Fun, food, festivities

A nankhatai band arrived for the navjote which was performed in the front yard of the family bungalow
Arnie Mehta

Extracts from Arnie Mehta’s account of a happy, carefree and fun-filled childhood in their ancestral home in the village of Davier, written for her family, are reprinted here with permission. On festive days a group of men would dress in colorful costumes and dance for us before going through the village collecting money. The women did likewise, and all showed a natural sense of rhythm and grace. The best were the Warlis, tribals who came from east of the railway lines. With accompaniment by a wind instrument of their own making, they performed what appeared to be a snake dance. The......

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