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 …

Ma

“Maaye ni mein kehnoon aakhaan Dard vichhode daa haal…” – Shah Hussain [Mother, with whom (but you) can I share The pain of my separation] Ma, mum, mommy, mother, maadri, amma, om, umm – one does not need a label to define motherhood. When most vulnerable, one instinctively reaches out for the sanctuary of a …