PRANEEKA- And so the celebrations begin! The period between thanksgiving and new year's eve is my absolute favorite time of the year due to a number of reasons: the time I get to share with my family, the cold weather, the multicultural holidays, and most importantly, the food. Ever since I was young, my family enjoyed adding an Indian flair to typical American dishes. I grew to appreciate our quirky tradition since it serves as a remembrance of my roots and they should stay imperative even when we are assimilating into the American culture. Because of my experiences, I wanted to do the same for you guys! Do you want to put something better than those ordinary dinner rolls on the table? Do you wish to surprise your guests with a flavorful meal that they will never forget? If you are the least bit interested, look no further! Here below are some recipes of dishes the Garamasalas staff believed would be great alternatives to traditional holiday meal foods. I hope every one of you has a warm and happy thanksgiving, and wonderful rest of the holiday season!
For the second most populous country in the world, India is burdened with far too many stereotypes. Despite our nation’s overwhelming diversity, all of us are assumed to be nerdy doctor- or engineer-wannabes who care about nothing but education, and as a result, we are rarely seen as creative. Discouragement from parents and society stops many Indian youths from engaging in their non-academic interests, and instead forces them to take up more difficult courses, usually in fields related to mathematics or science. However, when we are able to pursue our artistic passions, our excellence knows no bounds. After all, greatness courses through our veins. We come from the land where household items such as buttons and rulers were invented and the number zero was discovered. Our ancestors include great minds and legendary artists such as the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, politician Indira Gandhi, and author Rabindranath Tagore. Even the thousands of street vendors throughout India turn their work into an art, so why should we, the current generation, be anything less than exemplary?
Our staff members are proof that desi teens can in fact be both intelligent and creative. We each have hidden artistic talents that range from painting to singing to photography. Sure, we are intellectual people who have advanced mathematical and scientific abilities, but our creative measures are what define us as true human beings.
And with that, we are proud to introduce the newest contributor to our blog, Dylan Haria. He is an Indian-American photographer who loves the fields of science as well as the arts. He will occasionally be sharing his work on our blog, so get ready to see some AMAZING things from him! Here are some of his photographs below. Welcome to the Garamasalas fam, Dylan!
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