The Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947 resulted in the largest migration in human history. In the few shorts months after the line was drawn, more than 10 million people crossed the India-Pakistan border. Violence occurred on both sides, and the migration left indelible scars. Countless books and movies have struggled to understand and explain … Continue Reading ››
Every Sunday, as part of the celebration of Mass, Catholics around the world offer each other the sign of peace. This ritual occurs immediately after the Our Father and before the Lamb of God.
The priest says "Peace be with you." The congregation responds, "And, with your spirit."This response used to be "And, also with you," but … Continue Reading ››
A few months ago, Buzzfeed writer Rega Jha published a list of 26 questions that Indians are sick of answering.
Number 3: "Do you speak Hindu?" Her response: Yup, fluently. And I can say a couple of things in Muslim and Christian too."The Hindi/Hindu mix-up is a constant problem for foreigners, even … Continue Reading ››
I believe that life begins at conception. As a Catholic, I believe in the Immaculate Conception; therefore, I must also believe that is when life begins. Little room for ambiguity exists on that point. I also believe when a woman chooses abortion that just as the physical cells are surgically split from her body, so … Continue Reading ››
278 kids await heart surgery at KEM hospital. 18 children die when a building collapses in Thane.I have been in India for an entire year now. The newness has worn off. I have grown accustomed to India Stretch Time (mostly). I have accepted that traffic is going to move only as fast as, well, as fast … Continue Reading ››
Brian took this photo on our way to Haji Ali. Please note that this image was taken at 8 am the day after the Ganesh festival ended. I have never seen the Sea Link this deserted. Ever. … Continue Reading ››
Wednesday, 19 September marked the beginning of the 10-day festival celebrating the birthday of Ganesha, the Hindu god of good fortune and remover of obstacles. To non-Hindus, Ganesha’s elephant head makes him perhaps the most easily recognizable Hindu god. This Ganesha … Continue Reading ››
This past weekend, we went to Mt. St. Mary’s Basilica in Bandra. Sunday was the start of a novena celebrating the birth of the Virgin Mary, or as we say here “Mother Mary’s birthday.” The celebration includes daily masses, offerings to the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of this church, and a large church fair. … Continue Reading ››
“This is not a proper road,” said Jude. Not the words that I wanted to hear my trusted, experienced driver speak on a dark road in the middle of the Indian countryside. Jude … Continue Reading ››