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A daughter’s memory of her father’s slow-cooked kheer
Rain clouds have emptied themselves, returning the sky to a washed, bright blue hue. Dragonflies fill the air and the unmissable saffron of genda (marigold) flowers sitting in wicker baskets on roadside stalls beckon the most-awaited festival of autumn - Diwali.
As the moon wanes into amavasya in the night sky preparing for the luminous festival, the memory of my childhood Diwalis come to mind. As a little girl, after I’d bathed and dressed for the festivity, the first scene in the morning that welcomed me every year when I entered the kitchen was my father in his crisp, white kurta pyjama squatting in front of an old kerosene stove.
October 15, 2022 — Dipna Daryanani
Making our own Diwali rituals
Being born and brought up in India and then moved to the United States, I realise that how I see festivities is so different from how my children see them.
Every year around major festivities I question myself how do we celebrate these in a way that my kids resonate with them and carry it forward
November 05, 2021 — Dipna Daryanani