Dallas or India

I sometimes wonder if I am living in Dallas or in India. I get over 50,000 search results when I google ‘Indian Restaurants’ in the area I live. With in a 5 mile radius, I get authentic Hyderabadi Biryani, chats, south Indian tiffins and Chettinad delicacies. I am yet to discover good Punjabi or Mughlai Khana. There are at least 10 Indian groceries stores, 5 clothe stores, 2 radio stations (one FM and one AM), many classical dance/music schools and the regular Hollywood theaters play Bollywood movies as well.

At Ro’s school, the lunch menu includes Aloo Parathas, Upma, uthappa and mini idlis. They celebrate Diwali and have mehandi corner during Halloween Carnival.

At Ri’s school, International Day means, good food tasting event from the local Indian restaurants and the kids dance to ‘Jay Ho’ and dandiya songs. Ri would rather pack tamarind rice than sandwich for lunch. Almost all her friends are Indian kids with the exception of one, who knows more Gujarati words than I do.

For the Katcheri season this year, yet another opportunity to wear Kancheevarams and Benaras, we have Unni Krishnan, Sudha Raghunathan and Mandolin Srinivasan.

Many have meticulously brought with them, traditional Golu-Bommais and trust me, it’s tough to get an appointment with the mamis for the thambulam on Dashera Fridays and Saturdays.

This blog could get very lengthy with Diwali Mela, Baisaki Mela, Tamil New Year celebrations, playing with colors to celebrate Holi and the likes …


Artnavy February 23, 2010 at 12:29 AM  

wow!! probabaly why many Indians are more Indian there in the US than in India

Geeta,  February 23, 2010 at 7:40 PM  

Absolutely. Did you watch the ice dance in winter Olympics where they did a Bollywood inspiration? Look it up on youtube, when you get a get a chance.

That performance was the crowd fav.

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