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

Traveling to a Different Country? Here is a List of Mistakes You Should Not Make

Each year millions of people travel to different countries other than their native ones to explore new culture, life and scenery. With the increase of foreign tourists, international travel became comparatively easier and hassle free. Here is a list of mistakes you should avoid while traveling to a different country....more

She builds bridges, schools and delivers results

Mother of three children and a home-maker for more than a decade, few in her sleepy village would have imagined that she would be planning bridges and schools today.  But that is Vandana Bahadur Maida’s life in Khankhandvi, in the populous state of Madhya Pradesh, India. Despite family opposition and cultural norms that define a woman’s place in society, she was elected Head of the village council, the first woman Sarpanch. Her election was path-breaking for the village and  also for Vandana’s family—as she superseded her own husband who used to be a member of the village council but never the elected leader. ...more