your Life  
Part 4 Culture Shock Breakthroughs: Adapting New Behaviors to Create Success  
Part 5 Recap of three strategies to Encourage Success in Life Transitions

Tips and Short On-line Trainings:
American Party Invitation Etiquette
Cultural Tip: Sorting through Postal Mail in America
Feeling at Home in a new Country or Culture  (Inspired by The Indians Abroad)

Do these articles inspire thoughts on your own culture or cross-cultural experiences? Would you like to share your experiences here? Check out a
list of questions I created- feel free to pick as few or many as you like to get started. Contact me with your doubts or ideas to share!

Thank you to all the friends who voted for Krishna's Kanchipuram photo last month. Your encouragement inspires us! See some photos Krishna dug out of the
2009 memory vault and browse others in his collections!

Until Next Time, Wishing you the Happiest
February and March Interfaith Holidays!

Jennifer Kumar


Copyright ©2010 Jennifer Jayanthi Kumar


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Re: Alaivani Newsletter February 2010

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By Rajshekhar Karlekar on   Monday, February 15, 2010

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