Category: Festivals

Republic Day

Be Open to Possibilities – A Message for this Republic Day

As Einstein has pointed out that ‘we cannot expect a different result if we keep on doing the same thing over and over again’ Listening to patriotic songs and watching movies of great inspiration, blaming our leaders, political parties and the drama attached is one way to feel better about...


Break Free from the Negative Past

Freedom is not only related to a country, but also from the limited belief system, bad habits, illness, poverty, and so on. For children, freedom to play more is a big thing. For a teenager, freedom is space and non interference of elders in their lifestyle. Women belonging to orthodox family want freedom to work outsi

Basant panchmi

The Day He came to Know

‘Life. What is it, Dada?’ ‘Umm… Take a guess dear.’ ‘I don’t know. May be its living here in Durgapur.’ ‘Oh really?’ (laughs) ‘I don’t know. Ma keeps saying we’ll go to Delhi soon. But I don’t see it happening. I know this place in and out. But I want...

Makar Sakranti

Makar Sakranti

Makar Sankranti, for most of the northern regions in India, or Thai Pongal for Tamil Nadu, or Magh Bihu for Assam, or Uttarayan for Gujarat, is the festival referring to a Solar day as per the Hindu calendar, occurring in January every year. For the farmers, it is considered one of the main festivals and as India has b

Resolutions to Bring Healthy Change

Resolutions to Bring Healthy Change This New Year

As we prepare for another beginning of new year, many of us are getting ready to make resolutions to change something about our lives in the new year. Some aim to achieve weight loss, some high growth in business or career. Some promise to quit smoking and some aim to...

Love is all

The Spirit of Christmas

  She heard a sound The dawn of another day ‘At last, it’s Christmas!’ ‘Let’s go kids, Go out and play!’ White all around, above and beneath. Ground covered like marinated cheese. Snowman winked, Larry got a glimpse Kayla giggled as the dog jumped on Sam, All seeming pleased. Bright...

A Christmas Close to Heart

He didn’t say..but I knew it. Something in his voice told me he’s excited. ‘I told Maii that these bunk rooms would be ready within no time. But I couldn’t do it. It’s been three years. She still has to get a visa. She’ll come soon.’ He pointed towards the...

A Week Before Christmas

A Week Before Christmas

  Wiping off the coffee marks on her table, she looked up at those rising flames. Fireplace in the front reminded her of his family. Aunt Jenna, Sarah, and Mike, Joanna, Jeremy, and Kaira. There wasn’t a single holiday that went by without their presence, in the past four years....

holiday depression

Holiday Depression

  ‘I couldn’t think of anything back then and just had to have a drink when they all left for their respective homes. I mean, I didn’t feel like going to my Mom’s. It was all too depressing after Dad died.’ Karan, 25 recalls how holidays didn’t feel like a...

The Festival of Christmas

  The festival of Christmas is a holy one. It is the day when Jesus Christ was born, on whose teachings Christianity is based. There are a lot of people in this world who follow his teachings and celebrate the merriment of this annual occasion with their friends and families...

Celebrate Spiritual Diwali

Celebrating Spiritual Diwali

One of the festivals of autumn is Diwali, which is celebrated as ‘the festival of lights’. There is a beautiful verse by Kabir Sahib referring to the diya, or the lamps lit on Diwali, which says:  Like the blind uselessly lighting a diya when they cannot even see, the secret...


Ganpati Aarti

  (Jaidev Jaidev jai mangal murti ho shrimangal murti Darshanmaatre mann kaamana purti jaidev jaidev) – 2 Sindur laal chadhaayo apane hi mann ka Sundar laal viraaje sut gauri-shiv ka Haath mein hai gudh laddu prabhu gajaanan ke Mahima kahu to kaise, jhukaau sir pad mein, jaidev jadev Ganesha tera...


Ganesha – Lord of Wisdom and Success

Ganesha is the Ever-Blissful, elephant-headed deva (god) who is lovingly worshipped and revered by millions of people worldwide. The son of Shiva and Parvati, Shree Ganesha, is the God of Good Luck and Auspiciousness and is the Dispeller of problems and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the God of...

Krishna Janamashtami

Krishna Janamashtami

Krishna Janamashtami is a festival which reminds you that the birth of Lord Krishna was to pave peace and harmony in the lives of people who were enslaved and tortured, and for the destruction of Evil and the Emergence of truth, honesty, love and forgiveness! It is to inculcate the...

Independence and Freedom

Independence and Freedom

There is a difference between Independence and Freedom. What we have been celebrating is the independence of India from a colonial foreign rule whereas all this while it has been under the slavery of our own people. Yes, politicians are Indians, MPs are Indians, our PM is an Indian, but do...

Rakhi-Bond of Brother-Sister

Rakshabandhan – The Bond of Brother-Sister

Do you remember the small fights with your siblings on funny reasons and then patch ups? Childhood is considered as best part of life. Life seemed to be so simple with having small issues of chocolate and toy fights. When I think about my Indian tradition I feel very proud...

Guru Purnima Mantra

Guru Purnima Mantra

The full-moon day (purnima) in July is the auspicious (Poornima) day when Guru Poornima is celebrated by worshipping our Guru, the spiritual master. A qualified spiritual master is essential to learn self-realization. Bhagavadgita (Ch.4.34) asks one to learn the truth through a Guru or spiritual master, inquire from him submissively...

valentine's message

A Message for Valentine’s Day

February is the month when the nature begins to stir and revive its glory and beauty after the dark night of winter. Everything begins to seem fresh and new just like it happens when you are in love. The world seems rosy and everyone seems pleasant and happy just because...

Be a Ray Of Hope This Diwali

Be a Ray of Hope this Diwali

  Diwali: Can each one of us be a ray of hope in celebration of the festival of lights? Through The Eyes Of A Child Diwali celebrations hold special significance not just for the people of India but for people all across the world. While growing up, I looked forward...

First Love

First Love

It’s February and love is in the air. One day is hug day, another kiss day, chocolate day… and so on till the 14th February “Valentine’s Day”. Everybody especially teenagers and youth is excited and seem to express their love to their loved ones. I also do the same, but...


Buddha Poornima – The Day of Enlightenment

A group of young girls sang along playing the sitar as they crossed the forest where a young monk sat under a tree, his body reduced to a skeleton by starvation and severe yogic practices. In my opinion this was the moment of enlightenment for the young monk who later


Significance of Navratra

Navratra is a Sanskrit word formed by the union of two words ‘Nav’ – meaning nine and ‘ratra’ – meaning night. Here number 9 is of great importance. It is magical to see that when we enumerate the table of number nine, 9 gets repeated again and again…viz. 9, 18(1+8=9),...


Holi – Festival of Colours

Holi is a social festival. It is a festival of colours. People of all ages celebrate it with full fervour. Holi enjoys the status of even a national festival as this is the only festival which is celebrated by one and all irrespective of caste and religion. Holi is celebrated...