Deepshikha and Lady F Discussing Hindu Culture
Deepshikha’s name means zenith of light. She loves spreading light in everyone’s life. She enjoys the small joys of life. She likes writing poems and making short films.
Poems are usually written by people who suffer through something. Is that the case with you?
I love writing about anything and everything. I mostly write about emotions and my personal experiences.
Please quote your favorite poem that you have written:
My love for you
If love is being together,
I’ll always make you stay.
If love is making you happy,
I’ll bestow happiness on your way.
If love is pride,
My vanity is you.
If love is being crazy,
Its insanity is you.
If love is in heart,
Its beat is you.
If love is music,
Its feat is you.
My love for you is ever so true,
If love is desire its obsession is YOU.
Tell me about the One you have written the poem to?
I wrote it much before I met my Mr.Perfect.
Now that you have met him – tell me about him?
I am married for two years now. He is quite an intelligent and well-organized person. He seeks logic in everything and is completely opposite. We both love traveling and trying out new food.
How does one meet the love of her life? Your recipe?
1 tbsp of tolerance
2 tbsp of compromise
1 tbsp of mutual respect
Pinch of fun and common likes
Mix all of them with sweetness and adjustment
Avoid too much ego and over possessiveness
Is married life better than single life?
I think both have their own charm.
What are some of the small joys in life you enjoy?
Dancing, traveling, talking interacting with people of different cultures & communities and performing poetry.
What do you dance?
Bollywood dance – typical Indian street dancing.
Wow, that’s amazing! Best food you have tried?
Momos and Indo Chinese food.
What is it made of?
Noodles and dumplings. I love spicy food.
Tell me about your culture?
I am an Indian. Here we treat our guests as Gods. We are friendly and respectful. We celebrate a lot of festivals. We have a festival of colors, lights, etc.
I have heard about India that it is the cradle of spirituality. Do you consider yourself spiritual?
Yes, I think…I am emotionally intelligent I would say. Do you plan to visit India?
Someday I will. When I am not afraid of spiders and snakes anymore.
India doesn’t have so many spiders and snakes.
If I came to India how would people treat me?
I think most people are friendly and helpful. India has great hospitality but you should be a bit alert too.
Is it easy to make friends in India?
Yes. Quite easy.
Do such friendships last?
Depends on the people involved.
What do Hindus understand that other cultures do not?
I think what I have heard about Hinduism it is quite scientific in nature. One of our religious texts Geeta is one of the greatest management books of all times.
Tell more about Geeta?
Geeta is the lessons taught by Lord Krishna to Arjun.
Tell me about your typical day?
I am a working professional. I work in Internal Communications. I reach work around 11:30 work till 7:30-8:00. After coming home I usually watch TV with my husband, have dinner and sleep. On weekends I mostly go out. Sometimes I write and meet people.
Where do you hang out?
Mostly in lounges with live music or shopping malls.
How do you dress? Do you have a dot between your eyebrows?
During festivals and marriages etc I wear Indian clothes. We call it a saree or salwar suit. Sometimes that dot is called bindi or Teeka.
What is the meaning of the Teeka?
It is basically inoculating forehead.
The thing which u see in the center of my forehead is Teeka. The one above is Teeka. The small thing below that is Bindi.
Wow. What do they mean?
They don’t have any particular meanings.
Why do you wear them?
Bindi, in India, a vermilion mark in the parting of the hair just above the forehead is worn by married women as a commitment to long-life and well-being of their husbands. During all Hindu marriage ceremonies, the groom applies sindoor in the part in the bride’s hair.
Do you have any traditional beauty routines?
I try to wear bangles and apply vermilion.
Next question: are you rich or poor?
Not very rich, but I am above average.
What is your favorite belonging?
My poems, articles, a laptop and my phone. I think whatever I have is simply the best.
So you are technologically advanced?
Most important things in your life?
My health, family, and success, but also food.
What is the most important heart or mind?
I value emotions more that is why.
Are you religious?
Yes, I am religious.
Can you introduce me into your religion?
I am a Hindu belonging to the Brahmin community. We are a lineage of God Parshurama. As per google, Hinduism has 33 million Gods. God is an acronym for Generator Operator and Destroyer. We have Brahma Vishnu Mahesh respectively in these roles.
Mahesh or Shiva?
Yes, Mahesh is Lord Shiva.
How do you serve so many deities?
We don’t serve all 33 million but we have some popular Gods.
Do you have pets?
No, I don’t like pets.
I am scared of animals and personally, I don’t like caging animals. Freedom should be everyone’s right. Live and let live.
Do you want to have kids?
What will you teach them?
Respect for everyone and being honest.
What are the disadvantages of living in India?
Late nights are not that safe.
Are you well educated?
Have you traveled abroad?
Yes, quite much I love traveling.
What was your best trip and why?
I have traveled to London, Scotland, Greece, Paris, Turkey, Isle of Wight, Brighton, Switzerland, Nepal Amsterdam, Italy, and South Africa. My best trips were Greece and Paris.
Tell me about Paris
Paris was amazing. I loved the Eiffel Tower. It was the first European destination which I covered that is why it is very special.
Did you do it on your honeymoon?
No, I went to South Africa.
The best memory from your honeymoon?
Watching the big animals of South Africa and feeding the ostriches.
The zoo? I thought you dislike animals.
Open jeep safari.
I like them in their natural space not here and there.
What does France have that India doesn’t?
Do you like visiting museums or would you rather have a drink in each café?
I think I am more into museums. And I don’t drink.
No coffee? What do you have with your pancakes?
I am a tea person.
How wonderful! What does your favorite tea consist of?
My tea has tea granules, sugar, milk, and ginger.
When you’re ill do you turn to traditional medicine or an Ayurveda practitioner?
Normal English medicines.
Tell me about a tradition you revere? A folklore tradition that you practice and love – a holiday, or a festival?
I think the Indian tradition is very vast and old. That is its beauty. I love all the festivals and traditions which we have.
But do you have something like Christmas or Easter?
We do have Christmas as our country has a Christian population. But since the majority are Hindu…Hindu festivals are pretty common.
Well, do you color eggs or eat pudding?
Tell me about Indian art. What is different?
India has 29 states and every state has different art forms. The south Indian art is entirely different from north Indian art. You can check out warli art, madhubani art.
Do you create art?
All ladies I know are fascinated with shoes and clothes. How about yourself?
True… I love having a collection of watches. My sister mostly gifts me watches for my birthday. I love watches.
Tell me about the Brahmin people – you sad they were God’s lineage.
The Brahmins are the caste from which Hindu priests are drawn, and they are responsible for teaching and maintaining sacred knowledge. The other major castes, from highest to lowest, are the Kshatriya (warriors and princes), Vaisya (farmers or merchants), and Shudra (servants and sharecroppers.)
So have you read the Vedas?
No, but we were taught some teaching from Vedas in school.
Teachings like: Work is worship, Essence of self-control, Service to man is service to God
How about meditation?
I don’t do it all so I have no clue.
Tell me about Lord Shiva – the Destroyer. Are people supposed to be afraid of him?
Lord Shiva is a very good husband. So who so ever wants a good husband prays to him. He easily listens but if he gets angry he can turn things upside down. He performs a dance called tandav when he is angry. His consort is Shakti.
What is known about her?
Shakti is another name of Parvati.
Shakti is feminine divine and in Hindi Shakti means strength.
What is she like? A Love Goddess?
Goddess of fertility, love, beauty, marriage, children, and devotion; as well as of divine strength.
What’s the best romantic book you have read?
I don’t like reading romance generally. I am more into psychology/self-help/philosophy.
Then the best self-help book?
I loved The Alchemist, or You can win.
Anything I haven’t asked that you want to say?
Visit India sometime. You can ask me any questions u want…Whatever I have learned from life is that you should never give up in life…
Here’s to Deepshikha, who is always open to questions about her culture!