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Anyone here from India?
#1 - January 24, 2009, 07:50 AM

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Well, I was born and raised there, but have been living in the US for 2/3 of my life. My Hindi and Marathi are atrocious (so say the relatives) and sometimes I buy frozen Indian food, which no proper Indian would do ...

Sribbly Katia is living there ... perhaps she'll chime in.

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#2 - January 24, 2009, 03:35 PM
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Hi Vijaya

I lived in Mumbai for some years but as I moved as i began to understand and speak a little Marathi.
#3 - January 25, 2009, 04:32 AM

Hi gina,
I grew up in New Delhi, but have lived in the Boston area for the past 14 years.
Katia lives in Hyderabad. Where are you from?

#4 - January 25, 2009, 05:37 AM
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Hi Nandini, well have been living in Hyderabad for the last 1.5 years.
#5 - January 25, 2009, 06:17 PM

I'm not from India, but my husband is.  He grew up near Chennai, and has been living in the states for the past 15 years.  My in-laws say that I'm Indian now since I've married one, and yet they don't expect things of me that they'd expect of natural born Indians.  So it's been interesting to learn the Indian culture as half in and half out.  :)

Vijaya, I've seen many Indians buying frozen food in the Chicago area.  So, unless there are no proper Indians in Chicago, I think you're safe.  :)

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#6 - January 26, 2009, 07:28 AM

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Hey, Tabitha. My husband is also from India. Came here to go to school and never went back (because we met :) So I suppose I've had a lot of the same experiences as you have.


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Gina, Hyderabad is a big city, but perhaps you'll run into Katia.

Tabitha, Whew!

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#8 - January 26, 2009, 12:58 PM
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I lived in India as a child and love to cook Indian, so hope you won't mind if I intrude to ask what are good brands of frozen Indian food?!!

#9 - January 27, 2009, 12:07 PM

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*raises hand*  I was born in India! I buy frozen, canned, packaged, and pre-made Indian food all the time, Vijaya :).  We moved to Canada, where I grew up, when I was five.  And I've been living in New York City now for almost fifteen years.
#10 - January 27, 2009, 01:06 PM

Neesha,
Your book sounds awesome. Look forward to reading it when it comes out.

I can actually cook Indian food fine, but that doesn't mean I make it all the time!  I've had to worry about frozen/pre-made because of my son's food allergies to tree nuts. They're not that well labeled and I'm NOT taking any chances. My local grocery store has a back window where they sell fresh chat/papdi/golguppas/cholla bhatura type stuff. They're from Jullandhar and for this homesick Delhiite there is no place better for an emergency treat. Who wants mughalai when you can have a golguppa!! Man, I'm hungry now!
   
#11 - January 27, 2009, 07:04 PM
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I'm hungry reading Nandini's post. Bad, bad.

Richmond, I really like the Patak brand of spice mixtures. They come in a bottle. I use the Madras Hot Curry and Vindaloo when I run out of stuff or if I just want to saute some veggies quickly without fussing over the individual spices.

Gits makes dry mixes for dosa and idli and sambar, and again these come in very handy when you haven't prepared the batter beforehand and you have a craving for dosa. The sambar mix is actually better if you add a little bit to your own lentils. I know I must be missing something because the sambar mix has the missing ingredient.

As to frozen food, I just discovered frozen masala dosas with chutney that cook up really nicely in the microwave. But unfortunately, the store has stopped carrying it. But I found they had ras-malai and shrikhand. They were very good.

I also found a mattar paneer with rice made by a company called Amy's. It's not very spicy but my kids love it. And I found it at Target (of all places).

Good luck finding these in your area.
Vijaya

ps: when I was pregnant with my second baby, I couldn't stand any spicy food, whether it was Indian or Thai, Mexican or Italian. I couldn't even stand the spicy salad mixture my husband planted in the garden. He felt like he'd married a fake Indian. Thankfully, the baby was born and we again included spicy foods in our diet.
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Vijaya, LOL re: pregnancy distastes.

Nandini, you're soooo lucky to be living so close to someplace that sells all those yummy things!  I'm so envious!  I have to drive at least 30-50 minutes (depending on traffic) to get anything remotely Indian.  Except for the Indian restaurant here which is good, but I get tired of after some time.  SIGH.

And thank you for the kind words about SHINE :).  I'm excited about the launch in a few weeks.  Stressed, but excited.

#13 - January 28, 2009, 07:34 AM

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Oh. My. Goodness. Neesha. Seems like 3 or 4 of you are having book launches in Feb.
Can't even imagine the excitement ... must be like having a baby and seeing what the world thinks of it.
Celebrate!
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#14 - January 28, 2009, 08:27 AM
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Neesha - Only a week left! I'll preorder as soon as I can shovel my way out of our driveway and to the B&N. And maybe chase that down with some dahi bhallas from our friendly neighborhood dhaba - hee hee!

Vijaya, I love Pataks mango chutneys and pickles!!!
#15 - January 28, 2009, 10:15 AM
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Hi!

Not sure if I should start a new thread.... but here it goes.

I am from India too. Born and brought up in Chennai. Interned in USA (Highlights), studied advanced children's writing in London and have published a few picture books with local publishers. Currently living in Chennai with hubby and inlaws.

I write PBs, MGs, and YA. And graphic novels.... yep, that's me, the writer who loves writing anything related to children  :busstop. I am currently working on a MG fantasy and time travel novels.

Great to be here... and hoping to connect with Indian writers (and also non-Indian writers!)

Rads

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I'm glad you chimed in here ... as you can see there are several of us here, whether by birth or marriage.
Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea ...
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#17 - October 04, 2013, 06:20 AM
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Didn't ever lived in India but I do visit India every few years. Bangalore for work and Mumbai/Gujrat for family.
I am a 2nd generation Indian living in the US.
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Thanks Vijaya & Darshana for the welcome :)

I lived in US only for a very short period - 8 months in Honesdale and 4 in NYC - but it's got a special, special place in my heart, because the internship was my first away-from-home job my introduction to true independence and adventure, if you will.... and NYC's where I met my husband... so yes, I miss those days very much!

Every year I plan a visit, but nothing works out... with the flight tickets so expensive, and so many friends to connect with if I ever return, I keep postponing it to some day... hopefully, it will be soon.

Meanwhile I get my fix by watching boxed sets and re-reading Oprah picks :)

Rads
#19 - October 04, 2013, 10:32 PM
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I've only been to India ONCE since we moved here over 30 years ago. First we were too poor, and then when I had the money, I had no time, and now with a house/mortgage, Catholic schooling, well, we don't have the $$$ to travel. But I'd love to bring our children to India at least once before they leave home and begin families of their own. Must sell more books!

Radhika, is your husband also from India or is he American? And how does he like it in Chennai? My husband spent 5 mo. working in Mysore and loved it.

Darshana, do your kids ever call you a Martian? My kids couldn't say Maharashtrian ...  all my family is in Bombay/Poona.

I hope our paths cross for real ...
Vijaya
#20 - October 05, 2013, 08:15 AM
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Nope never got called a Martian. That's funny. I am Gujarati.
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Vijaya, my husband is not only a fellow Indian and Chennai-born, he also studied in the same college as I did! But we never talked to each other in college - I had seen him around because he had the fanciest car in the campus and he had no idea I existed  :shrug:. Fast forward 8 years, he moved from Chicago to NYC after graduation just when I arrived in PA from India, we met at a mutual friend's place in Manhattan, thus was history made  :love4:

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#22 - October 25, 2013, 04:37 AM
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Rads, that's a great love story! I'm often surprised how small the world really is.
Vijaya
#23 - October 25, 2013, 05:17 AM
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Gatecrashing into this thread! An Indian living in Lagos, Nigeria for the last two years. Darshana, thanks for having suggested I check out the blueboards  :gogirl
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 :new:Hi
I am from India Hyderabad and have recently joined the SCBWI...
I hope this is gonna be wonderful and helpful.
is anyone here from Hyderabad?
Arti  :new: :hiding3
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Welcome Richa and Arti!!! Don't you hide now ... jump right into the various discussions about writing and publishing.

Vijaya
#26 - December 28, 2013, 08:41 AM
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Thanks Vijaya. I have begun to like this place and feel great that i have joined. This place has already started its magic on me.

Arti
#27 - January 26, 2014, 08:01 PM

Hi Arti and Richa! Belated welcome to the blueboards. It's great to know that SCBWI India is firmly established and has a branch in Hyderabad. Never been there but my dad served in Secunderabad Cantt. before I was born. Would love to visit Nigeria too. One day!!
#28 - February 10, 2014, 08:21 PM
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