eyes as they examine Hindu ideas on social stratification, marriage, rituals,role of women, education, joint family system, economy, and progress.Nurtured by a more liberated culture, the writer had difficulties inconforming to the rigid standards that were placed in front of her. Mistakeswere always at her hand and ignorance in her mouth. She delved into everysituation with I-do-not-understand exclamations. Sometimes, even with I-think-that’s-ridiculous thoughts, especially towards the prayers, rituals andcaste marks. Daily rituals and prayers were performed to ensure the generalwelfare of an individual, a group of people or an entire society and as part of one’s dharma. Caste marks, on the other hand, are of spiritual significanceand they were applied in a manner prescribed in the scriptures. The truemeanings of these were unknown to the writer.Because of the writer’s ignorance, problems rose one by one, startingwith her dealings with the servants. One of the most highly criticizedconventions of India is the 3500-year old caste system. In the essay, it isexemplified that servants, who are low-caste people should be treateddifferently by the high-caste Brahmins. They are not equals. The system hasbeen an aberration of the Indian psyche. Asha, who believe in the power of this system, believes that they are ‘united in diversity.’ The Bhagavad-Gita defines the works of each caste: The works of Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras aredifferent, in harmony with the three powers of their born nature.