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 »

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 »

Diwali sweets – getting ready for the grandest festival

Diwali sweets – getting ready for the grandest festival

You know that feeling of joyful expectation just before Christmas? Something like that I'm experiencing at the moment - the grandest Indian festival, Diwali, is just  a weak away. I know I have very little to do with it, but when the whole city is GETTING READY, selling lanterns, decorations, fireworks and lights, it's impossible ...read more »

Photo walk in Navi Mumbai, marigolds and happy Dussehra!

Photo walk in Navi Mumbai, marigolds and happy Dussehra!

[justify]Yesterday after a long break I had a wonderful photo walk, accompanied by my three little piggies  partners in crime (kids!) and my husband - thanks for his tolerance as this is not exactly what he likes to do. Anyway, we walked just a few blocks along one of the streets in Vashi, Navi Mumbai,  spotting ...read more »

Durga Puja in Navi Mumbai (visiting a workshop)

Durga Puja in Navi Mumbai (visiting a workshop)

Durga Puja in Navi Mumbai is one of those festivals that make my autumn in India so spectacular. Navi Mumbai is still under impression of [url=http://www.indiapalette.com/forums/topic/ganpati-ganesh-chaturthi-hindu-festival-of-wisdom-prosperity-good-fortune]Ganesh Chaturthi[/url] celebrations, but the bamboo constructions for Durga temples are already being installed. Remembering the fascinating experience of visiting a [url=http://www.indiapalette.com/ganesh-chaturthi-ganpati-festival-is-coming-soon]Ganesh workshop[/url], where the artisans were manufacturing the elephant-god’s ...read more »