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Curry Queen of Queens, New York

Nupur Arora is as vibrant as the delectable dishes she serves up from her kitchen in Queens, NY where she has lived for a couple of decades. She is gregarious, full of incredibly entertaining and funny stories, and a woman of many talents. She is the kind of person who lights up the room she enters. On our recent visit she cooked up this incredible lamb stew  and served it with fragrant rice that made us swoon. Here is Nupur's recipe served up with a tale, in her own words: __________________________________________________________________ MEMSAHIB’S COLONIAL LAMB STEW A slow-simmered, aromatic stew of bone-in lamb, potatoes and carrots In the days of the British rule or “Raj” in India, the officer’s wives would personally...

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Who runs the world? WOMEN!

Thousands of people gathered at Central Park South and Washington Park in NYC including many other locations in the USA on women’s day 2017 which was called “A Day Without Women”. The goal was to highlight the value and substantial economic contributions women make in this country and around the world. Women were urged to not work, paid or unpaid, not spend money in-store or online (except in support of women and minority owned businesses), and to show solidarity by wearing red. There were many people who stood in solidarity with women, holding signs to protest lower wages, gender discrimination, sexual harassment, job insecurity and Trump’s Global Gag Rule.                      ...

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Worry Dolls – little pieces of Mayan magic in our world

The Worry Dolls were born in Highlands of Guatemala in the laps of indigenous people. These dolls are little pieces of art and tradition that originated in the ancient Mayan culture.  The tradition has been passed down from one generation to the next and now can be found all over the world.                                              Worry dolls are a collection of 6 -12 dolls, made by hand, usually no more than 2 inches tall.  They are dressed in traditional Mayan clothes and headdresses made from scraps of hand-woven cloth.  Before going to bed a person is supposed to tell each doll a worry, then tuck them into...

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At New York's Ukranian Museum, learn crafting Pysanky!

On the lower east side of NYC, just a couple of steps from Cooper Square lies a small museum dedicated to preserving Ukranian art & culture. When you first walk in you can see the permanent exhibit of Pysanky, Ukranian decorated Easter Eggs, on display. Image - Pysanky, Ukranian decorated Easter Eggs  Each one an amazing piece of artwork created using batik techniques. If your curiosity takes you to their basement, past the folk art exhibit, in the back left-hand corner, you will find the classroom filled with students of all ages and nationalities learning the magic and beauty of making their own Pysanky. Image - Gerdany And if you are lucky enough you will also find other workshops like Ukrainian Bead Weaving...

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Crafting for a Cause

No matter what you think of the US Presidential election, there was something pretty amazing about the crowds gathered on January 21st, 2017. A sea of oddly shaped hats emerged in Washington DC and throughout other major cities across the US. Most of these hats were in shades of pink but also appeared in various other colors. What was most noticeable was that nearly every one of them was handmade.  The hats themselves had an unusual design. Take them off the head and you see they really are not very sophisticated. Actually, each hat is just knitted into a simple square shape. Yet when you fit them on a head, you notice the top two points of the square are suddenly...

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