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Religious Festivals
Lifestyle  /  Published 08.08.22

Memories of Muharrams past

On most days we would eat in the large community hall where Mahmood and Ayaz sat thigh-to-thigh and ate the same meal. But on the other days, the host of that evening’s dinner would invite you s...
By Mudar Patherya

Lifestyle  /  Published 09.07.22

Eid-al-Adha, a day of giving and forgiving

Since the festival date follows the moon, it shifts approximately 10 days every year, so when Bakri-Eid used to happen in the winters, there used to be grand barbecues and you wouldn’t find chic...
By Zareen Ali Desai

Lifestyle  /  Published 03.05.22

A tale of Eidi lost and found

Last evening, I sent out 21 Eidi bags (jute bags from Lata Bajoria) to kids across communities. I filled each bag with Alpenliebe candies. Stray Rs 2 coins. And some currency. I wrote a card secured b...
By Mudar Patherya

Lifestyle  /  Published 03.05.22

‘What do you guys do on Eid?’ Mudar Patherya answers an FAQ

And yet. Even this institution died out a few years ago, partly because Eid night coincided with the monsoons and one couldn’t quite do this inside the community hall of a gated complex. Our col...
By Mudar Patherya

Lifestyle  /  Published 25.04.22

Why Ramzaan may have got easier but my world has turned poorer

The reflex response of calling mom to ask what dua should be recited at what point (even when I was in my fifties) has been replaced by scribbles on paper scraps.  The fried bhajiyaas during the...
By Mudar Patherya

Lifestyle  /  Published 08.04.22

Faith, trappings and other memories of Ramzaan

The overload of ‘Ramadan Kareem’ WhatsApps during the early days of the month and a tsunami of ‘Eid Mubarak’ messages with crescent moons and minarets designed into them when...
By Mudar Patherya

Places  /  Published 20.11.21

Rash Utsav: When Khardah comes alive with love, light and devotion

The Rash Utsav of Shyamsundar Jiu is one of the oldest and most famed in Bengal. The three-day festival comes to and end with the tunes of the kirtan ‘Poth charo charo mora broje jai l...
By Barnini Maitra Chakraborty

India  /  Published 28.08.21

Govt warning on festive crowds

Ahead of the festival season, the Centre Saturday asked all states and union territories to ensure there is no large gathering and that they take pro-active measures to check the spread of coronavirus...
By Our Bureau, PTI in New Delhi

Bihar  /  Published 09.11.18

Ghats not yet ready for Chhath in Bihar’s Ara

Ghats on the banks of the Ganga, Sone and a number of ponds in Bhojpur district have not been cleaned up with barely five days to go for Chhath.Devotees might have to take routes where pigs are rumma...
By Rajiv Nayan Agrawal in ARA


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