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Patna Diaries: Of Faith and Festivities

Shakila Khatoon was sitting outside her house waiting for Pairu’s wife. In Kamla Nehru Nagar, a slum in Patna, young men were ferrying around speakers and festoons to hang. It was Kharna and bird lights had been hung. Khatoon has made a wish for her son to be cured of his addiction to what she refers to as “solution” to the Chhath deity. She said she would contribute to the offerings for the deity. She has this belief and has been holding on to it.

Shakila Khatoon was sitting outside her house waiting for Pairu’s wife. In Kamla Nehru Nagar, a slum in Patna, young men were ferrying around speakers and festoons to hang. It was Kharna and bird lights had been hung. Khatoon has made a wish for her son to be cured of his addiction to what she refers to as “solution” to the Chhath deity. She said she would contribute to the offerings for the deity. She has this belief and has been holding on to it.
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