Immigrant stories · Lifestyle

My First Snow

Saturday’s snow in the North East ( of The United States) reminded me of my experiences with snow. My first snow here, in the country I have chosen to call home, was filled with anticipation, joy, excitement followed by pain, tears and discomfort, and then again sheer ecstasy! If you have been reading my blogs,… Continue reading My First Snow

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How To Heat An Apartment In Winter

I am always cold! What do I do? As the weather gets cooler and then turns to cold, I start figuring out what needs to be done to keep myself cosy and comfortable at home. What needs to be brought out from storage? What needs cleaning and when to weather strip my windows ( some… Continue reading How To Heat An Apartment In Winter

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Interestingly American

“Your outfit is interesting,”she said. I thanked her. “Your are wearing an interesting cap,” he said. I thanked him. “The curry tastes interesting,” they said. I was delighted at the compliment. Little did I know! The Oxford English dictionary defines ‘Interesting’ as, arousing curiosity or interest; holding or catching the attention. So, a debate is… Continue reading Interestingly American

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I was 10 years older!

I am not sure what it is about my brain and not registering numbers. As I write this I realize, that I can easily Google this information and then I will be on this insane rollercoaster ride of clicking on one URL after another and browsing through web page after web page of redundant information… Continue reading I was 10 years older!

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Birthday Shopping & Perks

It’s My Birthday-I’ll Be Ignorant If I Want! As I am growing older, I have been losing touch with a lot of my friends, letting go family contacts and that has basically caused one huge problem in my adult life. My birthday wishes, gifts and cards have dwindled to almost negligent. I really have only… Continue reading Birthday Shopping & Perks

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Holiday Gifting

During the holidays, people often ask me if they must give “something” to their daughter’s teachers, the doorman or the garbageman. If so, how much is appropriate is always the next question. To me, as a teacher, fresh of the boat, back in 2011, I was appreciative of all the “help” I got during the… Continue reading Holiday Gifting

Lifestyle · Travel · Vegetarian food

Eat Healthy, Travel More And Save

I guess, I was a skeptic and thought warehouse shopping was for people who hoard, large suburban families and the frugal. It was definitely not for young Manhattanite without cars, who lived in boxes and shopped at Whole Foods and who enjoyed exploring new and different things and places. That was my silly narrow minded view when I… Continue reading Eat Healthy, Travel More And Save

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Acceptable Seasonal Trips From NYC

I have come to realize that when you live in New York City, your trips are already planned for you. Seasonally there are a bunch of trips that are socially acceptable, if that is something concerns you. My first couple of years, I always planned to go to the wrong places at the wrong times. It… Continue reading Acceptable Seasonal Trips From NYC

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We love our Lines

In Manhattan I stand in lines for everything. The first time I had to stand in line for food, I channeled what my dad always told methought, ” Hey! That’s crazy. I am not that desperate for food.” I quickly got out and walked away. By and by, I realized that in New York, it’s a mattar… Continue reading We love our Lines

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Watch Movies In Theaters For Discounted Rates

Watching a movie in theaters is always a treat. The dark room, the larger than life image, surround sound, perfect temperature, a bag of popcorn all add to that enjoyable fun experience. When we first moved to the United States, the theaters we went to just didn’t appeal to us. They were dated, had awfully narrow… Continue reading Watch Movies In Theaters For Discounted Rates