Ram Leela

Like I’ve mentioned before, I am one of the luckiest souls to be born in a very diverse Indian cultural mix. So from Raksha Bandhan to Holi and Ramlila to Vijayadashmi to Diwali and Christmas, we get to witness and celebrate everything under the sun with much fanfare. Most Ramlilas in North India are based…

Festive Food

Food and festivities go hand in hand. Festivals in India are actually aligned to the seasonal changes that happen in the region. As an agrarian country that is the 7th largest in the world, every part of the nation has a different season and flavor to celebrations. Navratri for us is a was to celebrate…

Navratri Fanfare

I LOVE stories.. it is the butter, jam, jelly, caramel and pickle to my bread. As a story teller, Navarati is most certainly my most favorite festival of the year (well, second to Diwali, which is usually birthday time!). For the past few years, especially since I moved to Bangalore, I look forward to setting…

Ganpati Bappa Moriya!

Ghalin lotangan vandin charan || Dolyani pahin rup tujhe || Preme alingan anande pujin || Bhave ovaleen mhane nama || 1 ||  I will bow and lie at your Feet To see your true form with my own eyes I will embrace hug you with all the love I have and worship you with pure joy To worship…

Cricket Fever

I love cricket, just like every other regular Indian my age. What irks me most though, is how I lauded for my interest, despite being a girl. The sport has changed over the years, and gone are the days when unfit men would not dive to stop the ball from crossing the boundary line. All…

Holi Hai!

I must admit, Holi isn’t my favorite festivals in the world. It’s messy and uncomfortable, to say the least. But for some strange reason, I miss being home this year for the slush fest. I miss being with crazy buddies, especially when it’s time to celebrate. Where I now live, celebrations are a very private…

Soul Food

Home made food, the way my mother makes it, is probably the best thing in the world. While I do cook quite decently, I am surely not a chip off the old block. I tend to cook better when I have someone to feed, and as I start loving myself more, I most certainly like…

Go On, Light A Bulb

Swades is and will remain one of the most finest patriotic movies I have ever seen. A few years ago, I wrote about this children’s book (This India, Sheila Dhar) that I managed to get my hands on eventually. It changed my perception of being Indian, just like this movie did. This movie has no…

Overcome Evil With Good

    Noted as one of the oldest dance forms, Kathakali is an integral part of the Hindu culture in Kerala. Katha means story and Kali is drama in Malayalam. Based on the vedas, the performance brings the Samaveda (lyrical form of the vedas) to life. The intricate facial paint is non-toxic and made using…

Being Indian

I was in class ten when I first read an essay titled “A Matter of Belonging” by Sheila Dhar, and it left a very deep impact on the way I perceived my Indianness. Although I have tried in vain to get hold of her book titled “This India” (1971), I haven’t succeeded so far in…