Author Archives: Smita Barooah

Addictions counsellor,photographer,writer

Karva Chauth and the freedom to choose


It is Karva Chauth and the women were returning from a prayer ceremony in my neighbourhood in Singapore. I enjoyed seeing the beautiful colours of their elaborate costumes, the traditional jewellery and intricate mehandi on their hands. Maybe Karva Chauth and some other traditions are rooted in patriarchy, but the objective of this article is not to dissect the origins of traditions.