Diwali came early to New York’s Times Square, its most famous landmark when it celebrated the biggest ever Diwali festival outside of India. Since its inception several years ago, it has been growing in size. One reason that took added significance to host and celebrate this years function was the fact that – after the 2016 presidential elections, USA is deeply divided in the middle.
As one artist put it – the Deepavali, the festival of lights should help “spread a little bit of love and happiness” when there is so much hatred and division. Well said and it certainly will as all Indian know! Diwali is celebrated to bring wealth and love to the world!
- 9 Oct 2017
The new Uttar Pradesh government has shut-down essentially illegal slaughter house (not sure why they were operating in the first place). This has led to the expected shortage and a hike in prices. People are taking tofish instead and that is seeing a spike. There are reports that as this happened in the days before Navaratri when people load up on eating more meat than usual in preparation of the nine day Navaratri fasting when they are strictly vegetarian. But the slaughter house shutdown and the resulting price spike and shortages has totally disrupted their usual practice. Have you heard of something like this?
Source: The Hindu
- 30 Mar 2017
We are the longest continuously surviving civilization – from Afghanistan and Balochistan in the west to the North-East and Bangladesh, and from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and even Sri Lanka, we all have the same gene pool, so genetically we are similar people. Our traditions, richness, values and people continue intact in most parts of our land, (even if we have lost it in areas that got partitioned and/or subject to religious conversions). We have accepted all religions and given them a home, and assimilated ideas from outside. In history, we have been the major source of contributing our wealth and knowledge including mathematics, medicine (ayurveda), yoga, architecture, dance, music, pyschology and linguistics through Sanskrit to the world. Due to our dharmic religions and value systems, we have offered great ideas like such as unity of mankind, harmony of mankind, divinity of an individual, creative synthesis and belief in cosmic values. How amazing…
Source: New India Digest
- 26 Jan 2017
Here are at least 10 things (it could be many more – will they admit it…) : 1) Much less corruption, 2) India’s Space programs, 3) Transparent Election system, 4) Bollywood movies, 5) India’s guest culture, 6) Economy and our growth, 7) Law and Order, 8) Education, 9) Diplomacy, 10) Indian Leadership
- 20 Apr 2016
As we know Indian and Indians are the most peace loving and welcoming people – one could argue this generosity has got them in trouble. The Archbishop of Goa Filipe Neri Ferrao called for better understanding, reconciliation and peace as enshrined in the message of Christmas. He said, “Sadly, we find an increasing dose of intolerance holding sway in our lives. Not only people of different creeds and cultures, but people of the same family drift away from each other because of this intolerance and unforgivingness.” What is the need for such statements when nothing has changed on the ground but a but the government at the center (and maybe a greater imagination of fear)? Are these politically motivated statements?
Source: Herald Goa
- 28 Dec 2015