Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Beginnings and endings are two sides of the same coin. As Shradh ends, Navratri begins. As the ancestors return to Pitru Loka, Hindus begin their worship of the Goddess Durga. During Navratri (nine nights), devotees venerate the divine femininity which gives birth to all creation. She is ‘Ma’, the Universal Mother. The festival is celebrated in the bright half of the Hindu calendar month Ashvin. Continue reading Navratri at Singapore’s Sri Mariamman Temple: Venerating the Universal Mother

Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

I first read Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba in Melbourne some eight years ago. The graphic novel was a gift from my friend Tal for my birthday. The images stuck with me. This morning, I remembered the novel and re-read it. It awakened in me something that I hadn’t felt for a long time. Their story inspired me to write my own. Continue reading Remember Us: a tribute to Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

The Two of Cups: Jeanette Winterson’s Tale of Poseidon and the Earth

The Two of Cups: Jeanette Winterson’s Tale of Poseidon and the Earth

Sometimes he was a long way out and she missed him and the beached fishes gasped for breath. Then he was all over her again, and they were mermaids together, because there was always something feminine about my father, for all his power. Earth and water are the same kind, just as fire and air are their opposites.  Continue reading The Two of Cups: Jeanette Winterson’s Tale of Poseidon and the Earth

The Queen of Wands: a throne of watered-down fire (Part 1)

The Queen of Wands: a throne of watered-down fire (Part 1)

How many women are encouraged to be the Queen of Wands? When we decide to be independent – marry late (if ever), make our own money, and go after what (and who) we want in a straightforward manner; people of both genders label us as aggressive and call us all kinds of nasty names. Both men and women seem to have a vested interest in forever dousing the fire in our hearts with water.  Continue reading The Queen of Wands: a throne of watered-down fire (Part 1)

Ms. Fake Nice: the passive-aggressive woman

Ms. Fake Nice: the passive-aggressive woman

Growing up, I noticed that boys tend to be more outspoken and loud in classes. This gender difference gets more prominent as people get older. As an adult, I have met a huge variety of women. I’ve also met a lot of women who are dissatisfied with their lives. Usually the reason for that is that they haven’t gone for what they wanted or have just settled with what society expects of them. Continue reading Ms. Fake Nice: the passive-aggressive woman