Ram Leela

Ram Leela is a folk play that shows parts of Lord Rama’s life. The climax of the play ends with the legendary war between Good and Evil, Dussehra where effigies of King Ravana are burnt, typically with fireworks. Ram Leela is a part of Dusshera celebrations in North India, and typlically based on the 16th…

Bursting Crackers

When the King and Queen of Ayodhya return to their kingdom, walking through lanes lit by clap lamps, people shower their joy by illuminating the skies with fireworks. Although today it amounts to noise and wind pollution, inflation and eco-friendliness has ensured that my spirits have surely dampened. But I can’t see that as a…

Lights Galore

Finally the Festival of lights is here! Diwali holds a lot of importance across various religious┬ácommunities in India for a number of reasons. While the festivities run into 4-days for some communities, for us it’s just for a day. The night before Lakshmi Pooja is the nigh before the new moon. That is the day…