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May 14

Written by: Jennifer Kumar, LMSW, Cultural Adjustment Coach/Mentor
Friday, May 14, 2010

Hi Friends,

Hope you have been well. Last month I took a break from the newsletter, so this one will be much, much longer than usual! Hold on to your hats! Just kidding, take your time to peruse the following articles of the past two months.

Alaivani is undergoing a transformation. Many personal blogs out there come from the sole focus of the author or blog "owner". In some ways, Alaivani has been no different, as I the blog owner posted a host of articles based on my own experience, whim and fancy. Of course, since the third year of my old website (back in the cave-people days of the net- 2001!), I have always welcomed contributors; a host of guest and ongoing contributors who share their personal experience in their own words. These past few months are no exception, with wonderful contributions by The Indians Abroad, Jon Herrin, Radhika, and Roopashri. But that's not all- the newer articles you may have read on cultural tips, English as a Second Language (ESL/EFL) tutorials, specific topics on Indian culture, cooking class reflections and more book reviews on cross-cultural topics (currently focusing mostly on food- because who doesn't love food!) are inspired by you- the readers of this blog who contact me via e-mail or my proteges at Authentic Journeys. Specifically, however, I do use the stats at mybloglog to create select articles (ex. Hindu house blessing dates) based on browser searches for keyword and specific phrases. In a nutshell I am saying this blog is becoming more about things you are coming to find answers for- but of course from my unique point of view.

I appreciate your enthusiasm, interest and encouragement!

Links to the articles from the past two months are below. Enjoy!!

Have a wonderful May!

Jennifer Kumar

Articles and Interviews by YOU! (aka Contributors)
Ellu Bella - Sweet Exchange to Celebrate Sankranti Habba in Karnataka

Life Outside U.S.A.: Appreciating Diverse Lifestyles in South America
Jon Herrin a Southern American by birth shares his stories living in different parts of Central and South America.

Make Every Person Count: Census 2010

Recipe Review
Recipes I found online over the past month that tempt me!

Wonders of Cross-Cultural Lifestyle Adjustments Abroad and "At Home"
May's "Blog Bling" - links to some of my favorite blog posts from the past month.

Meet the rest of the Alaivani Contributors Team!

Book Reviews

A Rare Manuscript on the Tamil Brahmin Cooking
Review of Review of Viji Varadarajan's and Padmini Natarajan's Classic Tamil Brahmin Cuisine.

Flavours from a South India Kitchen By Srivalli Jetti

Want to see Yogurt from a Different Perspective
Did you know yogurt is much more than a breakfast food had with fruits? People in South India cook with yogurt; in most cases eating it mixed in with spices, rice or lentils. It can be had cool or hot; but in any way it's just as tasty! This is a book review of Viji Varadarajan's cookbook.

Cross-Cultural Trainings
American Culture Training: Out to Work With American Coworkers (opens into flickr)

English as a Foreign/Second Language Video Lessons

Cultural Tip: Reading Books to your Children in American English
I read the bedtime story "Curious George Snowy Day" for English learners to understand an upstate New York State Accent. Feel free to use this video to play directly for your children as well, if it is suitable!

English as Second Language Lesson- Nursery Rhymes in American English
Learn how to pronounce and sing along to the children's song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."

Articles based on Browser Feedback & Websearches
Auspicious Dates to Bless Your House Under Hindu Traditions for Calendar Year 2010

My personal thoughts and articles
Chennai (Madras) and Kanchipuram College and Holiday Memories 2001
Crossing Guards - Protecting our Children, our Communities
Experiments in Alternative Health Care
My thoughts on some aspects of Indian Culture (May not be what you think!)
Tips on Giving Indian Cooking Class and Tidbits about India's Food Cultures....

My Husbands Photos!

Krishna's Klicks March 2010: Past and Present
Krishna's Klicks May 2010

Thank you for spending your time on Alaivani.com.

About the newsletter creator:
Jennifer Kumar is a cross-cultural teacher, trainer and lifestyle adjustment mentor helping people adjust to American and global lifestyles through a variety of methods, including Indian cooking classes. She was educated in India as a social worker and in America as a life coach. Feel free to see her website - Authentic Journeys - Lifestyle and Cultural Transition Services.


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