Sexism & Abuse: Inside The World Of India’s ‘Crippling’ Mental Health Crisis

With a population of 1.2 billion, and only 43 mental hospitals, India is struggling to control it’s seemingly endless mental health crisis.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India has surpassed the rest of the world as the nation with the largest number of annual suicides — reaching over 135,000.What’s interesting enough, is the fact that the majority of those deaths are of young women who fell victim to an untreated mental illness.What has the Indian government done to bring this massive number down?...more

9 Best Bollywood Quotes

These are my selection of 11 Best dialogues found in bollywood movies ( Btw in case you like hindi movies here is a selection of Upcoming Bollywood movies  that you should follow on my blog)...more

9 Mood Boards For Design Projects That Are Inspired By India

India is a diverse country and the people of India communicate that in their use of color.  What seems to be a multitude of colors chaotically assembled together, ends up being a design that is harmonious and beautiful.  From heritage, arts and local lifestyle, these 11 mood boards inspired by India are a great ethnic reference for design projects.  ...more

25 Reasons Why I Love India

 1. Chai...more

My Top 5 Recipes

Ever since I started my food blog called, "Cooking With Shobana" in March, 2013,  I have been using the Blogger platform. Many discussions take place about the merits and de-merits of this in comparison with others like Wordpress, but I am quite content with Blogger and I would like to explain why....more

In India’s garment factories, stitching clothes and a culture of non-violence

Cross-posted from UN Women A UN Trust Fund-supported project to reduce workplace sexual harassment is training thousands of workers in 24 factories in India and Bangladesh, through peer-to-peer education. ...more

Celebrating Independence Day with Food Art

There was wide spread joy in India yesterday as the largest democracy in the world celebrated 67 years of Independence.  August 15 was the 68th Independence Day and as always our Prime Minister spoke from the ramparts of the historic Red Fort in Delhi. Built in 1648, this historic monument was at one time the royal residence of the Mughal Emperors of India. The Indian tricolour flew for the first time here in 1947 when India got freedom from the British Raj. ...more

Getting The Best out of Cooking & Blogging

I was always keen on cooking. On learning new recipes, and of trying out different types of cuisine.  After all, I had been cooking as a homemaker for some 35 years. My husband, Prem Rao, a writer himself and an avid blogger, pushed me into blogging....more

Good Things from the West!

I am a South Indian born and raised in Bangalore, India. I have lived in Bangalore for 24 years of my life – completed my education and worked in an IT firm. In 2009, after my wedding, I moved to the US. When we were in India, we used to hear all the good stories as well as bad stories about the US. Unfortunately, some of these are misconceptions....more