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November 11th, 2012 This week, my younger daughter and I made diyas at our parent-child playgroup. Diyas are earthen oil lamps used for Diwali. The teacher explained Diwali, the Indian festival of lights, to the parents, while the children explored working with clay. After we give the clay a couple of days to set, the…

October 12th, 2012 Magical memories from my childhood. Shopping in the bazaar with my grandmother in the lead up to Diwali – the stalls stacked with dazzling silks, the smell of sweets being fried, the order in all the chaos around us, and just the sheer buzz in the air. Then all the excitement at home on Diwali day…

August 13th, 2012 Bhakti Mathur tells Matt Fleming her books on Indian mythology have got young readers all excited. Kids like tales. Fact. Followers of Hinduism like colourful stories on mythology. Fact. Hong Kong author Bhakti Mathur has cashed in on this obsession by creating the…

March 5th, 2012 “Holi hai, bhai, Holi hai, bura na maano, Holi hai” – the universal evocation associated with Holi says it all about the festival and what it means for me. A warning as well as a plea for forgiveness, both rolled into one, it is the license for indulging in all sorts of naughtiness and fun-filled pranks that one would…

February 22nd, 2012 I finally fulfilled my long-time desire to become a writer with a children’s book series, Amma Tell Me About, the idea for whcih came as a way to introduce my sons, aged four and two, to Indian festivals and to the wonderful mythology associated with them. The goal was not only to keep the narrative…