I'm an Indian-American Hindu woman living in New York City. I've recently started wearing a bindi every day -- the sticker kind, a.k.a. kumkum or kunkma. If I want ethically produced bindis that have nontoxic, long-lasting adhesive (will stay on my face for 12 continuous hours without moving around), what brand should I seek out, and where/how should I buy it? [more inside]
My colleague has been invited to an engagement party for his friends who are Indian-Fijian Hindu. What can he expect at the party and what would be an appropriate gift? If it matters everyone lives in Australia at present.
Around 1986, my family visited a Hindu temple or similar religious facility in the Poconos area of Pennsylvania. I remember that the path from the parking lot up the hill to the building was a stairway of huge stone steps, each of which was painted with a different design. Does this temple still exist? Where is it? Online photos of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, the Jain temple Siddhachalam, and Sringeri Sadhana Center don't look like what I remember.
Who is Krishnokanto Gojdani and what is his story? [more inside]
Indian wedding in Boston/Cambridge area [more inside]
Some friends of mine got married last month in India, and they're having a large evening reception this weekend. I know that colorful is the way to go, but all of my colorful dresses are too casual. What I have left is a mostly black dress with a few grey panels, and a mostly white dress with a light blue floral print. Would either of those be ok, or should I go shopping this weekend? The bride had previously said that "a dress you would wear to an American wedding" is fine, and I don't want to pester her asking for specifics when I'm sure she has other things on her mind right now!
How to find a wedding venue in or near London that matches some pretty specific criteria? [more inside]
How to convincingly pass for a Hindu at a temple? [more inside]
I need a book about Shakta (Indian goddess) mysticism! [more inside]
The Indian background music in the Beatles' "Within You Without You"... tell me more about it. [more inside]
Slumdog Millionaire: Late to the party, I watched this movie for the first time (and second time, too) this past week. [more inside]
I would like to buy or rent a building to convert to a Hindu temple in my community for the Bhutanese/Nepalese refugees. Problem: I have NO IDEA where to start. [more inside]
Among East Indians/Hindus, how common is it to name a child after another family member? Trouble finding a name for our soon-to-be born little Babu here... [more inside]
What instrument is this? [more inside]
Dress me and Mr. F for a Hindu wedding in November in NorCal. Difficulty factor: we are slightly large white folks who never wear anything except cargo pants and T-shirts, and my native guide doesn't know what non-Indians wear to such things. [more inside]
(Hindu?) Question about the purpose of a cord around the waist of children. [more inside]
I'm looking for artists, albums, or single songs that mix in elements of Indian/Hindi music and other various contemporary styles. [more inside]
Is there a reliable source (preferably online) for the percentage of Hindus in India who are vegetarian? [more inside]
Is there some special historical / cultural reason that (South Asian) Indians are really big on Niagara Falls? [more inside]
There is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant in Paris called Krishna-Bhavan (delicious, BTW), that has an image of a flute-playing butt with eyes (and jewellery) on one of their walls. Can anyone help me identify this deity / character? Picture here (scroll down). [more inside]
What are the similarities between Hindu and Chinese mythology? [more inside]
Is quote really from the Atharva Veda? "We are birds of the same nest, We may wear different skins, We may speak in different tongues, We may believe in different religions, We may belong to different cultures, Yet we share the same home – our Earth... [more inside]
How can I find a particular Hindu scripture verse about Ganesha and Parvati? [more inside]
Can Mefites point me to Diwali related music? Names of songs , particular artists to look for, would all be appreciated. Places (online or in the Boston, MA) area where I can buy said music would be greatly appreciated.
Can anyone help me find Indian / Hindi folklore? [more inside]
Some questions about visiting hindu temples. [more inside]
What are the significance of colored flags I see posted in front of my Hindu neighbor's home? [more inside]
CDsearch!Filter: I was browsing the world section of the local indie record store a couple years ago, and they had an artist who put Hindu chants to these nifty techno beats. Sound familiar? [more to the inside] [more inside]