6 Best Traditional Sweets That Are A Must Have On Diwali

6 Best Traditional Sweets That Are A Must Have On Diwali

For Indians, any festival is incomplete without sweets. And when it comes to celebrating Diwali or the festival of lights, one can hardly think of a sweeter occasion. Diwali is one of the major celebrations of India which signifies the triumph of good over evil, happiness over sadness, and light over darkness. To commemorate this ...read more »

Christmas Celebration 2016

Christmas Celebration 2016

Merry Christmas, dear friends, followers and readers! May your life be full of joy, warmth and kindness,  and all the nicest things. As I've mentioned in one of my previous posts, getting into Christmassy mood in India is not so easy. In Europe Christmas and New Year is celebrated in the darkest and coldest season, ...read more »

Azan from the Noor Mosque in Vashi, Navi Mumbai

Azan from the Noor Mosque in Vashi, Navi Mumbai

I made this recording ages ago during my first days in India. After that I've heard many calls for prayer in different places, but somehow this remains the most masterful, or perhaps it was just the novelty effect.
Ah, and never mind the visual aspect - I didn't have a chance to make a proper video. ...read more »

Dandiya dances under my windows (with videos)

Dandiya dances under my windows (with videos)

I've already written about a big dancing area in front of our house where the dandiya dances are performed every year. This year is no exception: every evening the dance ground begins to sparkle with millions of colorful lights and the loud music makes my family grumble and shut the windows 🙂 It seems I'm ...read more »

Revisiting the Ganesh idol making workshop. Transformation

Revisiting the Ganesh idol making workshop. Transformation

A few weeks ago my son and me visited a Ganesh idol making workshop located close by. Both of us enjoyed watching the artisans at work, though, as I mentioned before, I would prefer to see these murtis unpainted - this way the sculptures look more authentic, to my mind. Anyway, I'm just a mere ...read more »

Dahi Handi celebration under my windows – of Krishna, human towers and pots of curds

Dahi Handi celebration under my windows – of Krishna, human towers and pots of curds

One fine day a few years ago I looked out of the window and saw a human tower rising to get something tied to a rope stretched between the two buildings. At that time I already considered myself an experience observer (and occasional participant) of the Indian festivals, so it wasn't easy to impress or ...read more »

Ganpati Temples: my photo collection

Ganpati Temples: my photo collection

Ganpati festival 2015 is coming, and they've laready started constructing the temples here and there. I'm rather intrigued what they are going to be like this year. Small, and big, simple and sophisticated, awkward and elegant - I've already seen so many of them. Sometimes the construction turns out so good that I wish they ...read more »

Visiting a Ganesh idol making workshop: in photos

Visiting a Ganesh idol making workshop: in photos

Hm, it seems time is really flying - not so long ago I wrote this post Ganesh Chaturthi (Ganpati festival) is coming soon, and now Mumbai is getting ready for the festival of the cutest Hindu god once again. Remembering how interesting it was to observe the artisans' work in the Ganesh idol making workshop, ...read more »