Hanuman Chalisa

Every month, a few of us meet at a friends’ house to sing Hanuman Chalisa. We do this in honor of a departed soul. It’s a healing ritual for the family hosting and for those of us that gather.

I am eternally grateful to…

  • Vilasini aunty for taking the time and effort to rally a bunch of elementary children to teach Hanuman Chalisa. I remember it like yesterday. All of us would assemble in the common hallway to learn from her. Aunty has given us a gift of a lifetime.
  • Appa and amma for steadfastly playing Hanuman Chalisa on Thursdays and Saturdays. Without that repetitive listening, the gift would have evaporated into thin air.
  • M.S. Subbulakshmi for being the voice of Hanuman Chalisa. For her Bhakti.
  • My faith for giving us something to hold on to at the darkest of times.

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