Vaisakhi and Ashtami

“Vaisakhi” will be celebrated world wide on April 13/14.  Celebrated by Punjabis (across either side of the India-Pakistan border) it is a harvest-linked festival to give thanks for a good crop and pray for abundance in the year to come.  It also assumed a special significance for the Sikhs from the 17th century onwards. Sikhism started …

Merry Christmas

My earliest memories of celebrating Christmas are from when I was 6 or 7 years old.  We were in a small town called Naya Nangal in the Punjab, where my father worked for the (then) Fertilizer Corporation of India (which subsequently became National Fertilizer Ltd.)  It was a mini-township with a population of perhaps over …