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AN EPISTLE TO INDIAN CULTURE: ONE WHO HAS INTRODUCED ME TO THE DICTATES OF CONSCIENCE

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To,
The one who has mothered me
As the entire nation is cloaked in the vibrant hues of festivals with the onset of Autumn, muffled up in pleasantness, I stand with my head bowed in front of you for you have mothered me with utmost subtlety. Enlightening me with the beautiful intricacies of life, you have perfumed me with the essence of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam - The World Is A Family.’ Standing in awe of your grace, I express my profound gratitude to you for you have catered my naive mind with the poise of ‘Harmony’, ‘Unity’ and ‘Brotherhood.’
Celebrated across the oceans for your teachings, doubtless, I'm born under a lucky star for I have been endowed with the opportunity to be ushered by you. Introducing me to the dictates of conscience through frolics and festivities, you have always taught me to cling to my roots, no matter how many mountains I scale.
Ranging from the Teej Festival of the West that commemorates the reunion of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati to the notable festival of the South that is marked for its snake boat races, Onam, the different festivals that are solemnized in India manifest the term “Incredible” right, giving a vivid picture of your lavishness. Onam portrays how extra power can pave the path to the boost of ego and greed. As the powers of Mahabali, the demon king kept fostering, he defeated Indra, the ethnarch of Heaven, and wrongfully occupied his place in the sky. As Lord Vishnu was about to take his third pace in his Vamana Avatar, King Mahabali offered his head to Vishnu. Impressed, Lord Vishnu granted him the right to visit his kingdom during the Onam festivities.
Be it the Durga Puja of the East where the streets are blanketed with the holy spirit and the ambrosial food stalls, celebrating the divine feminine by honoring the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon king Mahishasura or the Chhath Puja of the North where folks are discovered crooning hymns and folk songs, offering prayers to the Sun, irrespective the hierarchy, each festival of yours pictures your virtuousness, apart from being an epitome of ‘Victory of Dharma over Adharma.’
Fasting being one of the five fundamental principles of Islam, Ramzan is celebrated for a month, commencing from the day when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. While Ramzan teaches us to practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and empathy, encouraging actions of generosity, Christmas carves in us the heavenliness of benevolence. Teaching us to give credence to our families, comprehending their importance, Christmas is a message of humanity and love to all beings.
Be it Baisakhi or Bihu, each festival of yours endues us with a heap of teachings apart from being an incarnation of harmony.
Prostrating myself before you in adoration, I pay my obeisances to you. No matter where I stamp my feet, I'll always sing the praises of your finesse and prize the ethics and etiquette you have bestowed upon me for “Happiness is when masses recognize you by your culture, taking their hats off to the elegance it embosoms.”
From,
An Indebted Child of yours.
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