GET UPDATES FROM masalamommas is the first online magazine for moms & moms-to-be with a
South Asian connection.

Entries by masalamommas

8 Ways To Light Up Your Home At Diwali

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2016 | 9:12 AM

By Anjum Choudhry Nayyar

Diwali, the festival of lights is one of my favourite times of the year. The food prep, the gift prep, the pujas, the family parties and the mithai boxes can be so much fun but the gift-giving and parties can also keep things very busy!

Read Post

Top 9 Benefits Of Being In An Intercultural Marriage

(1) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 12:06 PM

By Alexandra Madhavan

My husband is from South India and I am Canadian. We are the living, walking, breathing epitome of cultural differences -- he is Hindu, I am Catholic; he is a strict vegetarian, I am not; he comes from a huge traditional Iyengar family, I come from a...

Read Post

Are We Talking Enough to Kids About Stress?

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2015 | 9:58 AM

By Anjum Choudhry Nayyar


When my daughter started at a new school last year, I think I immediately went into helicopter parent mode. You know, that parent you never want to be. I was concerned about how she'd adjust to her new...

Read Post

10 Tips for Surviving a Marathon Indian Wedding

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 8:08 AM

By Navi Sidhu

Anyone who has had or has ever been to an Indian wedding knows that they are not like other Canadian weddings. Indian weddings are good, bad and can get ugly. On one hand, you get to party with your family and friends every night for a whole...

Read Post

How To Raise Kids in a Different Culture

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 5:07 PM

ABC has a show called Blackish and I can't help but relate to it. It is a comedy about a family man trying to maintain his cultural identity while raising his children in a predominantly white upper-middle class neighbourhood. You don't need to be black to get it. Brown works...

Read Post

Don't Choose Toys For Your Kids Based on Stereotypical Gender Roles

(3) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 1:53 PM

I always wanted a little girl. After having two boys, I yearned for pink and bows. My entire house was filled with cars, trucks, superheroes and whoopee cushions and I longed to see a Barbie or doll stroller among it all.

Last year, my husband, sons and I were blessed...

Read Post

6 Ways to Recycle Your Indian Wedding Outfit

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 12:15 PM

By Tanvi Rastogi

After months of research and swatches you finally got your wedding outfits in order. Colour coordinated, jewelry and make up synced with footwear to match or compliment the outfit. But once all the hoopla is over, does that expensive outfit get packed-never-to-see-the-daylight again? That doesn't sound right....

Read Post

When Cultural Norms Stand in the Way of Breastfeeding

(2) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 8:11 AM

By Anjali Joshi

Before I had even stepped foot in the labour and delivery ward of a hospital, I was determined to exclusively breastfeed my baby. I had done my research, read the stacks of pregnancy books, and all arrows pointed to the same message: breast milk was the most...

Read Post

How Report Cards Put Pressure on Parents

(1) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 12:26 PM

My three-year-old completed her first year at pre-school this past week. Even though it was only thrice a week, we have seen her progress leaps and bounds from a little baby back in the fall to a "big girl" as she likes to refer to herself now. Throughout this time...

Read Post

Top 10 Ways to Be a Contagious Parent

(26) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 5:20 PM

2014-06-11-rajdeep93x150.jpeg The other night, my six-year-old daughter said to me, "Mommy, the fashion show starts in fifteen minutes."

I giggled and told her, "Okay, I'll be there."

This is the same kid who plans family tea parties, family game nights, and special themed...

Read Post

Dads Might Have the World's Toughest Job

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 12:33 PM

The minute the stick turns +, the spotlight is on the mommas. She lends her body to the growing little pea inside her. Her body is taxed with fluid retention and swollen ankles, heartburn, backaches, and the finale of the nine months is labour and delivery. And, then she lends...

Read Post

What I've Learned By Being a Feminist, South Asian Mom

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 5:13 PM

2014-06-06-anushayhead.jpg Any woman can tell you that as a feminist, your morals and boundaries are constantly being challenged, and maybe not more often than when you are both desi and feminist. As with any culture, our traditions come laden with sexist traditions and customs,...

Read Post

Would You Want Your Kid to Have An Arranged Marriage?

(9) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 5:47 PM

My almost three-year-old recently turned to me and said "I can't wait to get married!" I blinked a few times, trying to comprehend if I heard correctly or not. My husband nearly choked on whatever he was eating. We were both clearly flustered as to this sudden proclamation from our...

Read Post

The Push For Push Presents May Be Misguided

(0) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 8:53 AM

The first time I ever heard the term "push present," I was visiting a girlfriend's new baby. As I sat down to cuddle her beautiful bundle of joy, she pointed out a tiny blue Tiffany's jewelry box on the coffee table and told me her baby had given her a...

Read Post

How I Felt the First Time I Saw My Mother Helpless

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 12:15 PM

Every relationship evolves throughout the course of its lifespan. Some grow and blossom, others die out when the time is right and some drag on when they should have ended long ago. I think most women can agree that there is however no relationship like the one you have with...

Read Post

16 Rules For a Happy Marriage

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 8:55 AM

"In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king." At this point in my life, this is one of my favorite quotes. To me, it means that I offer to you my pearls of wisdom at a time that statistics show an alarming rate of divorce worldwide.


Read Post

Five Things You Shouldn't Ask a South-Asian Stepmom

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2014 | 3:01 AM

Becoming a stepmother can be a whirlwind of change and transition as you adjust to being a part of an instant family. The reactions from others can either ease this process or make you feel further isolated. Sometimes I feel like stepmothers are held to greater scrutiny because...

Read Post

How to Raise Strong Daughters

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:05 PM

I have two younger sisters. When we were growing up my dad would often get tickets to sports events (hockey and baseball were the two most common ones). With each set of tickets he would rotate through the order of cousins (there were 10 of us, all boys, except for...

Read Post

Are You The Bully In Your Home?

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 11:13 AM

By Angie Seth

This blog was inspired by an article I recently read in the Huffington Post about bullying. It brought tears to my eyes, not just because it was a touching piece about a mother coming to terms with the fact that unknowingly she was bullying her daughter into...

Read Post

Telling My Kids We Don't Celebrate Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 11:30 AM

I don't celebrate Christmas. I never have and I'm fairly sure I never will. Growing up in Ottawa in the '80s, my Christmas celebrating friends would often be shocked that December 25th was just another morning for me where I would sleep in and then go downstairs and watch cartoons...

Read Post