Ganesh Chathurthi, the celebrations of Lord Ganesha’s birthday, is one of the most eagerly awaited festivals in Maharashtra, as Ganesha, the charming and infinitely wise elephant headed God is a revered and extremely popular deity. Modaks are synonymous with Ganesh Chathurthi as Lord Ganesha loves these delicious, sweet fluted dumplings, and they are offered to…Read More

Reminiscences from a child of Migrants

Having lived abroad for 38 long years, it was time to return home tospend our Silver Years. It was a no brainer that Chembur would be ourfinal destination, the place where I was born and the sanctuary where Ispent my childhood and better part of my youth. The pandemic and thesubsequent lockdown played spoilsport for…Read More

Power of Chanting

This morning, to my surprise, I was woken up by the sounds of vedic chants playing in my mind. I am not a very religious person. I do pray but my knowledge of vedic chants is limited to a few that I have grown up reciting every day as prayers in school. I recently had…Read More

Vasudevs of Maharashtra

India has a longstanding tradition of song, dance, music and theatre. Music was always used as a  medium for venerable purpose of worshipping the God.  Devotional songs were not only sung by a group of people called Keertanakars but also by the street singers and performers or Kavadias. In Maharashtra they are known as Vasudevs. A traditional…Read More

Diyas for Diwali

The festival of Diwali is celebrated on Amavasya or the new moon day when there is darkness everywhere.  Since it is believed that evil spirits and dark forces become powerful and active when there is no light, people light millions of diyas or oil lamps in every corner of their home to dispel the darkness. The…Read More

Shindoor Khela

I grew up in the 70s and 80s in a typical ‘Prabasi Bangali’ family in Chembur. For the uninitiated, a Prabasi Bangali is any Bengali who lives outside Bengal. Bengalis anywhere in the world would definitely be known for a few things – fish, rossogolla, and of course Durga Pujo! Our family was no different. …Read More