A home away from home

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people. – Mahatma Gandhi

Though I was born and raised in Canada, my Indian culture is what runs through my veins. It was my grandmother who made me start loving my culture, its traditions, the language, the music, and the places. That’s when I realized that one can leave their motherland, but as long as its people remain true to their traditions, the culture will live on no matter where they go.

Text & Photos by Gunjan Marwah

Sometimes I wonder how badly all of the immigrant aunties miss celebrating days like these back home. Sometimes I wonder if the lifestyle here overpowers the excitement in the entire country on days like these. Is it really better to live more easily than to have more fun?

It warms my heart that people still gather in these foreign places in order to try and relive their childhood memories from these festivals back at home.

Being a very multicultural community, most of Canada’s schools try their best to showcase all the different cultures of their students, including special shows for big festivals. Happy Baisakhi.

Even though we are so far away and caught up in busy lives, desi Canadians have strong attempts to mimic the long and colourful weddings back home.

When a teenage student in Canada offers to perform a kirtan in front of large live audience, it is then that we should look at them with pride.

There lies a passion in teaching others of one’s culture – a passion as strong as the flame in a diya.

Children are taught their religion from a young age, and then they teach their friends the beauty of it. That is the joy of living in a multicultural society; there is so much to learn and appreciate.

These saat phere are a tie of seven lives; they are not exclusive to a specific land, but to a love in two hearts, wherever they may find themselves in their next lives.

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