Bridging Multiple Gaps

Scott and Dhanya

Bethal is a small South African farming town of about 8,000 in the middle of the open Highveld between Johannesburg and the Swazi border. Like all South African towns and cities, Bethal was zoned by race during the apartheid era, with each of four racial groups consigned to its own residential and business districts. It was into Bethal’s small but thriving Gujarati Indian community of the 1970s that Dhanya was born.

Her parents were observant Hindus who followed the customs and rituals their parents instilled in them. “I’ve adopted many of these myself,” says Dhanya. “We celebrate many of the religious festivals and always look to the Gujarati calendar when choosing dates for events or functions, choosing ...

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