Category Archives: Stories From Our Home

Celebrating the Indian Harvest Festival of Shankranthi – Pongal Festival 2023

Hello and Happy Tuesday! Hope you had a good long weekend. Ours was mostly low key as it’s been a rainy stormy weekend around here. So it was kind of nice to actually get out of the house and go some where we could get dressed up. We met our cousins to celebrate the Indian harvest festival of Shankranthi, also called Pongal among South Indian Tamilians.

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Hoshigaki – The Japanese Art of Drying Persimmons

I call it serendipitous when I saw persimmons hanging like on a clothes line at Folktale Winery in Carmel Valley last week. The timing was too coincidental as I had just been chatting with my friend Lakshmi a few days earlier about this drying technique, when she was sharing with me about a friend of hers who dried persimmons on a clothes line the Japanese way.

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Celebrating Diwali at Vijay and Priya’s 2022

Celebrating our daughter and her new husband’s first Diwali as husband and wife. This was the special celebration we had at Vijay and Priya’s home (husband’s parents) in the couple’s honor.

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Celebrating Diwali with Family and Friends 2022 🪔

Hello Hello! Happy Diwali 🪔!! Today is Diwali the Indian Festival of Lights which is observed all over India in the fall. Diwali is the most significant Indian festival that venerates the power of Good over Evil. Happy Diwali to all of you who celebrate it 🪔 🪔 🪔 !

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A very special Rakshabandan 2022

The Indian festival of Rakshabandan – the festival celebrating sibling love was observed in mid August. This year we had a very special celebration as family had flown in from all over the world (UK and Kenya) to attend our daughter’s wedding in early August – and these cousins for the first time in 30 years got to tie the rakhi (string bracelet) on each other in person. Who knows when this opportunity will come again!

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Holiday Down Memory Lane. Visit to The Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya

In the summer of 2016 we visited family in Kenya, but before heading home to the coastal city of Mombasa we made a detour to stop at the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi.

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July 4th Weekend in Monterey/Carmel

Happy July everyone! Hope you had a relaxing July 4th holiday. The best part of a holiday weekend is that we only have four days before the next weekend 😁. We spent our long weekend by the coast in Monterey and Carmel. Beautiful blue skies, blue waters and wine country all wrapped in the most amazing weather!

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