Category Archives: Religion

The Gods That Ate Everything

The last week or two in Mumbai we have seen a lot of celebrations (and a lot of chaos!) in the streets. Ganesh Chaturthi has filled the streets with processions of drummers and dancers as bappas were paraded towards their … Continue reading

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My Last Vat Savirti in London

Today is Savitri Pooja in India. I wrote about this tradition last year (see link below where you can read the story of Savitri and my interpretation of it). https://anenglishwomaninmumbai.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/vat-savitri-vrat-london-style/ While it is a festival that some view as oppressive … Continue reading

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Cultural Appropriation – My Two-pennies Worth!

  A lot has been written on this subject recently, both in the world of fellow intercultural-relationship bloggers and in the mainstream media. The whole debate has on more than a few occasions ruffled my feathers. There seems to be … Continue reading

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Lessons I learnt from Durga

This is the auspicious time of Navaratri so happy Maha Navaratri to you all! This nine day festival was the first I celebrated when I lived in Mumbai, joining my neighbours for nine nights of dancing and celebration in honour … Continue reading

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Vat Savitri Vrat London Style

Last Sunday I fasted on the Hindu festival of Vat Savitri Vrat (or Vat Purnima as it is know in some states). This is the day when many Hindu women in India fast and pray to the divine for their … Continue reading

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The Freedom to be Funny In India (and some lovely Art Deco)

Sitting in the manager’s office of the stunning Art Deco Liberty Cinema flicking through the actual original programme from the 1947 opening I could hardly contain my excitement – this was a real treat! The elderly but spritely owner Mr … Continue reading

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