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Durga Puja in This So-called Land of Diversity

It is now raining here in New York. It is the peak time on the four-day Durga Puja celebration. We went to a Bangladeshi Hindu...

Rooting for An Open, Inclusive and Moderate Hinduism

              Note: Pratik Ghosh of Mauritius translated it from my Bengali oped published in Calcutta's daily Ananda Bazar Patrika. (Link to original Bengali article here.) ______________ Nowadays nobody...

In Defense of Hinduism

Not that anybody truly cares, and life goes on without thinking much about anything, anymore. Yet, a sudden outburst of emotion happens deep inside, perhaps...

Secular Liberal Bengali Hindu Goddess Durga America

Read it one more time. The title. Secular. Liberal. Bengali. Hindu. Goddess. Durga. America. Does it mean anything to you? I'm especially asking my American...

Food, Fun, Festivity and Hinduism

Blog originally written for Mukti's Kitchen, best Indian food and cooking class in Brooklyn, New York. ______________ This is the beginning of our Hindu religious and...

My Very Special Birthday Wish

Today I'm writing to celebrate my birthday. But today is not my birthday. It's tomorrow. I'm writing today because tomorrow I won't have any free...

Durga Puja and the Poor, Naked, Hungry, Sick Girl

Photo: author. "Mystical Poet" Tagore wrote his non-mystical Bengali verse a hundred years ago: “আনন্দময়ীর আগমনে আনন্দে গিয়েছে দেশ ছেয়ে হেরো ওই ধনীর দুয়ারে দাঁড়াইয়া কাঙালিনী মেয়ে বাজিতেছে...

Our American Durga Puja

-2- This evening, my family and I came back from another community Durga Puja organized by a Bengali-Indian organization in New York. Once again, just like...

Durga Puja? That’s Great! What is It?

-1- So, a couple of days ago, I had a chat with my friends and colleagues here in New York. It went something like this. Me:...