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Karva Chauth a Symbol of Love for Modern Professional Women

Ever wondered how a modern professional woman views the Karva Chauth vrat or fasting ritual? Some women see this fasting for the wellbeing of the husband as servitude. Many modern women don’t agree to the traditional ideas associated with Karwa Chauth but instead they see the whole ritual as a symbol of love. In a thought provoking article in the Washington Post Anu Kumar, a vice president of marketing with Bank of America, shares her thoughts on Karva Chauth and why she observes the ritual. Some excerpts from the articleTradition says if a wife eats before moonrise during Karwa Chauth, her husband may die. Not that any of these modern, professional women believe that, but still...…I still treasured the memories of Karwa Chauth. But I began to feel conflicted, too. I was in college -- emboldened to reassess old beliefs and assumptions -- when I first questioned the servility implied by this holiday. Indian women have a reputation for submission to their husbands as it is, and this tra…

Carl Sagan on Hinduism

Hinduism is the only ancient religious tradition on the Earth which talks about the right time-scale. In the West, people have the sense that what is natural is for the universe to be a few thousand years old, and that billions are numbers no one can understand. The Hindu concept is very clear. Here is a great world culture which has always talked about billions of years.

Carl Sagan (1934-1996), American Astrophysicist

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