A Tamil Reception: “Happy Married Life!”

A continuation of the tale of my wedding in Pondicherry. Catch up with my other posts about the civil registration, the planning stages, and the Buddhist ceremony. After the ceremony, I was hurried backstage to change from my white sari into the red one. My husband went into the other dressing room to change from …

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Changing Diets

As I’m sitting here writing this now, it’s mostly because I have a huge craving for a Little Debbie’s oatmeal cookie sandwich. I can’t have one because A) they don’t sell them in Pondicherry, B) I don’t buy big packs of snack food because we don’t eat that much of it and it goes stale …

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Sapatingala? Food culture in South India (Part 1 of 2)

Food is an incredibly important part of Indian culture, partially evidenced by the fact that Indian food is one of primary gateways to Indian culture abroad. I mean, if you ask the average America what they know about India, one of the first things they’re likely to comment on is the food. And, fittingly, food …

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These crackers are not for eating

This post is adapted from an article I wrote for PondyPost, a blog written and run by heritage enthusiasts at INTACH Pondicherry. At the end of October, people across India celebrate Diwali. Officially, this holiday is known as the Festival of Lights. But, more noticeably, it should be called the Festival of Crackers. Fire crackers. Diwali celebrates …

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