I am of Indian origin, born in Auckland; first generation “curry kiwi”. I am proud of my father coming here 100 years ago, taking advantage of the British rule in India, to venture to one of her colonies, to make a new life for his future family.
I grew up not experiencing Hindu religion as there were no Indian temples. During my first trip to India in the late 1970’s, I married, and my wife Aruna taught me about Hindu religion and culture, which we’ve passed to our children and grandchildren.
Diwali is a great time for us; the start of the new Hindu year, with gifts and giving charitable donations, and of course Indian folk dancing and beautiful food.