First, I would like to wish a very Happy Diwali and Happy
New year to all our Hindu readers. On behalf of the entire
Desh-Videsh team, I hope that you and your family members enjoy a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
This year as we celebrate Diwali, let us remember the traditions of our childhood. I’m sure you all have fond memories of the activities leading up to and during the Diwali season. You might remember waking up early to make the New Year’s first trip to the mandir, eating homemade sweets, enjoying firewords, or wearing special new clothes. Whatever the memory, cherish them, but also be sure to continue them with your own family. Start new traditions, especially with the help of your children, ones that have special meaning and that develop awareness about Diwali.
Amid this exciting festival season, we are thrilled to present readers with inspiring articles in Desh-Videsh each month. This month, we explore three topics that are near and dear to my heart – Gandhiji, Hinduism, and Diwali/Festivals. Learn more about how Diwali is celebrated by Indians living outside India. The article offers a different and philosophical perspective to the way we continue traditions away from our native land.
The icing on the cake is that the Gandhiji and Hinduism
articles are written by the younger generation living in the United States. You cannot ask for anything more inspiring than this!
We are pleased to publish winning essay entries to Hindu
American Foundation’s NextGen Essay Contest as well as the South Florida Gandhiji Essay Contest. The young writers
explore deep thoughts with much insight and awareness. Read them and let us know what you think!
A book review on Stories from the Heart, written by Florida’s own Dr. M. P. Ravindra Nathan, also features some heart
healthy recipes. So while you might enjoy those sweets and
fried treats for Diwali, don’t forget about taking care of yourself in the New Year!
Enjoy the festival season!