Happy Gudi Padwa! (Marathi New Year)

  Today is Gudi Padwa, and it marks the beginning of the New Year in the Hindu calendar. It also marks the beginning of a new agricultural harvest season. It is celebrated on the first day of the Chaitra month, which is the first month in the lunar Hindu Calendar. (more…)

Indian Style Birthday Celebration

Indian Style Birthday Celebration
While in rural India, I was invited to Vaishnavi's 19th birthday. Shekhar picked me up in his scooter at 6pm and we headed to town where Vaishnavi lives. I was staying in the outskirts of the town/city. This was my first time attending a traditional Indian style birthday celebration. (more…)

A Food Gift From A Quirky Indian Festival

A Food Gift From A Quirky Indian Festival
Today, our cook wasn't supposed to come, but she arrived with her son around 4pm with a bag and a dabba, which is an Indian-style tiffin carrier, with several layered containers that come apart, each filled with different cooked foods. (more…)