January 2021 \ Diaspora News \ CREATIVE WRITING
Writing about sacred food helped me figure out my faith: Shoba Narayan

Award-winning author and columnist Shoba Narayan is a graduate from the Columbia Journalism ...

By Vishnu Makhijani

We may pray to Jesus, Ram or Allah, “but at the end of the day, we are all children of God. We each have many identities. Religion is one, but there are others. We are each of us: son/daughter, spouse, sibling, friend and professional. I tend to identify myself through my work, and I would suspect that most of my readers are the same way”. “I am attracted to the beauty of Hindu rituals, to its pujas, pomp and circumstance. At the same time, I like Christian gospel music, Buddhist philosophy, Sufi poetry, Jewish literature, Sikh generosity, Parsi identity. In India, we are lucky enough to be able to experience them all.

“So yes, I am Hindu. I like my faith, but please, that’s not all I am. “And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a fridge-full of prasadams (sacred food) that I need to eat,” Narayan concludes.