Tag Archives: India

Finding Punjabi Culture in San Jose

              “We have now blended our culture with American culture, but that does not make us any less of either group?”   *Note: My Grandma does not speak English and my words are rough translations of what she told me. Some words that exist in Punjabi do not exist in English, so I did ... Read More »

A Dual Citizen’s Life of Family, Freedoms, and Change (India)

At age 81, Vimala Vajjhala (maiden name Bhagavatula) has experienced the wonders and difficulties of two vastly different nations, living as a dual citizen of India and the United States. Brought up in a small village called Bobbili in South India, Vimala described a simple but enjoyable life. (6 sisters, 1 brother)  Her family impressed social values of obedience, work, ... Read More »

Orthodontist from India

            My mother was born in Andhra Pradesh, India. From the beginning, she was keen to learn about the world around her. Growing up, her three siblings would walk her to school in the morning. After school, she’d pick up something to eat at the family restaurant and then run to the library, eager to ... Read More »

Restless Imagination Leads an Indian Farmer to High Tech

                It was 1 am, April 1989 when my father landed in Detroit. Born in a small Indian village about an hour from the coast, the first thing that stood out was the weather–it was bitterly cold. Luckily, it wasn’t too long before a friend of a friend, also an immigrant from the ... Read More »

Educated & Independent (India)

My mother, Vinaya Kavathekar, grew up in Pune, India. Unlike my own experience growing up in America, her culture and the traditional values of India were instilled into almost every part of her daily life. Yet, she had surprisingly little attachment to them. Vinaya always resented the way she saw women treated where she came from, despising the way she ... Read More »

Immigrant 3 Times

“There’s a way to do it better — find it” (Thomas Edison). This quote rings true for the millions of families who have packed up and moved to the United States (US) since the late 1900s. And this was the same for Arjun (name changed for privacy) in 2001, when he left home in New Delhi, India and moved to ... Read More »

Fighting Prejudice (India)

“Fifty two American diplomats and citizens are currently being held hostage by Iranian students in the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran.” I had heard the phrase hundreds of times at this point, repeated through every news channel, radio station and front page in the country. Looking middle eastern, being friends with middle easterns, even simply being associated with middle ... Read More »

Education Breakthrough (India)

Nisar grew up in Ahmedabad, in the state of Gujarat in northwest India. He shared a large room with 11 other family members, 4 brothers, 5 sisters, and both of his parents. That room was his home, kitchen, family room, bedroom, all at once. Mom used to prepare a soup made of flour and water, a daily staple stewed on ... Read More »

Story of the Indian Woman Called Mom (India)

  She is very short. She is 53 years old. She wears glasses to read. She likes to watch Modern Family. She teaches at Canada College. Her favorite color is black. She believes in God. She cooks good food. Sometimes, she takes my sister and I out to lunch/dinner, which is always fun and even more when we go to ... Read More »

A Perfect Match (India & Zambia)

A mother, born in the heart of India but grew up in a different country every year. A father, born in small-town India but grew up in Zambia. A mother whose father was in the navy and grew up eating a wide variety of foods. A father whose parents were strictly vegetarian and won’t kill a fly. A mother who ... Read More »