Hindu Mommy

March 28, 2007

Top 21 Things Indians say when they return to India from the U.S.

Filed under: Funny,Indians in US — hindumommy @ 11:02 pm

21.Tries to use credit cards in a road side hotel.

20. Drinks and carries mineral water and always speaks of being health conscious.

19 .Sprays deodorant so that he doesn’t need to take bath.

18. Sneezes and says ‘Excuse me’.

17. Says “Hey” instead of “Hi”, “Yoghurt” instead of “Curds”, “Cab” instead of “Taxi”, “Trunk” of “Dicky” for a car trunk, “Candy” instead of “Chocolate”,”Cookie” instead of “Biscuit” , “got to go” instead of “Have to go”.

Says “Oh” instead of “Zero”, (for 704, he will say Seven Oh Four Instead of Seven Zero Four)

16. Doesn’t forget to complain about the air pollution. Keeps complaining every time he steps out.

15. Says all the distances in Miles (Not in Kilo Meters), and counts in Millions. (Not in Lakhs)

14. Tries to figure all the prices in Dollars as far as possible (but deep inside multiplies by 44).

13. Tries to see the % of fat on the cover of a milk pocket.

12. When he needs to say Z (zed), he never says Z (Zed), instead repeats “Zee” several times, and if the other person is unable to get it, then says X, Y Zee(but never says Zed)

11 . Writes the date in MM/DD/YYYY. On watching traditional DD/MM/YYYY, says “Oh! British Style!!!!”

10. Makes fun of Indian Standard Time and the Indian Road Conditions.

9. Even after 2 months, complaints about “Jet Lag”.

8 . Avoids eating spicy food.

7. Tries to drink “Diet Coke”, instead of Normal Coke. Eats Pizza instead of Dosa.

6. Tries to complain about any thing in India as if he is experiencing it for the first time. Asks questions etc. about India as though its his first visit to India .

5. Pronounces “schedule” as “skejule”, and “module” as “mojule”.

4. Looks suspiciously towards any Hotel/Dhaba food.

Few more important ones:

3.. From the luggage bag, does not remove the stickers of the Airways by which he traveled back to India , even after 4 months of arrival.

2. Takes the cabin luggage bag to short visits in India and tries to roll the bag on Indian Roads.

1. Tries to begin any conversation with “In US ….” or “When I was in US…”

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December 19, 2006

Indian American gifts $30 million

Filed under: India,Indians in US — hindumommy @ 11:25 am

ahuja.jpg Monte Ahuja who came from Chandigarh to Clevelan with $12 in his pocket has donated an unprecedented $30 million to University Hospitals, Cleveland, for the construction of a medical complex.

Ahuja said that he wanted to give back to a community where he found success after coming to the U.S. from India for graduate studies. Ahuja is a major benefactor of Cleveland State University, which named its college of business administration after him. But his gift to UH is his largest yet and the largest in the hospital’s 140-year history.

“I did not know a soul here, and it was cold, drab and snowing when I arrived. I felt very lonely, especially after just leaving a large family of seven sisters and a brother who all catered to me,” he later recalled in an interview. “I vowed never to ask my family for another dime and I would make my own way, and so I did with jobs around the university and working for a furnace making company south of Columbus.”

Ahuja adds: “One only has to be in another country, as I have, to know the greatness of America and the opportunity to get ahead,” says Ahuja.

Read more at Indian-American Monte Ahuja repays America a millionfold

November 11, 2006

Hinglish is now an official language !

Filed under: India,Indians in US — hindumommy @ 4:41 pm

Hinglish – widely used in India and among Indian migrants in the US and UK is now an official language with it’s own dictionary

The Hinglish dictionary will contain terms like timepass, badmash, prepone and to Bangalore.

Growing up in Mumbai, I used Hinglish as my main language and was very surprised that my colleagues here in US didn’t know what TP was or had no clue about PJ jokes.

According to this article in the BBC (which btw, has a picture of my favorite Amul ads “Brad Butter – Jolie good snack” 🙂 ),

Language expert David Crystal has described India as having a “unique position in the English-speaking world”.

“[It’s a] linguistic bridge between the major first-language dialects of the world, such as British and American English, and the major foreign-language varieties, such as those emerging in China and Japan.”

I am sure there are going to be a lot of purists who will moan over the death of “true English” but as for me, I’m just happy that what I have been speaking over the years has now finally been recognized as an “official” language…

And just wanted to remind the complainers and purists that English has always borrowed extensively

These borrowed words include “pundit”, originally meaning a learned man; “shampoo”, derived from a word for massage; “pyjamas”, meaning a leg garment and “dungarees”, originating from the Dungri district of Mumbai.

Even the suburban-sounding “caravan” and “bungalow” – and the funky “bandana” and “bangles” were all taken from Hindi words.

November 9, 2006

Gas Poisoning in Murugan temple, Maryland

Filed under: Hinduism,Indians in US — hindumommy @ 2:14 pm

Eight people were taken to a hospital Wednesday night for possible carbon monoxide poisoning after they were found in a Hindu temple in Lanham, Md.

Firefighters found several people who had either passed out or complaining of dizziness and nausea. Firefighters then discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the building

My prayers are with them…..

For more details on the story, check out NBC

November 8, 2006

Diwali on The Office

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Funny,Hinduism,India,Indians in US — hindumommy @ 11:45 pm

We don’t watch much TV  so I missed all the excitement about Diwali celebrations being showed on the American version of “The Office” on ABC.

Now that I’ve watched the clips on Youtube, I’m kinda puzzled by all the hoopla and excitement.

First of all the disclaimer – I’ve never watched the American version of “The Office” before so I can’t comment on whether this was the best episode or the worst

I am definitely happy that Indian culture is being shown on prime time TV in the US. It shows we’ve become mainstream…The show was good.but not great  – not as funny as I hoped it would be.

Why can’t we get beyond the typical jokes? I just didn’t get the Diwali as Halloween theme…(maybe I’m just not a funny person)

There was the obligatory reference to Kamasutra to generate a laugh or two (seriously who in India cares about KS whereas most of the westerners seem to think of that as the highlight of Indian culture after elephants of course 🙂 )

I really liked the part where the mother talks about the Michael’s girlfriend and says “She is so white” as if that makes her automatically beautiful 🙂

Overall impression not bad, watchable – but I expected more

For others like me, who missed this episode you can watch the abridged version here on Youtube

Elections In US vs Elections In India

Filed under: India,Indians in US — hindumommy @ 12:22 am

As everyone living in the US probably already knows, today were the mid-term elections. There are a couple of really nail chewing suspense races between the Democrats and Republicans as they fight for control over Congress.

Amazing how different the whole election process is from India, the other big democracy

First of course, Election Day is  a public holiday in India.  No such luck here. My kids had regular preschool.

The community recreation center (which was a polling station) was open with a full course of activities and the only sign of Election Day were two small hand written “Voters here” posters. I had to look really really hard to find some signs of Election Day.

In India, Election Day is full of tension with police patrolling most of the voting booths.

Even the campaigning process is so different. Here we do have our share of negative ads and boards put in the lawns of hard-core Republicans or Democrats but somehow the Indian campaigning seems much more frenzied with speakers blaring at rallies and fliers plastered all over town.

Campaigning in India is definitely more colorful. Raj Bhakta did try to inject some of that flair in his campaign but of course it pales in comparison to some of the campaigns run in India.

Most importantly, a lot more people vote in India. Of course, some of these people are poor people brought in truckloads by the candidates but I think a lot of them end up making the right choice.

In the end, that’s what I think elections should be about – getting everyone involved in the races and having them care enough about the issues to take the time to vote…

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