Bollywood · childhood · communication · English Vinglish · Hawa Hawai · It's what I do · language · Sridevi · teaching

Farewell, Ms. Hawa Hawai

Recently, Bollywood actress Sridevi passed away.  She was an icon and her movies with their songs defined my childhood.  The other day, one of her movies was playing on TV.  I decided to sit down and watch it since it has been on my list for a while.  It was weird seeing her playful and… Continue reading Farewell, Ms. Hawa Hawai

1st generation · childhood · embracing my culture and food · outsider · work in progress

An outsider

Outsider.  That one word captures a lot of my experience growing up. There’s a scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding that is at the heart of my conflict.  If you haven’t seen it, don’t worry I’m not giving any spoilers (but why haven’t you seen it yet?).  Toula, the main character, attends college and… Continue reading An outsider

a thousand words · Africa · childhood · confection · food memories · memories · nougat · pastry school · torrone

A thousand words

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” These words could not be any more true.  I was showing my mom a picture of torrone, an Italian confection made from honey, sugar, egg whites, and nuts (usually toasted almonds).  They can either be hard and brittle or soft and chewy.  These treats can be found in various forms… Continue reading A thousand words

childhood · easy recipes · Kalvert Rose Syrup · Ramadan · recipes · rooh afza · rose lemonade · rose syrup · roses · sharbat · summer

“A rose is a rose is a rose”

Growing up I had an obsession with roses, and the color red.  So much so that many of my birthday and other gifts incorporated them in some way… and continue to do so today.  I’m not quite sure where it all began and why I was so drawn to red roses.  One of my very first email… Continue reading “A rose is a rose is a rose”

Africa · childhood · Grenada · recharge · The Grenadine Diaries · vacation · Zambia

The Grenadine Diaries: First Impressions

Hello.  Internet is a bit spotty so I don't know how often I can post.  I am currently enraptured by the sounds and the turquoise blue waters that surround my senses.  We are on vacation in Sauteurs, Grenada.  I've never been, so everything is captivating to me. Childhood memories were unexpectedly brought to the forefront… Continue reading The Grenadine Diaries: First Impressions

Bibliophile · books · childhood · From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler · kryptonite · reading · summer · The Alchemist

“When I was your age, television was called books”

Recently, I was speaking to someone about books/book clubs.  The conversation took us both back to our childhoods.  We compared notes about participating in our local library’s summer reading program.  The genres I devoured in my childhood have since expanded. A typical summer reading list then would include:  The Babysitters Club,Sweet Valley High, andThe Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys… Continue reading “When I was your age, television was called books”