Indian Festival

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.
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Karva Chauth: A Womanly Celebration Of Cultural Misogyny

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.
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Why The Wife In Me Doesn't Care To Question Karva Chauth

I do not know how you will label me. Am I the feminist who pays the bills and shares household chores with her husband? Or am I a "typical" Indian woman who at the end of the day submits to the belief that her husband is her God and fasts for him. Here's the thing. When it comes to Karva Chauth, I don't see myself as either a feminist or a traditionalist. Because between the feminist and the "typical" woman, there stands a wife too.

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