Firstly, I refuse to apologize for not writing in a long while. And no complaining either, or I’ll do it again, and you don’t want that.

Secondly, I just got back from a trip to Jodhpur and Jaipur with my neighbors which was really truly AWESOME. We went for my neighbor (Sushil)’s cousin’s wedding. Please note the following points:


…are big. They might consist of aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, parents, second cousins, grandparents, grandchildren… but you wouldn’t know it. If someone is a little older than you, you call them “didi” or “baya” (sister or brother), if they’re a lot older than you, you call them “aunt” or “uncle” if they’re younger than you, you call them by their real name, and if they’re married to one of your bayas then you call them “barbee.” Look out, Aled’s future wife, I’m gonna call you Barbie.


…is Hindi. Very few people on the trip were able to talk to me easily. Which was really, really awesome. I learned more Hindi in one week in Rajistan than in three months in Hyderabad. Okay, sometimes they just laughed at me, but at least I got to use the few words I know! I wish I could have stayed there longer and learned more, it was so much fun :) .


…the sparklier the better. In Rajistan they like everything big, sparkly, and bigger and sparklier. Even the sarees are covered in fake gems. I’m proud of my slight fashion sense and very strongly prefer understatement, but I did make some sacrifices in my pride and dressed like a true Indian with 19 bangles on each of my wrists, giant earrings in my ears, and a grudgingly thick layer of eyeliner. Here’s a pic of my earrings for you: Earring

Thirdly, I am tired and I hope that this blog post is sufficient to keep Prairie entertained so I can write some college essays.

Thanks for reading.


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About Amalia

Hello! I'm a student of Computer Science at Knox College in Illinois. I spent a year as an exchange student in India as well as six weeks canoeing in the Arctic. I have lots of fun health problems and occasionally I will write about my life.
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2 Responses to BLING

  1. rah says:

    But what is the Hindi for Aunt/Uncle? And what do you call someone married to your didi?