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My Father Passed Away

Back in New York. Hurt, sad, and reflecting on the experience I brought back. It was a very different and difficult trip to Kolkata this...

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...

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...

Celebrate Diwali in America

A SINCERE PROPOSAL. No, not to big politicians or big media. They are too busy, and their priorities are too different. I am making this humble...

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...

Swami Vivekananda at 150: the Socialist Saint

THE MASTER AS I SAW HIM. -- "He believed that the one thing to be renounced was any idea of birth as the charter...

This Diwali Night, A Bengali Short Story

Last year, on this Diwali night, I wrote a reminiscence from my beautiful days in Calcutta -- with memories of my childhood friends, firecrackers,...