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Peta Jinnath Andersen is a freelance and fiction writer. Born in Sydney, Australia, to a Fiji-Indian father and Scottish mother, she’s a bit confused about her background, but loves it all the same. Currently living in the US, she has just had her first child, and is busy studying hard in an effort to learn more about her Indian heritage – including taking Hindi lessons – so she can teach her son about just what it is that makes an NRI special.

Latest Articles

  • My secret struggle: I can't roll a perfect chapati.


  • Is a Punjabi Steelers' anthem a sign of change for NRIs?

  • Despite my inner awkwardness, I try a Bollywood dance class - and am ...

  • Salman Rushdie talks Shiv Sena, cryptofascism, and censorship in ...

  • Old traditions give way to new ones.

  • If I read stories about Krishna & Brahma to my son, am I stealing ...

  • Indian clothes are pretty, but intimidating...

  • The more I learn for my son, the more I learn about myself.

  • Thoughts on critically acclaimed NRI author V.S. Naipaul...and why he ...

  • The US President appeared to endorse India's position on the UN ...

  • Lyricist and film maker Amanda Sodhi on being an NRI.


  • Is Hindi disappearing? And what happens when a language is lost?

  • Mehndi--it's more than a pretty swirl or two.

  • How does Galli Galli Sim Sim compare with its US counterpart, Sesame ...

  • NBC's latest offering isn't just unfunny--it's racist.

  • A chat with Shari Rosenfeld about Galli Galli Sim Sim, the Indian ...

  • A sit down with Bollywood dancer and choreographer Angelica ...

  • Baby's first Eid has to be perfect.

  • Will Indian home remedies help when my son is sick?


  • Fasting is a family affair...but I can't do it.

  • Chai lattes leave a bitter taste in my mouth...


  • Why must my Indian aunts insist on cooking for me?

  • Dancer Gayathri Arumugham talks about her experience as an NRI in the ...

  • Is encouraging my son to respond to Hindi-only words selfish? Or ...

  • Am I still Indian if I can't wear the clothes?


  • Should I follow tradition and shave my baby's head? Will he be bald ...

  • Indians are very clean--does my untidy house make me less of an ...

  • I am a perfect mother, a perfect wife, a perfect daughter. How do I ...

  • Four little words that made me want to punch something: thank you, come ...

  • Birbal - legend, folk hero, or part of the glue that binds NRIs ...

  • I used to think all Indians ate with their hands, but a trip to a posh ...

  • ‘Growing up without meat stunts growth’ say some of my family. ...

  • Indians eat chillies, Americans eat burgers, Japanese eat sushi. ...

  • After the murder of an Indian man in Australia, is there a rising ...

  • At the opening of a new ice cream bar in Delhi, there was just one ...

  • Going from long to short and back to long, me and my hair have had the ...

  • I love my camel-coloured skin, but why does walking into an Indian ...

  • It was assumed, as an Indian Muslim mum-to-be, that circumcision was a ...

  • I sometimes wish the mother-caring, father-providing roles had been ...