There was a very interesting comment from fellow blogger Charmine of My Favourites and Travel It's Fun on my last post. She was saying that among the families of the upper strata of Indian society, the daughters of the family are generally not sent out to celebrate feasts in other houses. This was in reference to my post on the Durga Puja festival, when Durga devotees need a quorum of nine girls and a boy to feed in honour of Maa Durga. From the time my daughters were born, and at least a year old, I remember I have always been inundated with invitations for the girls to come and eat the sacred meal (prasad). I always found it extremely odd that when any of our neighbours came to invite the girls to the feast, they always insisted on speaking to no less a person than my father or mother in law. They would adopt an extremely humble attitude, beg permisson of my in-laws to invite their granddaughters and my in-laws would graciously acquiesce. I would wonder why they didn'