Maha Shivratri – the Night of Shiva

by Dianne Sharma-Winter - Heart of India
( March 1st, 2011 )

Shiva is the God of the times, a god more personal than the surge of the tide or the lofty forests at home. Here was a god who howled and loved like tomorrow didn’t exist, who had his heart broken a hundred times when Sati burst into flames. A God …

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Being Single, White and Female in India

by Dianne Sharma-Winter - Heart of India
( February 10th, 2011 )

If you want to meet women in India then ask the guy at your guest house to help you put a sari on or do it yourself and then go out into the market.
Indian women will cross the street to tell you that your pleats are a mess and swiftly …

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When the mountain fell down the mountain

by Dianne Sharma-Winter - Heart of India
( September 22nd, 2010 )

High winds will unsettle your average air sign, I want to stand out on the highway astride a broomstick and fly away somewhere, just go wherever the wind is going to blow me. What weighs me down is attachment to the belief that this physical world is as physically real …

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