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Popular Podcasts about India Posted by on Nov 29, 2021

More and more Indians are tuning into podcasts and more and more Indians are creating बनाना wonderful content विषय on podcasts in India. Topics range from romance प्रेम लीला, to Bollywood, current events वर्तमान घटनाएं, and stories of real people from India. Current Events and Culture The first podcast I chose चुना to listen to…

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How do Desi’s Celebrate Thanksgiving. Posted by on Nov 22, 2021

We are counting down the days to Thanksgiving – an annual वार्षिक American holiday every November. Americans give thanks on this day for many reasons कारणों. But the primary reason is to celebrate the commonly taught history कारणों of the first shared harvest between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans. So what does Thanksgiving mean…

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The Five Days of Diwali Posted by on Nov 18, 2021

Clay Lamps

Meaning of Diwali Diwali means a row of lights. The lights दीपक in question are not necessarily modern lights but more the little clay oil lamps तेल का दिया one sees in Indian homes. Lights are an essential part of the decorations सजावट of Diwali as the light is meant to ward off evil. People…

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How America Celebrated Diwali 2021 Posted by on Nov 10, 2021

Little Girl with a lamp

Last week, Hindus in America celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival त्यौहार of lights. At one time this would have seemed far-fetched. But, this year I was surprised विस्मित to read a Target ad on Diwali! Then, as the week went by I saw more and more news समाचार about the festival on television. I also…

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10 Podcasts to Learn Hindi Posted by on Nov 8, 2021

Podcast mike

Introduction There are numerous बहुत ways to learn Hindi today – apps, CD’s if you are still into retro, movies चलचित्र and songs. Watching the news समाचार and Netflix shows is another way. But podcasts are the ‘it’ thing now!  The proliferation प्रसार of podcasts is indicative of its popularity. Benefits Listening to a podcast…

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Hindi and Urdu – Siblings in Crisis Posted by on Oct 21, 2021

This week Urdu caused an uproar कोलाहल on social media. She was in an ad that called for the celebration कोलाहल of Diwali using the phrase, Jashn-e-Riwaaz, which means ‘celebration of rituals and traditions’.  The ad written in English was for a clothing and housewares brand called Fabindia. The retailer खुदरा withdrew the advertisement in…

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What is Vastu Shastra? Posted by on Oct 13, 2021

China has its ancient practice प्राचीन प्रथा of Feng Shui. India has the Vastu Shastra. Origins The word Vastu – comes from the root word, Vas – meaning to live, dwell, stay or reside. Shastra means teaching or doctrine. So, Vastu  Shastra is the science or doctrine of dwelling आवास. We live most of our…

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