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An Interview with Jen Riday

I was interviewed by Jen Riday, the host of Vibrant Happy Women. Conversing with her was simply delightful. Here are the links to the podcast. Cut and paste anyone of the bolded links in your  browser: Direct listen links: Notes page: http://jenriday.com/24 iTunes Link: http://jenriday.com/itunes/ Stitcher Link: http://www.jenriday.com/stitcher/...

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Shaler Library Book Signing

It was so gratifying to see seriously involved audience at last Tuesday's Talk and Book Signing at the Shaler North Hills Library. A heartfelt thanks to the people who came to attend the event and Beth Lowry who had organized it. #Mindfulnessmeditation #Writingmeditation #Meditationwithmadhu Here are a few snapshots from the evening. ...

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Today’s Talk & Book Signing

Hope you’re enjoying your summer! If you are in Pittsburgh and have not planned something on Tuesday evening, I’d love to see you at the Shaler North Hills Library, August 9 (today) from 6:30-8:30. We’ll talk about the dilemma of balancing daily life with spiritual/creative life. The discussion will include fictional dreams, meaningful coincidences, art symbols and creative possibilities. In addition, I’ll guide two meditation sessions: Body Meditation AND Awakening the Senses. Would love to see familiar as well as new faces in the audience. Refreshments will be served! Here are the details:  ...

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Book Signing

Dear Friends, Please join me at the Shaler North Hills Library for book-signing and a talk, "Imagination, Dreams and Meaningful Coincidences." I'll be delighted if you can come! Here are the details: ...

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The Immigrant Wife & Chance Meetings 50% Discounted

Dear Readers, Have you read The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey? Did you purchase Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion? If not, now is the time to do so! From June 27 to July 5 both books will be discounted 50%.  Remember to download them on a reading apparatus for your summer read: The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey (Now $2.99, Was $5.99) Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion (Now $1.99, Was $3.99) Delight in your readings and have an unforgettable summer! Madhu ...

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Why I Love Pittsburgh, Reason # 3

Pittsburgh Cultural District The reason #3 why I love Pittsburgh is its Cultural District. Opera, play, ballet, and symphony stir my soul, the purpose of all art. The stories told in verse and prose puncture the repose of routine, and they are essential for frequent reawakening. Recently, Pittsburgh Opera’s “The Rake’s Progress” at the Benedum and Pittsburgh Public Theatre’s “Disgraced” at the O’Reilly succeeded in stirring my spirit in spades. One of my favorite artists, David Hockney, designed the sets in cross-hatching technique, eccentric costumes and childlike wigs. His props and designs reinterpret Stravinsky’s opera for the stage. Stravinsky was himself influenced by engravings of William Hogarth, an 18th century artist. Hockney felt that Hogarth’s precise cross-hatching technique perfectly...

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Chance Meetings NIEA Finalist

Dear Readers, Happy Mother's Day! On this beautiful day I'd like to share some good news with you: Chance Meetings: Stories About Cross-Cultural Karmic Collisions and Compassion, is a Finalist for the 10th National Indie Excellence Award. Check it out at http://www.indieexcellence.com On the NIEA website the book appears with its original cover:                           The new cover is:  ...

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10 Reasons Why I Love Pittsburgh | Reason #2

Reason # 2 Strip District Market In mid 1970s, when I arrived in Pittsburgh, there was not an International Isle in the local supermarkets. Vegetables such as okra (called lady’s fingers in India), turnip, long purple eggplants and kohlrabi were unfamiliar to the grocer. Goat meat was unavailable, and lamb available only during the week of lent. This was frustrating as I took as much pleasure in buying mouth watering raw ingredients as preparing scrumptious dishes. Couple of weeks after our arrival my sister, who had settled in Pittsburgh five years prior to the year we did, drove us to the Strip District. Driving through 13th to 33rd street on Penn Avenue she said in that market place I would find everything and anything I needed. And I certainly did. Before parking the...

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10 Reasons Why I Love Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, Tri-River State Pittsburgh, where three rivers meet (thus a sacred city according to Hinduism) has been my home since 1974. My husband and I have lived here for more years than in India where we were born. Our daughters were brought up here; they went away to college from here (Boston and Los Angeles) and returned to marry at the magnificent Hall of Architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art. With its 446 bridges over the rivers and countless hills and ravines, Pittsburgh landscape looks as breath taking as Srinagar, the capital of the Valley of Kashmir. I love Pittsburgh for its natural beauty, four distinct seasons, theatres, universities, museums, international restaurants, and numerous other sites. Let me begin with Phipps Conservatory. Each time I visit the green building I feel the thrill that...

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Gaurav, The brother Shanti Adores

Satyavan wants to immigrate to America. Shanti’s mother and sister are frantic. “Do you want to go to a foreign land and leave your family?” Her mother asks. “Why did he have to move seven seas away?” Ganga says. But Gaurav, Shanti’s brother—who happens to like Satyavan, declares this to be a great career opportunity. What does Shanti think? To find out, read The Immigrant Wife: Her Spiritual Journey, now available in print.    ...

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