The Boy & The Bindi

People, Identity & Culture
Religion & Religious Bigotry
The Boy and The Bindi
Vivek Shraya
Rajni Perera
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Arsenal Pulp Press
People, Identity & Culture
Religion & Religious Bigotry

A five-year-old South Asian boy becomes fascinated with his mother’s bindi, the red dot commonly worn by Hindu women to indicate the point at which creation begins. He wishes to have one of his own bindi, which his mother agrees to. She teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

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