Haaté Khori is a Bengali Hindu tradition where the child starts his or her education in a formal way in front of Goddess Saraswati, the goddess of learning and wisdom. A learned elder helps the child write the first letters. In my childhood a slate and chalk were used for this purpose. Now a whiteboard and marker seem to be the preferred medium. However, it felt good to see this tradition alive here in New Jersey after a long time.
Thanks a lot to everyone who commented on my photos, or even stopped by for a visit. The comments have been pouring in pretty fast and I'm finding it increasingly difficult to reply to each individually. I'd rather spend that time in viewing others' photos and commenting there. But I do read each comment individually, and if you ask me something specific, I'll answer that.
75 mm (35mm equiv.)