About Me:  Hi.  I am 27 years old and newly married to a wonderful man from Karnataka.  I work as a librarian and live and work on the East Coast. 

Minnesota is where I spent the first 18 years of my life.  Most of my family still lives there and I make a few trips back each year to visit.  Minnesota is one of the northernmost U.S. states characterized by deep cold, unassuming people, bland food, a high quality of life, love of the outdoors, and “Minnesota Nice”.

Karnataka is one of the states of South India.  I will be able to write more once I visit next spring.

What I will be blogging about:   India , Karnataka, Minnesota , Interracial couples, Family, InterFaith, Wedding Planning, Book and movie reviews, Restaurants.

I look forward to connecting with others in mixed relationships and others who are from the Midwest or from Karnataka.  This is my first blog and it will probably undergo a lot of changes as I grow more experienced in blogging.

30 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. India - Travels in my nightie
    Sep 01, 2008 @ 10:24:37

    Congratulations on your marriage. I’m English, married to Shilpi who comes from north east India. We live in Bangalore and have two children, both born in the city. I’ve been in Karnataka for five years on September 5th and our one marriage ceremony (to date) was a good deal less exciting than all of yours, I guarantee it. We didn’t exchange vows, just rupees and signatures in a run-down government office in the city.


  2. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Sep 02, 2008 @ 20:45:40

    Hi Travels,

    Welcome. Thanks for the congrats!


  3. Quirky Indian
    Sep 04, 2008 @ 08:59:27

    Hey. You really need a nickname……something like Minnie, or whatever else works for you!

    Congratulations on the wedding, and I look forward to reading a lot more!


    Quirky Indian


  4. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Sep 05, 2008 @ 13:50:47

    Hi Quirky Indian,

    Very true. You’re right.

    You can call me Minnie.



  5. Piper..
    Sep 11, 2008 @ 17:45:25

    i`m from Minnesota and its great to come across someone from the same place. But may I confess that I was a wee bit taken back by your statement about ‘bland food’. I certainly didnt find any kind of food bland here 🙂 Btw its my first time here. Must go through your archives.


  6. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Sep 11, 2008 @ 18:33:36

    Hi Piper,

    Hmm, for my family it is true. We used spices very minimally and my dad with his 100% Swedish genes still thinks ketchup is spicy. My mom is a bit more adventurous…she loved gobi manchurian.


  7. Anita
    Sep 21, 2008 @ 02:22:20

    I’ve enjoyed reading your few blog entries. I am Kannadiga and a month into my marriage–also mixed/inter-racial. We had similar concerns about cakes and ceremonies and had a Hindu ceremony here in Ohio and are going to Karnataka in Feb for a reception with my family so that he can meet my family. Its nice to hear about your experiences, kind of the inverse of mine but also similar!!


  8. Ann Z
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 20:19:46

    I came here from a comment you left at Fighting Windmills, and was struck by, well, not similarities so much as connections when I read this. I’m also a librarian, and live in Minneapolis (where there are now a whole lot of places to get non-bland food, thankfully). My brother married a woman whose family is from Bangalore a year ago. They had a gorgeous mixed Hindu / Lutheran ceremony. Anyway, I just wanted to drop a note to say hi!


  9. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 20:33:56

    Hi Ann Z,


    Minneapolis is a very interesting, fun city.

    Congrats to your brother! It must have taken a lot of effort and compromise to create a mixed Hindu/Lutheran ceremony.


  10. phoenixritu
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 07:22:26

    I am glad you left a comment on my blog. It has given me a lot of pleasure to read a bit of yours. I am sooooo going to go through your archives.


  11. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 14:38:57

    Hi Ritu,

    Thanks for stopping by!

    I’m looking forward to hearing more from you.



  12. snippetsnscribbles
    Nov 20, 2008 @ 21:08:27

    Hey MMK (short for your webpage address),

    Came here while blog-hopping a few days ago and have been visiting you for sometime now. I already seem to like it too. I am from Karnataka too and now live in Wisconsin with my husband for the last 1.5yrs. So we’re kinda similar in a way – atleast we have the snow common 🙂

    I loved your way of looking at things. Although it is not same or in anyway similar to your beliefs and lifestyle, you try and look at the positive side of it and appreciate them too. I guess I love that character in a person 🙂 Appreciate it 🙂

    Keep blogging 🙂 Oh and, can I blogroll you?


  13. minnesotameetskarnataka
    Nov 21, 2008 @ 18:49:08

    Hi Snippets,

    Yes, we definitely have snow in common!

    Thanks for the compliments.

    Yes, you are very welcome to blogroll me.



  14. La Vida Loca
    Dec 27, 2008 @ 05:51:18

    oohh yay!! me from karnataka too. been married for 14 months!!
    *offers akki rotti- one of my fave kannada food


    You can make akki rotti? My husband says that is a tricky thing to make.


  15. honeybeeluvsjackfruit
    Jan 02, 2009 @ 05:23:07

    My Jackfruit is Kannadigan too 😀
    Are you learning Kannada?

    I’m trying to learn some Kannada. When his parents were here with us for a while they would try to teach me a few words a day. I also have tried to learn some through an online course and some through watching Kannada movies. Unfortunately, I don’t know much-a few numbers, random words like cat and dog, sorry, food, banana, etc.

    What about you?


  16. Elizabeth
    Jan 09, 2009 @ 06:19:21

    Minnie, I just started MLIS school this week. Glad to see we have a few things in common! I’m enjoying your blog. 🙂

    Hi Elizabeth. Welcome! If you ever have any questions about MLIS stuff, just send an e-mail. I like reading about your insights.


  17. ANN
    Jan 13, 2009 @ 00:18:39

    Hi ‘Minnesota’,

    I dont want to sound like a random trespassers. I was scouring the web for guidance on interfaith marriage and I found your story closest to mine. I would like to have your thoughts / opinions on my situation. Can I write to you directly?

    I would assume my email would be visible to you.

    Sure, if that will make you more comfortable. I’ll send you an e-mail.


  18. IndianHomemaker
    Jan 18, 2009 @ 19:34:41

    I love your nick name minnesotameetskarnataka 🙂 Loved your comments on my blog and came to visit the commenter …

    Thank You for your comments which made this discovery possible 🙂

    Thanks for visiting! I love your blog for your thought provoking posts.


  19. Suraj
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 00:40:39

    Hello MinnesotameetsKarnataka,

    I am north karnataka’s “pakka” lingayat – currently living in Minneapolis. Fantastic to know you & Satya are having a blissful married life. Our prayers & wishes to you both.

    Next time when you come to minneapolis, plz do let us. (you know our mail id). We can cook, some authentic lingayat cusine – for you both

    – Suraj

    Thanks for the invite and good wishes! We’d love to visit and are always up for great food.

    By the way, what is a “pakka” lingayat?


  20. Suraj
    Jan 21, 2009 @ 18:23:09

    Pakka – as in – HARDCORE, 24 Carat, 99.9999% purity. (family tree suggests as such)

    (but unfortunately or otherwise – I am a heathen when it comes to traditions & religion)

    Thanks! 100% clear : )


  21. Ivona
    Feb 12, 2009 @ 14:41:51

    Hi Minnesotameetskarnataka:))))

    I was happy to find so many cases of people in a unioun regardless of their cultural differences…which actually make their relationship grow stronger….I am originally from Bulgaria and my bf is from Bangalore and we’re both currently living in Massachusetts. I am also in the process of learning Kannada but I have to confess he’s way ahead with his Bulgarian:))) Congrat’s on your wedding…makes me feel that the dream I have about ours can come true:)

    Hi Ivona! Welcome. I’ve never met anyone from Bulgaria, but I’ve always wanted to travel to your country. I hear it is beautiful! Do you have any advice about learning Kannada? Do you just have your bf teach you or are you using books or some kind of program? Thanks for the congratulations. I will post more about our wedding ceremonies soon.


  22. Chrissy
    May 25, 2009 @ 02:10:58

    Hello Minnie.
    So nice to read your blog. I can identify with a lot of your experiences. I live in NJ. I have family in Minnesota. My husband is from India too. Keep up the good work with the blog. I love it!

    Hi Chrissy. Thanks for the encouragement! I hope to have some new posts soon.


  23. Jennifer
    Oct 28, 2009 @ 13:40:06

    HI Again very interested in following your blog. Do you have an RSS?


  24. Sonali
    Jan 22, 2010 @ 19:04:12


    Interesting blog. I am married to a Kannadiga too but I am Indian from Mumbai :). Was wondering if you could help me out.

    Hubby and I speak different languages. I just read in your post that you are learning Kannada from CIL Mysore Univ. I want to learn Kannada too…how do I go about it. Looked up CIL online but did not find enough info. Do you have their contact email/number etc. I live in California.



  25. Krishanu
    Oct 26, 2010 @ 16:13:27

    Hi there,

    My wife’s from Minnesota, I’m from Kolkata (India) and we now live in Minneapolis. A Minnesoatameetswestbengal.

    “Minnesota is one of the northernmost U.S. states characterized by deep cold, unassuming people, bland food, a high quality of life, love of the outdoors, and “Minnesota Nice”. – if I may, have a few things to say.

    My thoughts –
    a) Deep cold – agree, only in the deepest of winter months. This cold weather is characterized in any of the states that share their border with Canada – Maine, New York, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Washington and others. I’ve seen that Minnesota take the most flak.

    b) Unassuming people – My wife’s family is in the Minnesota- South Dakota-Iowa region and they are the most nice people I’ve ever met. My mom-in-law is like my surrogate mother.

    c) Bland food – to an extent, yes; but that doesn’t characterize the region. Don’t get me wrong here, I love spicy food, but the ‘bland’ food does have flavour and you can always get spicy in the abundant variety of restaurants in the Cities. Morever, helps to have a wife who now have come to like spices, and cooks with ‘red chilli powder’ and ‘dhania’ 🙂

    d) High quality of life, love of the outdoors, and “Minnesota Nice” – Love it, love it, love it


  26. anilsetty
    Dec 07, 2010 @ 05:06:38

    waiting for ur updates??


  27. slimshagy
    Feb 20, 2011 @ 16:06:22

    Hi minnesotameetskarnataka,

    I was just searching for some information about the lingayats and I just happened to come across your blog, I was really glad to read your blog. Really loved the way you have described Karnataka and your stay here. I am an NRI lingayat and I too had experienced some things that you have mentioned in your blog while I was in India.Wish you a happy married life and hope to see some more interesting stuff coming up.


  28. kannalinga
    Jan 26, 2012 @ 19:49:06

    how did your man make it work? my parents are taking me to a guilt trip right now and won’t care for what i think, its all about what society is going to do. cannot deal with them. were they from a city or a village? lucky you guys.

    Sorry to hear about it. Basically, we didn’t tell anyone we were getting married-we just did it. Luckily, my family had met him before we got married, but his parents did not meet me. His parents are from a city now, but were raised in villages. They lived in the U.S. and in Botswana before returning to India.


  29. ss
    Feb 17, 2012 @ 12:11:24

    Loved reading your blog. I am a kannadiga Lingayat from Bangalore. You make some of the tedious stuff sound great. Makes me think, I need to discover my own religion. Keep blogging, would love to read more.


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