About us

 

That's me. That's him.
All the way from Vancouver, Canada, to Hyderabad, India.


We met in Savannah, Georgia, where we were both international students at art school.
We became best friends and fell in love.


He took me to India to meet the family.


I took him to Canada to meet my family.

 

We lived in NYC and San Francisco.


Then we decided to settle in Vancouver, BC, Canada.


We opened up our own store, with the help of our parents.


We visited India, again.


We got our beautiful doggy, Ziggy.


We got married the Hindu way.


We got married the Western way.


We went to India for our wedding reception.


And our very romantic honeymoon...


...which resulted in expecting our first child...


Our beautiful daughter, Maya Josephine Madhavan, born on June 7th, 2012.


And then we were three!



...And four!

Our second beautiful daughter, Veda Rowan Madhavan, born on January 31st, 2017.
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  1. What a wonderful Photo essay of your beautiful life and family! Excellent Alexandra!

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    1. Thank you! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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    2. I read your blog and find it very interesting. I am a North-Indian Punjabi guy married with a white German girl ( a long story). We are expecting our first baby soon. I am excited to hold our baby and wondering what would be the features like. What will be the color of his eyes?.

      By the way your daughter looks amazing. Congrats and all the best. Manny Singh

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  2. Beautiful! Just came across your blog. I am from Abbotsford, B.C., married to a Punjabi, and am very interested to read about your experiences! We travelled to India last September, and we now have a 6 month old son.

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    1. Wonderful! Congrats on your baby! Thanks for reading, I have very few local readers so I'm happy you found me! :)

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  3. just found your blog and i have been reading your posts non stop for the past couple of hours! really enjoy reading it! im mexican married to an indian living in australia so im also having my side of intercultural fun!!! really like your views on some subjects! and your daughter is gorgeous as well! good job!

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    1. Thanks so much! Mexican & Indian - what a FAB combination! Love it!

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  4. Great post. My daughter (Canadian also) is married to a wonderful guy from Andhra Pradesh as well. They live here in Toronto,

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    1. That's great! Congrats :) Andhra people are very warm and friendly.

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  5. Recently stumbled upon your blog. Was intrigued by your story and liked your writing through some of the blog posts I sampled. Also, you have a very cute daughter! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I am so flattered, you are a published writer giving me a compliment! :)

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  6. I'm enjoying reading some of your posts, you write really nicely :)
    Also you are a beautiful family!

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    1. Thank you :) I'm happy you're enjoying!

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  7. Charmed!
    Best wishes.
    Have just started to read your blog.
    Regards
    GV
    (Hopped over from IHM's blog, where I am an old reader)

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  8. Lovely Blog! I married my Indian husband over 13 years ago now! He is Telugu from Hyderabad. We now are settled in India and living the adventure! I love the stories about your MIL - she sounds wonderful!

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    1. Wonderful! You have settled in Hyderabad, or elsewhere in India? How exciting! MIL is great :) She is a special lady!

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  9. wow... it's sooo gud to know u Alexandra... u three look really gr8 together.. God bless u all... Will keep coming for more updates :)

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  10. what a lovely story! best wishes for a lifetime of love to you all! :)

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  11. This is such an adorable bio or "about us" as you put it. It must be strange, to like someone so much, just by reading one post of theirs.

    I wish you and your family a lot of happiness

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    1. Thanks so much! Best wishes to you too

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  12. You have a great blog. I have nominated you for the versatile blogger award. Collect your award here. http://theconchblower.blogspot.in/2013/11/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  13. Wonderful photo essay Alexandra. God bless - a lovely family. :-D

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  14. Hello I'm having MIL issues and I was wondering if you had an email to discuss and possibly help ease my mind as I'm in the same situation as you. Thanks

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    1. Of course, I would be happy to help...
      madhmama@gmail.com

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  15. Alexandra, I absolutely LOVE your blog!! What a beautiful family you have!!!!!

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  16. Wonderful blog, nice to read... Valentines day Wishes... Keep Going!

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  17. Very happy to have discovered your blog! I'm Finnish and met my Indian to-be husband in 2006 after he had come abroad to study. We were married in Hyderabad, India in 2011 and are settled in Helsinki. I'm sure there will be plenty of posts, issues and causes for happiness in your blog that I can also relate to. Also, your daughter is beautiful! Cheers to your family!

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    1. Thanks so much for reading!
      What a small world, we were also married in 2011 and we had a reception in Hyderabad in August of that year! When was your marriage in 2011?

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    2. Whoa, what a coincidence! We were married in November, although I was actually in India all the way from July till December for my exchange studies so I was there when your wedding happened! Did they run a story or photo of your wedding in any of the local papers? I remember seeing at least one picture of a Western/Indian couple in Eenadu (spotted by my sister-in-law)...they eventually printed a tiny one of us as well.

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    3. @olki - OMG that is so cool! Maybe we crossed paths!
      At the time we did not submit to any papers but we totally should have! We were more private back then...

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  18. I have seen your comments in IHM and after going through your blog post, I am wondering how DID i miss your blog????


    Loved this page.... It was like reading a novel...... Awesome

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  19. I am from Vancouver too. Chinese married to South Indian. Love him dearly, but after 25 years, mil is still a witch. She hates my guts coz I have no qualms slapping her if I have to. Some day.

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    1. Nice to hear from another local reader! OMG your MIL...where is she from?

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  20. I was so happy to come upon your blog posts. Our daughter is dating an Indian American gentleman. You've really helped me to understand his reticence in introducing our daughter to his family. There is a tradition and I understood it through reading your experience. Thank you for sharing. There is love in your voice when you describe your life. I am grateful for your insights.

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    1. Wonderful! Well, let me tell you...Indian men make the most wonderful son-in-laws :) Both my parents are very close with my husband and they have developed a nice bond with him, I think because they are very easy-going for him. In regards to meeting his parents, there is an absolute unspoken protocol and sometimes it takes years. It is a very formal process, which is so foreign to us as Westerners. When that road-bump is all over, it is smooth sailing!
      I'm glad my blog has helped :)

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  21. It is a very nice narrative. Good luck.

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  22. Nice to read your blog....I enjoyed the photos you have posted.Best wishes Alexandra

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  23. you're so open, great blog and beautify daughter!

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    1. Thanks so much :) yes, an open book!

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  24. What a wonderful blog! My boyfriend of 5 years grew up in the US, but his family is from Tamil Nadu. We hope to get married and start a family sometime (relatively) soon, and your blog is such a great reference for all the difficult questions of navigating differences in culture, religion, and family. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for reading! God bless you both :) Glad you can relate

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  25. Wonderful presentation! Here, via Bootcamp :)

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  26. Thank you so much for this blog!
    I'm in a similar situation and it helped me soooo much. You have a beautiful family :)
    Collette Sharma

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    1. Awwwww thank you. Glad to hear it helped.

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  27. Hi there Alexandra,

    Came across with your blog when searching intercultural relationship advises, and i must say, it made me very happy to see that your relationship worked out just fine, as i am hoping my will.

    My partner is Indian, and her religion is Hinduism. We met in our early childhood, around 6-9 years old. When i turned 12, she was 10, and around then, she left Portugal (my home country), and went for the U.K., in hope for a better life. We lost several years in our friendship, until January of this year... I found her profile on Facebook. I am 19, and she is 17 years old. I proceeded in contacting her, and surprisingly, she still remembered me very well. We then kept talking and talking, when suddenly, 2 months later, i started to feel something extra for her, i cared about her, i wanted to talk to her all the time, we shared the same interests, and i always had a bug for Asian cultures, and that's what she liked the most about me, me being able to comprehend, understand, and fully respect her culture.

    After a while, 5 days before my birthday (May 7th), we finally admitted our feelings for each other. That's when my life had really begun, since i was waiting for the right person, i never had a girlfriend, and i was eager to experience all that having a special someone offers. And until some time ago, i started questioning her about her parents thoughts on this. She said she hadn't told them anything, and wasn't planning on before she's 18. Totally fine by me, but a while after, i wondered...


    Would her parents accept someone from another culture?

    Can, the fact that her mom knows me since i was a little boy, help me in getting her blessing?


    All this wondering is getting my really worried and stressed out, plus, all the stories i have read from other people didn't work out pretty well, or didn't last long.

    I am willing to do everything and anything to keep her by my side, but this tradition of not being able to be together with someone from another culture, might get in the way, and i need some advise. I am totally okay with Hinduism, quite open to it, actually, and i even enjoy listening to what she tells me about the gods, traditions, stories, so on and so forth.

    Would really appreciate your input on this matter. And i hope i didn't bored you down with my long text.

    Thanks in advance, i will keep a tab on this. ;)

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  28. Just found you blog - love to read the stories of fellow international marriages... my husband is also a Tamilian and I'm from Hawaii. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures! Thanks for sharing.
    -jen

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  29. Hi Alexandra....I just came across your blog. I am Indian (my name is Natraj Ramamoorthy and I am a TamBram Iyer) married to a Russian girl. I am an IT professional based at Pune, (Maharashtra).
    I found your blog to be extremely insightful and although I am a male, I was able to identify a lot with what you had written (particularly, in a nutshell, your views on maintaining the balance in an inter-cultural relationship). It is like walking a tight-rope, but in the end, I guess it just sorts itself out in a way which you would never expect it to, provided both partmers work at it. At least, this is what I learnt in my limited experience of married life (have been married for 2 years now).
    I do not have a blog, but I do have a profile in Facebook and would surely love to add you to my friends list (if you are fine with it :) ). Looking forward to reading more such insights from you in future blogs. thanks for a lot for the same !

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    1. Nice! My grandmother is Russian :)
      I am so glad you were able to relate, that makes me so happy.
      https://www.facebook.com/Madhmama

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  32. Hi Alexandra. What a wonderful way to introduce your family. You make a lovely couple, and your daughter is beautiful.

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  33. Hi Alexandra! This was a very beautiful photo essay, and I loved the pictures. What religion do you practice?

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  34. Wat a lovely photographic story!!! Just like a fairy tale.

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  35. A creative way to tell the story of you and your love. I'm happy that you found your soulmate and your daughter is just a cutiepie! Best wishes to you and yours, Saba.

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  36. Just found you blog - love to read the stories of fellow international marriages... my husband is american and myself also indian. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures! Thanks for sharing.

    -Anna

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  37. Beautiful journey! God bless the family :)

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  38. We are going to India in a few weeks and while researching I found this by coincidence. I love your humour, very funny blogs. We have an international marriage, too, have been married for 38 years. Wish you 3 all the best.

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  39. That's a lovely cultural match. As everyone here told your family looks beautiful and MAYA is cute. We are also a mixed marriage couples, my wife is Chinese and I'm from Karnataka, living in UAE. Can we exchange some email conversations? Interested to know more.. !

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  40. You guys are so cute! I have a similar story, I'm Scottish, my husband is Indian and we met in Spain and married in a Western ceremony in Scotland and a Hindu ceremony in India :) I cook primarily Indian food (it's so much more healthy when cooked correctly) and I love the Indian way of life :)

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  41. Thank you for sharing your story! so nice to see :) We are just married, Irish (me)& Keralite (my lovely hubby <3) congrats on having such a beautiful family :)

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  42. I love love love your blog. I have some questions for u, is there a way to contact through email? Thank you

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  43. Amazing love story . From CANADA TO INDIA . enjoy the Hyderabad biryani . Congrats for beautiful baby . Images are awesome . For your baby care in India. You must visit a site called babynology with baby names , care and everything related to them.

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  44. I am SO grateful to have discovered your blog. I wish I had found it years ago. I'm an American who is with an Indian (parents Indian, immigrated from Fiji to Canada). I REALLY did not understand what was happening when I met his family and the three months we were together. It was not done in the proper way and even with that, there were so many tripwires that I was unaware of. Now, after a year and a half apart, he has returned. After reading all of this, I'm now realizing that he was probably getting things prepared and getting his family prepared. Ours has been a long-distance relationship, so I have met his family before him! His sister was a massive challenge for me and I just didn't understand anything. I will keep reading because you are the only person who seems better able to explain this whole experience in a way I understand. The secrets and tiptoeing were mind-boggling to me, which made me not trust his sister or him. It nearly ruined our relationship. I will say that I do LOVE the way in which he takes responsibility and isn't leaving me to solve everything. I just wish I KNEW what was going on. My need for control over my life is very tripped up over this hierarchy business and lack of knowledge or control over the bigger moving wheel.

    Thank you for being here!

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  45. It's nice to meet another foreign Indian Wife who made the move to India for love. Adore your love story. I am an Australia who made the move to Punjab and had my own big fat punjabi wedding. Just wanted to stop by and say hello as it is always nice to meet others in a similar position. Look forward to following your journey! Tanya - tanyavmoore.wixsite.com/thewhitepunjabibride

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  46. Stumbled across your site..I don't know how but I am glad I did! Absolutely love it, can't wait to go through it! :)

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  47. Just found your blog a few weeks ago... I have always been fascinated with Indian culture... I may have lived a life or two there in the past... You have a lovely family and a wicked sense of humor! Thank you for sharing and I will be checking back soon!

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