The Ethnic Mama – 1

Fall is here. And so is the Indian festive season.

Now that the festivities are upon us, I’m starting a new series “Ethnic Mama”, from today.

It is my humble attempt to share our Indian culture through this series on my blog. And I couldn’t find a better time for this.

Being a home to several ethnic groups, tribes and religions, India gets to celebrate many festivals around this time of year. Eid, Navratri, Dussehra, Diwali, Gurupurab, Karwachauth are some of the popular festivals celebrated with great fervor across the country. And if you think this is not enough, Indian wedding season overlaps with all the religious festivities.



Bollywood actresses in traditional wear.



Henna – the quintessential element of Indian festivites. This one is by a local Indian henna artist.



Indian jewelry can be purely magical. These earrings are exclusively custom made.


For NRI’s like us, one of the easier ways to get the feel of all the festivities is by adorning Indian ethnic wear. Ethnic clothing takes us close to our Indian roots and reminds us of our rich cultural heritage. Since we don’t get to wear ethnic clothes on a daily basis ( though nobody stops us from doing that ) , they are essentially reserved for special occasions – festivals, performing specific rituals, ceremonies, weddings and the likes. Whatever the reason is, our ethnic attires are a source of pride and helps us to display our ethnic identity. And by doing so we are trying to bring our kids a step close to our cultural heritage.




Celebrating festivals with other Indians in our city.


India is a nation of diversity and each ethnic group has has highly ritualized styles of dressing up.Not only you will find several regional variations which are quite interesting but also a plethora of weaves, embroideries, textures, colors and patterns.



A traditional Indian suit which comes as a colorful shirt and pants/tights.



Indian ethnic dresses can be entirely handmade or machine made. Either way the product is just magnificient. You will want to wear it right away.



The hand embroidered saree adorned by my own sister.



A complete look..


The new series will be all about Indian culture, clothing and festivities which are around the corner. I have lots of interesting articles planned for this series. And do let me know your thoughts on this.

I’m so excited to be doing this series.

Stay tuned !!

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  5. I love this traditional dresses. It’s mesmerizing 😄 especially saree. Really loved this article. Can’t wait to see more from this series. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Lovely post! I love the traditional clothes! Can’t wait for my Indian friends to get married so I can experience it!

  8. Love reading about others culture… Great to see the traditional clothing

  9. What I luv about your blog is…….it has become international now.Its liked by nationals of so many countries.Credit goes to you in making Indian heritage sooooo popular.

    • Thanks aunty. I’m happy about the fact that I have a good network of International friends. And they also want to know more about Indian culture :))

  10. What a lovely post Monika – and a hearty treat for the Asians far from their home town! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Looking forward to more of such posts 😊

  11. I love this post. Shows the Induan culture beautifully. Being a Pakistani,I’ve always been fascinated by Indian culture. My wish is to visit that place one day

  12. Great introductory article, already got me hooked! I’ll be checking back to learn more! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Hey! I’m really liking this! I liked your Facebook page to be sure I’m not missing anything of these series 🙂

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful culture! Have fun in the festivities!

  15. What a lovely way to revisit time spend in Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmenabad visitng friends and attending the mammoth weddings of their children. What remains is the vision of the jewel like silks of the women of ages sari’s glowing in the candlelight of gardens…and having my hands henna’d at one of the all women festivities before the wedding! Thanks for making this come alive again!

    • It feels great when you can revisit some fond memories. I’m glad my article helped you do that to some extent. Do come back as its going to get more colorful n vibrant here on my blog:)) Thanks much for sharing your memories!

  16. How fun!! Such a fun and great way to dress up and celebrate your culture! I have always been fascinated with Indian culture and I hope I can get more exposed to it. Great post! Thanks for sharing!

  17. I love all the beautiful dresses and the Henna is out of this world! I adore countries that are so rich in heritage!

  18. I look forward to the Ethnic Mama series as I am all about celebrating religious or cultural diversity and find it refreshing to read a post that differs from the blogger norm.

  19. Nice Monika I love all the festivals and the beautiful colors that come with it. Great blog keep it up.

  20. Fabulous post. I really love all the sari’s. I host a weekly link up. I’d love it if you stopped by and added this post.

  21. AH! I love it! I love the name of your blog too. I am SO in love with learning about new cultures, and India has always been on my travel bucket list. I just love Indian culture! There is a community in the city where I live, and a woman who shops in the store I work at has invited me to celebrate Holi (spelling?) with them next time. Im so excited!

    • Thanks Amanda. You are going to love your India vacation whenever it happens. Holi is one of my favorite festivals. Hope you enjoy it too next March:))

  22. Beautiful Post! So much going on in the Fall. We were married in the Fall.


  23. I love the look! There’s really something interesting about the way Indians dress. Beautiful. 🙂

  24. Gorgeous! The Indian culture is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  25. have been fascinated for years by the Indian culture very much looking forward to reading more.

  26. Very cool photos! Love it! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Wow! The clothes are amazing! I would certainly love to read more about your culture 🙂

  28. This is so exceptionally beautiful! I always have found Indian clothing the most beautiful in the world.:) I love the henna as well. So artistic! I have never been to India (although it is my number one place I’d love to travel to) but I was in Sri Lanka and I remember how absolutely stunning the saris were there…almost unreal, the colors were exceptional. I’ll be coming back here!!:)

  29. Simply loved It Monika!!!!Fall always bring lots of Indian festival.And that brings out all the colorful ethnic Indian dresses too.

  30. Looks like a great series! I am always amazed by the high cultural diversity within India!

  31. Hi Monica – You captured the magic of the festive season so we’ll and now I am so excited about Navratri’s, Diwali and all the lovely festivals in the fall. Please visit my website or my FB page Mio Mora to see the latest collections for all these lovely occasions.

  32. Wowww loved it & ofcourse the surprise element too 😉
    I was so looking forward to this series. You rock my friend. Just help us make the coming festive season more vibrant & colorful 🙂

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