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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 1, March 2014


Kala Ramesh
Pune, Maharashtra, India

The Moon's Company

Every year my parents perform the ceremony of my grandparent's deaths, known as 'Sraaddha'. It is 'a day of remembrance'. Most Hindu families observe this traditional practice to show their respect and heartfelt gratitude to their dead parents, on the day they died. A brahmin priest comes over to perform the sraaddha, which is a prayer service, recited in Sanskrit. It takes three to four hours and a special meal is cooked. A ball of rice, called the 'pinda' is first offered to the crows, which is symbolically meant for the deceased parent and his or her ancestors.

On my recent visit home, my parents were recalling the date when my father's father had passed away. Was it the first half of the waxing or the latter half of the waning of the moon. Father said, "I distinctly remember the full moon giving me company through the long drive to my village on the night my father died."

open veranda
warmth of the winter sun
in each tile



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