Showing posts from August, 2020

Namaste is the new cool!

We have been in the midst of a pandemic for some time now. Many things have changed and evolved during these months. We all have had our share of adjustments and are still learning. We are all looking forward to a highly anticipated new normal. One thing that changes during this pandemic was the way people greeted each other. We saw a lot of compassion and empathy in world leaders for the vulnerable population. And while the new channels flooded interviews, speeches and statistical data, the one thing that caught my eye was the world gearing up to our Indian way of greeting “ Namaste ”( pronounced \NAH-muh-stay\) . We saw people across continents learn and absorb this Indian way of greeting when they met people. Even Google acknowledged, “ Namaste is the new Hug!” We all knew it aided in sharing warmth while still maintaining the social distancing norms. Pic Courtesy - Dr. Nandan Chugh and her lovely daughters❤❤ That’s where my research started, most traditions and customs in India

Krishna Janamasthami - Eternal bond of a child and mother

India is a land of festivals. We profoundly bank on our festivals to build our relationships and carry forward our traditions. India being a secular nation we have scores of festivals that cross the boundaries of race and religion. One festival that just passed by is Krishna Janamasthami. Krishna Janamasthami is celebrated on the eighth day ( Ashtami ) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in Shraavana or Bhadrapad (depending on whether the calendar chooses the new moon or full moon day as the last day of the month), which overlaps with August or September of the Gregorian calendar.   Lord Krishna , and his birth and his early childhood are all about the bond he shared with Yashoda his foster mother. This got me thinking how deep the love between a mother and her child can be. A mother can do all that one can fathom for her child. Devaki the birth mother of Krishna did the ultimate sacrifice of letting go of her child for his own wellbeing. But a mothers heart is always