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Susan Flint Rajkumar I have lived in India for over a decade, and have called many other parts of this world my home. I mingle with people of many different religions, skin colors, educational backgrounds, and life experiences. And I am happy to call them my friends. At age fifty, I decided to change the course of my life by taking an art class. Many things have changed, and how pleasing!

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Ladies don't Whistle, Only Sometimes

Posted by Susan F Rajkumar on Saturday, August 27, 2016, In : Life in India 



I can thank Jill G. for teaching me how to whistle in 5th grade. We sat at a girl’s basketball game against Nokomis School blowing ourselves breathless to get a sound. Country girls do this, and because Jill grew up around horses, whistling comes with the territory. I just wanted to know how to make a loud, sharp sound.

Forty years later, I showed my friend and personal assistant-housekeeper-bodyguard Auisha that I knew how to whistle. We were walking in a very remote area in the Nilgiri m...


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Living the Everyday Indian Life

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Friday, August 7, 2015, In : Life in India 
The other day my neighbor came over to invite us to his father's one year death anniversary. In India, people observe death anniversaries, but usually the first year is marked with a large meal, shared with family and friends.

That special day arrived today in the morning. In India, mornings are busy. Most housewives get up early to do their pujas, their prayers, sweep and clean, make an exhaustively prepared breakfast, iron bathe and dress everyone, eat, send their family off to work and s...


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Day 7 at the Rajkumar Home

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Monday, September 24, 2012, In : Life in India 

Today is day 7 at the Rajkumar home, and I awoke feeling very happy—a new feeling in such a long time. My husband also felt in good cheer. It seems that we getting excited about our new space. We are planning for a room that is passive solar and functions like a greenhouse with a stove for cold evenings. This way we will have a warm home—from both stoves. The house already feels warmer than the house we live in, as it retains the heat from the sun much longer with the thick walls.

Toda...


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Day 4 at the Rajkumar Home

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Friday, September 21, 2012, In : Life in India 
We celebrated our wedding anniversary on the 19th in separate locations. Friends brought a ca...

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Indian Home Again

Posted by Susan Rena Rajkumar on Thursday, September 20, 2012, In : Life in India 

Now it is September, and I have returned to my village in the high mountains of the Western Ghats—India. My husband and I have reunited after two months.  The visit to my family and friends was very rich and rewarding, and at the same time trying, as my dear Uncle Joe passed away while he was hiking in the Yolla Bolly mountain range in the Mendocino National Forest, Northern California.

These kinds of events allow for reflection, and then learning. One of my cousins reminded me of someth...


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Why Live in India?

Posted by Susan Flint Rajkumar on Friday, September 24, 2010, In : Life in India 

Dear Friends,

People write to me to tell me how they admire what I am doing, or to ask me how I do it, how do I live in India? Last night someone from France asked me what from America do I miss? These are subjects that I have written about previously, but for my new friends I will quickly recapture these questions and a few other themes.

Yes, coming to India to live full time was a very strong decision...following my man anywhere was my intention. There is a lot to be said ab...


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For the Holy Days

Posted by Susan FLint on Friday, December 18, 2009, In : Life in India 




Sending you so much Love and Cheer for the whole year!  May you love and be loved. May you feel love and harmony in your hearts, and peace within yourself. All the best to you, your friends, and your family. Greetings from India!



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Onam, God's Gifts, and Payasam

Posted by Susan Flint Rajkumar copyright 2009. All rights reserverd. on Thursday, September 10, 2009, In : Life in India 

Tomorrow is Onam, a holiday celebrated worldwide exclusively by the people of Kerala. Onam includes all religions, and is a state holiday. This is my favorite holiday, because it reminds me of Christmas and Thanksgiving at the same time. Onam is a harvest festival that celebrates the abundance that God has given us. We give clothing or money to our family members and employees, or to people who perform services for us—such as our fisher woman, our trash collectors, and our coconut harvester...


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