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Abhishek and Jessica are an Indian-American, cultural anthropologist and writer cross-cultural couple doing life in India. As a returning NRI, Abhishek brings his American wife and kids back to a non-metropolitan city in India.

On their journey, they explore the less known aspects of the shifting Indian landscape through a multicultural lens. They offer deep dives into Indian culture, tips on navigating interracial marriage, cross cultural parenting, learning Hindi and advice for navigating the undiscovered cultural jewels of India.

They interview fascinating figures who have broken stereotypes within Indian culture and forged paths ahead.

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Abhishek and Jessica are an Indian-American, cultural anthropologist and writer cross-cultural couple doing life in India. As a returning NRI, Abhishek brings his American wife and kids back to a non-metropolitan city in India.

On their journey, they explore the less known aspects of the shifting Indian landscape through a multicultural lens. They offer deep dives into Indian culture, tips on navigating interracial marriage, cross cultural parenting, learning Hindi and advice for navigating the undiscovered cultural jewels of India.

They interview fascinating figures who have broken stereotypes within Indian culture and forged paths ahead.

http://www.invisibleindiapodcast.com

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    47 | Working in India - Navigating Professional and Personal Relationships in India with Craig Storti

    47 | Working in India - Navigating Professional and Personal Relationships in India with Craig Storti

    Direct vs indirect communication has been a painful point for Indians working with Westerners and vice versa. Craig Storti, author of “Speaking of India” draws on his decades of international consulting experience to share about the common pain points between Western and Eastern professionals.

    Jessica and Craig dive in deeper to see how these differences in direct vs indirect communication impact personal relationships, marriage, parental relationships between 1st generation diaspora desis and their parents who grew up in South Asia.

    Get “Speaking of India” here. Listen and follow Invisible India on social media to see how you can get a free copy of the book. https://www.amazon.com/Speaking-India-Bridging-Communication-Working/dp/1941176119

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    46 | Jessica Tells All | Learning Hindi & Marrying an Indian

    46 | Jessica Tells All | Learning Hindi & Marrying an Indian

    In this bilingual episode, Jessica tells all the questions you may be wondering about what its like to be a foreigner in India, how she learned fluent Hindi and what it is like being married to an Indian while living in a conservative community in North India.



    do people treat her weird as a foreigner?
    how do people react to her speaking fluent Hindi?
    how did Abhishek's parents feel about their son marrying an American? 

    Hear her answers and how she relates some of the off the wall things you may have never thought about being a foreigner in India, married to an Indian and living immersed in Indian culture!


    Find more including the audio version on: https://invisibleindiapodcast.com/jessica-tells-all-hindi-learning-marrying-an-indian/


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    45 | Growing Up White in India with Aparna Mulberry

    45 | Growing Up White in India with Aparna Mulberry

    At first glance, one may assume Aparna Mulberry is a Western woman who has merely visited India. But only a few moments after speaking to her, you realize the depth and knowledge of her experiences as growing up in the Amritapuri Ashram in Kerala, India.   

    Aparna is an American born, but India raised woman who spent her formative years in Kerala. Fluent in Malayalam, her story of finding her place of fitting in in India and also America is inspiring and enlightening for anyone living a multicultural life or finds themselves struggling to raise children in a cross-cultural environment.   

    Now married to a Spanish woman, living in France, her multicultural journey continues. During this episode, she reflects on her Indian roots and gives Jessica advice on raising children in a context where they may feel they are “third culture kids” between worlds.   

    Find more including the audio version on: https://invisibleindiapodcast.com/growing-up-white-in-india/



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    • 29 min
    44 | The Realities of Transnational and Cross-Cultural Adoptions Among South Asians | Part 2

    44 | The Realities of Transnational and Cross-Cultural Adoptions Among South Asians | Part 2

    This month we are focusing on Transnational Adoption and hearing the stories of 3 families who are perfectly blended, where at least one member of the family is South Asian.  



    What are the things adoptive parents need to be aware of before adopting from India?

    What is it like to be Indian parents of an adopted African-American child? 

    What is it like to be two Australian parents living in India with two adopted Indian children? 



    This week,  we talk to Mahi. She and her husband are an Indian American couple in a metropolitan city in the US. They both work in communities where they serve low-income African American families and have felt the desire to foster and adopt a child from that community.  Their open-minded, welcoming approach will touch your heart. Mahi dives into cultural adaptation and how her Indian family has reacted to welcoming a black child into their multicultural family. She also shares the importance for support and friendships in community. 



    Our second guest is Melinda.  Melinda, a white Australian, lived in India for 25 years doing social work. She and her husband adopted 2 children from India and raised them there before moving to Australia. She shares difficult truths behind the pain and rage that adoptees can feel when being separated from their birth families. Melinda sheds light on the importance of doing your research and being deeply committed to supporting your child through the identity challenges they will go through as an adoptee.

    If you missed Part 1, where Jacob, a Tibetan-Nepali man shares his journey of being adopted and growing up in the US, check out Episode 43.


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    • 33 min
    43 | Tibetan-Nepali & American | Transnational and Cross-Cultural Adoptions Among South Asians | Part 1

    43 | Tibetan-Nepali & American | Transnational and Cross-Cultural Adoptions Among South Asians | Part 1

    This month we are focusing on Transnational Adoption and hearing the stories of 3 families who are perfectly blended, where at least one member of the family is South Asian.  



    What is it like to be adopted as a South Asian into a totally different culture across the world?  What is it like to be Indian parents of an adopted African-American child? What is it like to be two Australian parents living in India with two adopted Indian children? This week, we hear from Jacob, born into a Tibetan Nepali family, who was later adopted by an American family and raised in Indiana. As an adult, Jacob went back to Nepal for a job and reconnected with his family, learned the language and immersed himself in Nepali culture for several years. He talks about wrestling with his identity, and the joys of his ever expanding family ties. 



    Our second guest is Mahi. Mahi and her husband are an Indian American couple in a metropolitan city in the US. They both work in communities where they serve low-income African American families and have felt the desire to foster and adopt a child from that community.  Their open-minded, welcoming approach will touch your heart. 



    Listen in to our next episode for part 2 of Mahi's story and hear from Melinda in Australia who is raising two Indian teens in Australia after decades in India. 



    A listener alerted us to this important petition regarding promotion of adoption in India. Please sign it and make a difference! www.change.org/SafeSurrender 

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    • 19 min
    42 | What We Would Change About Our Indian Wedding

    42 | What We Would Change About Our Indian Wedding

    Indian weddings are generally a multi-day affair, including a number of rituals and family get togethers. And lets not forget the food!
    After 10 years of marriage, Jessica and Abhishek reflect on what they would change about their "Big Fat Indian Wedding." What are the important things to include and what doesn't matter years later?




    What do a bride and groom need to compromise?
    Is it better to have one ceremony or two?
    How do you convince your family to include what you want in your wedding?




    See the YouTube version of Abhishek and Jessica talking face to face here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3Ha0aMeq34&ab_channel=InvisibleIndiaPodcast

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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

AbhishekSinhaSonu ,

Multicultural gold

As an Indian, this show always comes up with some topic which makes me think more about my own relationship with an American.

Getting married to an Indian is no joke and this couple guides listeners through the challenges of Indian American marriages. They are very knowledgeable about Indian culture as well. When are you guys writing a book?

Ich bin Stina ,

Excellent resource for a multicultural family!

I would like to start out by saying thank you to this lovely couple for hosting this podcast. This podcast and the information presented has been really helpful for my multicultural family. I have a 1-year-old that we are raising as multilingual/multicultural. I have been wanting to learn Hindi, and I’ve been trying, but resources are scarce or hard to use on my own without a teacher. Thanks to this podcast I was introduced to Hindi Unlocked! Additionally, I have now been introduced to Himani Readers, an excellent literary resource for Indian American kids! Time and time again I am introduced to useful information which provides educated insight, and countless resources which help me navigate this multicultural and multilingual journey I am on with my family. I am grateful this podcast exists!

Also, Jessica is an inspiration to me as someone who learned Hindi, and now can communicate with her friends, neighbors & family in India in more than one language (which is something I aspire to do). She is able to communicate with her children in more than one language, and she shares her journey as a mother. All very helpful for a new mom like me!

I follow the Invisible India Instagram page rather closely. So glad that I found this resource, and my only wish is that I had found it sooner!

If you are looking for really nice people with a very helpful podcast about all things India/Indian from the perspectives of an Indian and an American then look no more! It’s Invisible India!

StephanieKumar ,

Refreshing, real, and humble!

This couple keeps it real. Jessica speaks with a humble intelligence that is refreshing and at times, hilarious. 6/5 stars! I married into an Indian family and listening to Jessica and Abishek’s experiences have really helped me become more knowledgeable and comfortable with Indian culture.

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