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 final destinations to be immersed in water. Eid has filled the streets with proud menContinue reading “The Gods That Ate Everything”

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 to women, like Karva Chauth I choose to celebrate as I love the idea ofContinue reading “My Last Vat Savirti in London”

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 an increasing number of condescending and negative anti-cultural appropriation articles out there (amongst some quiteContinue reading “Cultural Appropriation – My Two-pennies Worth!”

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 of the goddess Durga. On the eighth day Ashtami my daughter had the honour ofContinue reading “Lessons I learnt from Durga”

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 husband’s prosperity and long healthy life. The same festival appears to me to be celebratedContinue reading “Vat Savitri Vrat London Style”

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 Nazir Hoosein was a delight to talk to – sharing with us the rich historicalContinue reading “The Freedom to be Funny In India (and some lovely Art Deco)”