Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Tag Archives: Indian culture

Deepavali, the Festival of Lights 1997

sutra-mag-Deepavali, the Festival of Lights

Message from President Nelson Mandela. 29 October 1997 It is a great pleasure to extend my warmest greetings to the Hindu community on the occasion of the Festival of Lights. May this festive season and the year that lies ahead be filled with peace, happiness, joy and prosperity. The South African Hindu community continues to make a significant contribution to ... Read More »

Indian Widows

indian widow

Dreams shattered into a nightmare. Samantha Kommal married her high school sweetheart Neville Pillay after 7 years of courtship. Their dreams shattered into a nightmare when he passed on a year and a half later leaving her 7 months pregnant. Not wanting to live any more  and having lost all faith and hope until the kick of her unborn child gave ... Read More »



Some of the great traditions, such as the Indian and African traditions, have their roots in thousands of years of heritage and culture, that have been adapted and evolved to suit South Africa’s people, whilst others have been born from South Africa itself, like the ‘Cape Coloured’ traditions and culture. For decades, specific cultural events have been attended by a ... Read More »

Robbie Naidoo

  1. Tell us about yourself, childhood, family and siblings. I grew up in Stanger on the KZN North Coast.. I came from two very different families – my dad’s, the Naidoos, were a business family. My mum’s, the Samuel family, were all educationists and the academic type. There was one common factor though – they all loved sport. So ... Read More »

Stephan Claassen

  What it’s like to live in the mystical nation of India? This country is sometimes known as the land of extremes: it’s extremely large, extremely civilized, and extremely diverse in terms of population, natural attractions, and weather. The people are deeply religious, highly cultured, and good-natured. We found  it’s extremely exciting to know about what motivated Stephan Claassen, a ... Read More »

Ela Gandhi


    Ela Gandhi was born on 1 July 1940 to Manilal and Sushila Gandhi at the Phoenix Settlement (district of Inanda, Durban) where she spent some of the most important and formative years of her life. The younger of two daughters, Ela Gandhi obtained a BA Degree from Natal University and Honours in Social Science through Unisa. This staunch ... Read More »

Why go to the temple?


  A ‘devotee’ wrote a letter to the editor of an indian newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to the Temple . ‘I’ve gone for 30 years now, he wrote, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 mantras. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I ... Read More »

What makes a good friend?


  It is stated that the true value of friendship can’t be measured, but treasured. If you’re among those fortunate few who claim to have good or best friends, you know that this could not have been more correct. You might have had many different types of friends from childhood, school, work or friends who are friends of the friends. ... Read More »

Here comes the multicultural bride

  A cutting edge, multicultural design came tops in the Bridal Africa 2007 Young Designer Awards with fashion design student Louise Rohrs scooping the honours. The annual competition, held at Gallagher Estate in the Midrand this year, invited young people studying fashion design at colleges, universities and technikons as well as independent fashion designers from across the country to take ... Read More »

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