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About India

INDIA IS A DISTINGUISHED COUNTRY OF VARIOUS CULTURES, TRADITION AND ETHNICITY, WHICH IS AROUND 5000 YEARS OLD. INDIA HAS 28 STATES EACH UNIQUE IN THEIR OWN WAY YET COMPLIMENTING EACH OTHER. THIS NATION HAS BEEN A BIRTHPLACE OF MANY LEGENDARY WOMEN AND MEN. THE COUNTRY DATES BACK TO CENTURIES AND HAS A VERY RICH PAST. THERE IS NO END TO HER GLORY. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR EVEN A GREAT WRITER TO EVER COME UP WITH WORDS BEST SUITED FOR HER. NOT ONLY THIS, THE COUNTRY IS ALSO VERY RICH IN TERMS OF ART AND LITERATURE. INDIA IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WITH ALL KINDS OF LANDSCAPE THAT U CAN EVER IMAGINE OF. FROM HILLY MOUNTAIN TERRAINS TO LUSH GREENERY, FROM SANDY DESERTS TO SNOW CAPED MOUNTAINS FROM DEEP BLUE SEAS TO DENSE FOREST YOU WILL FIND EVERYTHING HERE. THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING ABOUT HER THAT MAKES HER DIFFERENT FROM OTHER NATIONS IS THAT IT HAS A MIXTURE OF MANY CULTURES INTERWOVEN INTO ONE. INDIA IS A DEEP-ROOTED COUNTRY WITH VARIED PEOPLE, RELIGION, FESTIVALS AND LANGUAGES. INDIA WAS INFLUENCE BY MANY DYNASTIES AND CIVILIZATION. THE GREEKS, THE ARABS, THE RUSSIAN, THE EUROPEANS AND MANY MORE LEFT THEIR IMPRESSION.

THE SECRET OF INDIA’S BEAUTY IS NOT A SECRET TO ANYONE. SITUATED IN THE LAP OF NATURE, THE PLACE OFFERS PERFECT SOLITUDE AND HARMONY. THIS PLACE IS MESMERIZING. THE CHARMING BEAUTY OF THE COUNTRY IS A TREAT TO EVERYONE’S EYES AND SOUL. HEAVENS TRULY LIE HERE. INDIA CAN TAKE YOU TO EACH OF THE SCENERY. THE BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAINS KASHMIR, THE BEACHES IN GOA AND KERALA, OR THE SAND DUNES IN RAJASTHAN ALL ARE BREATHTAKING.

INDIAN PEOPLE ARE STRONG BELIEVERS OF GOD OR IN OTHER WORDS THEY ARE GOD FEARERS. THE HINDU CULTURE ORIGINATED FROM THE VEDAS. THERE ARE A LOT OF MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE PAST THAT HAS LAID EMPHASIS ON HOW SHOULD ONE CONDUCT THEMSELVES IN THE SOCIETY. THERE IS THE ‘GURU-SHISHYA’ RELATIONSHIP, WHICH MEANS THAT THE STUDENTS SHOULD WORSHIP THEIR MENTOR AS GOD. ALSO, HINDUS ARE STRONG BELIEVER IN “ATITHIDEVOBHAVO’ THE MEANING OF WHICH IS THAT WE SHOULD TAKE CARE OF OUR GUESTS AS IF THEY ARE GOD. OLDER THAN HINDUISM IS JAINISM, WHICH DATES BACK TO THE TIME OF INDUS VALLEY CIVILIZATION. ISLAM AND BUDDHISM ARE ANOTHER TWO RELIGIONS, WHICH ARE BEING FOLLOWED HERE SINCE DECADES. GAUTAMA BUDDHA INTRODUCED BUDDHISM, WHICH IS ALSO SUPPOSED TO BE ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER RELIGION ALL OVER THE WORLD. THIS WAS DUE TO INVASION FROM MANY LIKE THE GREEKS, PORTUGUESE, BRITISH, ETC. MANY MORE RELIGION WAS INTRODUCED HERE. THIS INCLUDES CHRISTIANITY, ISLAM, AND SOME OTHERS. THE CULTURE OF INDIA HAS BEEN SO STRONG THAT EVEN THE WEST HAS BURROWED SOME OF THE ELEMENTS FROM US. FOR INSTANCE, YOGA, WHICH IS NOT ONLY PRACTICED FOR THE WELL BEING OF OUR BODY BUT ALSO OF OUR MIND ORIGINATED IN INDIA.

ONE OF MOST ENTAILING AND INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT INDIA IS HER ARCHITECTURAL MAGNIFICENCE. TAJ MAHAL, WHICH IS COUNTED AMONGST THE WONDERS OF THE WORLD, IS SITUATED IN INDIA. TAJ MAHAL IS A SYMBOL OF LOVE AND PEOPLE FROM EVERY CORNER OF THE GLOBECOME TO SEE ITS BEAUTY. EVIDENTLY EVERY INDIAN KING BE IT A MUGHAL OR A RAJPUT WAS A GREAT ART ENTHUSIAST. THEY BUILT STRIKING MONUMENTS, SCULPTORS, FORTS AND PALACES. THEY ONLY REFLECT THE DEEP-ROOTED CULTURE BUT ALSO NOT TO FORGET TO MENTION THE MUGHAL EXPERTISE. AKBAR, HUMANYUN, SHAH JAHAN INVESTED A LOT OF MONEY AND TIME BUILDING THESE MOSQUES AND FORTS. THE FAHEHPUR SIKRI, JAM MASJID, RED FORT IS SOME OF THE DAZZLING EXAMPLES OF THERE WORKS. THE MANIFESTED TEMPLES CREATED BY THE BUDDHISTS HINDUS SHOW HOW EFFICIENT THEY WERE IN ROCK-CUT TECHNIQUES. THE SOMNATH TEMPLE AND THE ELLORA TEMPLES ARE SOME OF THE EXAMPLES. JAIPUR, A CITY IN INDIA IS A TRUE DEMONSTRATION OF ALL THE EXQUISITE FORTS. THERE IS JAL MAHAL, WHICH IS BUILT IN THE MIDDLE OF A POND, HAWA MAHAL, AND THE FAMOUS AJMER KILLA AND MANY MORE.

INDIA IS MULTI LINGUAL COUNTRY. THE INDIAN CONSTITUTION RECOGNIZES 18 LANGUAGES, HOWEVER, THERE ARE MANY MORE LANGUAGES THAT ARE SPOKEN HERE. INDIA AS COUNTRY IS VERY RICH IN HER LITERATURE AND LANGUAGE. SOME OF THE LANGUAGES SPOKEN HERE ARE URDU, HINDI, BENGALI, ENGLISH, ETC. EACH OF THE STATE HAS IT OWN LANGUAGE. HINDI AND ENGLISH ARE TWO LANGUAGES THAT ARE ACCEPTED ALL OVER INDIA. INDIA IS ALSO WELL RENOWNED FOR ITS SCRUMPTIOUS FOOD. THE INDIAN SPICES ARE KNOWN WORLDWIDE. PEOPLE HERE, PREFER EATING WITH THEIR HANDS MANY TIMES USING BANANA LEAVES AS AN ALTERATIVE TO USING TRADITIONAL PLATES. BREAD COMMONLY KNOWN AS ‘ROTI’ IS A MUST IN THEIR DISHES. EACH PART OF INDIA HAS THEIR ONLY SPECIALTY IN CUISINE. THE WAY TO EVERY INDIANS HEART IS DEFINITELY THROUGH HIS STOMACH. INDIAN PEOPLE TAKE THEIR FOOD EXTREMELY SERIOUSLY. MANY OF THEM MAKE EVERYTHING AT HOME WITH FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. EATING TIME MEANS FAMILY TIME FOR THEM. THE INVASION OF DIFFERENT CULTURES ALSO HAD A GREAT IMPACT ON THE INDIAN CUISINE ADDING TO ITS VARIETY.

CALLING INDIA A LAND OF VARIED CULTURES AND LANGUAGES IS NOT ENOUGH. INDIA IS ALSO A LAND OF VARIOUS FESTIVALS. THERE IS NOT EVEN A SINGLE FESTIVAL THAT IS NOT CELEBRATED WITH UTTER JOY HERE. THE BEST PART IS THAT THE CELEBRATION OF THESE FESTIVALS ARE NOT RESTRICTED TO ANY PARTICULAR RELIGION BUT IS REJOICED BY EVERYONE. SOME FESTIVALS ARE CELEBRATED GRANDLY BY A LARGER NUMBER OF PEOPLE IN A COMMUNITY AND OTHERS ARE CELEBRATED ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. DIWALI AND HOLI ARE TWO OF THE MAIN FESTIVALS OF THE HINDUS. DIWALI IS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AND PEOPLE BURST CRACKERS WHILE HOLI IS THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS AND PEOPLE CELEBRATE IT BY THROWING COLORS ON EACH OTHER. BOTH ARE CELEBRATED AS A MARK OF TRIUMPH OVER EVIL IN THE PAST. INDIA IS A COUNTRY, WHICH IS DOMINATED BY AGRICULTURE. THERE ARE MANY FESTIVALS THAT ARE KNOWN FOR CELEBRATION THE HARVEST OF CROPS SUCH AS PONGAL. THE WOMEN HERE ARE TAUGHT TO ADMIRE THEIR HUSBANDS. THEY KEEP ‘KARVACHAUT’ BY FASTING DAY TO PRAY FOR THEIR LONG LIVES. BIRTH DATES OF VARIOUS GODS ARE ALSO CELEBRATED AS FESTIVALS SUCH AS JANMASTHMI, GANESH CHATURTI, ETC. THE MUSLIMS CELEBRATE THEIR RESPECTIVE FESTIVALS SUCH AS EID AND ALSO KEEP ROZA. BOLLYWOOD AS THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS IT, IS THE HINDI LANGUAGE FILM INDUSTRY IN INDIA. IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST CENTERS OF FILM PRODUCTION ALL OVER THE WORLD. WHAT MAKES BOLLYWOOD UNIQUE FROM OTHERS? IN HERE MOST MOVIES CONTAIN SONGS WHERE USUALLY THE ACTOR AND ACTRESSES ALONG WITH A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE DANCE IN CHOREOGRAPHY. MOST BOLLYWOOD MOVIES HAVE AT LEAST A COUPLE OF SONGS IN THEM, WHICH ARE RELEASED A FEW MONTHS BEFORE THE ACTUAL MOVIE, TO BUILD UP ANTICIPATION FOR THE ACTUAL MOVIE. OFTEN TIME’S GOOD SONGS WOULD MEAN THAT THE MOVIE SHOULD BE GREAT TO. THERE IS A PRESENCE OF “INDIAN ENGLISH” GROWING IN THE MOVIES AND SONGS, WHICH ARE PRACTICALLY HINDI AND ENGLISH, MIXED TOGETHER. BOLLYWOOD MOVIES ARE ENJOYED ALL OVER THE WORLD. IN ASIA, BOLLYWOOD MOVIES ARE WATCHED IN PAKISTAN, NEPAL, AFGHANISTAN AND MANY PARTS OF SOUTH EAST ASIA. IN EUROPE, ESPECIALLY UK, MANY HINDI MOVIES MAKE IT TO THE TOP 10. FRANCE, GERMANY AND NEDERLAND’S TOO APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF BOLLYWOOD MOVIES. THERE HAS BEEN A MAJOR INCREASE OF PEOPLE WATCHING BOLLYWOOD MOVIES IN NORTH AMERICA. MANY BOLLYWOOD MOVIES MAKE IT BIG HERE. SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE IN THE UNITED STATES WAS A BLOCKBUSTER ENJOYED BY MILLIONS OF PEOPLE. BOLLYWOOD HAS A CHARM OF ITS OWN AND NOT EVEN HOLLYWOOD CAN COMPARE TO THAT.

A SPORT IS LIKE A LIFE STYLE IN INDIA AND CRICKET IS A RELIGION TO MOST OF THE POPULATION. WHENEVER ONE OF OUR ATHLETES IS COMPETING, OUR NATION BECOMES ONE SINGLE UNIT ALL IN SUPPORT OF THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO BRING GLORY TO THIS PROUD NATION. SMALL BOYS’ DREAM WHEN GROWING UP IS TO PLAY FOR THE INDIAN CRICKET TEAM AND MAKE THEM WINS THE WORLD CUP. EVEN THE SENIORS STILL HAVE THIS DREAM IN THEM. AND LETS NOT GET STARTED ABOUT THE RIVALRIES ESPECIALLY INDIA-PAKISTAN. WHENEVER INDIA AND PAKISTAN ARE PLAYING, PEOPLE LEAVE ANY WORK THEY HAVE TO WATCH THEM PLAY ESPECIALLY IF SACHIN HAD NOT RETIRED. SACHIN IS A GOD TO MOST OF THE MANY AND MANY CRIED WHEN HE RETIRED. HE BROUGHT SO MUCH GLORY, FAME AND PRIDE TO THIS NATION SINGLE HANDEDLY AND HE HAS SO MUCH TALENT IN HIM THAT OFTEN YOU COULD NOT SEE IT IN FULL TEAMS OF 11 PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COUNTRIES. OTHER SPORTS ENJOYED ARE HOCKEY, TENNIS AND CHESS. INDIAN HOCKEY TEAM IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD AND TENNIS SUPER STARS LIKE MAHESH BHUPATI AND LEANDER PAES SEEM TO ALWAYS WIN IN THE DOUBLES GRAND SLAMS. VISHWANATHAN ANAND IS WITHOUT A DOUBT THE BEST CHESS PLAYER IN THE WORLD AND IS A GRAND MASTER. AND LETS NOT FORGET ALL THE ATHLETES WHO TRY SO HARD TO MAKE US PROUD AND PUT US ON THE HEADLINES.

INDIA HAS PRODUCED SO MANY FAMOUS PERSONALITIES WHO ARE ADORED AND ADMIRED AND ARE LEARNED ABOUT ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE BEST EXAMPLE WOULD BE MAHATMA GANDHI. HE DEVOTED HIS WHOLE LIFE TO ENSURE THAT THE BRITISH WOULD LEAVE INDIA AND SO THAT THEY COULD ATTAIN FREEDOM. WITHOUT GANDHI NO ONE COULD PREDICT WHEN INDIA COULD ATTAIN FREEDOM AND WHAT THE BRITISH WOULD HAVE DONE. GANDHI USED THE PRINCIPAL OF NON-VIOLENCE TO PROMOTE HIS IDEALS AND THOUGHTS. HIS UNCONVENTIONAL STYLE OF LEADERSHIP EARNED HIM THE LOVE OF HIS COUNTRY AND ALLOWED HIM TO LEAD THE INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT IN INDIA. GANDHI BELIEVED IN NON-DISCRIMINATION BETWEEN EVERYONE AND EVERYONE WAS EQUAL. HE ALSO STRONGLY BELIEVED IN SELF-GOVERNANCE AND LOCAL ECONOMY (GOODS BEING PRODUCED BY THE LOCALS). HE WOULD GO ON FASTS FOR MANY WEEKS SO HE COULD GAIN THE ATTENTION OF THE BRITISH. HE LED A 200-MILE SALT MOVEMENT SO THAT THE LOCALS DID NOT NEED TO BUY SALT FROM THE BRITISH. HE FOUGHT FOR EVERYONE’S IDEALS AND HE SAW HIS DREAM COME TRUE WHEN INDIA GOT ITS INDEPENDENCE ON 15TH AUGUST 1947. HE WAS AN INSPIRATION TO MANY OTHER LEADS ALL AROUND THE WORLD LIKE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HIS CONTRIBUTIONS WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN AND WILL BE REMEMBERED BY THE GENERATIONS TO COME. HE WAS TRULY THE FATHER OF INDIA.

HOWEVER, THERE CAME A TIME WHEN THE RELIGION HERE BECAME SYNONYMOUS TO SUPERSTITION .THE PEOPLE STARTED DOING OBNOXIOUS THINGS ON THE BASIS OF THEIR RELIGION. MOTHER INDIA WAS DIVIDED AND SUB-DIVIDED INTO DIFFERENT PARTS. THE BRITISH SAW THIS AS AN OPPORTUNITY AND INVADED HER. THEY RIPPED HER OFF HER RESOURCES. THE COUNTRY BECAME WEAK AND LOST HER VITALITY DURING THEIR REIGN. INDIA, AS WE KNOW IT, IS AN INDEPENDENT COUNTY AND THIS INDEPENDENCE IS HARD EARNED. THE BRITISH RULED INDIA FOR OVER 150 YEARS. DURING THIS TIME A LOT OF FAMOUS MOVEMENTS TOOK PLACE, WHICH INFLUENCED PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD. “UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FALL” THIS SAYING WAS TRULY WITNESSED DURING THIS PHASE. IT WAS LIKE WAR-COLD BLOODED MURDERS, INNOCENT KILLINGS, AND THEFT LEFT EVERYONE NUMB. THE TIME WAS AS DARK AS DOOM. HOWEVER THIS DID NOT MAKE THE INDIANS GO BACK ON THEIR STAND. THEY WHERE FIGHTING FOR A MUCH GREATER CAUSE. FINALLY THEIR BLOOD, SACRIFICE AND HARD WORK PAID OFF. THE BRITISH CHANGED THE OUTLOOK OF THE PEOPLE AS WELL AS THE NATION. THEY LEFT INDIA DOING A LOT OF HARM THAN GOOD. REGARDLESS, INDIA WAS INDUSTRIALIZED DUE TO THE BRITISH RULE. THE IDEA OF DEMOCRACY IN THE PARLIAMENT WAS ALSO ADOPTED FROM THE WEST. BEFORE GOING THEY ALSO LEFT THEIR NATIVE LANGUAGE, WHICH IS ENGLISH.

EVEN AFTER THE BRITISH LEFT INDIA THE WORRIES DID NOT END. BEFORE LEAVING THEY PORTIONED INDIA INTO BANGLADESH AND PAKISTAN. THE PRICE OF WHICH IS BEING PAID TILL DATE. INDIA STRUGGLED A LOT TO GET BACK TO ITS FEET. FINALLY IT HAS BECOME POLITICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY STABLE. INDIA’S ARE AMONGST THE MOST FAMOUS AND SOUGHT AFTER SCIENTISTS AND DOCTORS. WITH PASSING TIME, INDIA IS ADOPTING TO THE MODERN WAYS AND TECHNIQUES. HOWEVER, SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE THIS SUCCESS HAS MISTED OUR EYES. WE HAVE STARTED FINDING THE OLD CULTURES AND TRADITIONS REDUNDANT AND WE ARE LOOSING TOUCH WITH OUR ROOTS.


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