I'm a white American project manager who works extensively with engineers in India and the Philippines (almost all male). All of them know me as female but I am going to come out as a trans man fairly soon. I have no idea how transgenderism (and specifically trans men) are viewed in Indian/Filipino culture. What might I expect? Should I handle the transition any differently with them than with American/Euro colleagues? [more inside]
I will be visiting India soon to get an arranged marriage. I would like to know what to expect and how to handle the situation. [more inside]
What sort of "hosting" gift should I bring to an Indian (Gujarati) couple who have invited my husband and me for lunch in their new home? [more inside]
I will be traveling to Goa in the next couple days but only for about 10 days. Usually I have time to get clothes tailor made but probably not this time. so I need recommendations for stores where I can buy reasonably priced ready to wear casual clothes in Panaji, Vasco or environs. Because I don't visit often, and have relied on tailor made, I dont know where to go. [more inside]
It's my first time out of the USA, and I don't know what to pack! [more inside]
Recommend me some music to go along with reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children? While reading the book, it's occurred to me that I like and am interested in Indian music, but don't really have any, and don't really know any artists to look for other than Ravi Shankar. I think I'm mostly looking for the more classical Indian styles, as opposed to the pop/Bollywood stuff, but some of both would be nice maybe. Can anyone suggest other performers or albums? Bonus if they're easily available through Amazon or iTunes.
Name This Indian Sweet [more inside]
MisterBen needs recommendations for a very specific kind of Indian cookbook – one that’s organized by technique, not by course or ingredient. Imagine if Alton Brown or Mark Bittman wrote an Indian cookbook. The idea is to learn reusable techniques and general concepts of what flavors are used together. What he already has: Madhur Jaffrey’s classics, Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries”, and Vikas Khanna’s “Flavor First”, which are used as bibles. Almost all Indian ingredients can be found in our area, and he is comfortable at making his own masalas, so feel free to recommend books you might think of as advanced.
Where is there a good selection of saris/sarees in Philadelphia? [more inside]
Sparks are flying between myself and a workmate/friend from India. Help me get my head around the cultural aspect of this. [more inside]
Need help finding an impromptu sari blouse alternative. [more inside]
The Indian background music in the Beatles' "Within You Without You"... tell me more about it. [more inside]
In Slumdog Millionaire, we were shown a bunch of Amitabh Bachchan clips from some of his older moveis. What were they? - I'd like to hear your other Bollywood action movie recommendations too! [more inside]
Lamb and chicken, pork and beef... which is the meatiest Indian cookbook? [more inside]
I really love these easy-to-prepare, not-too-expensive A Taste of Thai/India/China meals for lunch. What else would I like? [more inside]
My Indian (Bangalore) co-worker's father just passed away. How do I offer him the proper condolences and support? [more inside]
I will be leaving in a month for Jaipur, Rajasthan, to study abroad. I'll spend the spring living with an Indian family, studying international development, and doing an internship at an NGO in or near the city. Afterwards, I may travel around India for a while with a friend. Please give me any and all advice you have about traveling and living in India. [more inside]
I'm looking for a very distinct Indian music video. There's [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.
What's the story behind Indian (as in the country) last names that consist of a single letter? [more inside]
Indian food experts (whether of Indian descent or not), please help me with some questions I have about some sauces I just bought. [more inside]
Authentic Indian Finger Food Suggestions Needed for a Bollywood Party - [more inside]