I recall the monkey god’s gaze at the Ganapati Temple and my own impulsive desire to offer him a coconut.
In Jersey City’s India Square, the Hindu holiday is tempered and celebrated privately.
“What makes it halal is the meat.”
“In the Pakistan I grew up in, women prayed at home. Mosques were the kingdom of men.”
“Surah Rahman and Surah Yasin. Very, very powerful!”