My daddy has Thailand on his mind.

He spent last week in Bangkok speaking to a bunch of hospital manager guys and girls about being social in the media. I am not really sure what my daddy says. But that’s okay, nobody asks me, “What’s your daddy do?”

It seems like only big people ask that question.

“Hi. My name is Bobo. What do you do?”

“I am Mia. And I play a lot. And I go to kindergarten”

Anyway …

Daddy came across this Thai video commercial. After more than 4 million votes it has a 99.4% like to dislike ratio.

Yeah… my kindergarten is pretty advanced. I did the math in my head. Likes divided by likes plus dislikes.

I am kidding of course. I used a slide rule.

This 3 minute video has a more powerful message than most Hollywood blockbusters.  Tangled and The Little Mermaid come to mind. Those are really hard to beat.

My point here at How I Learned to be Me is that America and Hollywood are not the only sources of video or visual entertainment and learning.

We can learn and be inspired a lot if we are willing to go across cultures, read the sub titles and well … have a more open mind.

What is your favorite non-hollywood movie?

Wanna share?


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I  think having bi-cultural or multi-cultural experiences broaden’s  your perspective about life.

I remember my whole family came to see me off at the airport after I had just finished high school and it was destined that I would come to America. I literally didn’t plan it . It may sound like a cliche. I was actually planning to go to UK/Britain for college.  I have an uncle  who had sent my SAT scores and application to Florida Tech. It was one of the colleges out of many that got my application.

I come from a city in India which is known as a cultural city/ Hub and also a place for fine arts.

It is Calcutta. Prior to my high school, I was also in a boarding school where I had a tunnel vision of life.

But in a way when I look back it was good because in the formative years one can easily get distracted by outside influences which one could regret later.

On the other hand, growing up in a boarding school you tend to loose out on the opportunities in arts and extra curricular activities which one could find a passion to pursue or make a living at in their adult life. Risk taking, taking life NOT so seriously and NOT being afraid of failure and just pure experimenting as a teenager were not options in a boarding school.

Persian women

Persian women

Being the person I am, I am most likely to choose a life partner who is NOT necessarily from my culture. I actually enjoy learning about other cultures, their views, perspectives and takes on life.

My journey in America started at Orlando, Florida. It was a great time in my life. From the very first view of Orlando I was impressed by it’s pristine and manicured palm trees.  In a lot of ways India and America are on the opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to culture. I went through the typical phases of a teenage boy coming to America all by himself.

I got homesick initially and missed my family very much.  Then after two semesters in Florida Tech, I went back home. I came back the next year to Texas A&M University.

I wanted to be a part of a university which is well known in it’s field. And Texas A&M is. Till today I come across Aggies in the Bay area who are part of a meetup and celebrate this commonality of their Alma Mater.



First things first, after spending almost 12 years in the US.

I have to mention and quote Zig Ziglar (A great motivational speaker), “Money in America is like oxygen. You gotta have it. Without it you cannot survive a moment.”

It sounds greedy, obnoxious . But it is the TRUTH. That’s American culture 101. At least to me. It  took me a while to understand this with a lot of odd jobs during my graduate school days to understand this harsh truth.

Secondly, the American culture values talent and to some extent the American society can fuel that talent to it’s full potential.

On the contrary, the same talent has less chances to flourish, be encouraged in India.

India just like other developing countries, Russia for example, has a culture of  things to need fall in the right age group. Indian society expects you tp graduate at 21/22 from college, get a job, get married at 25 and by 30 have a kid. That’s the normal expectation.



Anything that is outside  could be cringed upon as a major deviation. One could argue it is NOT as such in big cities. But I beg to differ. Big cities don’t change the Indian society’s view.

Thirdly, the American culture worships  individualism and it doesn’t matter who it is . The folks at Princeton don’t spend days thinking how it was like  when Albert Einstein  taught there.  On the contrary Indian culture seems to treat a lot of individuals with extraordinary merit as a god-like stature.



Riddle – when can a grandchild be older than her/his grandparents?

It’s no miss story (Ed: mystery) to me.

In China with Gong Gong and Poh Poh

In China with Gong Gong and Poh Poh

I am a grandchild…a kid…a squirt…a peanut…a munchkin (take your pick). My daddy calls me all of them along with Gundam, dawg, M & M, princess, sweetheart, pumpkin…(Ed: okay, we get it!)

I am a granddaughter, just 3-years old. But I am older than my grandparents. I am older than Gong Gong and Poh Poh. Go figure, right?

How does that happen? Read more »

Dad and daughter cooking lessons- Part 1

Posted June 28th, 2016 by Mia's Daddy
Lessons from my Father

Lessons from my Father

My dad introduced me to the kitchen from a small age. His main intention was something else. He did not introduce me just because I can learn cooking, also because I was so fussy about eating my food. I did not like eating at all. I used to cry a lot while eating. The things which I used to like were all junk foods. That’s the time he thought of introducing me to the kitchen so that I can learn cooking and at the same time start eating self-cooked food and also understand the healthy nutrition in the food. Let me tell you how my dad made me cook healthier food.

First he asked to select a recipe from a recipe book or he told me that I can search from the internet too if I wanted. I started looking the recipe book for an hour and short listed few recipes which I thought would taste good. Most of the recipes were sweets, two of them were with chicken and the couple was different recipes. Then my dad made me understand that sweets are just for dessert, let’s start with some stomach full lunch. Then I showed him a recipe with fried chicken. He agreed to it but told me that we will make a healthier version of it so that I can stay fit. I totally agreed to it.

We started our dish but did not use the fried chicken. My dad told me that fried chicken has lots of oil and is not good for health. He made me grill with some onions, red and green peppers on it. I started to grill and once the chicken was done I put it aside. It took a lot of time. After that made me cut some salad. He asked me not to have bread made of all-purpose flour. He told that instead shop made he will make bread made of wheat. He made the whole bread himself. I just helped him in giving stuffs to his hand. Once all the food was done I called mom and we three sat for lunch.

I was more excited for this lunch because I did lots of work to prepare this. Once I started eating I couldn’t stop. I kept on eating all the vegetables, chicken and the handmade bread. All were so tasty. At that time I did not make any fuss while eating because all the food was prepared by me with a lot of hard work. That day my dad made me realize that if I start cooking myself I can start eating everything with healthy nutrition in it. It continued for a while and I started to mix and match all the healthy things in my diet.

That day I realized that parents make such effort in cooking and we kids don’t even think about it and make so much fuss while eating. Once we start cooking we will surely like the food. According to me every kid should start cooking and eat healthy food. This will make them stay fit and the learning they learned from their dad will leave them with unforgettable memories. So the kids start cooking but in a healthier way.

Healthy eating,healthy life

Healthy eating,healthy life

As a concluding note for all dads out there start spending some quality time with your baby girls and help them grow up with the changing world day after day, and also teach them the basics of life by helping them share there childhood dreams with you.

Thank you for reading.

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