India, There’s A Lot to Give Thanks For


India, There’s A Lot to Give Thanks For

Illustration: Akshita Monga/Arré


uring my teenage years, the only references I had to the great American tradition of Thanksgiving, were dedicated episodes on American sitcoms. F.R.I.E.N.D.S, Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother, all had a special Thanksgiving episode. A common theme I noticed in this strange festival was a family gathered around the dinner table, eating a huge meal. It always made me wonder, what’s the big deal? Growing up in India, we don’t need an excuse for the entire family to get together for dinner. Our Thanksgiving should be celebrated on the day we manage to skip a family get-together.

But if Thanksgiving is indeed a day to give thanks for all that we have received, India would be at loss for where to begin. With everyone threatening to burn, maim, and kill each other over pretty much anything, there doesn’t seem to be much to be grateful for. But in the spirit of the day, let’s at least try.