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Jessica Kumar is an American development advocate living in Bihar, India. She engages in powerful & empathetic interviews to shed light on lesser known aspects of Indian culture, founded in cultural anthropology, sprinkled with hints of modern relationships.

Join us to hear diverse voices, stereotype breakers & interesting people who are experts in:
-language learning (specifically acquisition of South Asian languages)
-breaking stereotypes about racial identity
-cross-cultural parenting
-interracial relationships, navigating cross-cultural marriage
-gender roles
-doing business in India

Invisible India | Navigating Indian Culture With Love Jessica Kumar

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 53 Ratings

Jessica Kumar is an American development advocate living in Bihar, India. She engages in powerful & empathetic interviews to shed light on lesser known aspects of Indian culture, founded in cultural anthropology, sprinkled with hints of modern relationships.

Join us to hear diverse voices, stereotype breakers & interesting people who are experts in:
-language learning (specifically acquisition of South Asian languages)
-breaking stereotypes about racial identity
-cross-cultural parenting
-interracial relationships, navigating cross-cultural marriage
-gender roles
-doing business in India

    74 | All About Indian In-Laws Part 2

    74 | All About Indian In-Laws Part 2

    Jessica dives deeper about having Indian in-laws as a foreigner. In this 2 part episode, Jessica discusses listener questions about having Indian in-laws when you didn’t grow up in Indian culture.

    We talk about how to address conflict, what happens when you're in a multi-generational home and how to address the different view of boundaries in East vs West.

    Be sure to listen to Part 1 to hear about meeting the inlaws for the first time and other popular questions about marrying an Indian.

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    Links mentioned in this episode:

    The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concepts that you need to know to get you speaking quickly and on your way! 

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    Download the Ultimate Hindi Learning Resource Guide. It is a 21 page PDF including curated resources of Jessica's top recommendations of Indian owned businesses who are creating the best Hindi learning tools!


    The Guide Includes:
    -Ratings of Hindi teachers, top classes, programs and apps!
    -Contact information and discount codes for the best teachers and programs to learn Hindi!
    -Personal notes and recommendations on ways to learn Hindi through native speakers.
    -21 pages of Jessica's curated recommendations for teachers based on 16+ years of experience in learning Hindi

    Get it here!

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    Join our Patreon community for special content! www.patreon.com/invisibleindia

    • 27 min
    73| All About Indian In-Laws | Part 1

    73| All About Indian In-Laws | Part 1

    Jessica tells all about having Indian in-laws as a foreigner. In this 2 part episode, Jessica discusses listener questions about having Indian in-laws when you didn’t grow up in Indian culture.

    You probably know Indian families are close knit. That is why having a good relationship with our in-laws is so important.

    We discuss questions like what to expect when meeting the in-laws for the first time, gender biases, handling boundaries, managing questions about children and more.

    Listen in as a guide for your own masala desi relationship.



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    Links mentioned in this episode:


    The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concepts that you need to know to get you speaking quickly and on your way!
    Join our Patreon community for special content! www.patreon.com/invisibleindia

    • 26 min
    72| What is it REALLY Like Being Married to an Indian Man?

    72| What is it REALLY Like Being Married to an Indian Man?

    Hearing others' perspectives always brings out new perspectives. I interviewed two other women who are married to Indians who bring various cultural and linguistic background to their stories. Sheida is from Iran living in Canada. Parneet is French, living in Belgium.

    I asked the various questions to bring out these women's thoughts and experiences:

    1) Things you enjoy about being married to an Indian.

    2) Your favorite thing about Indian culture.

    3) One challenge of being cross culturally married.

    Hear their thoughts, opinions and be exposed to different cultural perspectives.

    Find Parneet @paris_punjabexpress and Sheida on Instagram.

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    Links mentioned in this episode:


    The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concepts that you need to know to get you speaking quickly and on your way!
    Join our Patreon community for special content! www.patreon.com/invisibleindia

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    71| Indian Childrens' Literature with Author Devika Cariapa

    71| Indian Childrens' Literature with Author Devika Cariapa

    Devika Cariapa is an award-winning children’s author who uses her background in history and archaeology to creatively communicate with a young audience.

    Her first book, India Through Archaeology: Excavating History (Tulika Books) encourages children to explore Indian history through the lens of archaeology.

    It was awarded the Hindu Young World-Goodbooks Award 2018 and the Sahitya Akademi’s Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2019. She is also the author of India Through People : 25 Game Changers (Tulika Books) about the courageous men and women who left an imprint on the course of modern India, The Adventures of the Kohinoor (Juggernaut), an adaptation of William Dalrymple and Anita Anand’s book, Kohinoor and Uncle Nehru, Please Send an Elephant, a picture book for younger readers on Nehru’s ‘elephant diplomacy’. The Adventures of the Kohinoor is on the Neev Book Awards 2021 short list.

    Listen to this conversation about children's literature in India!

    Find Devika on Instagram @stories_from_stones.

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    Links mentioned in this episode:


    Tulika Books is offering a 10% discount and free international shipping with code "INDIA" for orders of more than $40. Get some of these amazing books for your friends, family and yourself!
    See Devika Cariapa's books on Tulika here!
    The "Hindi Hacks You Never Knew You Needed" course is live! Cut out the fluff and get the first phrases and concepts that you need to know to get you speaking quickly and on your way!
    As mentioned in the episode, Pratham books has an online library of free books, especially for children in need. Share with those you know and support their cause.
    Join our Patreon community for special content! www.patreon.com/invisibleindia

    • 34 min
    70 | Hindi Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed | Hindi Course Preview

    70 | Hindi Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed | Hindi Course Preview

    What are the top five verbs you need to now in Hindi to start most simple conversations? Jessica breaks down the basic verbs to listen for in Hindi conversation and how these verbs can be used for beginners and intermediate speakers of Hindi. 



    This episode is a sneak preview of Jessica's upcoming Hindi course "Hindi Hacks You Didn't Know You Needed to Know." This course if different from other courses on the market.  If you've ever felt perfectionism stop you from trying to speak Hindi, this is a great place to start to overcome barriers and learn the most irrelevant. The first course will be released mid-March 2022 with many more to come! 



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    Know a company that would like to sponsor the show? Have an idea for a guest who is breaking stereotypes in South Asian spaces? Write to me jessica@invisibleindiapodcast.com

    • 21 min
    69 | Ethics in Language Learning with Eliza Keyton

    69 | Ethics in Language Learning with Eliza Keyton

    Eliza Keyton (Eli Kutty) and Jessica Kumar are both language learners of Indian languages. In the years since learning Malayalam and Hindi, Eliza and Jessica have become increasingly convinced that there needs to be greater representation of Indians and proper credit given to those who have taught their indigenous languages to foreigners.

    In this episode, Eliza and Jessica talk through the challenges of navigating leftover colonialism which makes learning a language responsibly tricky in today's climate. 

    Jessica and Eliza both share their clear intentions of uplifting Desi voices and pointing the attention back to native speakers of their target languages. They both speak about their unique experiences as white Americans and how one needs to be aware of white privilege while learning a language.

    Hear Episode 68 for more information about Eliza and Jessica's personal journey of learning Indian languages. 

    Find Eliza on Instagram @Eli.Kutty and YouTube!



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    SIGN UP for the Invisible India Newsletter to hear about Jessica's upcoming Hindi Course! It is in the works now! There will be a discount for subscribers of the newsletter. Sign up for updates here!

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    Know a company that would like to sponsor the show? Have an idea for a guest who is breaking stereotypes in South Asian spaces? Write to me jessica@invisibleindiapodcast.com

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    This episode was edited by Sahastranshu Mishra.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

laura*11 ,

Unlike anything else on the podcast sphere

If you are looking for information on how to appreciate and understand the nuanced cultures of India as a non-Indian, look no further! From language to cultural insights to travel stories to elevating unique voices of Indians from a variety of cultural and geographical backgrounds, this is one of the most interesting podcasts I’ve ever found. Plus there’s the YouTube and online content. As someone with many Desi friends and who hopes to remove to the Indian subcontinent soon, this show is invaluable.

KM_USA17 ,

So informative and valuable!

I respect Jessica at Invisible India so much. I am also married to an Indian, but live in the US. Several of the circumstances and questions I’ve faced over the last 7 years have been addressed in these podcasts, plus more! I feel so much more informed and equipped on how to handle situations that arise in my immediate family, as well as in our visits to India with extended family and friends. Thank you, Jessica!

Dana Bhalla ,

Podcast with Diverse Variety on Indian Culture

I love how Jessica uses her platform to elevate a wide variety of Indian voices, talent, cultural lessons/values, and Southeast Asian resources. I particularly follow the Facebook and Youtube side of things, as I like to see videos of India - being one who has lived in India for 2 1/2 years myself. Invisible India gives me a glimpse into some of the many beautiful complexities and diversity that is India - a land of not just one culture but thousands of subcultures, languages, and peoples. Would love to hear a podcast about how you decide where to travel in India and what planning is like with your family. I particularly enjoyed tbe travel episode from a while back with the Indian couple who travel everywhere as a family and discussed parenting while trotting the globe. I also love your sassy remarks about people who marvel at foreignness in India. Always relatable and good laughs when watching your videos or listening to your podcast.

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