ladki (laṛakī) n.  Hindi word for girl.

ladka (laṛakā) n.  Hindi word for boy.

latke (lät’ku) n. Yiddish word for potato pancake.


Literally, “Latke Ladki” means “potato pancake girl.” This blog is a space to record observations and reflect on experiences while exploring the intersection of two cultures through the eyes of a newly married couple. A second-generation-South-Asian-American-Hindu-omnivore girl (ladki) and a vegetarian-Jewish-American boy (thelatke). As you can see, multiculturalism lends itself to the use of many hyphens. The goal of this blog is to build rapport and understanding between our two cultures. Hopefully our stories and advice will help lessen confusion, frustration and culture shock of other folks who are in our same chappals. So come follow the latke and ladki as they learn, build community, make food and have fun.


This blog is completely unaffiliated, and not to be confused with the 60’s Bollywood movie with the (almost) same name Ladka Ladki starring the legendary Kishore Kumar.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Meera Prashant
    Feb 06, 2012 @ 05:26:21

    I love your easy-breezy style of writing. Also special bond with your blog since I traveled both to Israel and Bangladesh last year with my gal-pals :) Keep writing!


    • ladki
      Feb 07, 2012 @ 01:14:09

      Thanks for visiting Meera. Wow, Israel and Bangladesh in the same year!

      Question, did you have trouble in entering Israel with the Bangladesh visa stamp on your passport (or vice versa)? I was asking because I’d like to see Israel one day, but worry I won’t get admission due to the Bangladesh stamp in my passport. Also, even if I get into Israel, I’m nervous they won’t let me back in Bangladesh.


      • Mellow girl
        Jun 19, 2014 @ 08:24:49

        Hey Ladki,

        I know this is extremely belated but, it is not a problem travelling to Israel or Bangladesh with the stamp of the other country on your passport. At best, the staff at El-Al &/or Tel Aviv airport will grill you; if your answers are plausible, they’ll let you in. I have actually travelled to Bangladesh with an Israel stamp on my passport. No problems whatsoever.

  2. Susan Katz Miller
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 21:13:19

    I’m glad you’re blogging! I just added you to my blogroll…


  3. Monica
    Jan 05, 2013 @ 16:49:42

    Just stumbled across your lovely blog while doing searches for my upcoming wedding–I’m also second-generation, half-Indian, and my groom is Jewish. We’re planning to have a Hindu wedding, but one that’s simplified and doesn’t offend his religion in any way. Your pandit sounds terrific. May I ask where he is and what his contact info might be? Thanks!


    • ladki
      Jan 05, 2013 @ 17:10:05

      Hey Monica, congratulations on your engagement! My pandit is located in South Eastern Pennsylvania. Send me a private email and I can pass on his contact info. Good luck with the planning! Let me know if you need anything else.


  4. Sindhu
    Jan 09, 2013 @ 12:42:29

    I read a few of your posts and I am hooked. You have an easy-to-read style of writing – it’s such a pleasure to read your words! I absolutely love the concept of this blog as well. :) I was raised in a melting pot of cultures and backgrounds, so I can definitely appreciate (and support!) the intermingling of cultures, races, and religions. And the name of the blog… so very clever! I’m following this, for sure.


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