I believe some of our festivals need to evolve or else they preserve and perpetuate something we cannot honestly believe in.
What is it that you would like to see changed in Karvachauth?
1. Would it be nice to see Karvachauth as a celebration of love? Of Mutual-love, care and well wishes.
This TOI Pledge is a step in the this direction.
“Once upon a time, a woman fasted all day to pray for the safety and longevity of her husband. Today, we know this festival as Karva Chauth. Here’s your chance to show your wife she means as much to you, as you do to her. The Times of India invites it’s male readers to follow their wives’ example and observe the fast with them this year. Take the pledge. And watch tradition take a turn. Will you keep the Karva Chauth fast for your wife? SMS KC <space> YES or NO <space> Your Name <space> Your City to 58888.”
2. Like Sharukh Khan in DDLJ many young couples celebrate it together (some married young couples too).
I think Karvachauth will eventually be seen as the random, hoodlum-Sena-Safe- Valentine’s Day all over India.
3. I would also like it to be inclusive.
Why does love fun (and everything else that goes with karvachauth) need to reserved for some women?
Well, you cant give me Haldi Kumkum, she said.
Arey, why not, I asked her.
Well, because I am a widow. [Please read: Of Haldi Kumkums and Vethala Paks – R’s Mom]
So do you know of any men who are fasting with their wives today?
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