Art and Crafts · Travel

Giving Museums A Chance

What if you went to a museum and the exhibits were dusty, turning color and rusting? What if the displays never changed? What if captions barely told you anything about the piece of art? Would you ever go back? Growing up I rarely went to museums.  Despite museums, having some beautiful works of art, the… Continue reading Giving Museums A Chance

Travel

Artists, Musicians, Hikers, Craftsmen & Foodies Are Home – Asheville, NC

Amidst the green mountains, just off the interstate in North Carolina, lies Asheville – a city that has tons of arts, culture and food, all packed into the small area that makes the city’s vibrant downtown. It’s a place where people celebrate the colors in clothes, the sounds in music and the taste in food/drinks.… Continue reading Artists, Musicians, Hikers, Craftsmen & Foodies Are Home – Asheville, NC

Art and Crafts · Travel

Arts In America – Berea, Gatlinburg and Black Mountain

In keeping up with my desire to learn about and make art this year, on our trip to the South, Ashwin and I decided to visit a lot of small towns which thrive on being artisan communities. We hopped around to a few communities between Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Berea: Our first stop was in Berea,… Continue reading Arts In America – Berea, Gatlinburg and Black Mountain

Travel

Horses, Stables & Bourbon Y’all

I wish I never ever forget the South, where  we were greeted with big smiles and “how are y’all this beutiful** braht*** mornin?”, where Ashwin had aigs* for breakfast, I had me some grits and biscuit. I hope I don’t forget the people that said they lived in the country and that didn’t bother ’em none.… Continue reading Horses, Stables & Bourbon Y’all

Travel

Trip To Discover A Different America

I cannot clearly remember what it was that made me want to visit some of the Southern states that I did. Did I want to visit the Bourbon trail, see horses that raced in the Kentucky Derby, or was it reading about Asheville and the arts there? Did the trip spin out out my desire… Continue reading Trip To Discover A Different America

Expat stories

Dependent In An Independent Country

I have been wondering what is the best way to put this out there. And then I read Kriss Carr’s, “Crazy Sexy Love Notes,” which basically said I should tell the truth. Not that I was planning on lying, but this just gave me the push I wanted. I moved to New York, to America… Continue reading Dependent In An Independent Country

Art and Crafts

Andy Warhol Is Everywhere

Every since I first heard of Andy Warhol in Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, I have seen his name in every museum I have been to. I read on the placard by his work that he was a silk screen printer. My ignorant self had no idea what that was. While I saw his name… Continue reading Andy Warhol Is Everywhere

Lifestyle

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

America

On Clear Days You Freeze!

In Fall and spring, I have a continue gripe about not knowing what the weather is going to be on a certain day. One day it’s a balmy 70 degrees (21 C) and the next it’s a crazy 40 (4.5 degree C). One day it’s gloomy as hell and the next it’s bright an sunny.… Continue reading On Clear Days You Freeze!

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