Makar Sankranti is famous for its sesame sweets and kite flying. But there is much more to this festival that is a celebration of the Winter Solstice. Sankranti literally means movement. Let's look at the significance of this festival of movement, and know how it is based on a profound understanding of cosmic and human … Continue reading Makar Sankranti : Rituals, celebration and significance.
Hello friends! Diwali is here. So is the Green-Diwali campaign. The usual suspects and the #SayNoToCrackers brigade are out again to teach us how to celebrate our age-old festivals. All seems normal. Last year, the Supreme Court had temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in Delhi till Diwali saying that the ban on firecrackers in Delhi would be … Continue reading The hypocrisy of “Happy Diwali BUT No Fireworks”!
Missing my mother today, mai as we call her in Bhojpuri. Mai resides in Jamshedpur (part of erstwhile Bihar, now in Jharkhand) and even after much dissuasion she has not stopped performing chhatth puja though not in the best of her health for the last 3-4 years. She is now in her 70th year observing chhath at my brother's place in … Continue reading Chhath Puja (छठ पर्व, सुर्य षष्ठी)
So all of a sudden everyone is on Facebook, the social networking site that has garnered millions of avid users since its launch. I have come to realise that there are a lot of positives and negatives about Facebook. On the positive side, I cant belive the number of relatives and friends I have reconnected with. Suddenly, … Continue reading Think before u click !!