‘Diyas’ — traditional Indian earthen lamps, ready to be lit before the deity. Shot at a Durga Puja pandal, last month.
In every Hindu family, ‘Rakhi’ has a special significance. It is a ritual that celebrates the love and duty between brothers and their sisters. According to tradition, sisters tie a sacred thread on the wrist of their brothers and pray for their well-being; in return, the brothers pledge to protect and take care of their sisters under all circumstances. Continue reading
When I look back on my growing up years, the earliest memories of Christmas brings back a flashback of crisp winter nights and bright afternoons in a sun-soaked beautiful picturesque hill town named Kohima located in The North-East. Continue reading
When I was growing up, Holi was one of my favourite festivals. As a child, I looked forward to playing Holi with friends. We had two full days of fun and running riot with dry colours (gulal) and then following it up the next day with pichkaris(sprayguns) and balloons filled with wet colours. Although we lived in the hills where the weather was pretty mild around that time of the year, I do recall some occasions when we had the rains ruining our fun. But mostly, it was fun, despite rain or sun. My younger brother and I would join our friends and we played Holi all through the morning until lunch time, when we HAD to get back, shower and clean up our porch after a wonderful round of unadulterated fun! Continue reading