Rita Banerji

Photo Essay: I'm Dreaming Of A Calcutta Christmas...

For Calcutta, Christmas is an event where the city celebrates its centuries-old history and its multitudes of immigrant communities, cultures and religions in a manner that they retain their uniqueness, even as they blend, seamlessly, into one big celebration. It's an experience I've not witnessed with any other religious festival in India or anywhere else. It is this joy I share here with a set of pictures I took as I went around the city yesterday, enjoying its pre-Christmas celebration.

Dear Mr President, Look The Other Way When You're In Israel

You are leaving on a state visit to Israel on Monday, 12 October. I wish you bon voyage, but would also like to give you a few "tips". A man of the world such as yourself might find this to be a little presumptuous, but it's something I want to get out of my system - and while my "advice" in this case is for Israel, it applies to India too, especially given the repulsive recent developments in our country. You'll see what I mean in a bit.
Maya at Three by Rita Banerji

The Importance Of ‘Maya'

"Maya", as a concept in Hinduism and Buddhism, means attachment to the tangible aspects of life and relationships. It is a sentiment which the scriptures sternly warn you off of, as they say it is spiritually unhealthy. They say this is all transient -- an illusion. That it is not the truth. And yet, as my friend chose the name "Maya" for her adoptive daughter, I was struck by the intense attachment she felt for the child.