Posts Tagged ‘ tradition ’

When sons trump daughters

fire

Despite the fact that Indian daughters go above and beyond to support their parents, it is still desirable to have a son. Why? So parents can depart peacefully.
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Doing things just because…

Nani -- my maternal grandmother

Every time I cut my nails, I think of Nani, my maternal grandmother. She visited us briefly every other year – couldn’t stay for long, since it was her daughter’s house. Over the years mom rationalized with her…telling her she was not a “burden” and that if she ate in our house, she wouldn’t...
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Fasting — why do you do it?

Waffles for breakfast

Note: I apologize in advance if this post offends those who believe in religious fasting. You may find yourself outraged, but please know, I am not attacking your belief system, simply stating my own. There are several reasons why people fast: spiritual, political, therapeutic. In the three decades I’ve been on this planet, I’ve...
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