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Valentine’s Day-inspired outfits under $50

By Sunita Dass Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it’s a great time to pull out those scarlet outfits, apply your favorite cherry lipstick and kick up your ruby sequined heels! I have always felt that the provenance of an item of clothing should not determine its worth nor its utility in your

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College admissions have changed dramatically. What does that mean for high schoolers?

At one of Troy-based Finesse Academy’s monthly alumni sessions in early December, college counselor Arun Ponnusamy, the chief academic officer of college consulting company Collegewise, extensively explained the changing role of college counselors in students’ lives and offered advice for college applicants. The Indian SCENE caught up with Ponnusamy to discuss the daunting college admissions

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Don’t ask people when they’re going to have kids

I remember when I got my first period. I was about 12-and-a-half-years-old in India. It was a random weekend afternoon, and we had extended family visiting. I went to the bathroom and let out a startled loud scream when I saw blood — a scream that had everyone come running to find out what was

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Unlocking the potential of Indian-American identity

Over the past few months, I have written several articles on the Indian American marriage conundrum, family dynamics, empowerment, and mental health on this platform. As we close out this decade and get ready to embark on a new one, I can’t help but reflect on this necessary space, and how such a platform was

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For Indian-American men, mental wellbeing is vital

It was right around this time of year, many, many years ago, that I took my first real steps into the world of mental health as a psychology student. Over time, I learned about psychopathology, abnormal behaviors, mental illnesses, societal pressures, cultural influences and more on mental health. One of the things that stuck with

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When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

As an Indian-American woman, who is also a two-time traumatic brain injury survivor, and was regularly chastised about her weight problems for decades, I have had a very interesting relationship with mirrors over the course of my life. Growing up, mirrors were for making funny faces and for combing my down-to-my-butt long hair. But that

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Living history: how to restore and digitize your family photos

Have you started your spring cleaning yet? To help you clear space in your home while preserving your family’s treasured memories, we’ve put together a guide to restoring and digitizing family photos.   Collect & curate. This first step can admittedly be time-consuming  and difficult. But it can also be the most fun! Start by

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How to find and frame art for your home

The gallery wall is one of the most popular, stylish design elements in home decorating right now. When done right, it can be the perfect showcase for your personal taste and treasures. But when done poorly, it can turn into a mess. To help you brighten up your home with the perfect gallery wall, we’ve

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To elevate your home, take a trip to Detroit’s Eastern Market

Visiting Eastern Market for fresh produce and flowers is longtime Saturday morning tradition for Detroiters in the summer months. But year-round, the neighborhood is also home to some of the city’s best furniture and home goods stores, with a range of eclectic offerings sure to satisfy both vintage lovers and those partial to modern styles.

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