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It is important to understand what really happens to your body when you fast.
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My first brush with Karwa Chauth was through my mother. I remember her dressing in gorgeous saris (some from her wedding trousseau), wearing lovely jewellery and keeping the fast with cheer and calm....
Navratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the goddess Durga. The festival is celebrated for nine days and culminates on the 10th day with Vijaydashami or Dusshera. Northern and western India...
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Fasting - whether the reasons are medical, spiritual or even political - goes back centuries. Some fasts are absolute, where you can't eat, sometimes even drink, anything, while some type of fasts restrict what ingredients you can consume. For a practice that is so closely connected with food, its ingredients and their cooking, it might be surprising that fasting is generally not associated with the culinary world. But is it really so disconnected from the world of food?
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There is a cultural explanation for Indian women's fixation on their husbands' long lives. Whether a man lives or dies ultimately defines how his wife is socially perceived and treated! A married woman is called Sumangala -- the fortunate one, the bringer of good luck. A widow, on the other hand is called Amangala -- the unfortunate one, the bringer of bad luck. The reverse logic does not apply to men.
Today, we are fighting for equality and we are holding high positions in every field. We are working 70-hour weeks and doing ground breaking work, we are travelling, we are in meetings and making presentations. It's unrealistic to starve. Are the men doing that for you?