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“The Girl with the Hindu Heart” · Global Voices



"The Girl with the Hindu Heart" · Global Voices

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This story has been reprinted post to Facebook Shivani Ramlochan at night Diwali with the kind permission of the author. She is currently in the UK as part of Bocas Lit Fest UK tour.

Today I am a girl with a Hindu heart, far from home.

It’s not so much Christian fanatics who offend me if they call me a “demon.” I understand enough the transubstantiation of Jesus Christ to know that the bones and blood offered in the mouth of men are evidence of a hungry God who wants to enter into us. And when I love that desert breeze of Nazareth, your heart of apostate and holiness jumps out of your chest with the desire to be consumed.

I reject Hindu fanatics. Those who blame their hands stained henna reproach that there are wrong ways to pray, to share, to speak, to sing, to speak, to burn. No, they say contemptuously, it’s not called that, don’t you know anything? Didn’t you learn this at school? Your temple, your pundit (do you have one at all?) would be ashamed. Which Indian are you?

Wild Indian.

I don’t neglect order. I am not a violent opponent of correctness in the art of prayer. If you know a better way gods show me. But don’t scold me. I’m not a shamed child, accustomed to reprimands from outside authorities religious. In my countryside, my wobbly pronunciation of Hinduism that I don’t understand from the PDF document on how to do puja Lakshmi that I downloaded from the Internet, like many of you, there is faith. I believe in places where I sing with my uncertain, trembling voice our generous four-armed Mother.

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You won’t get to samsara faster if you know how to write it in Sanskrit. All of us, cut off from the subcontinent, prospering in the Caribbean, are compiling our own prayer atlas. We have what we have, what we brought from overseas. We have what we have done here, also in farmland and sugar, in Fire and hibiscus.

When I pray to Lakshmi, I pray with an open heart. Even now, in the Atlantic from Las Lomas, Trinidad, where my family holds the puja, which I usually do cross-legged, leaning over Murtis and from incense, like swollen rotis, I hear your prayers. I can’t translate them in a way that will satisfy the purists, but that doesn’t matter to the One who, I hope, will listen to them with all his heart. So I pray here in Shepherd’s Bush, prostrate in front of the glowing laptop screen, no deed, no sandalwoodwhich the Correctly between the eyebrows, without a flame Artie burning in the house to bless it. I have what I have, like many daughters and sons of Lakshami in the diaspora, far from their homeland, when they do not have a community, materials, clothes, sweets, coconut oil.

I have a heart. And he is for her.

I wish all of you, every fanatic and sweet pretender, every always henna-painted devotee, Diwali blessed with four hands, blessing after blessing after blessing after blessing. Goddess knows I was once a pretender too. I told others that they spoke wrong, went the wrong way in this world, and how pernicious was my thinking, how poor was my vision of everything that the human heart can contain. If all locations puja if tomorrow they were empty, if every river bed was drowned in a clay void and it would not be possible to make a candlestick, how would you pray that day? What materials imported from India, now lost due to an environmental disaster, would you be able to handle? Oh, if you have a decorative candle, light it. If all you have in your musty apartment is a printed image O orange, stick it on the wall and let it guide you through the darkness, let it light up the night.

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You. Just like you, devotees of the Goddess. You are filled with everything you need for proper prayer. Get on your knees. Dance with your skirts. Raise your adorned hands to the light. Lakshmi will never ask you to apologize for the prosperity of your joy. Look at her smile, expensive white murti, chalk drawing on the floor in the apartment, twitter gif, liquid gold.

She is here for you tonight. She is here for all of us. Open your two trembling hands to her four trusting hands. Let her pour her love into her amazing and wonderful life.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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