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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Bombay Sandwich and Goan Chilly Fries

Here are two recipes (the first with an article) I just came across and can't wait to try myself. Enjoy and let me know your thoughts on either or both.

The Simple Pleasures of Life ... The Bombay Sandwich

Goan Chilly Fries

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Indian Ghee

Are you looking for pure Indian ghee (clarified butter) made from free-range cows fed on grass? How about Indian spiced ghee in the following flavors:

- Italian Ghee
- Herbes de Provence Ghee
- Garlic Ghee
- Digestive Ghee
- Indian Dessert Ghee
- Niter Kebbeh

Then check out - Pure Indian Foods. They also offer Tulsi Tea & Ayurvedic Supplements, Organic Cane Sugar, Celtic Sea Salt, Organic Whole Mung Beans and Organic Whole Buckwheat.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Reddy Bread launches their new Heart DeLight Roti

Dr Reddy innovatively helps patients with Heart Health, Diabetes, and Weight Loss. Reddy Bread launches their new Heart DeLight Roti. With taste and look of homemade Rotis combined with the health benefits found in soy, flax, and oatmeal. Available in our Houston stores starting this Friday!!! Get your Roti soon!! Check it out @ Reddy BreadReddy Bread is committed to bringing you healthier choices for a healthier you.

Houston Cardiologist Kota Reddy is board certified in Cardiology and recognized for the Reddy heart healthy diet: low-carb, eat healthy, lose weight program. Dr. Reddy and is fully trained in Coronary and Peripheral Interventions and licensed in the state of Texas.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Pork Vindaloo

If you like Indian food and boy do I, check out the Indian Recipe Box on

Here's an amazing recipe for Pork Vindaloo to start you off. has recipes from all cultures, so try them out today and Happy Eating!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Original music from Goa

For your listening pleasure, download high quality mp3's from Jazz Goa

Jazz is the only form of music that embraces all other sounds of music and Jazz Goa offers a platform for local artistes creating all genre's of original music in Goa.

All tracks are copyright free and can be used/remixed/published/broadcast without permission.

Jazz Goa - a platform for Goa's amazing music talent!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Tere Bina – An interview with Avina

In her book Speech of Angels, Sharon Maas describes music as “the speech of angels”. In the case of Avina Shah’s voice, she has that spot on. A petite bundle of glamour and ambition, Avina is hardworking, dedicated and motivated. She performs in both English and Hindi and has recorded both in the UK and in India to equal acclaim. As a professional singer, Avina has been regularly performing worldwide with the group Eastern Illusion in locations such as Africa, America, The Middle East, and various countries within Europe.
Even with all of this on her plate, Avina felt it was high time to kick her musical career up a notch with a project of her very own. Inspired by the story of Kiranjit Ahluwalia featured in the film Provoked* (starring Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews), Avina decided to create a song with the aim of raising awareness to domestic violence. So for her debut single Tere Bina (Without You) she did just that along with filming a music video for it.
I Crave Bollywood caught up with this amazing busy woman and she graciously agreed to sit with us for an interview.
Read the entire interview and hear a soundbite of Tere Bina on I Crave Bollywood.
Also check out Avina's Website

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Taste of Relation Soundtrack

Please vote for The Taste of Relation By Mukesh Asopa in Ghent Film Festival-Vote for Public Choice Award -

Thank you for your support!

‘The Taste of Relation’ -”A service to mankind can be the gift for your life,” stars Mukesh Asopa, Kamal Nandi, Aruna Bhatnagar, Swetalina Tripathy and Tree Ryde, Brinda Muralidhar, Jatinder Gill and Gunny Muralidhar

TOR Trailer

Purchase TOR here   or at Walmart, Best Buy and Blockbuster

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Mapping the Cultural Crossroads | Articles | Editorial & Opinion

Mapping the Cultural Crossroads | Articles | Editorial & Opinion

My article focusing on TEEN DEPRESSION in our Indian Community that was featured in India New England Newspaper 

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I just received this very important personal appeal from a friend of mine and knew right away that it needed to be addressed here. It is a topic that is very much on the minds of Indian families today and many wonder where they can turn to for help. Please consider this as your personal invitation. Thank you.

Dear Friends:

Are you able to identify depression in yours and your friends’ children? Do you wish to have the knowledge to guide and help these children and their families? Do you want to learn about available resources to help these kids/families?

If yes, then my personal appeal to all of you to save this date: Sunday, May 16, 2010 and spare an afternoon and attend this very informative symposium “CULTURAL CROSSROADS” focusing on TEEN DEPRESSION in our Indian Community. We have invited experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to teach us signs and symptoms of depression, causes leading to depression, difficulties in diagnosing, statistics, treatment options and coping strategies.

Our children face enormous challenges growing up in this country, split between conflicting cultures (Indian vs. American), which tend to compound family conflicts. Resolving these conflicts can facilitate understanding and empathy in problem solving leading to more harmonious relationship.

Please print the flyer and distribute among your friends and families. It is a free event. We never know when such knowledge may help save someone’s life. So please help promote and do attend the symposium.

Thank you…


Place: Moses Brown School
250 Lloyd Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2010

Time: 1:30-5:00

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Shadow Princess

Here are the links to my review of Shadow Princess and the interview I had the privilege of conducting with author Indu Sundaresan

Monday, March 15, 2010

Indian Spices, Powders Linked to Lead Poisoning

Boston Study Reveals Religious Powder Sindoor Can Have 50 Percent Lead Content

March 15, 2010

Visi Tilak, a writer, musician and artist who emigrated from India, prepares her children's daily meals with fragrant spices that are a staple of Indian cooking, including tumeric, coriander and garam masala.

"They have been exposed to Indian spices since they were born," said the Ashland, Mass., mother of a 1-year-old and a 6-year-old.

Now, a study published today in Pediatrics magazine said young children who regularly ingest some imported Indian spices may be exposed to lead -- a dangerous neurotoxin.

The study, conducted from 2006 to 2008, followed patients from the Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Children's Hospital in Boston who had ingested or been exposed to Indian spices and powders.

One 12-month-old boy in the case study was found to have lead poisoning after regularly eating spices such as tumeric, black mustard seed and asafetida.

When the family discontinued use of the spices, his blood lead levels went down within six months.

But of greater concern to researchers are religious powders like cherry-colored "sindoor" -- which is applied cosmetically on the skin and which Tilak also uses routinely in her home.

Some of these ritual powders comprise 47 to 64 percent lead, according to the study, and can be particularly dangerous when applied on young children.

Full Article

Saturday, March 13, 2010


I am so excited. The wonderful news that I am one of chosen writers, who now has a blog on the India New England Newspaper Website, arrived just yesterday! Thrilled beyond compare right now! The name we've chosen is "Namaste, New England!" and it will be appearing online very soon. The discussions on Indian life here in New England will include, but not be limited to - local arts, music and other important events of interest to the Indian community, reviews on books written about India and by Indian authors (interviews), Indian cinema (a.k.a. Bollywood), restaurant and business reviews and recipes.

I'll keep you all posted!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Indian Summer Prints

I came across this site while looking for something totally different and fell in love with this pattern in particular. One can drift off to sleep and dream of being in India, not only for this beautiful design but also for the description of it.

Inspiration for Indian Summer:

Under the sweltering sun, the heart of the Indian summer unfolds many a sensory extravagance. The ambrosial sweetness of sun ripened mangoes, the heady fragrance of velvety roses, and the quiet rustle of opulent silk saris. Indian Summer’s saffron hued ground provides a brilliant backdrop to the delicate ornamentation of the unusual three leaf, rose kissed petite paisley print replete with emerald green highlights. Indian Summer conjures up an abstract edible quality of rose petals atop a lush mango sorbet...

courtesy of Saffron

Visit Saffron Marigold for this pattern and many other breathtaking ones as well, in a variety of items for your home.

A visit to Dilli Haat Fest

Colors and Crafts Of India-1
Dilli Haat is a place in Delhi where the craftsmen from all over India come to display their work. It has everything from vibrant colors, sounds, flavors and a spirit of One India. Take a look at some of the pix in two parts.
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Handicrafts from India -2
Some more Handicraft from the dilli haat master craftsmen of India festival. A place showcasing the traditional crafts of India
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Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Treasure of Trash

This is an excellent article on a heart-wrenching situation. Kudos to Ms Khullar for having the compassion, insight and talent to write this touching story.

The Treasure of Trash By MRIDU KHULLAR Published: February 2010

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Friday, January 15, 2010

Against the Wind

Originally uploaded by jeevartist
The essence of how I have felt at times.