A caricature of an Indian in America

Here are 11 characteristics of an Indian in America.

1) His house smells of sambhar, spices and curry that subdues any smell around. An irresistible invite to those who love spicy Indian food and otherwise to those who cannot stand strong smells.

2) He drives a Toyota Something – the favorite immigrant car.

3) His kids go to Kumon Learning Centre as soon as they start school. They dream of Harvard while still in cradle.

4) His wife has to be in the visa wives club. Dependent ladies who hate as well as love to be here. The Ideal Indian Maid (helper) is sorely missed at all gatherings.

5) His weekend haunt is the noisy, nostalgic Indian Store that smells of India.

6) He is torn between the decision to stay here and go back to India. He keeps toying with the idea.

7) He mentally converts dollars into rupees on seeing a price tag.

8) He likes to show off American accent when talking to smitten relatives back in India.

9) He tries to mix, be a part of the cool American crowd but stands out due to brown skin and self conscious mannerism.

10) Bollywood films and patriotic speeches can move him to tears.

11) He tries to carry WTH attitude, but these words can rattle him – ‘Executive Order by the President’.

If you see yourself in the caricature, enjoy it and if you don’t, still enjoy it! It is written just for fun… nirmal anand!

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Small Things # 6 – The Recipe of Lemon9

When my husband returned from office, the little one jumped around him in excitement and shared – “Vava (that’s what he calls his dada or big bro) made something today.”

“I made lemonade!,” declared the older one.

“Great job,” said their father. “And what are you going to make?,” he asked the little one.

“Lemon9, because Vava made Lemon8,” he lisped confidently!

Any ideas on the recipe of Lemon9? LOL!

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Daylight Savings Fun!


I had no idea what daylight savings was before coming to the US in November few years back. And soon after, when I was asked to set our clocks one hour back, it baffled and tickled me. 

I still don’t get the concept behind it though, but love it when the clocks go back. So, yesterday was our daylight savings day and from now, if it is 10:30 am in the morning here, it will be aprox 10.00pm at night in India. Cool, isn’t it! It will stay like this until Spring and then the clocks will move one hour ahead. Baffling, yes and fun too!



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Bye Bye Fall!

As colour and vibrancy give way to chill and stillness, sharing some last pictures of Fall this year! 

White Winter lurks just around the corner to envelope the Earth and force inhabitants into hibernation. We had snow shower yesterday.

 It is lovely to watch sublime beauty shrouding herself in white mystery! Saluting the ever changing Nature!

The Chair and The Pose

I had seen a similar old photo of my now 100-year-old grandmother back in India. Apart from seeing my grandma as a young teenager what had baffled me was positioning of the chair. “Why is the chair turned the other way,” I had asked her. She laughed and said it was the style at the time, back in 1910s. 

The picture was shot for arranged marriage purpose and there was another photo of her younger sister with the same chair and in the same pose. Later, I saw plenty of such photos in an old trunk at my house. I noted another thing – no one smiled in old photos. 

Recently, I came across another such photo and I thought of doing a little research on the chair as props in old photos. This is what I unearthed.

1) The use of the chair was a means to facilitate, relax and prevent the sitter from moving.

2)  It was used at the very beginning of photography  when long exposures were necessary for a successful result. 

3) Perhaps the long exposure and staying still was the reason why people would get tired of smiling. So people rarely smiled from old photos.

4) Posing with a chair was widely used and imitated. It got ingrained in psyche of the people of the time and everyone preferred it because of convenience as well as dramatic effect.

To learn more read this great blog – here. And do share if you know more. As of now, my curiosity got satiated regarding the weird positioning of chairs during portrait photography back in the good old days. Here are some more old pictures of royalty, with of course, the chair!



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Just A Thought – You Are The Address!

I asked – Where is the best place to be?

You said – In the core.

I asked – How do I commute?

You said – Alight on your breath and travel in.

I asked – How is the journey? Rough?

You said – No, full of joyful surprises if you’re on the right path but a lot of illusions if you deviate.

I asked –  What is the address?

You said – ‘You’ are the address! 

I went still and the journey began…

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Small Things # 5 – Why do moms stare?

When we were small, I would often feel my mother’s eyes on us during gatherings and functions. In between chats and chores, she would stop and look at me and my siblings.

When I grew up a little, I would get irritated and ask her why she keeps checking on us. “To see whether you look fine,” she would answer with a smile.

Today, I caught myself doing the same thing. The older one looked at me, perplexed. I stopped staring and asked myself the same question – Why was I staring? The mom in me answered – “To see whether they are growing up fine. And to assure myself that I am taking good care of them.” I perfectly understood my mother then!

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