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DURGA PUJA HELPS US FORGIVE KOLKATA FOR WHAT IT HAS BECOME AND SOAK IN WHAT IT WILL ALWAYS BE. PAGE 28 A FAST TO REMEMBER, KARVA CHAUTH. PAGE 33 WELCOMING BAPPA HOME EACH GANESH CHATURTHI. PAGE 34 LIGHTING UP LIVES, THIS DIWALI. PAGE 36 GOOD VS. OLD, DUSSHERA TALES. PAGE 40 WORSHIPPING MAA DURGA ON NAVRATRI. PAGE 42 SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE, EID-AL-ADHA. PAGE 46 AROMA AND MEMORIES OF ONAM. PAGE 48

AND A BIG FAT INDIAN MITHAI TAMASHA.

editor’s note

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To all the people I knew, got to know and will know through this magazine. Spring, summer, autumn and winter. We love the flowers that bloom in spring, the watermelon we eat in summer, the yellow leaves that adorn the roads in autumn and the warmth of quilt in winter. Yet, none of these seasons is our favourite season because the season we love and wait for the most is the festive season. Yes, it is this time of the year that we treasure the most. The mess on the streets created by the vendors selling cotton balls, Chinese fairy lights, paper lanterns & more; the incessant honking of the vehicles snaking on the road to reach the spot where the effigy of Ravana is burnt; the air filled with loud chants of Ganapati Bappa Moriya; the sight of children atop the shoulders of the elders meandering through the Durga Puja pandals, the generous helpings of sheer kurma and payasam…

We know that it is tough to be away from home on festivals. So this time around we’ve filled up our pages with the aromas, warmth, colours, love, rituals, excitement and memories of Indian festivals. And the making of this festival special issue has been an enriching experience in itself. On our festive hunt we met up with a huge bunch of people from different parts of India who narrated tales of their festive traditions and even shared recipes of their festival special mithais. A few of them even walked us to places in Dubai where we could buy all things festive, from idols to pooja thalis. A handful took us down the memory lane and shared their experience of bringing alive the festive spirit in DXB. And guess what by the time we finished working on the issue we were infected by the festive spirit.

So, we’re ready to welcome the blessings, traditions and sweets to our homes in our second home, Dubai. We’ll be getting our hands dirty while making a rangoli and collecting flowers to make a pookalam. We’ll be overindulging in jalebis, laddos, phirni and gulab jamuns to gain some mithai weight and inviting our neighbours over for a lavish Indian festive meal. We’ll be adding colour to our wardrobes and homes as we raid the malls for all things new. And we’re just getting started. What about you?

Wishing all of you a lovely festive season!

Till we meet next, happy tooting!

Purva founder & editor editor@theindiantrumpet.com

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