Last week Lord Ganesh’s devotees observed the Sankashti Chaturthi. The word ‘Sankashti’ implies freedom from difficulties and pain, and Chaturthi is the fourth day of a lunar month as per the Hindu calendar. My mother prepared her usual offering to the Lord — Modak — fried dumplings with coconut and jaggery filling. On our routine call, she mentioned, “coconut prices have increased so much over the years while the size has become smaller. But, sugar prices haven’t changed much. In so many sweets, people now use sugar instead of jaggery, but that’s not good for our health.”

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