September 18, 2018

If there is one thing that I love doing, it's cooking for friends and family. Baking, however, is one of those things I don't focus on as much.

Enter the mango pie recipe that non-bakers can make and still receive compliments for!

There are a few things to note about this recipe, all written below under "Chef's notes." I'd be curious how this comes out for all of you! But for now...there's mango sweetness, a touch of creamy deliciousness, a great cinnamon-y graham cracker crust, and the best part: ONLY FOUR INGREDIENTS! The other best part: IT'S VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY! This recipe is a lazy girl's godsend.

I'm so sorry I didn't get a ton of pictures while I was making it--I had to take them on my phone as I was in a rush and couldn't pause to take them every step of the way. I'll do better on the next one. :)

Serving size: Makes two (2) pies

Ingredients

  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 tsp. agar powder (or1/2 tsp. gelatin, if you wish to use that instead and...

July 15, 2018

As some of you know, I bought a Kindle in February...for this devoted page-turning reader, buying an e-book device was an enormous development. But I commute a lot into the city, travel a lot, and carrying books along in an already-huge bag was not doable (or good for my poor back!).

But now...books! At the push of a button! Goodbye, bank account...hello, hours of reading.

I thought I'd share the books I've gotten through this year (about 40 as of June 2018!) and I will continue updating as I see fit. Have you read some of these? Do you want to? Let's talk! Get in touch.

Note: I've tried to keep authors together and/or themes together as much as possible. Apologies if this list isn't perfectly organized--if you have questions, just ask!

History/Biography

  • We Two: Victoria and Albert, Rulers, Partners, Rivals, by Gillian Gill

  • A Magnificent Obsession, by Helen Rappaport

  • Becoming Queen Victoria, by Kate Williams

  • The Romanov Sisters, by Helen Rappaport

  • The Last Day of the...

May 31, 2018

Nearly 2 million YouTube views on her TEDx talk. A burgeoning health career. Gorgeous both inside and out...Thinking about her is already bringing a smile to my face.

I'm introducing Mamata Venkat today--her TEDx Talk on Heartfulness Meditation and what it's done for her has accumulated nearly 2 million views on YouTube, and she is a proponent of meditation as a way to release stress and chill the heck out. At 25, Mamata has made her voice heard and it is extraordinary to hear a young woman with wisdom that sounds like it's come from someone much older...then again, she'd probably be the first one to tell you that at heart, she's a loving, sweet grandmotherly doll of a human.

I'm so honored to feature her on the blog today. If you're interested in Mamata or Heartfulness Meditation, you can follow her at @hakuna.mamata or watch her TEDx video. She'll also be at the release of the book, The Heartfulness Way, a Q&A with the co-author of the book and complete with musical performances by som...

May 15, 2018

I never thought I'd see myself in a character so much--a little bit of a control freak, someone caught between destiny and choice, someone who has moments of grace but mostly moments of blurting out witty comments...Enter Winnie Mehta.

Winnie has dated a boy named Raj, who she believed was the man who would fulfill a prophecy about her love life...until they break up. Caught between what destiny has predicted for her and what she wants in life, the story explores the life of a high school senior as she navigates her life as a Bollywood movie, relates everything back to Bollywood, and lives out her own destiny.

Nisha Sharma knocks it out of the park, both with her descriptions of our culture and with the story itself. There's something so outlandish about Bollywood movies--the dancing, the songs, the melodrama, the overdone reactions, and the colors--and there's something so seamless about how she weaves it into the story. As she mentions time and again, the love of Bollywood isn't a love...

April 26, 2018

Like any field, as you delve into becoming a professional, you meet people along the way who change your perception of what you're doing and how you're doing it.

Nisha Sharma is one of those people for me.

An author, a lawyer, an advocate, all while juggling a movie deal for her first novel My So-Called Bollywood Life (out May 15th!), an upcoming wedding, and of course, her love of Bollywood and dancing...If you want a role model or someone to take some serious planner tips from, Nisha is your girl.

I'm so lucky to speak with her today...and I'd recommend you follow her on Twitter (she's hilarious!) @nishawrites and on Instagram at @nishasharmawrites. Her website can be found at www.nisha-sharma.com (it's SO CUTE!).

Give us the deets...who are you? What do you stand for? To quote John Green...tell us "your story. Your hobbies, your passions, your weird fetishes." 

First, thank you so much for having me! You’re one of my favorite book people, so I’m so glad we could do this interview.

My stor...

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