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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Food culture in South India (Part 2 of 2)

A few staples of South Indian Tamilian cuisine Rice Rice is the main dish of just about every meal. It comes in many varieties, including sambar rice, white rice with rasam, tomato rice, carrot rice, curd rice, lemon rice, tamarind rice, spinach rice… These are all considered to be distinct dishes, but let’s be real: …

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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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A Tamil-English to American-English Glossary

A look at the way people here speak English, and what their colloquial phrases mean. In no particular order and by no means comprehensive, these are words and phrases I encounter on a day-to-day basis. Rubber: eraser, borrowed from British English I believe Toilet: restroom; as in “May I go to toilet, maam?” or “where …

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