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A diplomat takes time out for Durga Pujo

Thomas L Vajda, the US Consul General in Mumbai, is making sure that he attends all the festivities while in India.

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Last Updated: Oct 29, 2015, 11.22 AM IST
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Thomas L Vajda, the US Consul General in Mumbai, is making sure that he attends all the festivities while in India.
Thomas L Vajda, the US Consul General in Mumbai, is making sure that he attends all the festivities while in India.
One benefit of being a diplomat is to introduce your children to new cultures, people, places, and experiences, which is what prompted Thomas L Vajda, the US Consul General in Mumbai, to visit a Durga pandal at Santa Cruz last week. Vajda, his wife Amy Sebes and their daughter offered their prayers during the puja. “We were there for over an hour. Seeing my daughter participate was the best part — particularly seeing her dancing so enthusiastically with the other attendees. My hope is that experiences like attending the Durga Puja will stay with my children,” Vajda told ETPanache.

This isn’t Vajda’s only brush with Indian culture. “Since arriving in Mumbai last year, my family and I have enjoyed experiencing different festivals. We immersed an eco-friendly Ganesha at Juhu beach for Ganesh Chaturthi. We also attended the Ganesh visarjan at Chowpatty beach for the second year in a row. Earlier this year, my family and I participated in Janmashtami, and a few days ago, I was in Nashik for meetings and took the opportunity to visit Ram Kund, which was very meaningful.”

Apart from feeding his spiritual side, Vajda has been enjoying tucking into the traditional food. “I did eat quite a bit. In several instances, other participants fed us the traditional food.”

A diplomat takes time out for Durga Pujo
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