Vaishali || Gujarati & Hindi
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Do you call this KHAANDAVI or PAATUDI?😀 😋 QUICK MICROWAVE KHAANDAVI - Gluten Free 😋 Whatever name you heard it being called growing up, you know this stuff is delicious. You can make this vegan as well by substituting the yogurt with lemon juice if you like. Strange and fun fact, if anyone in your family has "rock chhi chhi"(aka constipation) this stuff works really well with the fibers from the chick pea flour and probiotics from the yogurt to the anti inflammatory qualities of asofetida(hing) and turmeric(hardar), it helps a bunch and tastes better than kayam churna. #iykyk😆 😋 1 cup Besan of Chickpea flour 1 cup Yogurt 1/4-1/2 cup water to make it a nice paste 2 tbsp cooking oil of your choice 2 minced green chillies 1 tsp minced ginger 1 tsp hing (asofetida) 1 tsp turmeric 1 - 1.5 tsp salt according to your taste 1 tsp mustard seed (rai) chopped cilantro and some shredded coconut. How: Mix the flour and yogurt well with a whisk in a microwave safe bowl. add salt, turmeric, hing. ginger and chilies and 1 tbsp of oil and mix well. Microwave for 2 minutes, stir again and microwave for 2 more minutes. do this step couple of more times now at 1 minute. Use your countertop, back side of flat pan or plate or other flat surface where you can spread this batter. Use a butterknife to make lines and then roll em up Use the remaining oil and pop the mustard seeds and spread the hot oil with rai on the rolls. Garnish with cilantro and shredded coconut. 😋 Did you ever eat this growing up? What do you remember the most about it?
"What their son did that? and none of the elders talked to him about it? 👀 Yes, you hear that once in a while when something goes differently than society norms especially in the Desi community. Many of our family members are so concerned about this jury of "samaaj"(community) that they live to look good in the eyes of others. There is a constant need to correct young ones in the house because isn't it my duty as a parent to do that? 👀 When young adults or children come to parents, they are not always asking for a solution. Sometimes they just want to feel heard. It is ok to listen without the need to fix or bombard with advice. SILENCE DOESN'T ALWAYS MEAN NEGATIVE FEEDBACK. I am learning this with my kids. My type A personality wants to fix, control and find solution for everything and sometimes there are no solutions. Sometimes you have to go through the process. 👀 I don't think any one of us has mastered this game of parenting but I love learning from my children as much as I have from my parents. Here is a question for you, would you like me to share a video in Gujarati on this subject? I feel many of our parent's generation is still living in this fear of what others will say and think.
Learning Gujarati with Kamalamasi. 🌺 As it is for many languages there is the book version and there is the street version aka ghetto. I grew up in Baroda which is a "city" and people spoke proper Gujarati however we spend all of our vacations and holidays in my Dada's gaam(village) where I learned all the street Gujarati. There was a lot of "Sa, saa, su" in the city where in the gaam it was all about "hu, haa, hu"😁 #iykyk 🌺 If you have been following me for a while you know that I think speaking it anyway is good. This is meant as a funny video so please don't be offended and let me know would you like to learn Gujarati from Kamalamasi? You can watch this full video and other Kamalamasi videos on our Youtube channel, be sure to subscribe and comment there as well.
"Once there was a king" How often have you heard stories begin this way? ✋🏽 🌸 My Pappa I think only knew one story to tell us as children, and it always began like this. "Ek raja hato, eni tran raani hati"(once there was a king and he had three wives). You know what story I am talking about? This is the story of Ramayan and as a young one I loved hearing it over and over again. 🌸 As I am always looking for ways to bring in more culture to our family, I love finding tools like this one. This is a magnetic story board with characters of Ramayan. I received this as a gift and loved the illustrations and the accuracy of the story that we decided to have them on our Amazon store. The story is written in English and you can make it a desi night in your house to talk about the story or let the kiddos free play and ask questions. 🌸 We also have the story of Krishna and his childhood along with the clothes and dresses of different regions of India. Seeing my board games, toys, and play material culturally relevant is so good for our families and this will spark fun and imagination in their young minds. 🌸 You can purchase this and more on our Amazon store, link in bio. Now tell us what is the first childhood story you remember someone told you? #sanskarteaching #learngujarationline #browngirlbloggers #browngirls #Gujarati #Gujju #Gujarat #Gujaratifood #Gujaratiwedding #Desi #Southasianblogger #Southasian #Surati #Baroda #indianfood #gujaraticulture #garba #indianparents #indianculture #browngirlswhoblog #indianroots #gujjus #gujaratifoodfriday #gujjufood #desifood #gujjulife #desilife #magneticboardgames #amazon
Do you tend to stare in space or day dream or simply seem lost at a time? 🤚🏾 💕 In proper Gujarati you would call this "Khulli aankhe sapanaa jovaa" and in ghetto Gujarati we would call is "Baaghaa maare chhe" 😁 💕 I tend to do this often where I am in a conversation but my mind is taking me somewhere else. It is not fair to the person I am talking to so when I can remember I consciously come back to it. No matter how ghetto or gamadiyu (village) Gujarati you may know, it doesn't matter, SPEAK however you know. 💕 We are slowly becoming a culture of so much productivity and goals that we don't allow ourselves to day dream or wander off in another world. We must have goals, we must be working towards something, when I achieve it, it means I am successful, empowered, worthy and happy. This may be true for some but I know that doing NOTHING even if its just for few minutes in my day, allows me to regroup. 💕 So when was the last time you day dreamed? What do you think of is irrelevant but you got lost in another world then good on you.
Gluten Free Juvaar Naa Rotlaa 💕 Since regular rotli or roti traditionally made with wheat flour is out of the question for many of us who are gluten sensitive or gluten free, this was my alternative for many years. I had always pictures "Rotlaa" being made like my Ba(grandma) did in India with hands as this dough is not as hard and easy to work with as the chapati or rotli dough. My mother in law however taught me how to make these the easy way, without putting any plastic on my aadhani so I can roll them. Here is her easy recipe and I will share the video in our IG story. 💕 2 cup boiling water 1 cup Juvaar (millet) flour ♦️ Boil the water and add the flour while stirring, make a simple khichhu and cover on low heat for five minutes. ♦️ Let the flour cook for a bit then uncover and take the cooked dough out in a large bowl, use the back of spatula or the "Bhakari presser" (What do you call this thing in English?)or your hands if you can work with warm dough and knead this well. (This part is very important) ♦️ Cover it in a plastic bag, make small round balls to be able to roll them out in rounds. ♦️ Use some dry flour and roll like Roti ♦️ When roasting it, put it on a frying pan and use a wet cloth or a brush to cover the top with some moisture so it doesn't crack. ♦️ Flip and cook just like roti. 💕 Have you ever made Rotlaa at home? What do you like to eat your rotlaa with?
Warning: This can get stuck in your head all day long. 😂Who loves old TV jingles?🤚🏾 💃🏽 Last week I had talked about "VICO TURMERIC" and you all loved it so I asked you all what are some of your favorite TV jingles in Hindi from the 90s. I chose few of my favorites and created a video for you all on our YouTube channel, go check out the full video there. 💃🏽 You will see just the first few here, would you like to hear more of these?
Are you up to date with the Pop Culture? I definitely am not and its totally ok. 🌸 I was born and raised in India and I came to the US when I was 16 years old. I didn't know English language, music, or any other "normal" things amongst the teenagers here in the States. I would go to the Mandir or Swadhyay and even my Indian friends made fun of me for not knowing certain things. I felt like something was missing and I tried every bit I could to assimilate in this culture but it never was enough because honestly I didn't want to learn or experience these things for the right reason. I was looking for validation. I would come home after spending time with friends and super disappointed. My Pappa however had a different outlook on this and he would remind me. 🌸 SHAKE IT OFF = KHANKHERI NAAKH 🌸 This was one of my Pappa's favorite sayings when things didn't go according to my expectations or when I was disappointed. He would say, when a mosquito comes and sits on your arm, you wave it off. You don't sit there and analyze or overthink about why, what, when and how it all happened, do you? No, you move on. This is how simple life is meant to be. Let it go and move on. YOU ARE AND ALWAYS WILL BE ENOUGH, simplest truth is you have to know and believe it. 🌸 Did you or do you ever feel like you are not enough?
DHWAJVANDAN - Salute to our Flag. 🇮🇳 You see those tiny little girls by the flag pole? Thats me (In chaniya chori) and my sister(in short dress). Being chosen to do this for any one in India is a big honor. This was in the early eighties at our Bal Mandir (Kindergarten) in Bhavnagar. Not sure why they chose us but this picture has been etched in my memories. 🇮🇳 The other day my daughter said to my husband, Dad I think you will retire in Scotland because there is plenty of Golf and mommy for sure in India.😁 My family knows my love for that land, I don't miss any and every chance I get to go back and visit. If I watch a patriotic movie about India (like Raazi recently) I cry buckets, I watch DDLJ and the scene where Amrishpuri misses his land, I cry buckets, I watch and listen to Patriotic songs sung with heart and I cry. 🇮🇳 January 26th marks the republic day or India - Prajaa sataaak or Gantantra Divas (The day it became an official nation, an official democracy) The country as a whole has come a long way and has even longer way to go with letting go of the old orthodox beliefs. It is not perfect and I am happy I am karmically attached to this land, its wisdom and its strength.
"That's disgusting, gross or nasty. It give me heebi jeebis" all put in one word in Gujarati is "CHITARI CHADE CHHE"😃 ❤️ One of the challenges of learning Gujarati through English is that not everything or every word can be translated. Simple nouns that don't exist in Gujarat don't have Gujarati names like Strawberries or Blueberries. Many emotions in English can not clearly be expressed in Gujarati. ❤️ Many adults are grossed out by baby's diapers and will come baby sit but will not touch the dirty diaper of course until they have their own babies. I know a few in my family who were like this. No right or wrong, if you are grossed out by something you simply are and to someone else it may not be a big deal. When I encounter these situations, I take a deep breath and deal with it and some times run away from it. ❤️ "Tamane sau thi vadhaare seni chitari chade chhe?" - What are you the most grossed out with?
When I say "Garam Garam Puri"(Hot Puri) what comes to mind?🤔 😋 Many of us Desi folks as kids got to experience by our mom, Dadi or Nani while they deep friend these goodness We would stand there watching it fluff up and as soon as it was cool enough to eat we devoured it. If you were lucky enough you got to roll one yourself and it always looked like a map of an undiscovered country. When you are younger the excitement of these small things is on another level. 😋 Being Gluten free now, I have tried several different flours and combination to get my GF puris to fluff up and most have failed. I know most health conscious folks would say they are not good for you anyways, they are deep fried but the truth is we don't eat these all the time. They are definitely a treat. 😋 I loved eating my Puri with khaatu bataka nu shaak and Rus (potato curry and mango pulp). Do you like eating Puri and what do you like it the most with? Have you introduced it to your kids?
"VICO Turmeric nahi cosmetic, Twachaa ki rakshaa kare..." Raise your hand if you know or have heard of this Jingle✋🏽 🌿 Pimple in Gujarati is KHEEL (Yes not Fulli, thats more rash). Growing up in India in the 80s there was not a lot of emphasis on skin care or outer appearances as it is now. Televisions and commercial ads were fairly new. The one that was so catchy about pimples and keeping your skin as flawless as Sangeeta Bijalaani (The actress in this ad) was VICO TURMERIC. 🌿 If you are part of a Desi family you know we love our Hardar, Haldi or Turmeric. I mean whatsapp groups claim it can cure COVID as well. Puberty is an unavoidable part of growing up and although many of my friends got pimples when we were that age, my sister and I were spared. Partly because my mommy took care of our skins. 🌿 Our Sunday routines involved getting Tel maalish (head oil massage with coconut oil, you know the blue Koprel bottle) and facials with MULTAANI MAATI. Mommy would put the clay masks on us and then we would wash it off and even got steam the old fashioned way with a pot on the stove and us hovering with a towel over it. So grateful she did that. 🌿 Of course there was and is Yellow face pack with Besan and Turmeric in every desi household. What are some creative ways you have used Turmeric in your house?
What is that one nursery rhyme or a song you remember from your childhood? 🐦 For me its this Balgeet - rhyme: "CHAKIBEN CHAKIBEN" Song calling a Sparrow and asking her to come play with you. When I was in kindergarten, we were given "Slate and pen" (small chalkboard and chalk) to learn our alphabet and numbers. No waste of papers, you learn something and erase it with a wet cloth. And as we would shake our slates and dry them up we would sing this song. 🐦 One of the good things out of this pandemic is so many of us are appreciating and enjoying nature. Walking, hiking, going to the beach or parks are becoming a routine. As we are enjoying being outside, it would be great to enjoy the birds as well and while we do that why not incorporate language learning alongside mother nature? 🐦 Did you hear this song growing up, if you grew up in a Gujarati home? If not, what is the one rhyme or song you remember like "Machhali jal ki rani hai" (Fish is the queen of the waters)
Are you growing a farm(khetar)👩🏼🌾 or a garden(bageecho)🏡? 🌸 This is one of my most cherished photos of my siblings and my Pappa. Of course Pappa looks pretty stylish here and they must have found jeans on sale because three out of four of us have the same pants 😀 🌸 I am the oldest and my brother is the youngest. My brother and I look like my mom and my sister looks like my Pappa. All three of us are from the same parents but very different in our personalities, choices and careers. If my parents were raising a farm they would have wanted all of us to be the same but they raised a garden and allowed us to be who we are. This is not to say they never compared us to each other or others, they did but in the end they said you don't want to go to Med school? you don't have to. You want to be an actuary go for it. You want to raise a family go for it. 🌸 Comparing our children to each other or to their cousins or their friends or our neighbors kids is ok if you want them to be like everyone else and blend in. In a garden you are going to have beautiful flowers and plants that are very different from each other and yet they all coexist nicely. Asking our kids to be like someone else is unfair. If you admire certain qualities about someone talk about the qualities without comparing them and appreciate who they are. 🌸 Were you compared to your siblings growing up and do you do the same to your children? If you do, may be it's time to pause and rethink this.
Have your young kids pointed at your body and genuinely asked why is it the way it is?✋🏽 💪🏽 As women in general we are surrounded by "perfect" body images or "beautiful" bodies. We are given these subtle messages from every where in our environment what a "good" body ought to look like. I remember when my son was younger he would look at my stretch marks and say, "mom why do you have lines on your stomach" and I used to say "you gave them to me, these are like medals for being a mom" I forget that often. 💪🏽 "Crop top at my age? what about that stomach sticking out?" Yup I said that and then I thought wait a second. I love this shirt, and its not obscene or nothing is being exposed so why the heck can I not wear it? So what if a little bit of a flab will stick out? The inner dialogues we all have I tell you. The real battle is inside if we can win that one we can really do anything on the outside. So here it is me in a short tshirt with my little belly popping out. What I see is me smiling the rest is secondary. 💪🏽 Whatever you have been holding off from wearing because your mind says you can't or it won't look good on you, I say do it. Do it for YOU. What is one thing you won't ever wear in public?
Who NEEDS limbu nu athaanu (Desi Lemon pickles) in their lives?✋🏽 🍞 One of the most essential travel foods for Gujarati folks is THEPLA (We have a fantastic and favorite Gluten Free Theplaa recipe on our blog, click the link in bio). Thepla to me will be incomplete with out the addition of this delicious sweet and sour pickled lemons we call Limbu(lemon) nu athaanu. 🍞 Recently I tried my Kaki's limboo nu athaanu where she added pepperoncini peppers with it and omg it is a game changer. I didn't take a good picture with it but that spicy blended with this sweet and sour goodness was divine. 🍞 Athaanu is life. One of my earliest memory of good athaanu is in summer time after the fresh mango pickles (keri nu taaju athaanu) is made. My mom would make us simple Khichadi and dahi and then I would eat it with ton of athaanu of course saving the "chiriyu"(mango fruit slices) for the last. Even now some days I just make athaanu and my GF rotli a meal. There is normally so many good spices along with one of my favorites fenugreek or methi in athaanaa. 🍞 Name your favorite Athaanu or pickles of all time.
When I say the word UTTARAYAN what comes to your mind? 🔶 For me there is a clear image of loud music, cut fingers, tal(sesame seed) na laadu, chikki, undhiyu, papadi no lot, agaasi or terrace, laughter, sky full of colorful patang(kites) and people yelling "kaaypo chhe". 🔶 This is one of the most popular Gujarati festivals known as Uttarayan, Utaraan, Makar Sankranti or Kite festival. People gather on their roof tops and terraces known as Agaasi or Dhaabu and fly kites from sun rise to sun set. There is a healthy competition of who cuts whose patang, there is lots of good food and family near by. 🔶 If you have never experienced this wonderful madness of Uttarayan in India then head on over to our Youtube channel to watch the full video of what, when, where, why and how of celebrating this festival.
When our students attempt to speak their native language. 💃🏽 One of the biggest thing that holds students back from speaking the new language is that they are concerned about being wrong and imperfect. When we are first learning a language it is important to allow ourselves to be incorrect and all over the place, honestly no one cares. It is all about being able to communicate. 💃🏽 It is ok to start with " I TARZAN YOU JANE" or "Hu khaadhu pizza kaale" (I ate pizza yesterday - correct way would be Mein kaale pizza khaadhaa). This is why we have assigned practice partners for all of adult students with our teachers in India so they can practice and communicate with others without judgement. 💃🏽 Would you like to learn some simple language hacks for Gujarati and Hindi? let us know in the comments below.
What kinda friend are you? 🌸 "Taaraa daant maa kayi chhe" (There is something in your teeth). This is the kinda friend I want to be around who looks out for me as much as I would look out for them. The one who will give it you like it is, no frills or sugar coating it. Someone who calls you out on your Sh #4! 🌸 Being here on social media there are many new friends I have formed and I am grateful for them. Even in this space there are those who look out for me. When they see a nasty comment they respond to that person to defend me, they see typos or posts with wrong information they point it out, they check in on how I am doing and can pick up on my energy they feel here. They cheer me on and support when needed. As we are embracing new normals, friends and genuine connections are possible where ever we are. 🌸 I rather embarrass my own friend then let her be embarrassed by a stranger. I am blessed to have many HONEST friends rather than those who are here to please me and simply say nice and superficial things. 🌸 So what kinda friend are you and what kinda friend would you like?
What does MOVEMENT look like for you? 💪🏽 You may have seen the #kamalamasi video about the fancy exercise machines? if not, you can find it in our feed post and the IG story for today. It is so easy to feel like you NEED certain things to get moving, or working out or exercising. This is really just an excuse we all use, only if I had this, I would workout more. The truth is you don't need ANYTHING really. 💪🏽 I like the word MOVEMENT better than working out or exercise because its gentler. Movement looks different for all of us. For some being on that @peloton bike gives them the motivation they need, for some its the @nordictrack or for some its going to the gym. We are all different and this will look different for all of us. 💪🏽 The goal for Vaishali is to get stronger, fit and endurance. "Jaraak thodu dode ne haafi jaay tevu nahi"(not running for a little bit and huffing and puffing). What works for me is two simple things: 💪🏽 Walking 💪🏽 Stretching (Yoga) What will movement look like for you in 2021? Remember whatever you choose to do, be firm, be disciplined, but also be kind.
How often have you seen grandchildren not being able to communicate clearly and confidently with their grandparents because of a language barrier? 🌸 One of the main reasons I started this work of teaching languages and talking openly about our culture and traditions is that I wanted my children to be able to connect with their grandparents and great grandparents whole heartedly. I have seen this often where the grandparents know a little English and in their attempts to connect with their grandkids they only speak to them in English the best they can and lot is lost in that space. 🌸 There is so much we can learn from our Dada Ba or Nana Nani. We can learn of their struggles, victories, years of wisdom and be grateful for the life we get to lead now. For those of us who are blessed enough to speak Gujarati or Hindi and have had a strong bond with our grandparents can attest to this. 🌸 What surprises me is that those who are marrying or dating non Indian people have found spouses or significant others who value this connection and bond more than some of us born in this culture. We have students who wish to communicate and connect with their partner's family clearly and create a lasting bond so they are learning the language. 🌸 If you have been unsure of how to connect more with your family and want to learn your native language of HINDI, GUJARATI, PUNJABI or MARATHI from the convenience of your home with a live teacher and others like you come join our classes starting this weekend.
🎉 PUNJABI CLASS GIVEAWAY 🎉giveaway now closed! Congrats to our winners @mroly and @anniesandhurai I am a huge fan of the @themomladies, they have 3 children each and just adore the mom life! They are two moms, Sherry and Shammi, who are just a year apart. As they do, I strongly believe in community over competition. Their belief in empowering all and spreading love and positivity really reached my heart. Together, we are giving away a total of 2 seats in our Punjabi classes that begin this weekend at the times below, both taught by the wonderful Neetu Singh!⠀ Punjabi PRESCHOOL Sundays 2:30pm EST Punjabi KIDS LEVEL 1 Sundays 3:30pm EST ⠀ HOW TO ENTER: ⠀ 1. Like this post 2. Follow @sanskarteaching and @themomladies ⠀ 3. Tag friends for bonus entries 🌟 We will select a winner tonight, and reach out to you via DM you if you are the winner!
Hosting a cooking show in Gujarati with your non Indian friends? Why not? ❤️ One of the most wonderful things I get to do is come up with ways to incorporate more Gujarati speaking homework ideas in our curriculum as our end goal is to make our students confident in their ability to speak (read and write for those who choose to) their native language. ❤️ Our goal is to make our homework series fun that the students are excited to participate in, this here was about hosting your cooking show and making Bataka(potato)nu shaak. I am so proud of these kiddos and of their progress. You can watch the full video on our Youtube channel by clicking the link in bio, we have some fun surprises coming up for our channel in 2021 so be sure to subscribe. ❤️ You still have time to enroll your family or yourself as many of our parents are choosing to enroll in adult classes so they can master their skills as well for our winter session beginning tomorrow. Click the link in bio and see what classes still have some spots open or DM us and we will be more than happy to help.
✨MARATHI CLASS GIVEAWAY ✨GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED Congrats to our winners, @annvithu and @spunknstyle !! ⠀ Our winter 2021 language classes are beginning THIS WEEKEND!! To celebrate we have partnered with @dhanyateforeign to give away two seats in our brand new Marathi class! ⠀ I am always inspired by people who live far from home and still foster their culture and values. Shwetal, @dhanyateforeign moved to Germany 🇩🇪 from her home in Pune, India and we connected over our shared love of travel. She has over 90k subscribers on YouTube. Her videos are a fantastic resource for language learning, as you can listen to stories about living abroad in the Marathi language! I love her videos because they allow you to explore a beautiful country with a unique perspective 💛 Together, we are giving away a total of 2 seats in our Marathi classes that begin this weekend at the times below, both taught by the wonderful Meghana Pratapwar!⠀ Marathi Preschool on Saturdays 12:45pm EST Marathi Kids Level 1 on Saturdays 10am EST ⠀ HOW TO ENTER: ⠀ 1. Like this post 2. Follow @sanskarteaching and @dhanyateforeign ⠀ 3. Tag friends for bonus entries 🌟 We will select a winner Friday night and announce them Saturday morning, and DM you if you are the winner!
True compliment is from those closest to you who choose to be completely honest with you at ALL times. ✋🏽 I have been teaching Gujarati online via Sanskar teaching since 2016 and over the last four years for every term I renew and recreate our curriculum to make sure it serves every one of our student and meets them exactly where they are. In my sister's house, her husband doesn't speak any Gujarati at all and so no one does really. She had been trying and wanting to teach her son Gujarati for few years now. She had tried home school techniques to bring more Gujarati to him and they didn't work. ✋🏽 What finally worked for my sister's son wanting to and actually learn more Gujarati is our new curriculum. She called me one day and was very grateful on the progress he was making and how he is beginning to connect and identify himself with his Indian heritage. ✋🏽 As we begin our winter classes this weekend my heart is full and so are most classes. If you didn't know here is what kinda classes and languages we offer. 🌼 Pre K - ages 3 - 5 : Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi 🌼 Level 1 (beginners) - age 6-10 : Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi 🌼 Teen / Preteen Level 1 - age 11-16: Gujarati 🌼 Level 2 (Intermediate)- age 8 & up: Gujarati 🌼 Level 3 (Advnaced) - Gujarati 🌼 Adult Level 1 - Gujarati and Hindi 🌼 Adult Level 2 - Gujarati 🌼 Bonus Free Gujarati Alphabet reading and writing class for all students (60min. extra each week) Click the link in bio to join our classes, we would love to have you as part of our larger Sanskar family.
How I want to FEEL in 2021? ❤️ Beginning of every wonderful year that comes along, there is a big talk of RESOLUTION, however recently @tejalvpatel talked about this idea of how we want to feel in this new year in here stories and it really got me thinking. ❤️ Behind every goal and resolution what we are really seeking is a FEELING. "I want to loose 20 pounds, so that I can feel beautiful and fit, I want to earn a million dollar so that I can feel worthy and content, I want to travel the world so that I can feel satisfied and adventurous and more" Love this idea of working backwards and beginning with the feeling so that you can feel and be more fulfilled. ❤️ We don't need any big advice from others to make these goals come alive if we begin with the feeling. So here is how Vaishali wants to feel in 2021. I am surrendering the how, when, where and am open to receiving all the blessings and lessons coming my way! * I am secured & safe * I am loved & loving * I am adventurous * I am at peace * I am healthy and fit * I am connected & centered * I am worthy & abundant * I am ENOUGH ❤️ What is the one thing you want to feel in 2021?
Why should I learn or teach my family my native language? 🍎 I grew up in India specifically in Baroda, Gujarat until I was 16 years old. I came to the states at an age where I wanted a sense of belonging and in this deep desire to assimilate and fit in I wanted nothing to do with my Indian culture. However when I got married and had my own kids I realized how desperately I wanted them to learn of their roots and culture. I started seeing what made me unique was my connection to my roots and my love for my traditional values. 🍎 As we begin our winter session of classes this weekend with new languages in 2021 with HINDI, GUJARATI, MARATHI AND PUNJABI, I want to invite you to check in how connected are you to your roots and your mother tongue? Would you like to be more connected? Would you want your family to connect and communicate with other family members confidently and clearly? If so, click the link in bio and come join us in one of our live classes. Here are top 5 reasons why learning your mother tongue is so valuable especially now as global citizens?: 🍎 Connecting to your roots allows you to see your own uniqueness. 🍎 Bridge the generation gap and communicate with your family clearly and confidently. 🍎 Strengthen your cultural identity and know more about the innate and inbuilt value system you carry with you. 🍎 Understand and absorb the wisdom ancient literature in your native languages. 🍎 Doing your part in preserving and passing down the language and culture. Why do you want to learn or master the language of your ancestors?
New year New you! 🌺 Navaa vars ni subhkaamanaa (Wishing you well for the new years). As we welcome 2021, our hearts are filled with hope, joy and anticipation of where are we all being led to. The uncertainty of the pandemic and our new normal is still around us. We get to look forward to many unknown things as we have every year. 🌺 We have gifted our loved ones with many presents but what is the gift you are giving yourself in 2021? Remember not to get tangled in the race, resolutions and rut. You are you, and it all begins with loving YOU. 🌺 Gift of self love has many forms and whatever you choose to give yourself, you are WORTH it. I am giving my self the gift of PAUSE whenever I need it. Time is my friend. Time bends and flows for me. I am allowed to take breaks and regroup as much as I need to. 🌺 What is the one gift you are giving yourself this year?
Lessons 2020 has taught me. 🌿 Time to reflect on what a year we have all had, it is so easy to focus on what has been wrong this year and what a crappy year it has been for all of us. Many of us have lost loved ones and have suffered in different ways. This is not to downplay the hurt or lessen the grief however 2020 for me has been a year full of lessons. 🌿 Here are my lessons: 1. Know how to Q tip my nose? - QTIP = quit taking it personally. Not everything is about me, keeping that ego in check is one of the biggest lessons. 2. Go with the flow and trust: Yes we all have plans but the best plans are the ones we can bend and adjust with the times. Things may change but having fun and enjoying every moment doesn't have to. 3. Balance and Boundaries: The easiest way to create balance in work and life is by honoring and respecting the boundaries I set for myself. 4. Know the difference between Quality work and busy work. Keep the bigger goal in mind. 5. Run your own race with compassion for others around you. The more you uplift others, the stronger you will become. 🌿 Lessons are there to remind us all on what we need to be aware of and work on, I have not mastered these but I know I want to. What has been some of your lessons in 2020?
Why do we cash gifts in the amounts of 11, 21, 51, or 101? 💸 If you have grown up or are part of a Desi family, you know what I am talking about. Every festival, ritual or celebration, be it any religion when we get gifts "envelopes" filled with cash it is normally in the amounts of 11, 21, 51, 101 or any amount ending in 1 or 5. 💸 I gift my friends and families this way as well even if they are desi or not. Our grandma even puts a Tulsi leave and some coin like a penny in there on top of these amounts ending in one. 💸 One of the reasons we do this is with the belief that what ever I am gifting you will grow into plus one. In Gujarati we say, "Je aapu te savaayu thaay" May you be blessed with the whole (rounded figure) and some more (plus one). I love the idea of sharing and receiving blessings that are rooted with this idea. 💸 As a desi child what was your best "money making"(receiving cash blessings) day?
Who loves silly jokes? 🤚🏽 🐘 Haathi(Elephant) and Keedi(Ant) or haathi aur chinti jokes are my personal favorites. If you have been following me for a while you know how much I love them. The thing with silly jokes is, take it on the face value don't overthink or analyze it. 🐘 One day a Haathi was bathing in the river (Ek divas ek haathi nadi maa naahato hato). Just then an ant came looking for something. (Tyaa ek keedi kayi sodhati sodhati aavi) She asked haathi to stand up. (Tene haathi ne ubha thavaa kahyu) Haathi asked why? (Haathi e puchhyu kem?) Keedi said I want to check if you are wearing my underwear. (Keedi boli maare jovu chhe ke te maari chuddi to nathi pehri ne.)😂 🐘 Do you know silly jokes? Share your favorite Haathi keedi or any other silly jokes here so we can all have a little laugh together.
What do you call this? 🍞 🌱 VEDHAMI 🌱 PURAN POLI 🌱 GUHRI ROTLI (Sweet rotli) 🌱 GARI BAABI There are certain foods I miss after being Gluten free and no matter how hard I try to find alternatives, somethings will not have them. Even if we make it with GF flours it will not taste the same as well. Vedhami as we call it, is one of those things. I like to eat or used to like eating mine with lots of GHEE. 🍞 This is basically a sweeter version of a stuffed paratha I would say. As the middle stuffed layer is made with tuver daal, lots of yummy spices like cardamom, nutmeg, sugar and ghee. The top two layers are made with wheat flour just like you would for Rotli. 🍞 Did you eat this growing up? What do you eat it with?
Who doesn't love holiday season and Christmas time? 🎄 "Do you guys celebrate Christmas?" I am asked this often from my non Indian friends. We have so many desi festivals through out the year that my friends wonder do we celebrate non desi holidays too? The answer is heck yeah we do!!! 🎄 We love festive season and all the excitement around it and we embrace all the festivities. We don't par take in the religious part of it partly because we don't know what it means. Love the energy in the air around Christmas time all around the world. The time for relaxing, time for family and time to reflect on the year we have had. Love going shopping, love watching "the nutcracker", love baking, love decorating the house and love being around so much love. I don't have to be good at any of these or do it to prove anything, it is simple to embrace the festivities the way they work for me. No turkey or big meal but you bet there is a big Desi meal planned. 🎄 Merry Christmas to all of you. Tell us ONE thing you absolutely love about Christmas time.
🎁GIFTS FOR FOOD LOVERS 🎁 Who among us doesn't love food, right? It's why I give over one full day of my feed to a post called Gujarati Food Friday! 😅 I love food. We cook a lot. I've learned so much from my beautiful mother-in-law over the years and with all my food friends like @diptipatel1 I am now familiar with all the best tools. We all love an Instant Pot and a Ninja Foodi pressure cooker and steam oven. If you have some finds, please share them with me in the comments below. Current faves are this AH-mazing Thermador I put in my new home remodel. The George Forman pannini grill is an evergreen goodie that will always have a use for you. The Flat Pan is an item that no matter how many times I tell you about it, it becomes the most favorite thing of yours in my feed. And because food MUST be served in beautiful dishes, I have to point you towards my new blue dishes from @anthropologie that I adore. The gold flatware is something I discovered in a drawer at a location we rented for a photoshoot. The owner told me where she got it and it's only like $45 for a place setting for four! Of course I had to have it and it makes an affordable yet elegant gift to give a friend who loves high style. Links and descriptions for all the products in this Gift Guide for Food Lovers are in my blog. There, you'll also find curated guides for HER, for HIM, for TECHIES, for RELAXATION, for Parents/InLaws, for KIDS and more. I got you! Link in Bio. Hope you're enjoying all these finds! #liketkit @liketoknow.it #ltkgiftspo #ltkhome #giftguide #giftguides #holidaygiftguides #yourbesthair #giftspo #holidayshopping #shopping #christmas #giftideas #gifts #holidays #whattobuy #Chistmasshopping #presents #ninjafoodi #ninjakitchen #thermador #nutribullet #anthropologie #vitamix #flatpan #highspeedblender #instantpot #georgeforemangrill #spicebox #glassstraws #kitchenaid
✨ FLASH SALE!!✨ No, not like a camera flash! But it's just as quick 🤣 For the next four days we have a special deal for you when you enroll in one of our Marathi, Punjabi, or Hindi language classes that we hold via Zoom! When you enroll in any of these non-Gujarati language Winter 2021 classes, you receive for FREE a $20 gift card to use for a future class with us! 🎉 You can use this for another class this Winter or give it as a gift to family or friends. Marathi and Punjabi are being taught this winter for the very first time. Which is super exciting for us to invite a broader Indian community into our school. Spots are limited! The sooner you enroll, the better chance you have of grabbing one while we still have them. Click the link in my bio to see which dates and times work for you! 💛 #sanskarteaching #learngujarationline #browngirlbloggers #browngirls #Gujarati #Gujju #Desi #Southasianblogger #Southasian #gujaraticulture #indianparents #indianculture #browngirlswhoblog #indianroots #gujjus #gujjulife #desilife #learnhindi #learnmarathi #learnpunjabi #punjab #punjabi #marathi #indianlanguages #learnlanguages #languagestudy #foreignlanguage #onlinelanguagelearning #flashsale #giftcard
"ALEEE BAAA" - What is the expression you use when you express mild shock or judgement? 🌿 This is one of my Masi's favorite phrase - alee baa! She will used it when she is pleasantly surprised or she is shocked at something. If she sees someone showing too much skin, she will say "alee baa aavu te kayi pehraay" - can someone wear this? or she sees something really nice she likes, "alee baa ketlu saras chhe nahi?" - Isn't it beautiful? The other one is "Hu ej kahu chhu"(thats what I am saying) every other sentence. 🌿 Some phrase or little words like this one aren't as kind as this. Some folks have a tendency of using "Aiy"or "O" when they want your attention and again it all depends on the tone they use. Check the #kamalamasi reels from today to see how she says them. 🌿 If you grew up in a desi household, there was a phrase or little words like these you grew up with. What is a word or in urdu as they say "TAKIYAA KALAAM"(words a person uses often and they become their signature words) that you know of?
How do you say, "She is sleepy or she wants to sleep?" in Gujarati? 😴 The advantage of learning a new language like Gujarati, there are multiple ways you can say the same thing based on what part of Gujarat your family is from: 😴 Tene Nindar aave chhe - She is sleepy (sleep is coming to her) 😴 Ene oongh aave chhe - She is sleepy 😴 Ene huyi javu chhe - She wants to sleep 😴 Tene podhi javu chhe - She wants to sleep 😴 Tene suyi javu chhe - She wants to go to sleep When one is learning Gujarati in the beginning this can seem confusing however this is why learning a new language is enhanced by increasing your comprehensive skills by listening to different ways of saying the same thing. In your FAMILY how do you say, she is sleepy or she wants to go to sleep?
You can not Turn OFF bad feelings 🌹 "Think positive, focus on what is good in your life, look how blessed you are?" as well intended as these words are, when someone is experiencing a downward cycle in their minds are not very helpful. We have been taught to ignore, avoid, turn off the button that makes us feel sad and unhappy but can we really turn it off? and how long does that last? 🌹 Why do we think that experiencing bad or negative feelings makes us a bad or weak person? These are just that FEELINGS. When we meet someone who is upbeat and cheerful ,we love it and feel good about it, the same way, when someone is depressed or struggling with their mind and feeling bad they are or you are experiencing a feeling. The feelings do not define us as no one is happy and cheerful 24/7 even if social media tells you otherwise. 🌹 As a parent you want to take away those sad and depressing feelings from your kids but you have to trust the process. Be there for them with open arms and a loving heart. If you know anyone who may be experiencing this, tell them they are not broken for feeling these feelings. HONOR THE FEELINGS AS PART OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE. 🌹 Were you raised with the idea of ignore the bad feelings or turn them off? and how has that worked for you? #breakthestigma4nima
🎁 GIFT GUIDES 🎁 In response to the many requests I receive about what to give who, this year I decided to put it all in one place and let everyone just have a browse 🥰 As I've been doing my holiday shopping for this year, I started to write down what I'm buying for people and put it all together in a series of Gift Guides. This is my first time ever doing this kind of thing. So I've begun by creating 6 guides: for Beauty Lovers, for Him, for Kids, Tech, for a Relaxing Life and for Cooks & Food Lovers. If you let me know if you like these, and if they are helpful for you, I'll be happy to create a few more (I do a LOT of shopping at the holidays because I have a big family!) I have the Guides available on the blog as well as in the Like To Know It app (there's a link in my Bio that you can click too!) I hope you all are having a happy holidays and that these help you in your holiday shopping! http://liketk.it/32YpA