Lauren Mokasdar


About Lauren Mokasdar

Lauren fell in love on the internet, took a one way flight from England, got married & started a new life & bicultural family in India. She writes about finding happiness & balance between two very different worlds, when her baby takes a nap.


The Rajasthani style is a fusion between tribal and regal, the fantastic printed patterns mixed with splendid, heavy jewellery. These beautiful women are also extremely modest and cover their heads when in the presence of men or elders. 4
Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs type test? It’s a really fascinating (and rather long) personality test based on the four category psychological type theory proposed by Carl Jung. Do you prefer to spend time in the outer world (Extrovert) or in your own inner world (Introvert)? Do you generally focus on the information you can […]

Attempting to Stop Over-Extroverting


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Happy New Year, Friends! I hope you’ve all had a great start to 2017, it’s so weird to think that my baby was born last year. Time just goes so fast when you are a parent, it just runs past you, just like my little one will be doing in […]

Yay! 2017!



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I have wanted to create a forum on my blog for a while as we’ve built a lovely little community over the years and I want to enable more interaction but forums seem complicated and I am no software engineer. So, moving with the times, I have created a Facebook group for […]

Loving Abroad Support Group


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Writing a letter to Father Christmas (Santa Claus) and telling him you would like for Christmas is a much loved festive tradition for children (and some adults) across the globe. My little sister would circle almost everything in various catalogs in hope Father Christmas would oblige. I can remember how exciting it […]

Gratitude Letter to the North Pole



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While most of India worship Goddess Lakshmi during Diwali, communities from the North East worship her divine contrast, Goddess Kali. If you consider Goddess Lakshmi as the opulent full moon, Goddess Kali is the regenerative new moon. We attended the vibrant Bengali Kali Puja celebration under a new moon for a second […]

Baby’s First Kali Puja


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Santa, known as Father Christmas in my family, is a jolly man who every Christmas Eve travels around the world on a sledge pulled by flying reindeer delivering presents to good children while they sleep. He comes down the chimney leaves behind all sorts of wonderful gifts. It’s coming up to baby’s […]

To Santa, or Not to Santa?



Upside Down Plum cake
‘Tis the season to eat plums in India, and they are delicious. Fruit and vegetables are seasonal here, unlike in England where you can get the majority of things throughout the year. Eating seasonal is great, it’s something to look forward to and fruit and vegetables always taste better during their […]

Recipe: Christmas Plum Cake (Eggless & Steamed)


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Not only was it baby’s first Diwali, it was my mum and youngest sister’s too! I was really excited for my English family to experience the Indian festival of light, but I was equally as nervous about how the noise and smoke pollution would affect my little one. We followed precautions and […]

Baby’s First Diwali



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Baby’s First Friend: Episode 1 Hello, it’s me again, Alfonso the pug. I thought we should catch up on how things have been going since last time we spoke. In short, things have started to play to my delicious advantage… A couple of weeks ago, the new baby started eating food. […]

Baby’s First Friend: Episode 2


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Dear Lauren, I am from Colombia, I met my partner from Nepal one and a half years ago. Our relationship is very beautiful, however, the differences between our cultures is difficult. My partner belongs to the highest caste. For that reason it is very difficult for him to speak with his family […]

Advice: How Do You Live with the Caste System?