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This year's Good Friday liturgics emanating from the Vatican featured meditations for the Stations of the Cross written by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Gwahati (India). Besides being a very nice contemporary presentation of the Stations, the wisdom and experience of the Indian Church is beautifully interwoven throughout the text.
The Vatican has the whole thing up on their website, accompanied by beautiful icons by a nun from Bangalore.
On a related note, Sunday morning, Sarah and I turned on the TV. Whoever had last watched it had us tuned to a Hindi entertainment channel—and, to our surprise, the first image that popped onto the screen was a man dragging a cross, a look of agony on his beardless face.
"Woah!" we thought, "Some kinda contextual Jesus in an Indian passion play!" — as the man was clearly Indian in his dress and appearance. We were confused a few moments later when a woman ran across the field behind him, tripped, hurt her ankle, and suddenly became the center of attention.
No, it turned out that the guy was actually pulling a plow. Just another Indian soap opera. Way to get our hopes up, Zee TV.