A Christmas Story: Your Bonfire Will Burn Brighter If You Help Light Up Someone Else’s

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The outdoor boy is a convincing one!

“Kharid lona, Didi.” he persists.

It’s a Japanese fictional character which is popular as “Hello Kitty.”

Well, it sure does appear an appealing idea considering that cash is important for this child here and he is enterprising enough to approach the likes of me with something so sweet!

He makes a good bargain and we settle for INR 70.

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So, kitty has found a home, has she!

Kanchan Singh

7 December 2019, Saturday

New Delhi, Incredible India

Innocence

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Someone has found a fan in me this night,

with her dress so right,

and eyes so bright,

I think I might,

like to cherish so pretty a sight!

Aarti Sapera she is,

and to watch her dance is pure bliss!

Kanchan Singh

2 December 2019, Monday 

Jaipur, Rajasthan, Incredible India 🇮🇳

From Russia, With Love: Krishna Consciousness

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So, what attracts your attention when you walk across busy streets bustling with people and energy?

I was struck today by the melodious singing of some young scholars dressed in saffron and yellow in A-Block, Connaught Place, New Delhi. “Hare Rama, Hare Krishna” certainly is a familiar chant! Their performance was in association with HelpAge India which is a Non-Government Organisation which is active in cancer treatment of elderly cancer patients in India.

While I was watching them perform their noble act, I was approached by a man very elegantly attired in sunshine yellow dhoti-kurta. He had with him several books in Hindi and he offered me a Bhagvada Gita which I told him I already have in my possession!

Well, he had many more and he insisted that I purchase one and contribute towards his work. I picked one which caught my fancy. “Chaalees.” he said. I rummaged in my bag and found the sum of INR 40.

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“Are you from Delhi?” he asked me.

“Yes. And you? Where are you from?” I inquired.

“Russia.” he replied.

“Do you like Krishna? he wished to know.

“Well, I am more a fan of Rama. I answered.

He glanced at me for a while.

“Bahut Sundari.” he observed with a smile.

I took a gist of my book on my way back which speaks of “real happiness”.

Kanchan Singh

24 November 2019, Sunday

New Delhi, Incredible India

A Diwali Story : It Feels So Nice To Share

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Girls love pretty things, don’t they!

This lil’ girl in pink, in the newly renovated Basant Lok Market, Vasant Vihar, whom my friend, Jasmine and I, found celebrating her very own Mini Diwali under a tree near L’Opera Patisserie is quite the leader of her gang of hardy boys!

And quite a demanding femenina she is!

“Didi, Kinder Joy!” she squealed.

She showed us her floating diyas alight in an earthen bowl filled with water and told us to bring her and her friends her favourite, Kinder Joy!

We stepped into a nearby store and got four for INR 180.

Well, I sure did love my chance encounter with Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys this Choti Diwali!

Aren’t they a spirited bunch!

Kanchan Singh

26 October 2019, Saturday

New Delhi, Incredible India

Abuelita

Nuestro profesor, Juan Sebastián Rivera González, nos mostró una película mexicana llamada “Coco” en el Instituto Cervantes de Nueva Delhi hoy. La película muestra el festival mexicano de “El Día de los Muertos” y es emotiva.

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El Día de los Muertos es una festividad mexicana que se celebra en todo México, en particular en las regiones Centro y Sur, y por personas de herencia mexicana en otros lugares. El día festivo de varios días se enfoca en reuniones de familiares y amigos para orar y recordar a los amigos y familiares que han muerto, y ayudar a apoyar su viaje espiritual.

En 2008, la tradición fue inscrita en la lista representativa del patrimonio cultural inmaterial de la humanidad por la UNESCO.

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En este día, siguiendo el ejemplo de este festival, dedico este post a mi abuela materna, Shrimati Kameshwari Devi Singh.

Esta hermosa dama de Azamgarh en Uttar Pradesh, India, epítome de la elegancia y la gracia, reside en mi mente como un verdadero ángel que me introdujo en la bondad de Ram; historias de príncipes y princesas, leyendas de reyes y reinas, la alegría de hornear, bordar y tejerSoy una nieta bendita! 👸

 

Maheshwari Sari

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Kr Gourav Mandloi Magova of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India connects me to Zoeb Ansari, Maheshwari artisan. Visit Bugdi Looms and get a hand on this collectible.

Light in texture and easy to drape, Maheshwari Saris owe their origin to Maheshwar, a town in Khargone district of Madhya Pradesh. 

Ms Shalini Devi, an enterprising lady from Germany, is working actively with Maheswari artisans, especially women, through her venture which goes by the name ‘Gudi Mudi’.

So, add one to your sari collection! 👸

Dandelion, 10 October 2018, Wednesday
Vivanta by Taj, Ambassador, New Delhi

Comida Comfortable

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Traté de preparar guacamole mientras veía una película llamada “lo que de verdad importa”. ¡Qué sabroso!

En mi opinión, esto está realmente rico y lleno de nutrición. ¡Bueno para los dolores de hambre de la noche!

Todo lo que necesita para una persona es un aguacate🥑, cebolla, tomate, aceitunas y sal.

“Lo que de verdad importa” es una película llena de humor. Yo recomiendo. 👸

Comida – Cine – Noche 

Rendezvous

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As the nation commemorates the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Jasmine Susan Jose and I get ourselves some coffee and bagels to chit-chat over.

Jasmine, who is a development and social sector expert has recently turned entrepreneur. 

She brings me a goodie bag with Christmas festoons and a ‘crochia and pearls’ bag made by people she works with.

We see friendly faces all around as we notice that nip in the autumnal air. October it is!

“When twilight drops her curtain down and pins it with a star, remember that you have a friend, though she may wander far.” 🌟

Lucy Maud Montgomery
New Delhi
2 October 2018, Gandhi Jayanti