10 THINGS NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT GOING TO AN INDIAN TEMPLE

10 Things No One Tells You About Going To An Indian Temple Visiting An Indian Temple For The First Time With my initial jitters subsiding I walked thru the front doors of the Indian temple with my future In-Laws and fiancé.  Out of the blue, while visiting with my Parents in Chicagoland, Illinois for the first time, my future …

7 AMAZING MULTICULTURAL DIWALI GIFT IDEAS

This post is part of the annual Diwali for Kids blog hop from Multicultural Kid Blogs! See the posts below for great ideas on celebrating Diwali with children. You can find even more ideas from last year’s series and on our Diwali Pinterest board:   Maple and Marigold on Multicultural Kid Blogs: Celebrating Diwali in …

Taking the Step from Interreligious Dating to Marriage

Taking the Big Step from Interreligious Dating to Interreligious Marriage by Simerjeet Sahota – This post was originally published on our partner website Brown Girl Magazine  and has been republished with permission. Before our interreligious marriage, we were just two kids interreligiously dating, which was easier. We avoided any mention of religion, aside from a …

BALANCING CULTURE & FAITH

 BALANCING CULTURE & FAITH     The longer I’m married to my husband, who is Indian-American, the more I hear “so, how do you deal with culture and faith?”  Well in all candor not lightly because both are sensitive subject matters for people across the globe.    These are topics that my husband and I discussed continuously while we …

How My Indian Husband Became A Light Skinned Black Guy

HOW MY INDIAN HUSBAND BECAME A LIGHT SKINNED BLACK GUY On the verge of unraveling Sachin asked the gentleman, “What did you just say?”          Sachin with hair                                           Sachin without hair My husband, Sachin started losing his hair in his early twenties due to male pattern baldness.  Confronted with the reality of having to wear a glorified comb over he …

Racially Colorblind Myth

 Racially Colorblind Myth Why I Don’t Believe In Being Racially Colorblind “Wouldn’t it be great if we could all be celebrated instead of just tolerated!” “Do you think racism will ever cease to exist?”,  my Humanities honors teacher pressed me after class.  I was the only African-American in his class of approximately 30 students.  “No!”, …

WHAT NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT PLANNING AN INDIAN/INTERCULTURAL WEDDING

i WHAT NO ONE TELLS YOU ABOUT PLANNING AN INDIAN/INTERCULTURAL WEDDING Exactly one week ago, September 6th, 2008 was our Indian wedding ceremony aka “Big Fat Indian Wedding.”  It has now been 8 years since that date; how time flies.  August 15th, 2008 was our Christian ceremony in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.  We had two separate …

INDIAN WOMAN & BLACK MAN A LOVE STORY-15 YEARS IN THE MAKING…

This is an absolutely beautiful story/testament of enduring love that we had to share with our readers. Nima writes my husband and I recently got married but we have been together for 15 years.  When we first got together there were no groups for us to access.  It might sound silly but we use to feel …