Megan Sweas

Writer, Editor, Student of Life



Parents take teaching Hinduism into their own hands

Published by The Washington Post, Huffington Post Religion, Religion News Service, May 25, 2012

Mudita Bahadur
Mudita Bahadur passes Hindu traditions on to her children in her friends’ living room.

Children are usually the primary complainers about Sunday school, but when Mudita Bahadur started looking for excuses not to take her children to the Hindu temple on Sunday, she knew she had to make a change.

“One, it’s dogmatic and two, it’s inconvenient,” she said of the Hindu classes held a 45-minute drive away from her home in Santa Monica, Calif.

Bahadur decided to take her children’s religious education into her own hands. For the past three years, she and other Indian parents have been teaching their children about religion in each other’s living rooms.

The do-it-yourself approach permits them to instill pride and progressive values in a traditional manner, the parents say. …


Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a (Hindu) match

Published by The Washington Post, Huff Post Religion & Religion News Service, April 20, 2012

Hands at Indian wedding

Kamna Mittal and her husband moved to the Bay Area soon after they were married in India in 2000. In addition to being in a new country, the couple were new to each other. Their marriage had been arranged.

“When you go for an arranged marriage,” she said, “it’s a total gamble.”

Now a mother of two, Mittal counts herself lucky that it worked out, but 12 years later, she wants to help Indian-American singles in the Bay Area meet directly.

Turns out even love can use a little help every now and then, and the age-old practice of arranged Hindu marriages is getting a 21st-century makeover. …


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