Vaishali || Gujarati & Hindi
Vaishali || Gujarati & Hindi
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How to do Grah puja/ GHADO MUKAVO/ Vaastu pujan on your own? 🏠 Moving into a new space is precious and sacred for all of us. For many Hindus this is made even more special by following a tradition of bringing lots of light, positivity, freshness, good thoughts and good energy through the puja. As we are spread all around the world, we don't have access to a priest or pujari to conduct these pujas with or for us all the time. 🏠 Can you move into a space without performing this and would something bad happen if you don't? The answer is you can certainly choose not to do this and nothing bad is going to happen. The reason I personally love these small traditions is because it signifies the purity and sacredness of new beginnings. These rituals fill my heart with gratitude and love. It doesn't need to be a fancy affair if you can do it with a clean mind and pure intentions. Our God is a very forgiving one, so if you make some "locha"(mistakes) he is not going to come after you and punish you. 🏠 We perform this not just for our house where we will be living but for our new businesses or offices as well, simply to bring in all the good energy and gratitude in this new space. ON THE BLOG I have shared a very easy and simple way to perform this on your own, of course if you can and want to invite a priest you most certainly can. 🏠 Do you know what this ritual is and have you ever been a part of this?
Are you a cheesecake fan? 🥮 Growing up in India, I had never heard of a cheesecake, the only cheese that I barely knew about was the Amul cheese. I grew up in India in the 80s so there was no pizza or cheese food invasion there yet. When I first came to the US and was introduced to cheese, the smell used to make me nauseous as I had never been around it. Slowly though I started falling in love with all kinda cheeses. Cheesecake however was another thing. 🥮 There was only one time in my life I tried making cheesecake at home and it was an epic fail 🙈 Thank goodness my daughter loves to experiment, her Vegan cheesecake now is one of my favorites and will share her recipe when she shares it with me. Meanwhile for those of you who love a real cheesecake, this foolproof salted caramel cheesecake recipe from @thetableofspice looks divine. And here's the kicker, she uses the instant pot to make this to avoid the dreaded word "water bath" that all cheesecake recipes call for. Comment below if you've tried making a cheesecake before and how was your experience? Recipe link in the bio!
What disciplining threats did you grow up around? 🥊 Learning Gujarati with Kamalamasi 🥊 "Pratishtaa, parampaaraa, anusaashan" (Reputation, traditions and structure) 😂 Ha ha.. that is not what you heard if you grew up in a Gujju home when you were being reprimanded for being out of line or for doing something wrong. 🥊 In many desi families parents don't talk about time outs or kids thinking about what they did wrong. Every culture across the globe has different ways of disciplining and bringing order in their families and ours is no different. Here are some phrases you may have heard if you grew up in a Gujarati home. You can watch the full video on our YOUTUBE channel and thank you for supporting us there as well. 🥊 What did you hear growing up when you were being disciplined? and what Bollywood movie is that dialogue from?
How often do you feel like there are not enough hours in the day to get all you want to get done? 🤚🏽 💣 Many times I find myself trying to achieve so much during the day, because aren't we supposed to maximize the time and potential we have on this earth? All the productivity Gurus and that one friend (who is a mom of 5 kids, is an entrepreneur, works out daily, meditates, journals, posts on social media and is fresh with make up even at the end of the day) remind us that every single minute of our day can be utilized with discipline and focus? Other folks are mastering how to utilize and organize their time so that they can do it all? 💣 I strive to be one of those people because I too feel like we have limited time on this earth. My wise friend reminded me this the other day that, "hurry up, get more done, work hard so you can die" is that what we want? 😭 If you like me have been feeling that you are not doing enough, know that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed. I am trying to turn my business brain off at 4pm every day so I can be fully present and enjoy things. We all grew up in a culture where hard work is praised and hard work is good, don't get me wrong but so is not doing a damn thing after a certain time. 💣 Would love to know any wise words you have for me, pausing and not doing anything at all, is easier said than done for so many of us.
"Are you the dot Indian or the feather Indian"? - The first time someone asked me this I was a teenager and it made me so mad because I wasn't sure what was the right reaction, explanation or answer I was supposed to give this person. So I walked away. I am hoping that my kids, my students and my friends take the time and help other people understand why do we do chaandalo and who we are 🔴 As Hindus why do we do TILAK or CHAANDALO? I know many of you have heard the explanation that because we value "Buddhi" the intellect and this is to pray for, be grateful for that intellect we do Chaandalo - the dot between the eyebrows on our forehead most of the time it is red or yellow. There is a little bit more to this that I am learning. 🔴 Intellect (buddhi) and emotions (bhavanaa) work in harmony to make a human being progress in this lifetime peacefully. Many believe that this tilak or chaandlo signifies your religious sect affiliation, and it may be so but that is not all. Some say it brings out your inner beauty and makes you more beautiful. Some believe that our sensory nerves gather in a bundle in the middle of our forehead and putting a chaandalo made of red powder known as Kanku or kumkum (Which is made by mixing dry turmeric (haldi) powder with slack lime(white powder) cools this spot and the nerves underneath it. Many folks use Chandan (sandalwood powder) for tilak which is fragrant and has many health benefits. 🔴 For me personally, this act of putting tilak on and I am not talking about the sticker bindi we put on for aesthetic purposes, the actual "kanku chandana no chaandalo" is a sacred practice. This to me is the time to pause, breath and be part of something much bigger than me. There is a sense of cleansing, purification and calm. 🔴 If you ever come across someone that may ask you a similar question, breathe and answer do you really care to know and how much time do you have? Tell me, how would you handle someone like that? Do you like doing tilak during ceremonies? This will be a follow up post as I know many folks who sit through a ceremony and then can't stand to have that on their forehead and you are allowed.
Chances are you heard the word Chocobar, Mango lolly, Vadilaal, Kwality or Amul ice cream and more if you grew up or visited India often. These brands and names are synonymous with Indian summer and heat! 🍨 Oh man, I remember getting on my cycle, mopad (for those of you who are younger it may have been a scooty) to go to a neighborhood shop in the thick of that heat to get a cold ice cream bar. When I was younger my Pappa would put a cold rumaal "handkerchief" drenched with water on my head while I rode to the "Mama ni dukaan" (every neighborhood one of these small shops) to keep me cool. 🍨 No matter what part of the world we live in, mangoes and summers complete each other. Mango Berry Popsicles are refreshing simple summer treat and very easy to make. This recipe by @binjalsvegkitchen is healthy and delicious frozen dessert - perfect for hot day to keep you hydrated. Popsicles are one of the easiest treats to make at home and perfect for the upcoming Independence day celebrations 🎆 Recipe linked in bio! 🍨 What is your favorite Ice cream bar from your childhood in India or any where in the world?
Learning Gujarati with Kamalamasi: 🌺 There are many simple dictionary words, polite words, street words and rude words for these. Skinny and Fat. I don't like the mean words used to describe someone's body however it may be, it is important to learn these words so if someone who may think you don't quiet understand Gujarati and is talking about you then you can stop them and remind them to be kind. 🌺 Skinny - Paatalo, paatali, paataro, paatari, sukalkadi, mykaangalo, papad tod pehlvaan and more. Fat - jaado, jaadi, pehlvaan, paado, paadi, haathi, madaniyu, and more. 🌺 Many families think its cute to nick name someone Jaadyo or jaadi because when they are younger they can be on the slightly bigger side but sometimes those things stick with them for life. Being sensitive is good. 🌺 As always you can watch the full video on our @youtube channel and tell us what other names we missed here.
Why do we perform "Mundan, Baabari, Chudakarana" of Baby's first hair cut cemerony? 💇🏽♂️ Indian hair is mostly thick, lush and healthy. So why do we chop it off our babies? This ceremony is one of the 16 purification rituals or samsakaras in the Hindu religion. It is normally performed between the ages of 11 months to 3 years predominantly on boys only. However in many families that is not the case. It's not just hindus who perform this, many religions and countries across the world have similar rituals like Jewish, Muslim and Chinese communities. Belief behind this is that as our soul comes from having lived many previous lives, getting rid of the hair rids them of past karmic bad connections and purifies the soul. Many also believe that if shave the first hair, it grows back thicker and fuller although I think this has more to do with genetics than anything else. 💇🏽♂️ As all rituals and traditions, this is based on belief and faith so the question of should you do it or not simply relies on how you and your family feel about this. I became a mom at the young age of 24 and didn't know any better (This is another #whydowe post on why Indian parents preferred to get their kids married off early). We performed this on both my kids and in retrospect I don't think it was necessary at all. I think purification of a soul comes from building a stronger foundation with right beliefs not simply by cutting the first hair. Luckily my son slept this through whole process however I have seen babies cry hysterically and they may not remember but why put them through that torture? You can simply cut a lock of hair and release it in the flowing water and pray that all the strength this child needs will be given to them. I think some rituals and traditions have to EVOLVE as we gain more clarity and understanding. Again if you are choosing to do this as it is a strong belief in your family, please do. There is no judgement. 💇🏽♂️ You can obviously guess who this baby is right? There was no Baabari for me or my siblings. Did you or any one in your family have this ceremony performed for them? Your thoughts on it?
Tell me you are Desi without telling me you are desi. 🛁 Towel - Tuvaal 🛁 Chances are you have heard a towel being called Tuvaal around you if you are Gujju. When I came to US at 16 years of age, I didn't want to have anything to do with being desi or Gujarati because let's face who doesn't want to have the sense of belonging? I wanted to be as "American" as I could be so when my mom brought our "paataraa India taavel" (thin Indian towels) with us, I was like "get rid of em" who wants those when you have luxurious, fluffy, perfect Walmart towels. Obviously she didn't listen to me. 🛁 On one of our camping trips with my kids, I went to REI to get some things and saw a traveling towel worth $49 that reminded of my India towels and in fact it was just that. Organic cotton, easy drying, easy to pack, and perfect towel that I avoided all those years. It made me realize how many times we don't value our own culture, traditions, day to day life and all that is a part of it until some big company in hands of non Indian people markets it with full gusto and then it becomes valuable? 🛁 Let's be honest, how many of you have them India towels? We love ours for picnics, beach, pool parties, traveling, camping and pretty much every where we go.
Do you really know India as a Desi person? 🇮🇳 We are proud to be Indian but have you ever wonder do we really know ALL of India or ABOUT India? For many of us our experience and knowledge of India is limited to where our ancestors are from in India, for example if you are Gujarati you know about the state and some cities of Gujarat. Growing up in India, I was blessed to attend New Era Girls high school in Baroda, where we used to have visitors and pen pals from different parts of India. During 6th and 7th grade I used to write to this girl from Nagaland all the time, I had no idea that part of India existed until I met her. 🇮🇳 Recently I came across this AMAZING book called AtoZ of Indian Cities and it took me back to my early schooling days in India. There is so much diversity and such rich heritage in this land, perhaps it may take lifetime to explore but this book is a great introduction for all of us adults and children alike to fall in love and explore India. There is so much I love about this book, it shares the cities, their names in the regional language, where it is, what to do there, what to eat there and more. I have added few of these on my list of places I want to visit on my next trip to India. 🇮🇳 Books have always been my way to explore, hide, be inspired, and fall in love with this world. I love that I get to share and talk about this particular one with all of you.
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Gujarati, Punjabi and Hindi classes start in 1 day. 📆 If you're halfway considering getting you or your child started, summer is a beautiful time to join class. ☀️ Our summer curriculum is super fun--no homework! You can join class any time of the year and not repeat the curriculum and not be behind. It's a beautiful thing and a unique characteristic that I built into the curriculum when I created it. For children ages 5/6 to 11/12 who have little to no exposure to Gujarati or Hindi, this summer, I have added a brand new class level called TRUE beginner. It's a great place to start. Everyone in the class will be new as you only take it a single time at the beginning of your language journey with us. You still have time to pick a class and jon in. Or give one as a gift to a family member. Link in bio