A Weaver and the Seven Ghosts

This is yet another amusing and heartwarming folk tale from Bengal. Once upon a time, there lived a weaver in a small cottage in a village on the edge of a forest. The forest was deep and green filled with big leafy trees. Birds and animals abounded. It was a peaceful little village. The weaver…

Seven Champa Brothers and one Parul Sister

This is one of the most popular folk tales of Bengal narrated generation after generation. Once upon a time, there lived a good and kind king in a vast kingdom where peace and happiness reigned, food was bountiful, lush green trees with beautiful flowering plants abounded and because of the king’s virtues, the Gods smiled…

Suraj Kund Mela 2015

The yearly Suraj Kund Mela is in full swing and I had an absolutely wonderful time visiting all the stalls and eating great food. This year the partner Nation is Lebanon and the theme state is Chattisgarh. There are crafts and textiles from all over India as well as from some African Nations, Buganda, Rwanda,…

Celebrating Basant Panchmi/ Saraswati Puja

Saraswati Puja or Basant Panchami as the name suggests, is celebrated on the fifth day of Maghi Shukla Paksha, which usually falls in February. This year it falls on 25th January . It signifies worship of Goddess Saraswati or the Goddess of Learning and Music as She holds the Veena in her hand. The puja…

Celebrating Makar Sankranti.

Makar Sankranti is the firstĀ  Hindu festival to be celebrated in a New Calendar Year. It is usually celebrated on 14th January. It is said that Kharmas is prevalent before that date which ends on that day and the sun enters Makar Rashi which is considered auspicious . It is called by different names in…