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Invisible India | Navigating Indian Culture With Love

English, Social, 1 seasons, 86 episodes, 1 day 14 hours 28 minutes
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Jessica Kumar is an American development advocate living in Bihar, India. She engages in powerful & empathetic interviews to shed light on lesser known aspects of Indian culture, founded in cultural anthropology, sprinkled with hints of modern relationships. Join us to hear diverse voices, stereotype breakers & interesting people who are experts in: -language learning (specifically acquisition of South Asian languages) -breaking stereotypes about racial identity -cross-cultural parenting -interracial relationships, navigating cross-cultural marriage -gender roles -doing business in India
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86| MUST KNOW Phrases for Asking Questions in Hindi

Asking questions in Hindi might be the most important thing you can learn. In this episode, Jessica talks about the importance of asking questions and not just making declarative statements in Hindi. In this episode, we talk about "kya - what." "Kya" is the most important word you need to know to be able to ask questions in Hindi. This video is a sample from the larger Hindi Grammar Foundations course by Jessica Kumar. Hindi Grammar Foundations is a 2.5 hour course including 30+ video lessons, downloadable homework, audio recordings and multiple perspectives from two teachers. Enroll in Hindi Grammar Foundations today. https://learn-hindi-anywhere.teachable.com/p/hindi-grammar-foundations
14/12/202312 minutes 52 seconds
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85| Top 10 Pro Tips for Travel to India

If this is your first trip to India or eighth, this episode highlights the top 10 pro pointers you need to known to reduce the headaches, inconveniences and ripoffs that are likely to happen while visiting India. Download the new e-booklet &quot;The Traveler&#39;s Guide to India&quot; What&#39;s Included in the e-booklet? 30+ pages of practical tips, which will put you years ahead in: -Language Learning -Transportation -Money &amp; Payments -Guide to Food-Communication Strategy -Things NOT to Say in India -&amp; so much more! Also see the accompanying YouTube video to this episode! https://youtu.be/H918-ESq2JI Links included in the episode: <a href="h
03/10/202324 minutes 5 seconds
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84| Navigating the Indian Medical System | Featuring Melody Crisp, Physician Assistant

Navigating the Indian medical system can be incredibly confusing, intimidating and even downright frustrating if you didn&#39;t grow up in South Asia. Knowing the ins and outs of how the medical field is run in India is crucial to being able to care for yourself and others in routine visits and especially emergencies. If you are visiting India, living in India as a foreigner, or an NRI who is caring for someone, this is the episode for you. A recent injury prompted me to record this episode while my mind was fresh with lots of doctor visits, medical tests, procedures, pharmacy experiences and even emergency room dramas. I cover it all in this episode and give practical tips of how to get through most situations. I also summarized this information in a free PDF guide on my website www.invisibleindiapodcast.com. Save it on your phone or print it out for your next visit to India. Get the free download <a href="http
04/06/202326 minutes 30 seconds
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83| Predictions for the Future of Indian Podcasting with Indicast | Aditya Mhatre & Abhishek Kumar

I&#39;ve been following Indicast with Aditya Mhatre and Abhishek Kumar for 17 years. They are the hosts of India&#39;s longest running multi-person podcast. Covering major business tycoon stories, to media personalities, to the latest news, these guys are the dynamic duo of Indian podcasting.  In Part 2, Jessica talks with them about predictions for future digital India and how they think tech has changed the ways people live. Part 1 about their personal lives of being two of India’s first podcasters and how the show came into being. Hear about some of their most popular episodes and high profile guests and most interested episodes that would have never otherwise gotten exposure in the mainstream media.    Find Indicast at ⁠www.theindicast.com⁠ Mentioned in this Episode: See the new <a href="https://learn-hindi-anywhere.teachable.com/p/kids-hind
02/05/202320 minutes 44 seconds
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82| India's Longest Running Podcast | Indicast Part 1

Aditya Mhatre and Abhishek Kumar were two of the first people in India to start podcasting, and today more than 15 years later, their show theindicast.com is still running. Interviewing some of the biggest celebrities in India, with humility, intellect and humor, Aditya and Abhishek are a dynamic duo. During this interview, Jessica gets behind the scenes of what it meant for Abhishek and Aditya personally to run the show this long and how the podcast has opened new opportunities for them during the dawn of Digital India. Mentioned in the Show: See the newest Hindi course from Jessica at www.learnhindianywhere.com Sign up for my newsletter to get special recommendations and deals on language learning servic
05/04/202341 minutes 58 seconds
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81| Kids Hindi Lesson | Things NOT to Say in Hindi | Course Preview

What NOT to say in Hindi as a kid! This is an preview from the Kids' Hindi Kickstarter Course coming out next week on www.learnhindianywhere.com. It is an 18 part course taking you through all the responses you need to know as a kid in your first years of speaking Hindi. Jessica has 17 years experience in helping others learn Hindi and has multiple other courses online including Hindi Hacks, Overcome Pronunciation Pitfalls. This time, she teams up with her 8 year old son to create a whole course for kids designed for kids 4-10 years old. &nbsp;&nbsp; This is especially helpful for NRIs or kids who have had some exposure to Hindi, but aren't confident speakers. &nbsp;&nbsp;The whole 18 part course is pre-recorded with videos, audio files and visual homework assignments which are proven to engage the linguistic part of a child's brain. Be sure to watch the visual of this episode on <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LrY1cQ0rpCs" targe
06/03/202315 minutes 9 seconds
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79| Best of 2022 | HIGHLIGHTS AND REFLECTIONS FROM THIS YEAR

Join me for a wrap of 2022 with snippets of the best episodes from this year. I'm very thankful for your support and encouragement through the past four years! Here are the highlight episodes of 2022! Episode 68 - Eliza Keyton (EliKutty) - Ethics of Language Learning Episode 71 - Devika Cariapa - childrens' author and archaeologist!&nbsp; Episode 72 - What is it Really Like Being Married to an Indian Man? a conversation with two other women married to Indian men about the things they love about being married to an Indian. One woman, Sheida is from Iran, and Parneet is French living in Belgium. <a href="
07/12/202239 minutes 33 seconds
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78| Indian vs Western Education | A Guide for Moving Families

If you've ever wondered what the differences are between the educational system in Western countries, this episode is for you. &nbsp;If you're an NRI wondering if you should move back to India, or if you are a Westerner thinking about making the shift to India, this is for you too.&nbsp; In this episode, Jessica details the major differences between Indian and Western education styles as well a a LIST OF QUESTIONS you need to ask a new school before enrolling your child. Mentioned in this Episode: Check out Jessica's new Pronunciation Course, Overcome Hindi Pronunciation Pitfalls! Be sure to subscribe to Jessica's newsletter for discounts and special announcements about courses and other important items. Also see the YouTube version of this video on
04/11/202219 minutes 12 seconds
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77 | Thriving as a Foreigner in India | Part 2 | Relationships

How do you build relationships in India? Part 2 of this 2 part episode deals with the relational dynamics of living in India as someone who didn't grow up there. Skip the outdated guide books and listen in to this advice from Jessica, who first started living in India in 2006. Friendships, finding common ground, how to manage house help and language learning tips are all here.&nbsp; Whether you are visiting or planning on living in India, these tips will help you go beyond surviving to thriving in India with these tips! Mentioned in this episode Download the Ultimate Hindi Learning Resource Guide for FREE It is a 21 page PDF including curated resources of Jessica's top recommendations of Indian owned businesses who are creating the best Hindi learning tools! The Guide Includes: -Ratings&nbsp;
06/09/202220 minutes 38 seconds
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76| Thriving as a Foreigner in India | Part 1 | Practicalities

What are the crucial elements you need to life life well in India? Part 1 of this 2 part episode deals with the practicalities of living in India as someone who didn't grow up there. Skip the outdated guide books and listen in to this advice from Jessica, who first started living in India in 2006.&nbsp; Negotiation, dealing with the complications of Indian currency, how to give and receive directions and of course tips on learning the local language(s) of the place you are visiting or living in. Whether you are visiting or planning on living in India, these tips will help you go beyond surviving to thriving in India with these tips!&nbsp; Links mentioned in this episode Download the Ultimate Hindi Learning Resource Guide for FREE It is a 21 page PDF including curated resources of Jessica's top recommendations of Ind
02/08/202217 minutes 38 seconds
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75 | Hindi Pronunciation Tips | Featuring Abhishek Kumar

Episode 75 contains a teaser of Jessica's upcoming course Overcome Hindi Pronunciation Pitfalls! Abhishek joins Jessica to work through some of the most common pronunciation errors that learners of Hindi make. In this episode, we take a small slice and discuss the vowel sounds of Hindi which are often mispronounced.  Hear the subtle differences between short A and long A, and why you may have been saying "Namaste" incorrectly all these years! Keep an eye out of the upcoming course later in the summer of 2022. www.learnhindianywhere.com  Links mentioned in this episode: The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concepts that you need to know to get you speaking quickly and on your way! _____________________ Download the Ultimate Hindi Learning Resource Guide. It is a 21 page PDF including curated resources of Jessica's top recommendations of Indian owned businesses who are creating the best Hindi learning tools! The Gu
05/07/202213 minutes 27 seconds
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74 | All About Indian In-Laws Part 2

Jessica dives deeper about having Indian in-laws as a foreigner. In this 2 part episode, Jessica discusses listener questions about having Indian in-laws when you didn’t grow up in Indian culture. We talk about how to address conflict, what happens when you're in a multi-generational home and how to address the different view of boundaries in East vs West. Be sure to listen to Part 1 to hear about meeting the inlaws for the first time and other popular questions about marrying an Indian. _____________________ Links mentioned in this episode: The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concepts that you need to know to get you speaking quickly and on your way!&nbsp; _____________________</
09/06/202226 minutes 36 seconds
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73| All About Indian In-Laws | Part 1

Jessica tells all about having Indian in-laws as a foreigner. In this 2 part episode, Jessica discusses listener questions about having Indian in-laws when you didn’t grow up in Indian culture. You probably know Indian families are close knit. That is why having a good relationship with our in-laws is so important. We discuss questions like what to expect when meeting the in-laws for the first time, gender biases, handling boundaries, managing questions about children and more. Listen in as a guide for your own masala desi relationship. _____________________ Links mentioned in this episode: The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concepts that you need to know to get you speaking quickly and on your way! <a href="http://www.patreon.co
11/05/202226 minutes 15 seconds
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72| What is it REALLY Like Being Married to an Indian Man?

Hearing others' perspectives always brings out new perspectives. I interviewed two other women who are married to Indians who bring various cultural and linguistic background to their stories. Sheida is from Iran living in Canada. Parneet is French, living in Belgium. I asked the various questions to bring out these women's thoughts and experiences: 1) Things you enjoy about being married to an Indian. 2) Your favorite thing about Indian culture. 3) One challenge of being cross culturally married. Hear their thoughts, opinions and be exposed to different cultural perspectives. Find Parneet @paris_punjabexpress and Sheida on Instagram. _____________________ Links mentioned in this episode: The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concept
13/04/202222 minutes 22 seconds
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71| Indian Childrens' Literature with Author Devika Cariapa

Devika Cariapa is an award-winning children’s author who uses her background in history and archaeology to creatively communicate with a young audience. Her first book, India Through Archaeology: Excavating History (Tulika Books) encourages children to explore Indian history through the lens of archaeology. It was awarded the Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award 2018 and the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019. She is also the author of India Through People : 25 Game Changers (Tulika Books) about the courageous men and women who left an imprint on the course of modern India, The Adventures of the Kohinoor (Juggernaut), an adaptation of William Dalrymple and Anita Anand’s book, Kohinoor and Uncle Nehru, Please Send an Elephant, a picture book for younger readers on Nehru’s ‘elephant diplomacy’. The Adventures of the Kohinoor is on the Neev Book Awards 2021 short list. Listen to this conversation about children's literature in India! Find Devika on Ins
22/03/202233 minutes 44 seconds
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70 | Hindi Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed | Hindi Course Preview

What are the top five verbs you need to now in Hindi to start most simple conversations? Jessica breaks down the basic verbs to listen for in Hindi conversation and how these verbs can be used for beginners and intermediate speakers of Hindi.&nbsp; This episode is a sneak preview of Jessica's upcoming Hindi course "Hindi Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed to Know." This course if different from other courses on the market. &nbsp;If you've ever felt perfectionism stop you from trying to speak Hindi, this is a great place to start to overcome barriers and learn the most irrelevant. The first course will be released mid-March 2022 with many more to come!&nbsp; ___________________ SIGN UP for the Invisible India Newsletter to hear about Jessica's upcoming Hindi Course! It is coming mid-March. There will be a discount for subscribers of the newsletter. Sign up for updates here! ____
08/03/202220 minutes 44 seconds
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69 | Ethics in Language Learning with Eliza Keyton

Eliza Keyton (Eli Kutty) and Jessica Kumar are both language learners of Indian languages. In the years since learning Malayalam and Hindi, Eliza and Jessica have become increasingly convinced that there needs to be greater representation of Indians and proper credit given to those who have taught their indigenous languages to foreigners. In this episode, Eliza and Jessica talk through the challenges of navigating leftover colonialism which makes learning a language responsibly tricky in today's climate.&nbsp; Jessica and Eliza both share their clear intentions of uplifting Desi voices and pointing the attention back to native speakers of their target languages. They both speak about their unique experiences as white Americans and how one needs to be aware of white privilege while learning a language. Hear Episode 68 for more information about Eliza and Jessica's personal journey of learning Indian languages.&nbsp; Find Eliza on Instagram <a href="https
22/02/202234 minutes 44 seconds
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68 | Learning Malayalam vs Learning Hindi with Eliza Keyton

Eliza Keyton (Eli Kutty) is an American Malayalam learner and dedicated to sharing her learnings with other learners. Jessica and Eliza dive into the complexities of learning Hindi vs Malayalam and the challenges of learning an Indian language. Jessica and Eliza both share their clear intentions of uplifting Desi voices and pointing the attention back to native speakers of their target languages. They both speak about their unique experiences as white Americans and how one needs to be aware of white privilege while learning a language.&nbsp; Both women are married to Indian men, yet have very different paths that have led them to diving deep into learning Indian languages. Find Eliza on Instagram @Eli.Kutty and YouTube! _____________________ SIGN UP for the Invisible India Newsletter to hear about Jessica's upcoming Hindi Course! It is in the works now! There wi
08/02/202237 minutes 29 seconds
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67 | Best of 2021 | Highlights and Reflections on this Year

2021 was the year where I (Jessica) hosted only South Asian guests! Hear 2-4 min blurbs from 8 of our best episodes with powerful, empathetic and informational interviews!&nbsp; In this episode we highlight:&nbsp; Episode 48 - The Carolina Desis - Rashmili Vemula and Gurtej Singh - language and how that fits into their identity as Indian Americans Episode 50 &nbsp;- Kunal Dutt- historian and activist, We dive into Bihar's rich history and why its in danger. @SaveHistoricPatnaCollectorate Episode 53</stron
21/12/202137 minutes 6 seconds
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66 | Reflections on Indian Culture | Ask Me Anything

Jessica takes a moment to reflect on some of the learnings about Indian culture she has observed in the last 15 years.&nbsp; The most common questions she gets asked as a foreigner married to an Indian living in India: How do you celebrate festivals as a cross cultural couple? Is it safe to eat street food in India? How many languages have you learned? AND MORE... Two Ethical Businesses Supporting Local Artisans: Ziyada Handicrafts - beautiful hand made fabrics for the Holidays. Enjoy a 10% discount with code "Invisibleindia10" India Arts Sloth Ornament- adorable hand made sloth ornaments. Sloth Christmas Ornament - Wood" target="_blank">Purchase it
07/12/202118 minutes 15 seconds
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65 | Yoga is Dead Part 2 | Jesal Parikh & Jessica Kumar

This is Part 2 of Jessica's conversation with Jesal Parikh, the co-host of the provocative podcast “Yoga is Dead.” She and her co-host Tejal Patel, highlight injustices of the digestion of yoga by modern Western culture. In this episode, Jessica and Jesal explore the process of historical Indian yoga and how that has morphed into a different animal in Western society. Jesal names names trends of the colonization of yoga and how South Asians are taking it back. Enjoy this highly nuanced conversation about how power, privilege, race and economic shifts have created a yoga industry out of an ancient practice. Links mentioned in this episode: Consider supporting us on Giving Tuesday! Join our Patreon community for special content! www.patreon.com/invisibleindia __________ See my Of
16/11/202125 minutes 29 seconds
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64 | Yoga is Dead Part 1 | Jesal Parikh & Jessica Kumar

Get ready to have your mind blown. Jesal Parikh is the co-host of the provocative podcast "Yoga is Dead." She and her co-host Tejal Patel, highlight injustices of the digestion of yoga by modern Western culture. In this episode, Jessica and Jesal explore the process of historical Indian yoga and how that has morphed into a different animal in Western society. Jesal names names trends of the colonization of yoga and how South Asians are taking it back. Enjoy this highly nuanced conversation about how power, privilege, race and economic shifts have created a yoga industry out of an ancient practice. See Jesal and Jessica on YouTube for a short tidbit of this conversation here.&nbsp; Links mentioned in this episode: The Mix Mem
10/11/202134 minutes 43 seconds
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63 | Behind the Scenes of an Indian-American Marriage

Should I share pictures of my life on social media even if I fear being judged by conservative relatives? What are the no-nos of social media in more conservative Indian families? If you are in a desi/non-desi relationship, maybe you have some of the same questions we do. How do you protect your relationship but also interact on social media with the ever watchful Indian aunties? Jessica shares her top 5 tips for protecting family relationships online.&nbsp; Plus, bonus - Is our life really all it looks like on social media? What are we hiding as an Indian-American couple? LINKS mentioned in this episode: www.launchin.in Mention the Invisible India Podcast and get 10% your first 100 hours of language learning. Join our Patreon Community and get special perks and hand picked content! <a href="https://www.patreo
27/10/202115 minutes 55 seconds
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62 | The Way of Chai | Kevin Wilson

Kevin Wilson has formed his identity as fitting in the spaces between black and white binary spaces throughout his life. Best known as "The CEO of Chai" on social media, he goes by @crossculturechristian as an expression of someone who wants to invite people into a safe place on the harsh landscape of critical social media sites. People talk about the "vibe" of his tiktoks and reels, but he sees his social media presence as a way to encourage and nourish people. And if you learn how to make a fresh cup of chai along the way, you win too. Find Kevin on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@crossculturechristian or Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/crossculturechristian/ His Website - https://crossculturechristian.com/ YouTube cut coming soon of Jessica's conversation with Kevin!</
05/10/202142 minutes 9 seconds
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61 | How to Learn a New Language and Culture Without Losing Yourself | Burning Man | Camp Languages

The dissonance caused by learning a new culture and language can be one of the most disorienting things that humans can go through. &nbsp;&nbsp; How can one respectfully and responsibly learn a new language without doing harm to those around them or losing themself in the process? &nbsp;&nbsp; Join Jessica Kumar, Invisible India Podcast host and lifelong Hindi learner as she guides us through being aware of our own motivations, practicing cultural humility and decolonizing the language learning process. &nbsp;&nbsp; #burningman #burningman2021 #sparkleverse #burner #virtualburn #virtualburn2021 #CampLanguages. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: &nbsp; www.patreon.com/invisibleindia
15/09/202132 minutes 41 seconds
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60 | Strategies for Learning Fluent Hindi & Any Indian Language

What does it take to successfully learn Hindi? Jessica breaks down tips and tricks and answers the most common questions about how to learn Hindi fluently. -What is unique about learning Hindi? -Why is it so hard to learn Indian languages from a book? -Is language school worth it? -Is it more important to focus on Hindi pronunciation or vocabulary? -Does age matter in learning a language? -How important is it to learn Devnagri script? Also check out previous episode and YouTube video "Why I Learned Hindi" where Jessica breaks down the motivations and environment you can set yourself up to become fluent. __________________________________________ In this episode we talk about Jessica's top 3 favorite Hindi learning programs: Launch India - mention Invisible India to get 10% off <a href="https://www.learngujarationline.
24/08/202120 minutes
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59 | Help! I'm in Love With an Indian! | Cross-Cultural Relationship Advice

Are you in a relationship with an Indian? Overwhelmed by the differences between your culture and Indian culture? In Episode 59 of the Invisible India Podcast | Navigating Indian Culture with Love.... we dive in! As a veteran in India (15 years) and being married to Abhishek from Bihar for 11 years, Jessica shares 3 main tips for engaging with Indian culture and understanding the deep undercurrents of how language, family and cultural contexts influence the way people behave in relationships. She covers how to understand joint families, language learning and how to share frustrations about the culture without hurting your partner. Find the video episode on YouTube here.  See all the offers including Karadi Tales books here. _____ Follow Invisible India on social media - Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/invisibleindia Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pg/TheInvisibleIndia TikTok- http://tiktok.com/@invisibleindia Twitter- https://twitter.com/IndiaInvisible _____ www.invisbleind
10/08/202119 minutes 58 seconds
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58 | Inequality & Opportunity | A Review of "Maid in India" with Tripti Lahiri | Part 2

"Maid in India" is a masterful work that not only uncovers some of the biggest challenges to India's informal labor sector, but some of the greatest opportunities it presents. Jessica rates it as one of the best books she has read on Indian culture as a whole, as it highlights the invisible aspects of hierarchy and classism through storytelling and hard data. Tripti Lahiri, Author, joins Jessica for an enlightening conversation about the book and personal experiences of grappling with the patron/client relationship of employing domestic help in India. &nbsp;This is Part 2 of a 2 Part Conversation. A video of Tripti and Jessica speaking can be found here on YouTube. Win a FREE signed copy of "Maid in India" --- see our social media sites to find out how you can win. &nbsp;You can find Maid in India on <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Maid-India-Stories-Inequality-Opportunity/dp/9384067334/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=
27/07/202144 minutes 6 seconds
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57 | Inequality & Opportunity | A Review of "Maid in India" with Tripti Lahiri | Part 1

"Maid in India" is a masterful work that not only uncovers some of the biggest challenges to India's informal labor sector, but some of the greatest opportunities it presents. Jessica rates it as one of the best books she has read on Indian culture as a whole, as it highlights the invisible aspects of hierarchy and classism through storytelling and hard data. Tripti Lahiri, Author, joins Jessica for an enlightening conversation about the book and personal experiences of grappling with the patron/client relationship of employing domestic help in India. &nbsp;This is Part 1 of a 2 Part Conversation.&nbsp; A video of Tripti and Jessica speaking can be found here on YouTube. Win a FREE signed copy of "Maid in India" --- see our social media sites to find out how you can win. You can find Maid in India on <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Maid-India-Stories-Inequality-Opportunity/dp/93840673
20/07/202124 minutes 12 seconds
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56 | Teaching Kids Indian Languages

Jessica hosts Anita Sachariah to share on tidbits of how to teach Indian origin children heritage languages like Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Urdu, Tamil, Punjabi and many more. &nbsp;&nbsp;Jessica and Anita speak about their experiences teaching their own children and creating resources for children and adults to bridge the gap in learning Indian languages wherever learners are in the world. &nbsp; This conversation was part of the Lingua Cultura Experience held on June 24-27, 2021 on Clubhouse.&nbsp; FULL AUDIO recording on www.invisibleindiapodcast.com/episodes &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; View the YouTube of Anita and Jessica speaking together here.&nbsp; DISCOUNTS:&nbsp; Bhasha Kids included offers Printables in a number of languages!&nbsp; To get these for just $3.99 use code "INVISIBLE"
06/07/20211 hour 3 minutes 5 seconds
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54| Hindi Lesson for Kids | Fruits of India | Beginner's Hindi

Enjoy this conversation lesson including Hindi words with English explanation. &nbsp;The lesson is 10 minutes, including simple instructional vocabulary and vocabulary about fruits (mango, lichi and banana.) &nbsp;Learn more about Indian culture from Jessica's perspective (an American living in India since 2006.) She shares her learnings about cultural significance of different fruits, where they come from and the kids demonstrate how to eat them!&nbsp; A few words we are going to review before we begin Aam- mango Lichi - lichi Kela - banana Phal- fruit Listen for these words throughout the episode and see what else you can pick up!&nbsp; Get your hands on FREE Download - Hindi Starter Kit for Kids by clicking here - https://mailchi.mp/df0c27d7c373/free-download-hindi-kids-kit &nbsp;&nbsp;______________________
07/06/202116 minutes 22 seconds
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50 | The Top 5 Most Raw Experiences I Have Had in India

In Jessica's 15 years in India, there have been countless interesting and exciting moments. &nbsp;&nbsp; Here in our 50th EPISODE she reflects on 2 dumb newbie mistakes, 1 religious experience, 1 natural disaster and 1 wild animal story. &nbsp;&nbsp; Hear about the crazy, dumb mistakes that Jessica made as a young intern in India and the other wild experiences that come with living off the beaten path. &nbsp;&nbsp; Learn more about Jessica and Abhishek's life in Bihar, whey they moved back to India after settling in the US and how Jessica learned fluent Hindi. Chalo! &nbsp;&nbsp; LINKS MENTIONED IN THE SHOW: &nbsp; www.patreon.com/invisibleindia &nbsp; Join our Patreon community today to get special insights into the show! _________________________________________ &nbsp;&nbsp; Find more including the audio version on:&nbsp; <a href="//invisibleindiap
06/04/202121 minutes 46 seconds
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49 | COVID in India vs the US

Is COVID really worse in American than India? &nbsp; What did it feel like on the ground in India during the world's biggest lockdown. &nbsp; Why on earth would anyone travel between the US and India right now? &nbsp;&nbsp; Listen to Jessica and Abhishek share about their experience traveling from Bihar, India to Chicago and BACK AGAIN in the middle of a pandemic! Why did they go? What were their observations? What was the flight like? We answer questions that many people have asked us in the past few months about the differences between India and America during the COVID experience. &nbsp;_________________________________________ &nbsp;&nbsp; See us face to face on the YouTube version on: https://youtu.be/m-ZgjwHQu44 _________________________________________ &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Follow Invisible India on social media - &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Instagram- http
09/03/202115 minutes 45 seconds
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48 | Learning Indian Languages as Indian-Americans | w/ The Carolina Desi

The standard for Indian-Americans is seemingly impossibly high wherever they go. Not fully accepted as "American" nor fully embraced as "fully Indian." &nbsp;Rashmili Vemula and Gurtej Singh join Jessica in a conversation about assimilation, cultural retention and language learning as Indian-Americans. Rashmili talks through her Telegu roots and how dance was a connection point to Indian culture. Gurtej shares how American Sikhs are used to being a minority wherever they go.&nbsp; &nbsp; Check YouTube for the video of our conversation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIrG7vE8Ua4&amp;ab_channel=InvisibleIndiaPodcast Don't forget to subscribe on your favorite platform- iTunes, Spotify, Google Podcasts and all major streaming platforms.&nbsp; &nbsp; _________________________________________ &nbsp;&nbsp; Find more including the audio version on: https://invisibleindiapodcast.com/episodes _________________________________________ &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;
16/02/202141 minutes 35 seconds
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47 | Working in India - Navigating Professional and Personal Relationships in India with Craig Storti

Direct vs indirect communication has been a painful point for Indians working with Westerners and vice versa. Craig Storti, author of “Speaking of India” draws on his decades of international consulting experience to share about the common pain points between Western and Eastern professionals. Jessica and Craig dive in deeper to see how these differences in direct vs indirect communication impact personal relationships, marriage, parental relationships between 1st generation diaspora desis and their parents who grew up in South Asia. Get “Speaking of India” here. Listen and follow Invisible India on social media to see how you can get a free copy of the book. https://www.amazon.com/Speaking-India-Bridging-Communication-Working/dp/1941176119 Consider supporting us on Patreon in 2021! If you’ve gained from this free podcast we put out twice a mo
05/01/202135 minutes 15 seconds
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46 | Jessica Tells All | Learning Hindi & Marrying an Indian

In this bilingual episode, Jessica tells all the questions you may be wondering about what its like to be a foreigner in India, how she learned fluent Hindi and what it is like being married to an Indian while living in a conservative community in North India. do people treat her weird as a foreigner? how do people react to her speaking fluent Hindi? how did Abhishek's parents feel about their son marrying an American?&nbsp; Hear her answers and how she relates some of the off the wall things you may have never thought about being a foreigner in India, married to an Indian and living immersed in Indian culture! Find more including the audio version on: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/redirect?redir_token=QUFFLUhqbnZVTTgxZVdGb0FlM0hZTzl4ZW9vN3JlSU9DZ3xBQ3Jtc0tseHhDekZPaU9PQ1preExYRDBvQUJnMW15Z0VvTko1OU5IZkl3M2pfOW1NNDRvNDlaZzZub1pSYVpocmxTeTExbHZEakdwdzd2dE1aempVUldoMzdSaXQxNlQ2N21xbWd6OXdURjBDWFFCUEpYM1dINA%3D%3D&amp;
01/12/202016 minutes 58 seconds
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45 | Growing Up White in India with Aparna Mulberry

At first glance, one may assume Aparna Mulberry is a Western woman who has merely visited India. But only a few moments after speaking to her, you realize the depth and knowledge of her experiences as growing up in the Amritapuri Ashram in Kerala, India. &nbsp;&nbsp; Aparna is an American born, but India raised woman who spent her formative years in Kerala. Fluent in Malayalam, her story of finding her place of fitting in in India and also America is inspiring and enlightening for anyone living a multicultural life or finds themselves struggling to raise children in a cross-cultural environment. &nbsp;&nbsp; Now married to a Spanish woman, living in France, her multicultural journey continues. During this episode, she reflects on her Indian roots and gives Jessica advice on raising children in a context where they may feel they are “third culture kids” between worlds. &nbsp;&nbsp; Find more including the audio version on: <a href="https://www.youtube.com/r
17/11/202029 minutes 58 seconds
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44 | The Realities of Transnational and Cross-Cultural Adoptions Among South Asians | Part 2

This month we are focusing on Transnational Adoption and hearing the stories of 3 families who are perfectly blended, where at least one member of the family is South Asian.&nbsp;&nbsp; What are the things adoptive parents need to be aware of before adopting from India? What is it like to be Indian parents of an adopted African-American child?&nbsp; What is it like to be two Australian parents living in India with two adopted Indian children?&nbsp; This week, &nbsp;we talk to Mahi. She and her husband are an Indian American couple in a metropolitan city in the US. They both work in communities where they serve low-income African American families and have felt the desire to foster and adopt a child from that community. &nbsp;Their open-minded, welcoming approach will touch your heart. Mahi dives into cultural adaptation and how her Indian family has reacted to welcoming a black child into their multicultural family. She also shares
20/10/202033 minutes 15 seconds
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43 | Tibetan-Nepali & American | Transnational and Cross-Cultural Adoptions Among South Asians | Part 1

This month we are focusing on Transnational Adoption and hearing the stories of 3 families who are perfectly blended, where at least one member of the family is South Asian.&nbsp;&nbsp; What is it like to be adopted as a South Asian into a totally different culture across the world?&nbsp; What is it like to be Indian parents of an adopted African-American child? What is it like to be two Australian parents living in India with two adopted Indian children? This week, we hear from Jacob, born into a Tibetan Nepali family, who was later adopted by an American family and raised in Indiana. As an adult, Jacob went back to Nepal for a job and reconnected with his family, learned the language and immersed himself in Nepali culture for several years. He talks about wrestling with his identity, and the joys of his ever expanding family ties.&nbsp; Our second guest is Mahi. Mahi and her husband are an Indian American couple in a metropolitan city in the U
05/10/202019 minutes 14 seconds
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42 | What We Would Change About Our Indian Wedding

Indian weddings are generally a multi-day affair, including a number of rituals and family get togethers. And lets not forget the food! After 10 years of marriage, Jessica and Abhishek reflect on what they would change about their "Big Fat Indian Wedding." What are the important things to include and what doesn't matter years later? What do a bride and groom need to compromise? Is it better to have one ceremony or two? How do you convince your family to include what you want in your wedding? See the YouTube version of Abhishek and Jessica talking face to face here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Ha0aMeq34&amp;ab_channel=InvisibleIndiaPodcast __________________________________________ Follow Invisible India on social media - Instagram- <a href="https://www.instagram.com/invisiblein
18/08/202021 minutes 46 seconds
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41 | Exploring Indian Education with Educational Expert Shubhada Ranjan

From the outside, the Indian educational system is a confusing landscape that produces some of the world's top talent, CEOs and world leaders, yet is criticized for inequality and illiteracy.&nbsp; What are the basic building blocks of Indian education? How did India move from the Guru/Shishya ancient system to a high tech, competitive enterprise? Does the Indian school system really start at age 3? Shubhada Ranjan is the Head of Public Relations at a 3000 student school in Patna City, Bihar. A product of Indian education herself, college professor and community activist, she explores common questions and misconceptions about the Indian system from a unique global perspective. Join us for an enlightening conversation with Jessica and Shubhada Ranjan explore many common questions and misconceptions about the Indian school systems.&nbsp; See the YouTube version of Shubhada and Jessica talking face to face here:
03/08/202029 minutes 54 seconds
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40: 10 Unique Aspects of Indian Weddings

Indian weddings are knock-down, drag-out get togethers work remembering! What are 10 aspects that are unique to Indian weddings?
21/07/202019 minutes 44 seconds
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39: Karl Rock on Love and Making India Home

Karl Rock, popular YouTuber in India, tells Jessica more of his personal story of marrying his Indian wife, making India home and learning Hindi.
07/07/202035 minutes 17 seconds
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38: Peepal Farm Founder Robin Singh on Organic Farming, Veganism & Rediscovering the Indian Dream

Robin Singh of Peepal Farm is going against the grain of consumerism in India. A practitioner of radical compassion, he and his colleagues started an organic farm, animal refuge and place for people to connect to nature.
23/06/202026 minutes 51 seconds
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37: How I Learned Fluent Hindi - Tips & Tricks for Success (Bilingual Hindi & English Episode)

What does it take to successfully learn Hindi? Jessica breaks down tips and tricks and answers the most common questions about how to learn Hindi. What is unique about learning Hindi and why you can't learn Hindi from a book.
09/06/202025 minutes 31 seconds
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36: Multicultural Black and Indian Family - Growing up Gupta - Part 2

What is it like to be a black woman married to an Indian man?
19/05/202035 minutes 26 seconds
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35: Multicultural Black & Indian Family - Growing Up Gupta - Part 1

What is it like to be a black woman marrying a North Indian man? In Episode 35, Nikita Gupta, multicultural lifestyle blogger, shares her beautiful story of falling in love with Indian culture and finding acceptance through overcoming stereotypes as an African-American woman marrying into a North Indian family. Her story has lots of twists and turns, but ultimately there is a happy ending. Nikita is an expert at finding cross-cultural resources for mixed families and shares them across her platforms. Find her on www.growingupgupta.com Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/growingupguptas/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/growingupguptablog Pinterest- https://www.pinterest.com/growingupguptas/ Twitter-https://twitter.com/GrowingupGupta TikTok- https://www.tiktok.com/@growingupgupta Wait until next week to find out how you can win a copy of her children's book "I Love Masala Me." Follow the Invisible India social media to see how you can win! __________________________________________
12/05/202033 minutes 3 seconds
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34: Why I Learned Hindi (English & Hindi Bilingual Special Episode)

One of the most common questions Jessica gets asked is "Why and How did you learn Hindi?" In Episode 34, she takes on part 1- what were the motivating factors to learn Hindi and how did she overcome cultural and mental barriers to become fluent in Hindi?
30/04/202018 minutes 11 seconds
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33: Jamie Alter - Breaking Stereotypes of Indianness

Jamie Alter is certainly a rare kind of person. 4 generations ago, his great grandfather moved to India from the United States, and their family has rooted here. His father, Tom Alter was a famous Bollywood actor, but what is it like to be a white person with an Indian passport. Jamie has a fascinating story. Sports commentator, YouTube personality and actor, Jamie is breaking stereotypes on what it means to be a modern Indian.
14/04/202041 minutes 7 seconds
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32: Ask Us Anything- Part 2

You asked? We told! Listeners wrote in to ask us anything! In Part 1, we answered real and off the cuff to your questions about cross cultural marriage, overcoming cultural barriers and managing family expectations as an Indian-American couple. In Part 2, we talked about life in India- overcoming difficulties of stereotypes and adjusting to life in India.
31/03/202033 minutes 55 seconds
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31: Ask Us Anything- Part 1

Listeners wrote in to ask us anything! We answer real and off the cuff to your questions about cross cultural marriage, overcoming cultural barriers and managing family expectations as an Indian-American couple.
17/03/202028 minutes 5 seconds
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30: In Love with India. In Love with an Indian. - RED FM Interview

This episode is a special salute to love. On Valentine's Day, Jessica went on air with RJ Visha with RED FM 93.5 in Patna to share her love story.
03/03/202022 minutes 52 seconds
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29: Meet the 2 Idiots- Traveling the World with a Toddler- Part 2

Meet the 2 Idiots, Abhishek and Natasha, who traveled 31 countries, comprising of 39 flights, 3 cruises, and almost a 100 destinations in 8.5 months. They left their corporate jobs and did it together, with a 2 year old.
18/02/202029 minutes 15 seconds
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28: Meet the 2 Idiots- Traveling the World with a Toddler- Part 1

Meet the 2 Idiots, Abhishek and Natasha, who traveled 31 countries, comprising of 39 flights, 3 cruises, and almost a 100 destinations in 8.5 months. They left their corporate jobs and did it together, with a 2 year old.
04/02/202020 minutes 24 seconds
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27: From India to Central Europe

In 18 days, we covered 6 countries, 5 currencies, 8 hotels and we don’t know how many languages with our 2 young children. All on a relatively slim budget.
10/12/201929 minutes 46 seconds
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26: Hinduism and Indian Ethnicity with Ajay Verghese

Dr. Ajay Verghese, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California Riverside joins us to dive into two urgent topics affecting the social landscape of India today- 1) the legacy of ethnic colonialism and 2) modernization’s affect on Hindu's religious practices.
25/11/201940 minutes 4 seconds
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25: Invited- The Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness with Leslie Verner

Author Leslie Verner approaches how Western cultures can learn from other cultures posture of open hospitality. Author of “Invited- the Power of Hospitality in an Age of Loneliness”, Leslie sensitively approaches being a white American engaging in cross cultural friendships and what her research and learnings have led her to in her personal life. In this episode, Jessica and Leslie discuss how being a stranger in a new culture produces a sense of empathy for others.
05/11/201937 minutes 35 seconds
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24: India's Unique Sanitation Challenges with Chris Hyun

What are some the unique challenges that India faces in managing toilet waste, water and everything in between? Sanitation expert Chris Hyun, PhD Candidate, joins us to share about India’s unique sanitation challenges and what he has found through his research.
15/10/201935 minutes 23 seconds
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23: The Good and Bad of Voluntourism

Even with the best of motives, short term volunteer trips can create chaos and unintended long term problems, especially in developing countries. What are the pitfalls and dangers of engaging in voluntourism?
01/10/201924 minutes 17 seconds
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22: How to NOT Lose Your Mind as an NGO/Aid Worker

This episode is for the people who are long term NGO employees, aid workers or those volunteering in an under-privileged environment. Maybe you are burnt out from seeing hard stuff on a day in and day out basis and from being confronted daily with human pain and suffering.
10/09/201918 minutes 57 seconds
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21: Misconceptions About the West in India

Do Westerners have a lot of money? Life in places like the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe must be easy. Why do Westerners "abandon" their parents in nursing homes? Is romance in the West really like what we see in the movies?
27/08/201939 minutes 29 seconds
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20: Teaching Kids Gender Equality

Misogyny, sexism and restrictive gender roles are all challenges that this generation of children are standing up against. In India, we have unique challenges for both girls and boys as the cultural narrative is rapidly shifting of what manhood and womanhood looks like. How do we compassionately parent and empower our children to navigate mixed messages? Is it best to adopt Western values or is there some that Indians can uniquely guide this next generation into a new understanding of gender roles while retaining Indian culture?
13/08/201920 minutes 36 seconds
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19: Debunking Misconceptions About India

This week, we take on the top misconceptions about India and debunk them one by one. Do all Indians have arranged marriages? What is all the fuss about caste? Do Indians ride elephants to school? (Yes, that one really came in.)
30/07/201922 minutes 28 seconds
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18: Surviving the Most Common Inconveniences of Life in India

Maybe you’ve heard that India is a rough place to live. If you live like locals, there is a lot you can do to prepare yourself and prevent some of the most common inconveniences of life in India. From navigating traffic to avoiding dysentery, there are tried and true ways that local people survive unscathed by India’s sometimes harsh conditions. Even as a visitor there are preparations and life hacks you can adapt to protect yourself from the elements.
16/07/201923 minutes 2 seconds
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17: The REAL India Experiential Bucket List

Once you’re past the surface level touristy phase, you get into what makes India the real deal. How well traveled are you in India? More than checking off a list of places you’ve been, what have you experienced? Show us the real life you’ve experienced in India!
02/07/201923 minutes 43 seconds
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16: Indians and the Smartphone Revolution

Smartphones have changed the world. But something quite peculiar has happened in India where the use of the smartphone challenges many social norms and yet supports and upholds other time held traditions.
17/06/201924 minutes 54 seconds
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15: Gender Based Inequality and Violence Against Women in India with Shefa Sikder

Gender Based Inequality and Violence Against Women in India with Shefa Sikder Shefa Sikder is a hero for women’s issues. She is broadly informed on women’s inequality and laser focused on gender based violence in South Asia.
14/05/201937 minutes 43 seconds
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14: Varanasi- Gayi, Ghat & Ghanti

Varanasi is where the ancient and modern collide in 21st Century India. Hear about the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world with 5000 years of history.
29/04/201938 minutes 29 seconds
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13: Breaking Myths on Kids' Food Habits in India (HINDI & ENGLISH)

Have you ever wondered why kids are picky or refuse to try different foods? Have you been frustrated with the mess that feeding your child creates? Do you feel like your children’s food habits are spoiled and you don’t know how to fix it?
11/04/201924 minutes 45 seconds
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12: Learn Hindi Like A Pro

In Episode 12, Jessica interviews Jon Rider, a linguist, translator, web developer, trainer, cultural liaison and founder of HindiUnlocked.com. In our line of work, we cross paths with a lot of people who are trying to learn Hindi.
01/04/201938 minutes 31 seconds
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11: Raising Bilingual Kids

There is no formula to raising bilingual children. In this episode Jessica talks philosophy of language learning and what you as a parent can do to encourage your child.
26/03/201924 minutes 12 seconds
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10: Thailand For Indian Travelers

There are no shortage of podcasts and blogs about visiting Thailand, but most of the sites and advice blogs are geared towards Westerners. We take this episode to break down touring Thailand from an Indian perspective. Thailand is a hot spot for Indians, but there is a lot that can go wrong and a lot that you need to be aware of.
12/03/201934 minutes 45 seconds
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9: Being White in India - Privilege, Hierarchy & Cultural Adaptation

What is it like to be a foreigner in India? What about a person who stands out like a sore thumb? In this episode, Jessica shares a bit of our backstory of getting married in the US then returning to India as a family. She also dives into what it is like to be a white person outside of the international, mega cities of India and how white privilege affects her life every day.
04/03/201911 minutes 51 seconds
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8: Ayurveda 101: A Conversation with Dr. Shari Krishna on the Basics of Ayurvedic Medicine

Want to learn about Ayurvedic medicine? Hear from Dr Shari Krishna from Kairali Ayurvedic Center as we talk about her introduction to medicine, life as a South Indian in North India, and the basics of Ayurveda. The ancient healing system of Ayurveda has both scientific and mystical beginnings.
25/02/201943 minutes 43 seconds
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7: What Did We Do in a 5 Star Hotel?

Hear our comedic take on "5 Ways to Be Tacky in a 5 Star Hotel" and how we exhibited questionable behavior on a recent trip to Gurgaaon.
19/02/201916 minutes 50 seconds
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6: Dreamy Udaipur - Palaces, Coffee and a Model City of Cleanliness

Voted the highest quality of life in India, Udaipur way exceeded our expectations. We loved every minute of this beautiful, historic, clean and navigable city.
12/02/201918 minutes 31 seconds
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5: Pushkar And Ajmer - Hippies, Camels, Temples & Islamic Shrines

In this episode we cover a wide variety of information about Rajastan’s vegetarian hot spot, Pushkar and touch on Ajmer’s Khwaja Sahib Shrine. We talk about pro travel trips in India and some specific to Rajastan. What does it feel like in Pushkar? Chai, falafel, good coffee shops, temples, camels and hippies. What is so special about Ajmer Sharif’s shrine to Moinuddin Chishti? How many humps do Indian camels have? Learn about where the gypsy people originated from. Is dressing up in traditional banjaara clothes cultural appropriation? What is Abhishek’s favorite non-touristy food to try in Pushkar? How do you show cultural respect while visiting a Muslim shrine? Listen and find explore with us. A few things we mentioned in the episode: -Check out IRCTC.gov.in to book trains, but for more information on the actual timelines and reliability of Indian trains, try, www.Trainman.in - for figuring out which trains to take and if they are on time or late. -To learn more about the his...
05/02/201933 minutes 18 seconds
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4: Giving Birth in India

Hear Jessica's story about giving birth in India and fighting against cultural norms to try for a natural, unmedicated birth. There is a gaping hole of awareness of natural birth in India and there are many reasons contributing to that which are discussed on the podcast. Did you know that India skipped the Industrial Revolution? India went from an Agricultural Society to a Digital Society in a short amount of time. Imagine the jump in generation gap! This is one of the contributing factors to why many people have odd thoughts on medical science, including childbirth. Nowadays people basically say that more intervention in medicine is better and women become the victims of the overmedicalization of birth, especially in India where some reports show that 80% of births in hospitals are performed by cesarean. Doctors in India aren’t taught problem solving or personalizing medicine for the individual. Are you a doctor or OBGYN? Leave your comments? Do you think this is true? During...
14/01/201915 minutes 46 seconds
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3: Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya

A visit to one of Buddhism's most holy sites in Bodhgaya ushers one into the mind blowing nature of India’s clash- the modern and ancient all in one place. In this episode, Jessica walks you through Bodhgaya and the Mahabodhi temple experience. Enjoy some pro-travel tips of exploring rural India and learn about the state of Bihar, where Bodhgaya is located.
14/01/201911 minutes 53 seconds
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2: We Went Through an International Travel Crisis

Imagine, you are on a vacation with your family and the unimaginable happens. Your most important documents, money and devices are stolen out from under your nose. You are stranded in a foreign country for almost 2 weeks because of circumstances out of your control.
12/01/201918 minutes 58 seconds
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1: Intro to Us. Why Did We Move Back to India?

Introduction- Who are we? What is this podcast all about? For those of you who don’t know us, we are a cross cultural couple (Indian and American) living and working in India with our two kids. In Episode 1 we talk about why we moved back to India with our young kids after a fruitful life and careers in America. What does it feel like to be a returning NRI? How did we get here? What is it like living in the least developed state of India outside the metropolitan, tier 1 cities?
11/01/201911 minutes 30 seconds