Our House

“Our House is a very very very fine house.
With two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard.
Now everything is easy, cause of you.”
– Crosby, Still and Nash, “Our House”

I sooo wish we had a dog. I ask John if we can make a little house outside to make accommodations, but he refuses to sleep outside, which I guess I understand. I mean, it’s a bit selfish and all for the kids, but he does like his current King bed.

We are your typical American family. That eats curry at Christmas and Lasagna at Thanksgiving.

I was born in New Jersey but I 100% Indian in terms of my blood. I spent many of my childhood summers in the villages of India where I skinned my knees and watched the blood mix into the soil of the land where my parents and siblings were born.

John is half Puerto Rican and half Italian. This means the he looks 100% Indian like me, which is kind of weird. Not quite sure how that happened.

John looks a lot like Ponch from “CHIPS” and also gets told he looks like Wilmer Valderama. This is very exciting for him because Wilmer is going to star as Ponch in the movie version of “CHIPs”. 2012 will be the “Year of the Doppelgangers” for my husband.

I call my kids my little quarter-ricans. Which is true. They are. Some might find this offensive. I find those people annoying and to be honest, not very creative because they can’t recognize the brilliance of my reference.


We watch too much TV, have good intentions to feed our kids super healthy but then grab a Happy Meal for them instead and we sometimes sit in our pajamas on Saturdays till 11 AM.

Noon, if we are feeling really rebellious.

Oh, that’s NOT normal? Oh, ok, well what else?

My husband, John and I are both allergic to cats and dogs, so we are totally screwing our kids on pet ownership and I am sure they will have much to say about this later in life. It will be just one of many scars they blame me for if the current state is any indication.

We have two children named Shaila and Nico. We love each other most days a LOT. I believe that love can be unconditional but LIKE is always not. While we love each other every day, we “like” each other more on some days than others.

Luckily, the adoration is at least greater than 50%, which is not bad if you knew how annoying we can all be to each other 95.5% most days so that’s a good place to start, don’t you think?


4 Comments on Our House

  1. Tracy R. Butler, Editor-n-Chief
    March 5, 2012 at 2:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Hi Kiran.. My name is Tracy R. Butler, Editor-n-Chief. I stumbled onto your site.. “Its’ really a warms and centering site”. I’ve started a new online Magazine titled “Today’s Leading Ladies Women’s Journal” and would like to send you my upcoming April – June 2012 Issue. This is my second issue and because I’m so new.. I dont have a site/or blog as of yet, but distribute through email (I currently have over 700 readers and climbing – yea!). I would love for you to see if you would be interested in contributing an article or just give your opinion. My email is tllwomensjournal@aol.com..

    With Grace,
    Tracy R. Butler -

  2. Ameena
    March 6, 2012 at 11:40 am (3 years ago)

    Curry at Christmas and Lasagna at Thanksgiving…I love it. I’m still trying to convince the family that it’s okay if we eat a turkey at Thanksgiving and no, it doesn’t have to have garam masala sprinkled on it with a side of Patak’s Brinjal pickle.

    Love this.

  3. Victoria Potter
    November 4, 2012 at 2:57 am (3 years ago)

    I came across your site from my friend Rosanna, she re-posted on FB. I guess I w/be following you now, love your writing. I come from a bat-shit CRAZY family,(crazy like you wouldn’t believe). So thank you for your writing, you have made my day( Not being too eloquent since it is 3am & I’m a little blurry eyed right now)ps, not a blogger-yet.

    • Masala Chica
      November 4, 2012 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

      Hi Victoria,

      Thanks for making MY day with your compliments on my writing. I think if all of us people who come from crazy families actually were able to get together, we’d realize that in some ways, we are the real normal. Do you want to become a blogger? And yes – your words come across at full strength, even at 3 AM.



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