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Rajika Bhandari
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Rajika Bhandari is the author of the travel book, The Raj on the Move: Story of the Dak Bungalow. Her nonfiction writing has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Passion Fruit: A Women’s Travel Journal, India Currents magazine, Man’s World magazine, The Guardian, and InCulture Parent. Rajika is also the author of four books on international higher education. Originally from New Delhi, India, she currently lives in Brooklyn. Learn more about her writing at

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An International Student's Education: What I Learned About Myself, America and the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 4:37 PM

My first taste of the United States was a shrink-wrapped chocolate-chip cookie and a can of chilled Coke on an American Airlines flight to Raleigh, N.C. It was 1992, and I was one of 36,000 Indian students studying in the United States that year, according to the Institute of International...

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What Lipstick Taught Me About Being a New Mum

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 3:23 PM

There were many things I learned from my daughter's nanny, including patience, gentleness and the importance of lipstick. The first day that Meera showed up to work, I was surprised that she was my age -- her demeanor was that of a much younger woman. She dressed in very fitting...

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The Cultural Dilemma of American Summers for Immigrant Parents

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 6:26 PM

I don't know how to run a lemonade stand, make ice pops or build a sandcastle -- all time-honored traditions of an American summer that I am struggling to acquire alongside my 3-year-old Indian-American daughter. Among the many cultural dilemmas that we immigrant parents in the U.S. navigate when raising...

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