Birth of a child, promotion or Diwali – in India, none can happen without a proper grand celebration accompanied by traditional Indian sweets. Friend’s engagement? Have a chewy and sweet karachi halva. A passed exam? Take a bite of a rich and syrupy doughnut – gulab yamun. Another one of those widely enjoyed delicacies is besan laddoo
The period is a taboo topic in societies around the world. Even in fairly liberal European countries, we’ve only just started to talk about menstruation out loud. How was a song about a period created in a country where up to 23% of girls drop out of school when they get their first period?
Why is it easier for us to get along with Ahmad than with Vijay? We talk about Pakistan, ‘India’s evil twin brother’ with Dr. Jakub Wilanowski-Hilchen, an Indologist
Despite the fact that environmental movements may be primarily associated with activism in the “West”, they have a long and rich history in South Asia. It has been 50 years now since the foundation of the ecofeminist Chipko movement in India – a movement of women who hugged trees in resistance to tree felling
We are used to the fact that it is white people who save those fleeing war or persecution. It wasn’t always this way.
I know Ola from the choir. We unexpectedly ran into each other at an event at the Embassy of India in Warsaw where she was dancing the traditional Indian Kathak dance. We haven’t seen each other for years so I didn’t know Ola had been married to Dawood, a man from India. Today they form a marriage at the crossroads of three cultures.
Did you think a battle of the voices is a Western invention? Musical skirmishes had been organised in northern India and Pakistan before it was cool.