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Interracial Marriages

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

I recently read an article that said interracial marriages are becoming more and more common, especially in the United States. Interracial marriages are particularly growing and becoming more popular among Asians and South Asians in particular. Why do you think this is more common in South Asians than other groups? I am just curious.

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TV and Fashion

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Does television affect what you wear? What about movies? Which one affects your dressing style the most if at all? Indian movies have always been a means of finding out the latest trends no matter what part of the world you’re in. TV serials are even more elaborate. I think they greatly influence or “teach” people what to wear and what not to. They also put a great emphasis on the fact that your dressing style is highly influenced by your personality. Now unlike the characters on these shows I don’t find myself wearing the same type of sari in different colors! However, your dressing style is influenced by your personality. How is yours affected?

Wedding White

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

White wedding wear is not only limited to Western cultures. Many Indian brides also wear a sari in white. South Indian Christian brides  (more…)

Aishwarya’s Comeback

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

It seems Aishwarya Rai is making a comeback in Bollywood; if comeback is the correct word that is. After her unsuccessful attempt at Hollywood she has had  (more…)

Rapid Changes

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Fashion changes so quickly and rapidly that it’s some times hard to keep up. You know when a new style comes out and you fall in love with it so you buy tons of new outfits in that style and you can’t wait to wear all of them or at least get to wear them while they’re still “in” right? That’s always exciting but what happens if you don’t get to wear your all your new outfits and then new trends start coming in? They just get showed to the back of your closet. This is worse for those who live in areas where they can’t easily buy South Asian clothes. Those people just have to plan ahead and stock up so it’s not always easy. It’s easier when you live in a city where there are a great number of shops where you can get your shopping done. What do you do when something is no longer in style? Do you just throw it out/get rid of it or do you put it in the back of your closet and wait till it’s back in again?

Flower Jewelery

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Flower jewelery at South Asian weddings is not just limited to garlands. Flower jewelery comes in everything from earrings to maang tikkas. Flower jewelery is very fun and unexpensive. It’s perfect for pre-wedding events such as mehndi or haldi. You can make your own flower jewelery or purchase it from specialized florists. What do you think of flower jewelery?

Banarasi Silk Sari

Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Banarasi saris are considered the finest saris of India. They are known for their gold and silver brocade, fine silk, and intricate embroidery. Finely woven silk is decorated with intricate designs. These engravings make (more…)

Aarti Party’s Fifth Episode

Monday, September 27th, 2010

In the fifth episode of her show, “A Rose by Any Other Name” Aarti puts an Indian twist on some all-American classics. The hot dogs she prepares may not be Indian but the dish is her childhood favorite (more…)

Aarti Party Third Episode Review

Monday, September 27th, 2010

The third episode of Aarti Party, “Summer Lovin’” features dishes such as Pulled Pork with Mango BBQ Sauce and a crunchy and tangy Apple-Lime-Peanut Slaw. The meal concludes with Aarti’s decadent “Come’ Ere (more…)

Aarti Party Second Episode Review

Monday, September 27th, 2010

In the second episode of Aarti Party, “What Storms May Come” Aarti transforms everyday chicken with an exotic Indian twist. She shares recipes that are perfect for a rainy day. I Ain’t Chicken Chicken, a crispy (more…)

Indian Food Made Easy

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Indian Food Made Easy is hosted by Anjum Anand on the Cooking Channel. Anjum grew up in London but has also lived and studied in Geneva, Paris and Madrid. After gaining a European business degree she (more…)

Aarti Party First Episode Review

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

I watched the first episode of Aarti Party today. In two words I would describe the show as “British Indian.” British Indian food is not authentic Indian food but rather a Westernized version of it. When Aarti mentions (more…)

Finally on Food Network

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

So glad to finally see an Indian cooking show on Food Network! Looking forward to watching Aarti Sequeira’s Aarti Party, that premieres this Sunday! After noticing that the Cooking Channel was one step ahead of Food Network with Anjum Anand’s Indian Food Made Easy, I more than ever wished for an Indian show on the Food Network itself. I guess my prayers are finally answered but not quite…why you ask? Well, as much as I am looking forward to checking out this show, I doubt that it will actually feature authentic “Indian” food. It will rather consist more of fusion/eclectic types of dishes. This will give viewers a wrong impression of what Indian food really is. Either way, check out the show this Sunday, August 22nd at Noon ET and let us know what you think!

To learn more about the show click here: http://www.arzoomag.com/food/aarti-party-premieres-soon/

Aarti Party Premieres Soon

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

As you may have heard Aarti Sequeira won “The Next Food Network Star” and will be hosting a new Indian-inspired cooking show. Aarti, a Los Angeles food blogger, competed along with others in a 10 week heated (more…)

Sari Patches

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Saris have gained popularity throughout the world; especially in West because these people have no culture of their own. So they like to “borrow” from other cultures (more…)

Indian Inventions and Discoveries

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Did you know that everyday, common, and popular items such as shampoo, chess, calico fabric, diamonds, hookah, hospitals, iron, muslin, ovens,  (more…)

Corelle’s Indian-Inspired Designs

Monday, April 20th, 2009

We’ve all seen that Corelle commercial, at least I have, where they “grease” the run way so that the model falls along with the plate which doesn’t break, showing us how Corelle can stand up to anything! Almost everyone’s got Corelle laying around somewhere or another. They’re cheap, economical, and unbreakable. No, I’m not advertising here but I found some Indian-inspired designs I thought of sharing. Whenever I see paisley it reminds me of mehndi.

Though a little to “busy” for me they’re worth considering if you’re traditional. But, nothing reminds one more of mehndi then this “Henna” design! Its Indian vibe and cultural beauty are in line with today’s ethnically inspired trends.

Look around…and you’ll see so much that has been inspired by India and it’s culture. Then share it with us! If your pick is chosen it will be featured in our next issue!

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Uncommon Goods

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Speaking of green, Earth Day is April 22nd and I think it will be a bigger event this year than in the past. Everyone is becoming greener and greener and finally recycling is more important than ever. In honor of Earth Day, Uncommon Goods is featuring about 17 earth-friendly products from across the globe and number 15 on the list is Indian! Yes, why else would I mention them unless they had something related to India? The Cassette Cosmetic Pouch is made in India and sells for a mere 15 bucks. They’re handmade from recycled cassette tapes and plastic. It’s made under Fair Trade regulations in a school that teaches vocational skills to children with disabilities. Income from these products is used to create sustainable development for rural artisans and their community. Not bad.

In addition I also like the Patchwork Guest Book from Nepal.

The Organic Cotton Fruit Basket from Egypt is perfect for children.

I saved the best for last! This Elephant Poo Paper Journal from Thailand is made from actual elephant poop!!

[photo credits: uncommongoods.com]

Recycling Saris and Basmati Bags!

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

Look around your home and whether you are Indian or not it’s highly likely that your home has some or something Indian in it! Whether it’s basmati rice, a made in India tunic, or even a pillow; India is everywhere (more…)