Glad that you are here. You are interested in knowing what this website and the content is all about, aren’t you? Indian Interracial Marriages is a weekly podcast dedicated to the stories of Indian couples in interracial marriages. You will get to hear from the couples and at times from their parents about the challenges and the loving commitments in interracial marriages. This podcast encourages the following credos:
- Be generous in our speaking – share thoughts and be generous and kind in choosing our words when we share opposing views. We hold our positions in high regard but we respect other people’s points of view
- Create a place of learning – we have our own journeys and if the lessons learned from places we have been can benefit others have pleasing journeys then our contributions are valuable
- Humor – we love to laugh and will share our embarrassing and fun times. Laughter is a great medicine so if nothing else, your time spent with us will be good for your health
Your Host – Amanpreet Kaur
I have spent the last 23 years of my life in the U.S. Along with making my parents proud to have a daughter who doesn’t hold a law or doctorate degree, I made them in-laws of a non-Indian guy. Yup, I introduced my husband to my family in 2007 and I know (now) he came in as a wonderful gift to my parents who adore him (well, that’s what they tell him).
Back to the beginning – I went through those motions of being scared and confused about sharing with my parents my desire to marry Otto (my husband). Today, I don’t remember how and where I got the courage back then to give them the news but I DID. To this day, I don’t know how they felt about it but they just accepted and asked when were we getting married. Well, a year later, we got married.
In these 8 years, I learned a thing or two about not only being married but also being in a family from different background. Though life is pretty good, I do stop and think about the things that I need to understand of my husband’s background and maneuver as he does the same. We both grew tremendously in these years. My husband took cooking lessons from my mom and he very easily catches a few words of Punjabi as I throw in during my conversations. Wait, he grew a lot more than I did or should I say that there’s a lot to learn about Punjabi traditions.
Many of us have our moments that we can’t necessarily share with the family we grew up in. It’s not that we don’t want to but it just doesn’t make sense to share as we think our families aren’t going to understand the dynamic of a non-Indian households. You know what I’m saying. Well, my intention with this podcast is to introduce topics, share stories, learn from you and occasionally teach about the challenges and dynamics of a family with members from different cultures. This opportunity will only enhance our lives and build bridges between families and who doesn’t want to benefit from this beautiful vision of bringing people together.
Learn more about your host. If you would like to be on the show and tell your story, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org