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Another IndianTies Giveaway: Hemalayaa’s Yoga for Everyone!

I know we have a lot of Hemalayaa Bollywood workout fans out there. Guess what? Hemalayaa is releasing a new video, called Yoga for Everyone. And… the people over at Acacia are giving away three copies to IndianTies readers! Details on how to enter at the bottom…
They sent me a copy of the pre-released video (coming out on April 7th). Hemalayaa has a way of bringing fun to each workout video she releases, and this one is no different. The video features two 20 minute yoga workouts. The best part of this video is that it easy for anyone to follow along. Whether you’re a beginner, or an expert, you’ll find this video will work for you!
I especially liked the set: beautiful pillows & curtains, lots of candles and soft colors will put you in a relaxed mood! Hemalayaa was beautiful in this video as well. She is a certified instructor – she teaches yoga and Indian dance in California, and travels around the world for workshops and retreats. This video includes audio options – music and instruction or music only. So to get your copy, you can enter the contest by following the instructions below or you can pre-order the video on Amazon.com.
Check back here on Monday for my exclusive interview with Hemalayaa! You’ll find out all about her background and her own Indian ties!
The Rules: (please read carefully!)
  • For ONE entry, leave a comment on this post. In your comment you MUST, state your first name & last initial, PLUS the city & state where you reside. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you win!
  • For TWO entries – post about this giveaway on your blog and link back to this page. (Leave a comment below with your link).
  • Only comment ONCE.
  • Open to USA & Canada residents only.
  • To earn another BONUS entry, join the IndianTies forum and introduce yourself on the “Welcome” page.
  • If you are already a forum member, you will get one automatic entry – but I encourage you to comment below for another chance to win!
  • Three winners will be chosen randomly.
  • Contest will be open until Friday, March 27th at 11:45 pm Pacific Time.
  • Winners names will be posted here, on the IndianTies blog on Monday, March 30th.
  • You must contact me by email if your name is posted in order to receive your prize!


Amitabh Bachchan’s Blog

Along the same lines as yesterday’s post

In case you’ve not yet discovered or read Amitabh Bachchan’s blog, be sure to check it out while you’re feeling the Bollywood Spirit! It is an interesting look into the mind/thoughts and day to day activities of one of Bollywood’s biggest icons.

I have to say, the most entertaining part of his blog is reading the fan letters, which people post in the comments section. Lets just say some people are really desperate to meet him or have some kind of interaction with him. I guess that’s a testimony of how hard he’s worked over the years, and the status he’s achieved today, in his 60’s.


Photo above is from www.bigb.bigadda.com


Book Review: Once Upon A Timezone

It’s not too often that I get my hands on an Indian novel. But my mother-in-law in India was kind enough to send this book to me a few weeks ago. The book is called “Once Upon A Timezone” by Neelesh Misra. I was able to read it during our Christmas travels. If you are in an intercultural Indian relationship, you will find this book a fun read.
The plot of the book revolves around Neel Pandey: a middle class Indian guy, trying to figure out his destiny in life, and hoping that it leads him to the land of his dreams: America! After his visa is denied, he lands a job at a call center in New Delhi, and takes up a new identity: Neil Patterson. If he can’t live in America, the next best thing is getting paid to assume an American persona at work, including a fake accent. He is satisfied with his new life, until he begins a virtual romance with a customer. The only thing is, she doesn’t know his secret and she’s keeping a few of her own! The book follows their story that spans two continents and keeps you guessing until the end…
From nosey parents to far-fetched love stories, this book has it all! It was an enjoyable book. I wouldn’t recommend taking it too seriously or consider this a “resource” for an intercultural relationship, but it was entertaining to see how the author spun his exaggerated tale. If you’ve ever experienced “outsourced” love, this might be a book for you!
If you don’t have a friend or relative coming from India anytime soon, you can usually find a copy floating around online. Amazon.com has a few used copies up for sale right now.


Don’t Miss "The Story of India: Six Part Series"




If you’re like me, you missed out on the PBS premier of “The Story of India.” The debut of this six part mini series was last night (January 5th). My husband’s aunt watched it & told me about it, she really enjoyed it. I was sad that I missed the first part – but it looks like it will air again throughout the week. Check your local listings to be sure, but the next part is scheduled to air on Monday, January 12th.

In this lavishly illustrated companion to his BBC TV series, Michael Wood weaves a spellbinding narrative out of the 10,000-year history of India. Home today to more than a fifth of the world’s population, the subcontinent gave birth to the oldest and most influential civilization on Earth, to four world religions, and to the world’s largest democracy. Now, as India bids to become a global giant, Michael sets out to trace the roots of India’s present in the incredible riches of her past.

From the Khyber Pass and the Himalayas to the tropical jungles of India’s Deep South, this original and striking survey of Indian history provides vivid portraits of India’s regions and cultures, and new insights into some of history’s greatest figures: the Buddha and Ashoka, Samudragupta and Akbar the Great, Nehru and Gandhi. It explores the ways in which Indian ideas and inventions have shaped the history of the world, and shows how some of ancient India’s conclusions about the nature of civilization have lost none of their relevance for our own times.

PBS has a beautiful website set up with tons of interactive content. If you really like the series, you can buy the book or DVD as well.

I think it is important for those of us in intercultural Indian relationships to learn about the history of India. I can’t speak for other countries, but in America, our world history is quite limited in school! I want my kids to learn about both their American and Indian heritage. I’m looking forward to watching all 6 parts in this series!






Outsourced: The Movie

I recently watched the DVD “Outsourced.” It is a movie about a guy who is a manager in a call center in the USA, but his department gets outsourced to India and in order to keep his job, he has to go to India to train the workers at the new call center. At first everything goes wrong – from “Delhi-belly” to cows wandering into the office, until he finally realizes that he has to stop resisting India. When he learns to “go with the flow” and try to learn about and appreciate the culture, things go much better for him.
Along the way, he falls for one of the Indian girls who works for him. While many things in the movie were quite true to life, the relationship went far too quickly, and I felt it was quite unrealistic. Other than that I found the movie to be quite enjoyable and fun to watch! Check out the official Outsourced website for more information & watch the trailer right here:

Winners of the First IndianTies Giveaway!

So I’m excited to post the names of the winners of the first IndianTies blog giveaway! A big thanks to all who entered & and to our sponsors at Acacia. Hopefully we will be having more giveaways in the future, so check back often!
Here are the winners, who have each won a copy of Bollywood Booty:
1. Colleen Kumar (entered automatically from being a forum member)
2. Mandy P. – Dallas, TX
3. Angie N. – Island Lake, IL
4. Robin K. – Copley, Ohio
5. Lana G. – Fort Lee, NJ
Congratulations to all of our winners!


Intercultural Marriage: Rajiv & Sonia Gandhi


In light of the recent elections in the USA, I am reminded of India’s colorful political history. If you do not know the story of Sonia Gandhi and her Indian family, you are missing out!
Sonia Gandhi was born in Italy in 1946. In 1964, she met and fell in love with Rajiv Gandhi (son of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and grandson of Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru). Sonia & Rajiv met in the UK, where they both were students.
Sonia and Rajiv were married in 1969. They lived and worked in India. Their two children, Rahul and Priyanka were born in the early 70s. Sonia acquired Indian citizenship after she had been married for 14 years.
She married into a very influential family on the Indian Political scene. Sadly, tragedy struck when her mother-in-law, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, was assassinated by her own bodyguards in 1984. Sonia’s husband Rajiv, followed his mother’s footsteps and became the next Prime Minister of India (the 3rd from his family to achieve this position). Tragedy struck again, when Rajiv was also assassinated in 1991.
Following the death of her husband, Sonia refused to have any part in politics. But in 1998, she joined the effort to try to revive the Congress Party, and was soon elected as the President of her party. In 2004, Sonia lead her party to victory in the national elections, and despite much protest, she was the first foreigner to be eligible to become Prime Minister. She eventually declined the Post. However, she continues to be named among the world’s most powerful people by Forbes and Time magazines.
Sonia’s life story sounds like a movie, with many triumphs and tragedies. It is encouraging to know that India not only accepted her as a foreigner married to one of their “princes,” but embraced her in her own right. Although she remains a Roman Catholic, she has become Indian in many ways, she wears sarees, speaks Hindi and has raised her children in her adopted country. I find her story an inspiration! To read more about Sonia Gandhi, check out these books.


First IndianTies Blog Giveaway!

Enter for your chance to win Bollywood Booty with Hemalayaa!

Some of you might remember my earlier post (find it here), where I reviewed the workout DVD Bollywood Burn, by Hemalayaa. Well, the kind people over at Acacia contacted me and offered to sponsor a contest right here on the IndianTies website! They will be giving away 5 copies of Hemalayaa’s latest DVD, Bollywood Booty! Be sure and check out the contest rules below…

They also sent me some of Hemalayaa’s other workout DVDs (Beautiful Belly, The Bollywood Dance Workout & Dance of the Kama Sutra). I have to admit, these are really fun, and totally addicting! So enter the contest at your own risk!

Bollywood Booty consists of a warm-up routine, 4 booty-burning dance workouts, a cool-down, and a bonus classical Indian dance. A great feature to the video is that you can opt to turn off the instruction, once you have mastered the moves, and just enjoy the music & dancing! Hemalayaa’s infectious personality shines through Bollywood Booty, and her other DVDs. So what are you waiting for? Enter for your chance to win today! Be sure and check out Hemalayaa’s other great workout DVDs as well (click here)!

The Rules: (please read carefully!)
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post. In your comment YOU MUST, state your first name & last initial, PLUS the city & state where you reside.
  • Only comment once.
  • Open to USA & Canada residents only.
  • To earn an extra entry, join the IndianTies forum and introduce yourself on the “Welcome” page.
  • If you are already a forum member, you will get one automatic entry – but I encourage you to comment below for a second chance to win!
  • Winners will be chosen randomly.
  • Contest will be open until Friday, November 7th at 11:45 pm Pacific Time.
  • Winners names will be posted here, on the IndianTies blog on Monday, November 10th.
  • You must contact me by email if your name is posted in order to receive your prize!

The Amazing Race in India

The Amazing Race – aired on CBS (in the USA) is one of my favorite shows. It’s no surprise, because I love traveling & experiencing new cultures. If you’re not familiar with the show, the premise is 12 teams of 2 people who travel in a race around the world. Each leg of the race takes place in a different country, and the teams have to complete different activities and be the first to reach the next pit-stop. The last team to each pit-stop gets eliminated. The final team gets a million dollar prize.
I would love to be on that show – a prize of a million dollars would be fabulous, but I think just getting to travel to so many places would be just as great. It’s too bad they don’t allow non US citizens to be in the race, otherwise I’d be auditioning with my hubby! We’d have a definite advantage in India!
If you’re a fan, be sure to tune in this Sunday – Episode 6 of season 13 – the teams are heading to India. I always find it interesting to observe the teams as they get to India for the first time. Sometimes they make embarrassing mistakes, and other times they don’t have much respect for the culture & draw too much attention to themselves by the way that they dress or how they act. To check out the preview for yourself head over to CBS. They also post full-length episodes, which is great if you live in an area where you can’t watch it on TV or if you miss an episode. In this episode (see photo above) the teams are gong to be painting auto-rickshaws, ironing & folding clothes at a dhobi-ghat, and attending an Indian wedding. Sounds like interesting reality TV to me! Although in REALITY, I doubt that foreigners would be working as dhobis or rickshaw-wallas!