I am a tamil penn (girl) living in the United States. I often try to strike a balance between being traditional and living in a foreign country – hence the name of the blog!

Like one who could well be a typical maami one day, I can talk non-stop about anything from politics to cooking. I go crazy around festival season and try as much as possible to not miss a single occassion to be a typical maami. On the other hand, I am like many other tamil penns of my age, a software engineer. So, well one of my other accomplishments is that I can write.. uh.. code!

I had one unsuccessful attempt at blogging, but decided not to give up and started this one! Hopefully I can keep it alive longer than the previous one.

50 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laksh  |  March 10, 2008 at 8:32 am

    Hope you keep at it. Your description would suit me to a T.

  • 2. aviator  |  March 15, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    kalakkiteengo maami

  • 3. Bhagee  |  July 1, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    As a 2nd generation desi (daughter of uber-traditional parents), I constantly fiind myself laughing at NRI actions & mannerisms. (Totally related to the Niagara post – what is up with the “no, ya” and the strollers EVERYWHERE?!?!?) Your blog is hilarious and very well written. Please keep writing!!

    Rekha: Thank you and welcome to my blog.

  • 4. Rajesh Raghupati  |  July 7, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Nice blog aunty.
    Rekha: Thank you sir. Welcome here.

  • 5. Pradeep  |  July 30, 2008 at 8:40 am

    @ NRI Maami,

    Ungala oruthar “aunty” nu koopitirukaaru… indha matter la unga total reaction ivvalavu dhaana? :P

    Rekha: First time varaaru.. Pona potom manichi vidalaamnu vitutaen pa. Nice to see your reaction – makes me feel younger you know!

  • 6. Pradeep  |  August 5, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Well, I was not exactly trying to make you feel younger. Just that these days even the actual aunties dont like being called so. That way I thought your reaction was a deviation from the norm. :P

    Rekha: Haha.. Appo na thaan over react pannitaena? Anyway I have got used to being called aunty by kids, indha maadri one or two grownups have also called me aunty before that too when I am standing in front of their eyes – avaala elaam saathu saathunu sathanum pola irukkum. Kannu enga vechirkaanu kaekalaamnu thonum.

  • 7. Pradeep  |  August 11, 2008 at 8:23 am

    pesama, NRI Maami ku badhila, NRI Aunty nu blog pera maathidungo.. :P

    Rekha: Aunty, Maami elaam onnu dhaanae. Only baashai different – that’s all.

  • 8. Raj  |  August 21, 2008 at 2:22 am

    Came across your blog sometime back.
    Two ‘shotu’s to you for
    1) calling yourself a maami when so many really dont like it
    2) your good writing style… especially tamizha englishla looooong sentencea ezhudharadhu..(ezhutharathuku munnadi utkarndhu yosipeengala??)
    Added your link to favs.. Keep it up

    Rekha: Haha.. Thank you and welcome to the blog! I have become comfortable with my maami identity – so no problems there. As far as my long tamil sentences in english go – may be I have way too much practice in terms of chatting with some of my frens, so I don’t really need to think. Also the fact that I cannot write tamil sentences in tamil, help me write them better in english I guess :D

  • 9. Nagarajan  |  September 15, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Good effort. Do you come online why don`t you become my chat friend so, that we can share our views about being NRI and NNRI. The tag itself stinks mami. Mami`s are always mami`s and will be mami`s why give a tag NRI to that.
    It is like our Tayir Sadam there should n`t be any adultration.
    Anyhow keep it up.

    Yours sincerely,

    Rekha: Welcome to the blog! I would have to say – I am an adulterated maami – not the typically pure one – hence the NRI prefix. Besides, plain thair sadham was never my favorite – always preferred the well embellished thair semiya more.

  • 10. Sarva  |  September 18, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Well… Got your blog thru Linked in and Kongu….

    Nice to see an alumni writing so well…


    Rekha: Welcome to the blog! Did you study at Kongu or do you teach there?

  • 11. Karthi  |  September 21, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Hi rekha, nice to see ur blog.
    This is karthi from trichy. Surprising to see u like to be identified as Maami when many of todays tamil femme gendre r bz covering up their age:-)

    Rekha: Thank you and welcome to the blog.

  • 12. JAGADEESAN  |  October 2, 2008 at 1:16 am

    hi Maami, namaskaram.. jags from Qatar…

    Rekha: Salaam-ale-koom!

  • 13. Raj  |  October 13, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Maami.. just noticed.. unga profile photo correcta?? iyengar madisar kattu madhiri illaye…..

    he… he.. need to live up to the reputation na….

    Rekha: There you go.. strengthening your reputation and all.. Yep.. it is an iyer kattu.. coudn’t find an image for iyengar kattu.. so had to gimp the iyer maami’s picture for desired effect.. what to do.

  • 14. Raj  |  October 15, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Romba simble… neengale kattikitu ungathu mammava photo eduka sollungo… then with some changes (to hide identity if needed) post it..

    Rekha: Madisaar kattardhu ‘romba simble’ nu neenga solla koodadhu.

  • 15. NRI Radio and TV  |  October 16, 2008 at 1:23 pm


    How can we contact you please? didn’t found your email anywhere.


    Rekha: You can email me at nrimaami[at]gmail[dot]com.

  • 16. Chutney  |  November 13, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Hi iyengar maami! :D I am iyengar ponnu :D I like your blog :D

    Rekha: Hey iyengar ponnu.. welcome here and loved your blog too.

  • 17. Srini  |  November 17, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Hello Rekha Mami,

    Srini from Sharjah. (basically from kumabakonam) Happened to come across your blog today. Nice one. Added as fav. Keep posting.

    Rekha: Welcome here! Your Sarangapani kovil is one of my favorites!

  • 18. Cheenu  |  December 7, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Rekha Mami,

    Myself and My wife loved your blog. If you need, I can arrange to send a photo of a Mami with Iyengar Kattu. PLMK.

    Rekha: Thanks for the offer. I am glad both of you love the blog. The effort of fuzzying the picture is quite a bit. Please send me the picture to nrimaami@gmail.com. I will do it at my leisure.

  • 19. Malathy Badri  |  December 27, 2008 at 8:41 am

    NRI Mami-per romba azhagu. Should I have said ‘perum’? Ha, ha

    You write very well.

    Mamikku endha vooro?

    • 20. NRI Maami  |  December 28, 2008 at 7:36 am

      Hi Malathy, Welcome to the blog. Entha vooro va? Read this please to get your answer.

  • 21. Ajay.m.bhargavan iyer  |  January 6, 2009 at 5:56 am

    hi mami,
    ungaal bloge nokkarache yanak romba sandosham arde……
    keep on going

    Rekha: Adhai kaetu Naeku romba sandhosham. Keep reading :)

  • 22. Ajay.m.bhargavan iyer  |  January 7, 2009 at 6:14 am

    Namaskaram mami,
    mami engal aathle enn amma feels so shy to ware madisar and come out of home. she is working in infosys as project manager.
    i asked her regarding this topic then she replid me that one day she was wareing madisar she was on the way to temple near our residance in temple she mat her friends they said some thina funny about wareing madisar in out of the door.so for that reason my mom rafuses to ware madisar going out. advice my mom we both watching ur blog.
    thank u
    Ajay.m.Bhargavan iyer

    Rekha: Ajay, I am certainly in no position to advice your mom. I rarely have opportunity to wear madisar outside the house too.

  • 23. Ajay.m.bhargavan iyer  |  January 7, 2009 at 6:16 am

    mami negal iyerooo ellna iyangaroooooooo

  • 24. Ajay.m.bhargavan iyer  |  January 19, 2009 at 6:30 am

    Thank u for u response mami.
    any how delayed happy pongal wishes to u and ur family.
    thank u

    Ajay.m. bhargavan iyer

  • 25. isuru  |  April 30, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Nice blog and that blog good education blog.very nice.

  • 26. sharada  |  May 18, 2009 at 6:00 am

    I am delighted to see ur site from search engine. I am a telugu brahmin girl interested to learn how to tie a 9 yards saree. Do u have any demonstration available in pics or words..I will try at home.

    Advance thanks

  • 27. Arvind  |  May 26, 2009 at 12:43 am

    superb ! keep it up maaami :) :)

  • 28. Vaijayanthi  |  June 8, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Nice blog! though tagged with the word NRI, its closer home! waiting to read ur next post..

  • 29. Raja  |  June 29, 2009 at 12:53 am

    This is an excellent platform to share our feelings since living in overseas.

  • 30. ashokh  |  August 4, 2009 at 4:16 am


    nice blog ! cool..keep it up.
    visit http://www.myfamilyheritage.net – a nice site for helping us nri stay in touch with your loved ones back home.
    take care maami !

  • 31. R.Gopi  |  August 25, 2009 at 12:54 am

    மாமி, பின்னிட்டேள் போங்கோ… நன்னா இருக்கு.. கன்டினியூ பண்ணுங்கோ..

  • 32. saravanakumar  |  October 7, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Good to see this blog created innovatively by you as NRI Maami.

    Thanks and With best regards, Saravana kumar,

    Rekha: Thank you and welcome to the blog!

  • 33. Sundar  |  October 21, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Rekha, thx for peeking into my blog. Pls keep me honest with your comments. “NRIMaami” is a innovative name for sure!

    Rekha: Thanks.. yes I will keep peeking!

  • 34. The Indians Abroad  |  November 1, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Interesting blog.
    Good luck with everything.
    Rekha: Thank you. Welcome to the blog!

  • 35. Revathi  |  November 5, 2009 at 4:47 am

    Hi Mami ;-) i have been following your blog for quite some time now :-) and its hmmm aaaah yaaa k hmm AWESOME ;-) baesh baesh rombo nalla irruku ….though i am an amateur at blogging…do check it in free time :-)

    Rekha: Thank you for the compliments :D I did check out your blog – it was pretty interesting. Hope to be there more often.

  • 36. raji shankar  |  November 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

    i have a souh indian saree and one gm jewelry blog. if you can i would like to let everyone know thru your blog.

  • 37. Capt. deshbandhu  |  January 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Maami Ji join us at http://www.proud2bindian.in ( forums earnings will be donated to central army welfare fund )

  • 38. vyaakhyaasyaamaha  |  March 9, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    is it a pause – to the second blog attempt? it was very enjoyable.


  • 39. Vanitha  |  May 17, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Hi Maami,

    I really loved your blog for many reasons. I am an Iyengar ponnu too.

    Waiting to read more.. Grt goin

  • 40. kamban  |  July 23, 2010 at 5:12 am

    hallo good maami

  • 41. chitra  |  June 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

    Hello Mami,
    Iam also from a proud iyengar family. Good to see your blog.

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  • 44. Kovai Raji  |  August 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Dear Mami,
    Can you teach me how to make soft really idlis (I do not have a proper grinder, so is it possible to get it with a mixie) ?
    Thanks in advance,

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  • 46. Ganesh Iyer  |  October 4, 2011 at 10:18 am

    Good to you, NRI Maami; from an RI Mama, from Chennai ! (RI is certainly not rigorous imprisonment ! ).
    Just thought I will say Hello and also thank you for helping with a ‘Kolu’ explanation, as an answer to a query from a NIF ! Okay, okay ! let me decode that; NIF = North-Indian Friend ! this is just to show that there are so many acronyms, around the corner, just waiting to be created !
    I attended the Kolu at my sister’s place, in Chennai, last Friday; and quite enjoyed it, with my nieces proudly showing the innovations done by them.
    Was I a proud Mama or what ?! (yes, I literally deserve my name : Resident Indian Mama/Uncle).
    Wonder if you have managed to put up the Kolu, this Navaratri?
    Let me conclude with another, non-Navaratri meaning of ‘Kolu’ ! especially since I am talking of explaining this term to my friends from North India. Have you heard this phrase in Hindi : Kolu ka bail?! :-) A rough translation in Tamil would be : Chakka maadu ! das heist : going round and round in circles ! :-) Jai ho !
    Happy Saraswati Pooja/Dussehra ! best wishes from Chennai.

  • 47. Niranjan  |  October 4, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Hello Mami,
    I am an NRI mama, married to an aspiring NRI maami. My maami became ambitious this year and wants to build a kolu stand to be re-used every year. I hate building one with boxes and such as I always believe in everything being solid, sturdy and kid-friendly. I loved the golu stand that you described in your blog and I would like some more specifics. Drop me a line and I’d really like to chat with you on the stand.


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  • 49. AK  |  January 9, 2016 at 5:19 am

    So what happened? Haven’t seen any new blog entries in over 3 years now?! Please keep them coming!

    • 50. NRI Maami  |  February 11, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      Thinking of making a comeback.. Hopefully soon. Thanks for checking in.


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