September 19, 2004

The Festival of India

Filed under: Indian Culture — Tamra @ 4:09 pm

Last night we took Rani to the Festival of India. There was wonderful Hindi music, yummy channa masala(my favorite), and other good food! My favorite part was the little 5yo girl, Radika who danced. What an angel!

Rani got to meet my friend Cheryl’s daughter, Olivia, for the first time! Olivia is 6 weeks older than Rani and she came home about four weeks before Rani. We are hopeful that the girls will become fast friends. We live about an hour away from each other. Here is Rani meeting Olivia.

meeting olivia

It was so fun getting together with other adoptive parents of children from India. Here is a pic of Rani, Anuja, and Olivia together.

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August 25, 2003

Indian Food

Filed under: Indian Culture — Tamra @ 9:08 am

We went to our first Indian food restaurant last night and tried it for the very first time. I got chiken biriyani(sp?) and I have to say

IT WAS DELICIOUS!! Yay! I was really worried I wouldn’t like it. 🙂

The only problem is, almost EVERYTHING on the menu was made with dairy of some kind. And my oldest son is allergic. He was really dissapointed in his peas and rice chutney and I’m sure it will be difficult to get him to go back 🙁 But on the bright side my baby could eat the nan(bread) because it has no WHEAT! hooray! Now I guess I’ll have to learn to cook it too. 🙂

May 18, 2003

I found the best site!

Filed under: Indian Culture — Tamra @ 3:05 pm

Thanks Karoline for sending it to me. There are literally hundereds of books about India! I purchased The Martina doll (16″ doll with a sindur mark on her forehead), a book about teenage Indian refugees, and a children’s book entitled “Anni’s Journal”. I wanted so many more things! I’m sure I will be purchasing more in the future. I’ve been searching for a way to teach my boys about India, and to learn of it myself so that I can keep Rani’s culture strong and alive inside her. This is wonderful! They also have books and items from many other cultures. The site is called Culture for Kids.

Dave and I are still no closer on her name. I did find out that Gandha means fragrant, so now she’s a fragrant queen 🙂 Sigh, I figure it’s got to be a form of Rajanigandha or Rajnigandha which means night blossoming scented flower. That’s pretty nice. I definately lean toward Rania which also means queen. Dave is pretty set on keeping it at Ranigandha though. Maybe Ranigandha Zilpha? Zilpha is my great-grandmother’s name.