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Stories are connecting us to others IIM041
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time29 days ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, I bring a story of passion and action.  Many of you may have heard of Kitaabworld, an independent book store online brings South Asian children’s literature to all.  I say that the owners, Gauri Manglik and Sadaf Siddique do all the homework and deliver the knowledge to us at home.  Sometimes in the crowded market, it can be challenging to find books and literature that offers information to us adults and to kids.  So Kitaabworld has taken on the challenge of making things easier for us. I speak with Gauri Manglik as she tells the story of how the project got started and her love for reading as well as her goal for bringing the love for reading back into our kids lives.  We shall get to hear from Sadaf Siddique another time as we get our schedules figured out for a conversation.  The festival season has started already and Kitaabworld has many books that offer great info about these festivals.  There were things I didn’t know about either so these books helped me and believe me I’m not a big reader.  The illustrations in the books helped me stay focused on learning. The books are very reasonably priced so I encourage you to check these out at full price but if you really like using coupons, you can use discount code IIM10 to get 10% off. You can connect with the founders of Kitaabworld on Instagram and Facebook
Journey of learning about Indian culture -IIM040
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time2 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Amy shares her experience of being introduced to Indian culture.  It took a very interesting path and the events led to a place that convinced her that she chose wisely. We all have our own journeys and these are all perfect for where we need to go.  We need to learn and grown from our experiences and that's why many say, "everything happens for a reason". Amy took big steps that moved her personally and professionally.  She is living a life that she hadn't exactly planned but she sure sees it as rewarding and fulfilling. I encourage you to learn more about Amy and follow her as she builds a community empowering women in India.  Her knowledge, courage, and dedication to serving her community is an example that stands out.  She will be speaking at Salesforce event in India in September. You can hear all about her future plans in the episode as she shares her love for Indian culture, food, music, people, and clothes. Hope you enjoyed this episode and are encouraged to share your story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments below. You may connect and follow Amy: Instagram, Twitter
Religion in Indian Families & Being A Religious Person – IIM039
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time3 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, I address a few question about religion and the importance of religion in Indian families.  I share my  definition and experiences of a religious person.  This episode is an account of a little part of my dad's life and why I think he is a religious human being.  It's actions that offer me the definition of a religious person. My dad practices Sikh religion and has followed its teachings.  His values and principles have guided him to be an amazing human being. If you have comments or questions, please reach out to me.  You may comment below or email me at indianinterracialmarriages@gmail.com.  You may also fill out the contact form if you prefer that method.
New but familiar styles – Part 2 IIM 038
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time5 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Aline and Selwyn share their experiences of introducing each other to their parents.  They share their love for Indian food and Indian spices. The couple is opening their first cafe in Brazil so if you ever visit Brazil, do visit them. If you missed Part 1 of the story, just go here Hope you enjoyed this episode and are encouraged to share your story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments. You may connect with the couple on Instagram.
Cruising around – IIM 037 Part 1
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time5 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Aline and Selwyn share their first encounter on a cruise ship.  Love of food brought them together and then one breakfast invitation turned into a marriage proposal. We discussed many things, including the initial argument that these two had to now and the love of being able to work with each other on daily basis.  The couple has accomplished a lot together as they have settled in Brazil.  They love to travel and indulge in chocolate. Like many other couples on this podcast these two figured out immigration challenges together and started their new adventure by forgoing the life on a cruise ship to becoming private chefs.  They love their life in Brazil and visits to India. Hope you enjoyed this episode and are encouraged to share your story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments. You may connect with the couple on Instagram.
Parenthood in Indian Culture – IIM036
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time5 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast It's Father's Day on Sunday and we just celebrated Mother's day last month.  I thought it was appropriate to share some insight about parenthood in Indian culture. In today's episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, you will get to know a bit about the importance of taking on the responsibility of being a parent.  Many have asked me to share about me and my relationship to my decision of not having children. It's a short episode that you can listen to on your 1/2 mile walk or your drive to a store.  Hope you enjoy it.  As always, leave your comments below or follow on message me on Instagram.
Family is foundation – IIM035 Part 2
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time6 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Priya and Styves share what followed once Styves met Priya's dad..  There were conversations that made them stop and think and reflect on their own lives and behaviors.  These two really are on a wonderful adventure together. You will get to hear Priya share her experience of meeting Styves 8 year old daughter.  Both come from a very tight net family and family plays a major role in both their lives.  You will find many nuggets of wisdom from Styves and Priya in this episode.  So, listen carefully. We share many laughs and jokes in this episode. This is Part 2 of the interview.  In case you just joined us, here's Part 1 so you have the full story. I welcome you comments and look forward to bringing you many more episodes that cover stories encompassed with various emotions. You may connect with the couple on Instagram:   Priya and Styves
Bringing adventure on our journey toward our destination – IIM 034 Part 1
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time6 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Priya and Styves share their first meeting and the meetings that followed.  There were conversations that made them stop and think and reflect on their own lives and behaviors.  These two really are on a wonderful adventure together. You will get to hear Priya share her experience of her conversation with her father.  Despite the baggage of thoughts and nervousness she felt, she was able to have a dialogue with her father about Styves and their future together. Both come from a very tight net family and family plays a major role in both their lives.  You will find many nuggets of wisdom from Styves and Priya in this episode.  So, listen carefully. We share many laughs and jokes in this episode. This is Part 1 of the interview so come back next week for Part 2 for more laughter and fun. I welcome you comments and look forward to bringing you many more episodes that cover stories encompassed with various emotions.
When parents understand the journey – Part 2 -IIM033
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time6 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Akhil and Fernanda share their wedding ceremonies.  They enjoyed an Indian wedding as well as Mexican wedding.  The families got along well and enjoyed spending time together.  Yes, having understanding parents help tremendously in the journey where there's a constant learning and understanding needed to make it work. Though the couple didn't get challenged by their families as they discussed their desire to get married, they definitely had their fair share of challenges during the immigration process.  If you want to know and understand the process, surely connect with the couple to help you out. I hope to interview Akhil's parents at some point so they can share their love story and the journey of over 25 years of their marriage. Hope you enjoyed this episode and are encouraged to share your story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments. You may connect with the couple on Instagram.  Connect with Akhil and Fernanda
Let’s find a new home & start something! Part 1 – IIM032
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time7 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast If you wish to donate to this Podcast   In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Akhil and Fernanda share their backgrounds and a little about the families they grew up in.  They started their affair learning each other's languages and ended up in place where they are learning about each others cultures.  Though, bringing the subject of marrying someone from a different culture didn't create any roadblocks for either, Akhil knew the desire he had of getting his parents' blessings for his new life with Fernanda. Though the couple didn't get challenged by their families as they discussed their desire to get married, they definitely had their fair share of challenges during the immigration process.  If you want to know and understand the process, surely connect with the couple to help you out. Come back next week to listen to Part 2 of the story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments. You may connect with the couple on Instagram.  Connect with Akhil and Fernanda
Faith & Sexuality (homosexuality or heterosexuality) can coexist Part 2- IIM031
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time7 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, Kelly shares her experience of her conversation with her father.  Despite a very tough conversation, she resolved many challenges that she experienced with her father. Faith plays a big role in Kelly's life and we discussed about the inner critique that shows up for a person who is in same-sex relationship and grew up in a religious family.  It's an on-going challenge but Kelly & Sheena are taking steps toward creating a harmonious space for themselves. To get the full story, listen to Part 1 of this interview. I welcome you comments and look forward to bringing you many more episodes that cover stories encompassed with various emotions.
Love being in your own skin – IIM030
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time8 months ago
By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, we touch a few different topics, including accepting one's own sexuality and addressing all the judgements of the community and then longing for the acceptance of family.  It took years for both Kelly and Sheena, my guests today, to accept and acknowledge the beautiful beings the were (and are).  Many of you may understand the emotional and psychological challenges one faces when he/she is different than the "normality" one is taught growing up.  I am humbled by the courage & perseverance of these two amazing women as they still have to walk on eggshells around some people despite being together for 8 years. I read an interview by director of Spa night, where he said, "Homosexuality is a topic a lot of Asian American cultures, especially first and second generation[s], don’t want to deal with it. Whether if it’s because of religion or tradition, it’s hard to talk about.” I think it's not only Asian cultures but also Western cultures where homosexuality is looked at as a unhealthy condition and in my opinion it's a cowardly way to reject something that they didn't grow up with.  It maybe fear of change or lack of courage to really try to understand human race.  I will say it out loud that it's a shame that many people haven't grown up yet and questioned that other than procreation why is heterosexuality the "right path". Enough of my rant.  Let's move to important things Kelly & Sheena share their story of their online meeting that led to Ohio pride parade experience and now to talks of marriage.  Both share their experiences of their conversations with their parents about their sexuality.  As tough as those conversations were the couple made it through and have taken a place as a member of the family in each other's families. Today you will get to hear Part 1 of my interview with this lovely couple.  Come back next week to listen to Part 2 of the story. Please share your thoughts in the comments. Mentions in the episode: Columbus, Ohio Pride Parade
Divorces & Interracial Marriages
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time8 months ago
Divorce rate in interracial marriages By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, I answer a question that many people have either emailed me about or friends have asked me.  When I get into discussions about interracial marriages, I get asked, "Is the divorce rate pretty high in interracial marriages?" or "What's the divorce rate in interracial marriages?" You will hear my response through my experience.  I talk about: Vulnerabilities in interracial marriages.  The outside negative influence can bring a lot of chaos into marriages.  Think of cases where parents or family members were not happy with the union from the start. Importance of Code of Conduct in a marriage. Forever changing lives and to adapt to the changes in your partner and accepting those changes.  People don't stay the same. Understanding that the person you marry is not necessarily going to the same as he/she becomes a parent.  Life events bring different qualities out in a person so be acknowledging those qualities and making the best of new situations. If you have questions and you need any help, please do let me know and I would be happy to provide guidance by sharing my experiences with you.  Feel free to share this with your friends or family members who can find some insights from this story. Please share your thoughts in the comments. If you have a story to share, contact me and provide a little information about you.  You can also connect with me on Instagram or Facebook.  And how about just email me at indianinterracialmarriages@gmail.com
Common Question Answered IIM028
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time9 months ago
Convincing parents to accept non-Indian partner By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Rate & Review this Podcast In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, I answer one of the most common questions people emailed me in Season 1, "How do I convince my parents to let me be with my non-Indian partner?" You will hear my response through my story rather than my opinion.  I believe best answers to questions come from experiences rather than opinions.  I never thought of convincing my parents but I did believe that it was important to share my news with my parents in a manner that offered them the space to hear me out.  I know that it's important to help people understand my point of view but also not make them wrong for having an opinion that is different than mine. At the end of the day, parents love their kids and they want their kids to be happy.  Not knowing another culture and faith creates some level of fear for parents for the happiness of their kids so they reject anything that they don't understand.  It's understandable.  But I talk to people how I like to be talked to this helps me in understanding and being patient with others.  I know that by providing other people the opportunity to be heard and helping them choose, I can forgo taking the responsibility of their feelings about my choice. This episode shares my experience and my thoughts on how I see this gift of life and my belief in giving this life justice by creating happy life for myself.  Yes, my choices have brought challenges for me but it's easier for me to handle the responsibilities of those challenges than if I was living a life chosen by others.  There are compromises that I make and those compromises are chosen by me and not by anyone else. Hope sharing my experience on this matter will help you navigate some of the challenges in your life.  I hope you find the courage and love within you to really be honest with your families and give them the opportunity to choose to be happy for you or not. If you have questions and you need any help, please do let me know and I would be happy to provide guidance by sharing my experiences with you.  Feel free to share this with your friends or family members who can find some insights from this story. Please share your thoughts in the comments. If you have a story to share, contact me and provide a little information about you.  You can also connect with me on Instagram or Facebook.  And how about just email me at indianinterracialmarriages@gmail.com
Moving forward and on Francesca & Raghav Part 2 – IIM027
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time9 months ago
Episode 027 / Traveling together By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, we address Francesca and Raghav's plans for the future in the U.S.  Francesca shares wedding plans and continuing to build a relationship with Raghav's family. I wish them the best with the new beginning and the strength to continue on this journey of being great partners. If you haven't listened to Part 1 of the story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments. You may connect with the couple on their Instagram.
Engineering a life together – Francesca & Raghav Part 1 – IIM026
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time9 months ago
Episode 026 / Really mixed it up By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, we address Francesca's background and her family history.  Francesca and Raghav share their story of first date and then introducing each other to their respective families.  Though, bringing Raghav to meet Francesca's family was fairly smooth, we get to talk about the uphill climb of having Raghav's mother understanding his choice of being with Francesca.  It was one of the most difficult episodes for me as I had to hold the space for Francesca to share a really tough subject. Being rejected just for being who you are is really tough on your soul.  I can imagine the pain that the couple endure everyday but they have committed to soldier on. My words can't give justice to the emotions in Francesca's voice as she shares her experiences of meeting Raghav's family.  And Raghav is such a supportive, loving, and kind human being and a great partner to Francesca. Come back next week to listen to Part 2 of the story.  Please share your thoughts in the comments. You may connect with the couple on their Instagram.
The business continues – Nancy & Suman Part 2-IIM025
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time9 months ago
Episode 025 / Business world is challenging By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, we address talk about the fun and not so fun aspects of having a business.  You have to keep everyone happy and as a leader you have to make sure you are in a good place to create a happy environment.  When there are many personalities to please, personal life and health takes a back seat sometimes.  Even though Suman and Nancy haven't figured it all out they understand the importance of being in good standing with each other so they can serve their customers and employees with utmost respect. You will get to hear and understand how shared interests and goals play a crucial role in two people deciding to start a family thank the race, culture, or religion. Hope you enjoy our conversation and find a few takeaways that can help you or someone in your life.  All I can say is that these two have chosen quite a trek for themselves and I for sure wish them plenty of success and love. If you missed last week's episode, here Part 1 of their story. Visit the couple at their restaurant.  Find all about their specials at www.omindianfusioncuisine.com You can also find them on Facebook and say hello there.
In business together – Nancy & Suman – IIM024
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time10 months ago
Episode 024 / From business school to real life business By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, we address the challenges of owning a business together as Nancy & Suman own an Indian Fusion restaurant in Wisconsin.  For them opening a restaurant came right upon the heels of getting married. Nancy & Suman share their experience of meeting each other and learning about each other's culture and sharing the love of traveling around the world.  You will get to hear and understand how shared interests and goals play a crucial role in two people deciding to start a family thank the race, culture, or religion. Hope you enjoy our conversation and find a few takeaways that can help you or someone in your life.  All I can say is that these two have chosen quite a trek for themselves and I for sure wish them plenty of success and love. Please come back next week to listen to Part 2 of their story. Visit the couple at their restaurant.  Find all about their specials at www.omindianfusioncuisine.com You can also find them on Facebook.  Say hello to them at https://www.facebook.com/omcuisine/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel I know I will be visiting their restaurant for some Dosa when I go to Wisconsin.
Adapting to new family dynamic Tina & Richard- Part 2 – IIM023
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time10 months ago
Episode 023 / Taking the goodness from both cultures Click here to listen to Part 1 of this interview with Tina & Richard By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, we talk about family and the central role family plays in our lives.  There are great teachings and learnings for our growth and our future generations. Find out how Richard asked Tina's dad for her hand and what Tina's dad thought of that gesture.  In mixed families, traditions and celebrations take a whole new meaning and we do touch on this subject as the couple have pretty much figured out how their time gets split between his and her family. We spend plenty of time discussing the benefits of having family close by as Tina's parents can stop by to take care of their little one on a short notice.  Tina and Richard bring up a great point of the importance of having families with kids of their son's age. We know communities are changing and Tina and Richard have many couples around them who are in mixed family dynamic and it doesn't seem to be a strange dynamic to them anymore.  Well, I say it's a great thing that we are embracing the mixed race/culture families. There's plenty more that gets shared so hit the PLAY button and enjoy. Subscribe to the Podcast on  iTunes  and if you would like to comment on this podcast, you can leave your review there and let me and others know what this podcast offers.  You may also download Stitcher app for free and listen to this podcast Subscribe to Indian Interracial Marriages via email or just fill out the form on the right hand side of this page.  If you would like to be on the show or have any questions, please email me.  Also, feel free to connect with me on Instagram Tina Gowin Carlucci is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer and can be found on social media.  Her practice is named Gowinnutrition.  Tina has many tips on healthy lifestyle and she often delicious recipes on her Instagram. All links to reach Tina are here: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Beyond culture, it’s a meeting of two personalities- Tina & Richard – IIM022
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time10 months ago
Episode 022 / Friendship turned into partnership Subscribe to the newsletter ..»»» By Amanpreet Kaur - Follow me: Instagram, Facebook Carl Jung, famous psychiatrist and psychotherapist, said once that the meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed.  It is very true for the guests on the show, Tina & Richard, who were kind enough to spend their Saturday afternoon sharing their beautiful story.  In this episode of Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast, we talk about their meeting, their attraction to each other, and family. They are still not in agreement with when they consider their first date was and you will get to hear them share the backstory on that.  Being a studious person, Tina wasn't interested in dating or getting involved with anyone until Richard shared a "secret about guys" and made Tina rethink.  They shared cheesecake as dessert is the best part of a good meal. Both are very passionate about creating a great family for their son and Tina having grown up in a joint family has plenty of wisdom to share about love, care, and kindness toward others with her son.  Richard is soft spoken, patient and understanding man who very openly embraced Indian lifestyle and family gatherings. I had a great time speaking with them as I find myself really connecting with people who get the opportunities to be raised by grandparents.  There's a type of love you receive from grandparents that I think I can never find anywhere.  Grandparents are gifts, in my humble opinion. Subscribe to the Podcast on  iTunes  and if you would like to comment on this podcast, you can leave your review there and let me and others know what this podcast offers. Subscribe to Indian Interracial Marriages via email or just fill out the form on the right hand side of this page.  If you would like to be on the show or have any questions, please email me.  Also, feel free to connect with me on Instagram Mentions in This Episode Tae Kwon Do - According to TeamUSA, Taekwondo is one of the most systematic and scientific Korean traditional martial arts, that teaches more than physical fighting skills. Dance Marathon - It's a movement benefiting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Samosa - Indian savory fried pastry made out of wheat and filled with potatoes, peas and other spices.  It is normally in the appetizer section of the restaurant menu. Tina Gowin Carlucci is a registered dietitian and certified personal trainer and can be found on social media.  Her practice is named Gowinnutrition.  All links are here: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Getting out of comfort zone – Marlena & Bikram Part 2 – IIM021
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time10 months ago
Here we are again.  We will continue with our conversation about family, language, food, and traditions.  There are plenty of hand me downs that Bikram and Marlena are giving to their young son, especially the love for traditions and languages.  It's great that parents encourage their kids to speak multiple languages. Listen to this couple's love story from the beginning in Part 1 It's amazing what love can get you to show up in ways that you never thought possible.  Hear how Bikram asked for Marlena's hand in marriage in Polish. Mentions in the episode Gurbani (ਗੁਰਬਾਣੀ) - the Gurbani is the Treasure of Wisdom (Giaan-Guroo) - Sikhs refer to compositions of the Sikh Gurus and other Writers of Guru Granth Sahib. In general, hymns in the central text of the Sikhs, the Guru Granth Sahib, are called Gurbani. Hindi (हिन्दी,) - national language of India Punjabi (ਪੰਜਾਬੀ) - spoken in Punjab region of India Polish (język polski, polszczyzna) - West Slavic language spoken mainly in Poland Neil Gaiman quote - Have you even been in love?  Horrible, isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You are encouraged to leave a comment or contact me at indianinterracialmarriages@gmail.com with any questions.  Would you like to be on the show?  Just send me an email or connect via Instagram
Meet me in England – Polish and Indian Fabulous Fusion Part 1 IIM020
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time11 months ago
Sometimes miscalculations and mishaps create wonderful opportunities if one is open to shaping mishaps into golden experiences.  This is basically what I would say about Marlena's and Bikram's meeting. These two met during their college years and their little interactions in the house they shared turned into long conversations and these conversations brought them their little son who you will hear every and then during the interview. I don't want to give the story away as it sounds better hearing it from this couple.  Enjoy this story and leave a comment or two. Come back next week for Part 2 of this interview. Marlena has a blog (fabulous fusions) where she shares great insights about her experience of blending of cultures and her travels.
Traveling with family is adventure in itself – IIM019
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time11 months ago
As we close out 2016, Otto and I thought of sharing our travel experience in this episode.  Having spent many months working really hard in 2016 it was a perfect time to take some time and enjoy learning and loving other cultures.  In this episode we talk about our experiences in Bali, Indonesia.  I love Bali and what's not to love.  You will never go hungry and you will always have company as good food comes with great company in Bali.  The respect that people in Bali have for their culture and traditions stole my heart and gave me things to ponder and learn.  Hope you enjoy today's episode as we share some funny moments we had in Bali.  If you want to get more information about Bali before you take your visit, just email me and I can provide you with a lot of information. Mentions in the episode: Bali, Indonesia Mt. Batur, Bali Ubud, Bali Holy Water Temple, Bali Gymkhana Doha, Qatar
In Henry Moore’s words – To be an artist is to believe in life – IIM018
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time11 months ago
They are back this week with more to share.  Yes, they got married and now are enjoying the bliss as you see them share it on their Instagram. You want to hear about their days before the wedding and how Justyna and Abhi are bringing Polish and Indian traditions together.  One doesn't want to ever forget where he/she came from and to honor that, the couple is joining their traditions and celebrations to create something new and different for their families. Visit the couple on their blog and on Instagram time to time to find out how they are doing. What does the future hold for these two as they step into the new stages of their lives?  Well, you get to hear that in today's episode and yes, you get to laugh a lot with me too. To all of you who celebrate Christmas - Merry Christmas.  Enjoy time with family and know that experiences live longer than stuff so choose wisely. Listen, enjoy, and share with others.  You are welcome to speak up so leave a comment or two below
OkCupid – A well written Play about love and distance Part 1- IIM017
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time11 months ago
OkCupid introduced Justyna (युसतना) and Abhi but it's his response to something she had posted that captured Justyna.  Then she packed up her bags and moved to India.  I know you have many questions as to why, how, what so I will let you just hear this from the couple as they are great story tellers. They both are foodies and love to cook.  Their love for writing and poetry helped them learn more about each other as they are artists at heart. It was an amazing conversation about work, food, love, family and we spent many hours just addressing the norms of the society and social structure in our world.  Though, I would have loved to have my conversation with them over some food, it was still delicious and I savored many laughs and jokes with these two. Pine trees are world's most beloved trees and their beauty lasts all year long.  These trees have history, legends, stories behind them in various cultures but I'm not going to give you a lesson on that.  "Pine" was Abhi's response to Justyna's profile online. It's a mystery why Abhi likes pine trees and maybe you can ask him on the couple's blog.  Justyna and Abhi are very generous in sharing their daily food adventures on their Instagram which at times turns me green a bit. This is an amazing story of young love and the crazy journey they have chosen with each other.  Find out more about the couple and their creative pursuits at Polindidiaries. Enjoy it and leave a comment or two below. Mentions in the episode: OkCupid Tim Ferriss, new book Tools of Titans Choose Yourself by James Altucher
Shared responsibilities of a household and learning new ways of partnership – Part 2 IIM016
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time12 months ago
Congratulations to Amy & Shaunak as they celebrated their one year wedding anniversary this week.  Many learnings took place in this one year from connecting with new family members to figuring out new daily routines. In Part 2 of the episode, we talk about cultural differences and understanding those differences along with finding grounds that support and balance both cultures.  The couple shares its thoughts on counseling, be it from a professional or finding guidance from family members. These two have pretty much figured out the responsibilities of running a household as a team.  Amy has turn-up service and Shaunak has turn-down service and you will get to hear more about what that means.  Success comes when one is surrounded by support and understanding of family and friends and especially the life partner one has chosen.  Amy and Shaunak talk about their career choices and the types of support they offer each other to find fulfillment in their individual paths as well. Amy speaks of her desire to spread understanding, love, and acceptance of different cultures.  She mentions on her blog that she is inspired to "breaking boundaries & changing the world one gold bangle at a time!" I had a great pleasure speaking with the couple and I know that after listening to this episode you will know how delighted I was to be invited to join them for dinner sometime. Don't miss the full story.  Here is Part 1 of the interview that is available on itunes as well.  You may also want to see this beautiful couple and the fairytale wedding images on Amy's Instagram. Closing quote from a great artist, Abigail Washburn - I believe in the old, because it shows us where we come from - where our souls have risen from. And I believe in the new, because it gives us the opportunity to create who we are becoming.
The big SECRET, the Fairytale wedding, and the New beginnings – Marriage of two different cultures Part 1 -IIM 015
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time12 months ago
Thoughts of partnering up with an amazing and wonderful person weren’t primary thoughts for these two ‘go-getter’ as they were growing up.  They grew up in different countries, experiencing different foods, and speaking different languages.  But when they met at work their social differences didn’t matter as they shared common goals of ‘making a difference in the world’. Amy and Shaunak met over 6 years ago and recently got married and through Amy’s Instagram posts we get to see the fairy tale weddings these two enjoyed with their families.  But before these two walked down the aisle, there were plenty of situations to handle including the big reveal to Shaunak’s parents.  That big reveal was Amy, the non-Indian love he had found for himself.  You will get to hear Shaunak speak of that experience.  Amy has many qualities as you will hear Shaunak share with you but the most adoring quality, in my opinion, is the easy going or going with the flow attitude she adapted for the Indian wedding traditions.  Amy embraced Indian traditions and Marathi language with open mind and you will get to hear the experiences as the couple goes down the memory lane. “I see you as you are and I want to do this with you” is basically what I hear them say to each other as I listen to their love story.   This is Part 1 of my interview with the couple and you will get to hear more next week in Part 2.  Amy shares her experiences and love for Indian traditions on her blog.  Don’t miss the opportunity to catch colorful images from her fairytale weddings on her Instagram.  She also has a knack for explaining Indian ceremonies eloquently.  Mentions in the episode: 1.     Love Languages – It’s a concept from the book, The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman 2.   Marathi – Indian language spoken by 73 million people.  It’s an official and co-official language in Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India 3.    “Wise words are like seeds. The more you scatter them, the more they will grow into infinite gardens of knowledge." -- Suzy Kassem Amy & Shaunak on their wedding day...
Listen to your heart and go for it – Iyengar Family interview Part 2 – IIM014
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time12 months ago
How was Thanksgiving for you all in U.S.?  Hope you are all enjoying family time and sharing this podcast with the people you care about. So, here's to another week with Alexandra and Madhavan.  I thought that it was perfect time to post this beautiful couple's interview.  As you heard in Part 1, the couple made major leaps in bringing their families together.  These two came together as a strong unit and started a journey that celebrates old and new relationships. This week you will hear more laughter and love that these two share.  It gives me so much satisfaction to interview strong and committed couples everyday.  I would love for Alexandra and Madhavan to come back to the show and share more with us. If you get a chance, find out more about the couple on their blog, Madhmama.  Alexandra has a great eye for capturing beauty in everything and you get to see it all on her Pinterest page and her Instagram In case you missed Part 1 of the interview - Take a listen here  
Meeting in the middle – Couple’s journey to building bridges Part 1 IIM 013
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
I get a great pleasure in introducing this amazing, loving, and passionate couple. When Alexandra and Madhavan met, they were strangers in a strange land.  Maybe that's why they connected as they supported each other making Madhavan's transition in America a ride such that very few get to experience. Yes, they met in college and fell in love and they found comfort and safety of family in each other but it took around 6 years to become a family via holy matrimony.  These two are so solid as a couple and have figured out a way to bring their families together as well.  You will enjoy listening to their laughter and jokes while admiring their commitment to their parents.  There are learnings in their story that I really appreciated and hope you do so as well. From their story, you will really know that falling in love is easy but staying in love is a lot of work and these two have chosen that work.  I'm truly thankful to the couple for sharing their life happenings so openly and generously. Initially, I enjoyed getting to know the family via their blog named Madhmama where Alexandra gives a little glimpse of her life in mixed culture family.  Her photography style definitely gives you a reason to admire the pictures on her blog and on Instagram.  She contributes heavily to other blogs and media outlets sharing her learnings of her mixed family dynamic. I encourage listeners to follow her as her guidance in navigating the cold and warm waters of multi-race/multi-culture family will come in handy. Get to know the Iyengar family on their Blog, Twitter, and Instagram.  
Love and Inclusivity.  Supporting same-sex couples – IIM 012
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Here's another week with another episode supporting love and courage and togetherness.  Today's episode is an invitation to all couples, same-sex or opposite-sex couples, in interracial marriages to share their stories. I wrote my commencement speech for future generations addressing the importance of love and inclusivity in our society and I share that in the episode. Andrew Ahn, director of Spa Night, said, “There’s a value to learning about people who might have a slightly different experience from you.”  Isn't that so true?  Growth comes from learning and learning from people with different views and experiences adds an extra layer to our growth and gives us the opportunities to open our hearts. A lot of Asian communities don't want to deal with topics such as Homosexuality.  It's because of religion, faith, belief system, culture that this topic is difficult for some to talk about.  If you choose not to talk about it today that's fine but Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast supports same-sex couples and welcomes them to share their stories. My commitment is to provide a platform where all can share their stories and give others an opportunity to learn.  Love has many colors.  We all want to be loved and give love so let's accept love in whatever color it shows up in our lives. Hope today's episode gives you hope, support, and courage to reach out to people who are different from you and support them. Be sure to share with others.  Follow on Instagram. Send all you questions or comments to me at host@indianinterracialmarriages.com or indianinterracialmarriages@gmail.com Mentions in the episode: Andrew Ahn Spa Night John A Powell Suzy Kassem (Apologies for pronouncing the name incorrectly in the episode)
Secrets to Nikita’s & Sachin’s triumph over challenging times Part 2- IIM011
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
This is Part 2 of my interview with Nikita and Sachin from GrowingUpGupta. Sachin is a romantic at heart.  You will get to hear him speak of love and the depth of his commitment to have love as the core of existence is amazing.  Hearing Nikita speak of her understanding and appreciation of Indian culture and traditions is very refreshing. The couple has worked hard to have the success that they enjoy today.  Quality is by-product of hard work and commitment.  I encourage you to give their books a read.  You will find plenty of nuggets of wisdom in the books. Truly, this couple is strong, loving, and powerful.   These two definitely make me proud to be sharing this planet with them. I want to thank all the listeners for sharing this story with friends and family.  What a perfect way to celebrate the opening of the movie, LOVING, that opens today (11/04/16).  Let's empower the integration of race, culture, and religion and celebrate togetherness. If you haven't listen to Part 1, here's your chance to hear Nikita and Sachin share the beginning of their love story. Mentions in the episode: Loving vs. Virginia Poem by Pablo Neruda Sonnet XVII
Nikita and Sachin took charge of their happiness, Part 1 – IIM 010
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
I read somewhere, " no one is in charge of your happiness, except you"...  I heard a perfect example of this in Nikita and Sachin's story.  It takes courage to stand up for what you want, especially when you are raised in a family that holds cultural ways of being or cultural norms as its family values. It takes courage, love, and understanding to get past challenges and create a new space for loved ones to step into and accept change(s) and lifestyle.  Sachin and Nikita share how their hard work, persistence and love for each other helped them build understanding with Sachin's family.  This couple's story will definitely give you plenty to appreciate while giving you hope for what is possible.  It isn't easy but it is doable to build trust and love among people. Remember to come back next week for Part 2 of the interview.  You don't want to miss it. If you would like to learn more about Nikita & Sachin, please visit their blog Nikita & Sachin have written two books available on Amazon: Habits of Successful Career Nomads The Art of Interracial Dating. I'm Dating Indian. Now, What? The art of interracial dating is available via Growing up Gupta for $5 in PDF format. Here are a few mentions in this episode: Growing Up Gupta Festive Roots 3 Curious Monkeys App Hope you enjoy this.  You may email at indianinterracialmarriages@gmail.com with any questions.  Please may also leave a comment below.
She marries a Jewish man, leaves her law practice and moves into personal coaching arena. Meet Archana Daniels – IIM009
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Today, we meet a lawyer turned a personal life coach.  From a boarding school in England to now settling in U.S., Archana, traveled plenty creating a beautiful life story.   She shares her coaching philosophy along with her experience and her journey of being in an interracial marriage. Archana has shaped lives of many individuals through coaching and teaching yoga.  She is truly an inspiring woman who found her own path to happiness while providing space for her parents to accept her choices in life.  She has a healthcare business career background. Archana Daniels - A Life and Holistic Health Coach Website- www.archanadanielscoaching.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/archanadaniels https://www.facebook.com/archanadanielscoaching Twitter: @unintendedyogi "It sometimes takes going through a lot of life changes before deciding how to live your passion.  Or you could work with a Life Coach to hack the process that will help you make your daydreams into a functioning, exciting and empowering reality.  We owe it to ourselves to create the life we want and live it through action right now."
How My Husband’s Brother Also Married An Indian Woman, Part 2 – IIM 008
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Join me for Part 2 of my conversation with Ian and Delia. Ian is my husband Otto's brother. I was there when Ian and Delia first met, and I was at their wedding, too. They've been married for two years now. In this week's episode, we discuss many issues that the couple faced after getting married, and I marvel at their love and devotion for each other. If you didn't hear, Part 1, click here to listen to it now.  
How My Husband’s Brother Also Married An Indian Woman, Part 1 – IIM 007
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Join me for Part 1 of my conversation with Ian and Delia. Ian is my husband Otto's brother. I was there when Ian and Delia first met, and I was at their wedding, too. They've been married for two years now. Be sure to come back next week for Part 2!
White Mughals – An Interracial Tale of Love, Betrayal and Intrigue – IIM 006
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Join me for something different this week as I relate the story of William Dalrymple's White Mughals. I was moved to intense emotion as I read this absorbing tale of interracial love, betrayal, politics, intrigue, sorrow . . . and inspiration. For more information about White Mughals, click here. The letters between gma and Katherine are on page 387 of the book. Portraits of James, Khair un-Nissa and kids can be viewed here. You can read more stories of interracial marriages on www.pbs.org
Another Successful Interracial Marriage: Hina and Dave, Part 2 – IIM 005
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Just like I did, Hina married a Caucasian man. And like Otto and me, they've created a successful marriage. In their case, 15 years strong! Join me for Part 2 of my conversation with Hina and Dave. They invited me into their lovely home to record this interview. We had so much fun, we had to break it up into two parts. If you haven't heard Part 1 yet, listen to it here. Here's some of what you can expect to hear in this episode: How a new grandchild brings interracial marriage families closer together Why Hina's mom lives with the family (and how it enriches her kids' lives) The Indian cultural norm that made it almost impossible for Dave to change his daughter's diapers Why Dave doesn't confide in members of his immediate family (and who he does confide in) Something Hina did that was very upsetting to Dave (and how they resolved it) Why Indian women feel a need to have and control their own money (apart from the family budget) And much more!
Another Successful Interracial Marriage: Hina and Dave, Part 1 – IIM 004
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Just like I did, Hina married a Caucasian man. And like Otto and me, they've created a successful marriage. In their case, 15 years strong! Join me for my conversation with Hina and Dave. They invited me into their lovely home to record this interview. We had so much fun, we had to break it up into two parts. Here is Part 1. Here's some of what you can expect to hear in this episode: The $19.95 investment that worked out for Hina (and how she met Dave because of it) Why Hina proposed to Dave over email How Dave's first marriage actually made it easier for his mom to accept he was marrying an Indian woman Why Dave had always been attracted to women that are NOT like his mother The food that Hina eats that was a huge relief to Dave What Hina's mom said when she told her she was marrying a white man Why Hina had a lot more in common with Dave than her first husband, an Indian man What Dave feels is the most valuable aspect of being with a woman of a different race Why Hina's first marriage failed (and why it wasn't her husband's fault) Hina and Dave's low-key private wedding, and why Hina didn't tell her extended family about it ahead of time Why one of Hina's family members thought Dave was there to fix the sprinklers How Dave navigated the language barrier Why Dave is happy to have Hina's mom live in their house How Dave and Hina expose their kids to different religious teachings And much more!
My Interracial Marriage: A Conversation With My Husband, Part 2 – IIM 003
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
I thought it would be appropriate to begin this journey with you by talking about the Indian interracial marriage I know best: my own! Join me for Part 2 of my conversation with my husband Otto about how we met, started dating, and got married. If you haven't heard Part 1 of our conversation, click here to listen to it now. Here's some of what you can expect to hear in this episode: What was important to Otto about having a wedding (it's probably not what you think) Why we had TWO weddings! How Otto knew I was the one for him The missing piece from Otto's list about what he wanted in a relationship What Otto realized after just three dates with me Some rough times we had early in our marriage (and how we put them behind us) Why Otto thought I was a good influence on his son And much more!
My Interracial Marriage: A Conversation With My Husband, Part 1 – IIM 002
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
I thought it would be appropriate to begin this journey with you by talking about the Indian interracial marriage I know best: my own! Join me for Part 1 of my conversation with my husband Otto about how we met, started dating, and got married. (Note: I refer to this as Episode 1 in the recording, but this is actually Episode 2. Episode 1 is a short introduction to the podcast. Click here to listen to it now.) Here's some of what you can expect to hear in this episode: The decision Otto made at a yoga class that changed his life -- and mine -- forever Why I was initially apprehensive to tell my parents about my new relationship How both of us went from not ever wanting to get married to having two weddings Why Otto refused to let me translate for him when he first met my parents The immediate expectation my parents had for me and Otto How my parents' religious beliefs made them accept Otto without reservation Why our wedding had to be a public affair The differences in attitudes about money in Indian and American cultures And much more!
IIM001 – Discussing Indian Interracial Marriages
Indian Interracial Marriages Podcast
access_time1 year ago
Introducing this show. This is the preview episode to get you to dip your toes in acknowledging the complications of interracial marriages. In this preview, you hear me speaking about the different experiences and emotions we share as we do something for the first time – be it – your first job or first time telling your parents that the person you want to marry is from different background. It is interesting and at times important that we share our experiences of being in an interracial family as it can help others and bring people together as they gather the learning(s) from other. So, sit and invest less than 5 minutes on something that may change your day.
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