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Glimpse of India – (Non)Violence that led to Free India

(Non)Violence that led to Free India

How India was colonised is a long story. I’m summarising it for quick reference.
British came to India in the 17th century on the pretext of making it their colony. India was a strong nation at that time under the rule of Jehangir. After the death of Aurangzeb, the Mughal Empire got weakened and Nader Shah of Persia defeated them. The World was signalled that India had been weakened and hence could be easily captured. East India Company (United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies) used strong naval tactics and built empires on the critical ports of India Bombay, Madras, Calcutta). Slowly but tactfully, the British gained control of India.

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Great Mutiny 1857

There was unrest among the people of India because of the dominance of the British in Indian political, economic and cultural lives. The growing discontent led to the great mutiny of 1857. Indian soldiers refused to use controversial cartridges given to them. Many important Indian princes joined the mutiny along with the aged Mughal emperor Bahadur Shah II and his sons. Mutineers took control of many parts of India and shook the British government. The violence and bloodshed made the British rethink about the governance of India. East India Company was completely demolished and in 1858, British Raj rule was established in India.

*Violence was involved in the eradication of East India Company!

Post-1858

British Viceroys and secretaries were appointed to regulate administration in India. These officials had a little or no knowledge about the lives of Indian people. The only objective of the British was to drain India of its resources in all forms. Indians began to express their unwillingness to follow British rules. The struggle for self-rule lasted for about 90 years, from 1858 to 1947. The movement for independence was violent as well as non-violent as people were divided on the basis of opinion. Indian National Congress split into moderates and extremists. A series of activities led India to freedom.

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What was more important in gaining Independence, violence or non-violence? Mahatma Gandhi advocated non-violence and disobedience in achieving freedom goal while there were many like Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh who believed in armed revolution. Both groups targeted the British empire to attain self-rule in India.
It’s unjust to give importance to just one person or a single idea that changed the fate of India. We salute the collective effort of all the freedom fighters whose dream of independence is a reality for us.

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Glimpse of India – “One Masala Chai Please”

“One Masala Chai Please”

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“One Masala Chai Please”. I turned my head to see who the girl with the western accent was. It was normal for me to get astonished because ‘Masala Chai’ is a Hindi phrase and she seemed to be from an English-speaking region.
The girl with golden hair and blue eyes had got up from her chair and asked the waiter for our desi ‘Masala Chai’! It was a group of 10-12 foreign tourists who had checked in the same hotel where we were already staying. Hot Masala Chai was served and we could inhale the soothing aroma of the richly decocted tea. A luxury hotel where we go to enjoy delicacies from around the world, the world is here enjoying our desi Masala tea! I’m proud of India’s traditional tea🙏

How to make Masala Chai☕

Masala Chai is a decoction of various herbs and spices when boiled in water. Traditional Masala Chai requires the following ingredients:

Cinnamon,
Green Cardamom,
Cloves,
Ginger,
Black peppercorn,
Milk (You can make one without milk too)
And of course Black tea leaves!

(PS- The ingredients are not fixed, every home prepares its own version of Masala Chai)

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In our home, we make masala chai by boiling green cardamom pods, cinnamon stick and grated ginger in water till water reduces to half its volume. Tea leaves are boiled along to get the required colour and most importantly, the flavour. Milk and sugar are added to taste. Ah! The pleasure of sipping a hot flavoured Masala Chai!:)

Today they sell instant tea in tea-bags and powdered mixtures to prepare masala chai in a jiffy, but you can’t beat the original decocted version.

Fun facts:

1) The term ‘Chai’ originated from Mandarin Chinese word for tea 茶 chá.

2) ‘Tea’ word in English came from Hokkien Chinese word tê and the Hindustani word “chai”.

3) Masala meaning spices. The benefits of Masala chai include prevention from cold and flu, aid in digestion and proven anti-inflammatory properties.

4) Masala Chai is famous all over the world and is served in Coffee and Tea Houses as ‘Chai Latte’ meaning tea with milk.

Indians’ romance with ‘Masala Chai’ is a long story that has perfected strength and aroma with time❤


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Glimpse of India – Languages We Speak

Glimpse of India – Languages We Speak

With each post in ‘Glimpse of India’ series, I make an effort to introduce my country, India to the world and remind my fellow citizens of the rich culture and diversity we are blessed with. Ours is a country of population more than 130 crore where people from diverse regions speak different languages. Ever wondered how many languages these 130 crore people speak? On my ‘Glimpse of India’ journey, this query led me to find the number of languages Indians speak.
Indians speak hundreds of languages and dialects. Many languages have become extinct and others are still in use. The language spoken by more than 10,000 people is counted in census.

Facts

1) India boasts of speaking world’s second highest number of languages(780). The first is Papua New Guinea with 839 languages.

2) Its popular misconception that Hindi is the official language of India. In fact, article 343 of the Indian constitution stated that the official language of India should be Hindi in Devanagari script replacing English at the time of independence. Later, The Official Language Act in 1963 allowed English to be continued as the official language. (Did you know? Hindi is not the official language of India!)

3) Census of 2011 proved that India has 121 major languages. In addition, 1599 other languages are spoken here. The number keeps on varying with the source as there’s a thin line between language and dialect. Definitions of the two vary and hence the number. The final count is released by eliminating the dialects spoken by less than 10,000 people.

4) There are a total of 270 identifiable mother tongues which have more than 10,000 speakers each in India.

5) The government of India has given ‘Classical language’ status to these six languages because of their rich heritage.

Kannada
Malayalam
Odia
Sanskrit
Tamil
Telugu

6) Constitutional Languages:
The Eighth Schedule of the Constitution consists of 22 languages.
These Scheduled languages are-

Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu, Bodo, Santhali, Maithili and Dogri.

7) According to the 2011 census, Hindi is the most spoken language in India with 43.63% people speaking the language.
Bangla comes second and Marathi third.

8) Sanskrit is the least spoken of the country’s scheduled languages and English is the most spoken non-scheduled language in India.

Waoh! Imagine the great nation we live in where language too reflects the diverse culture and tradition. In spite of the variety in languages we are united by the mutual respect and the proud feeling of nationalism.

Beyond words!

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Glimpse of India – Kings and Kingdoms of India

Kings and Kingdoms of India

India has been one of the most sought after countries in the world. Fertile Gangetic plains, abundance of minerals, rivers and seas full of pristine water; our country is blessed with nature’s rich diversity. Rulers and invaders from around the world tried to capture the state from time to time. Fierce wars, mutinies to cultural fusion and intellectual exchange, the interaction with the other regions is reflecting in our lives.
History of India is so vast that shortened version will only lead to more curiosity. I’m doing the same. Brace yourself and go on the discovery to know about the Kingdoms who ruled and influenced India in the past 2500 years.

Founded by Chandragupta Maurya, Maurya Empire (322-187 BCE) is the largest political entity known to have existed in India’s history. Under the rule of Ashoka, it was expanded to about 5 million square Km. In the next 1500 years, India was ruled by various Dynasties.

The rule of Gupta dynasty is known to be the Golden age of India because academics, science, religion and political administration reached new heights during this period (319-543 CE).

In the period between the 7th and 11th century, the Tripartite struggle controlled the country that lasted for two centuries.
The struggle was between the Pratihara Empire, the Pala Empire and the Rashtrakuta Empire. From the fifth century, Chalukya, Chola, Pallava, Chera, Pandyan and Western Chalukya empires controlled south India.

Delhi Sultanate was founded in 1206 CE by Central Asian Turks. Based mostly in Delhi, Sultanate covered a large part of India. The empire is famous for being one of the few to defeat Mongols.

Many Hindu states like Vijayanagar, Gajapati, Ahom, Rajput states like Mewar emerged as big powers. The 15th century saw the rise of Sikhism. In the beginning of the 18th century, the Mughal empire suffered a decline which led others like Marathas, Sikhs, Nawabs of Bengal and Mysoreans to come into power.

Late 18th century to middle of 19th century. India was colonised by British East India Company. Dissatisfied with their rules, people of India rebelled against British government in 1857. 20th century beginning witnessed Indians struggling for freedom, blessed with the same on 15th August, 1947.

You might be interested in the chronology of events in Indian history. Hyperlinks have been added to help you satisfy your curiosity.

Kuru dynasty (c. 1200 BCE – 500 BCE)

Magadha dynasties

Ancient southern dynasties

Foreign invaders in north-western India

Satavahana dynasty (c. 271 BCE – 220 CE)

Vakataka Dynasty (c. 250 – c. 500 CE)

Indo-Scythian rulers (c. 90 BCE – 45 CE)

Indo-Parthian rulers (c. 21–100 CE)

Western Kshatrapas (c. 35–405 CE)

Kushana dynasty (80–225)

Nagas of Padmavati (early 3rd century–mid-4th century)

Pallava dynasty (275–882)

Kadambas of Chandravalli at Chitradurga (345–525 CE)

Western Ganga dynasty of Talakad (350–1024 CE)

Rai dynasty (c. 524–632 CE)

Maitrakas of Vallabhi(470–776 CE)

Chahamanas of Shakambhari (6th century – 12th century)

Chalukya dynasty (543–1156)

Shashanka dynasty (600–626)

Harsha dynasty (606–647)

Gurjara-Pratiharadynasty (650–1036 CE)

Rashtrakutas of Manyaketha (735–982)

Pala Empire (c. 750–1174)

Paramara dynasty of Malwa (9th century to c. 1305)

Seuna Yadavas of Devagiri (850–1334 CE)

Chandra dynasty (900-1050)

Hoysala dynasty (1000–1346)

Sena dynasty rule over Bengal (1070–1230 CE)

Eastern Ganga dynasty(1078–1434)

Kakatiya dynasty (1083–1323 CE)

Kalachuris of Kalyani(Southern) dynasty (1130–1184)

Chutiya dynasty ruled over eastern Assam (1187–1524)

Bana dynasty rule over Magadaimandalam (c. 1190–1260 CE)

Delhi Sultanate (1206–1526)

Bahmani dynasty (1347–1527)

Barid Shahi dynasty(1489–1619)

Imad Shahi dynasty(1490–1572)

Adil Shahi dynasty (1490–1686)

Nizam Shahi dynasty(1490–1636)

Qutb Shahi dynasty(1518–1687)

Ahom dynasty ruled over Assam (1228–1826)

Baro-Bhuyan (1576-1632)

Musunuri Nayaks (1323–1368)

Reddy dynasty (1325–1548 CE)

Vijayanagara Empire(1336–1646)

Wodeyar dynasty (first rule, 1371–1761)

Gajapati Kingdom (1434–1541 CE)

Maharajas of Cochin(Perumpadapu Swaroopam, 1503–1964)

Mughal Empire (1526–1857)

Mewar Dynasty

Suri dynasty (1540–1555)

Chogyal, monarchs of Sikkim and Ladakh(1642–1975)

Maratha Empire (1674–1881)

The Muslim vassals of the Mughal/British Paramountcy (1707–1856)

Savanur State

Kingdom of Travancore (1729–1947)

Sikh Empire (1801–1849)

Emperors of India (1857–1947)

Dominion of India (1947–1950)

Dominion of Pakistan(1947–1956)

(Chronology courtesy – Wikipedia)

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Glimpse of India – Joyous Ride through food lanes of India

Joyous Ride through food lanes of India

Inspired by rich heritage and magical herbs, Indian food is nutritious and health-oriented when cooked with passion 💕

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The inviting aroma of Indian food is due to the herbs and spices used to cook the meals. Spices are an integral part of Indian recipes. Cardamom, coriander, turmeric, fennel, peppercorn, mint, carom seeds, red chillies are some of the ingredients required for Indian recipes.

I found that food is a common connection among all living creatures. Food when cooked and served passionately, brightens up the moment.

Let me take you on a joyous ride through lanes of Indian food. Twenty-nine states of India prepare food in their authentic style. The exclusivity being difficult to match, you have to visit the state to relish the food from that place! Sounds like an impossible job? Worry not. Thanks to globalisation, the world has been shortened by experienced chefs all over the world:)

Kashmiri Wazwan

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Wazwan is a multi-course meal in Kashmiri cuisine prepared using lamb or chicken. The lavish meal is normally cooked during celebrations.
Rogan josh (Kashmir)

Rogan Josh is an integral part of Kashmiri cuisine. Wazwan is incomplete without this richly flavoured, spicy lamb curry.
Bisi Bele bhath from Karnataka

A wholesome lentil-rice meal, Bisi bele bhath has its origin in Mysore. It takes as many as 30 ingredients to perfect this recipe:)

Authentic Andhra meal

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Lavish use of spices, seafood (in non-veg variation), lentils, rice, pickles and chutneys occupy the largest place in Andhra thali.

Assamese thali

Assamese food is simple with exotic, bold flavours. Sour vegetables, duck and pigeon make the meal different from the rest of India.

Goan Pork vindaloo

A fiery, spicy dish from Goa, Pork Vindaloo is popular globally. Vindaloo is served with pork in authentic Goan restaurants. Though ‘aloo’ means potato, the original recipe doesn’t contain potatoes. Restaurants in the UK serve potato-version of Vindaloo.
Maharashtrian poha

Poha is a low-calorie breakfast of flattened rice rinsed and mixed with spices and nuts. Garnished with coriander leaves, poha is a delicious meal when cooked to perfection.

Rajasthani thali

Rajasthani food is influenced by the lack of water in the state. The dishes that stay fresh for long and can be eaten without heating are the speciality of this region. Dal-baati-churma, gatte ki sabzi, bajra roti, kachoris are the best things to try.

Gujarati Khaman dhokla

Fermented gram flour and yoghurt batter is steamed, tempered with mustard seeds and served with coconut/coriander chutney.

Masala Dosa

Most popular south Indian delicacy, dosa is prepared by making a thin crust of rice and lentils. A filling of potato/onion/paneer, spices and herbs are folded in the crust. Dosa is served with sambar and coconut chutney.

Hyderabadi Biryani

A speciality from Hyderabad, Hyderabadi Biryani is cooking rice with meat, spices, saffron, curd and a lot of ghee. Hyderabadi biryani is believed to have been originated in the kitchen of Nizam of Hyderabad.

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Glimpse of India – ISRO and its Achievements

Glimpse of India – ISRO and its Achievements

My India-series would be incomplete without mentioning the pride of the nation, ISRO. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is one of the world’s six largest space agencies in the world. With the mission to provide space-based services to the nation, ISRO develops technologies to gain insights through space research programs. Formed in 1969, replacing the existing Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), ISRO is proud to deliver innumerable space services to mankind.

ACHIEVEMENTS OF ISRO

1) India’s first satellite Aryabhata was built by ISRO which was launched by the Soviet Union in 1975.

2) Two rockets, PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch satellite in polar orbit) and GSLV ( Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle to launch satellites in geostationary orbit) were developed by ISRO. Many communication satellites have been launched by ISRO making Indian communication and broadcast at par with the developed countries.

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3) Chadrayaan-1 was sent in space by ISRO in 2008. A Mars Orbiter by ISRO entered the orbit of Mars in the first attempt thereby making ISRO the fourth space agency (First in Asia) to reach Mars orbit. The other three agencies are NASA, The European Space Program and Soviet Space Program.

4) In 2016, ISRO launched 20 satellites in a single payload. It was not the limit. In 2017, the Indian space agency launched, record-breaking, one hundred and four satellites in a single rocket, PSLV- C37!

5) With the launch of its heaviest satellite, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), ISRO is now capable of launching 4-ton heavy satellites.

6) Three bacteria species having high resistance to UV rays were found in earth’s outer Stratosphere by ISRO.

7) ISRO’s Moon Impact Probe (MIP) detected the presence of water on the moon, back in 2009!

8) Last but not least, a developing country like India has its own observatory. Thanks to ISRO:)

With ISRO we hope to see India setting new milestones in space.

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Glimpse of India – Land of Gods

Glimpse of India – Land of Gods

India is a land of multiple religions and diverse cultures. Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhism, Jainism; I’m not doing justice by missing some religions here. About 80% of citizens follow Hinduism and most of them bow their heads before a God or Goddess. In our homes, we don’t have one or two but multiple idols installed. In cities, you can spot numerous temples (Hindu places of worship), Gurudwaras (Sikh temples), Churches, Mosques. Only in temples, you will find multiple idols and religious pictures, many depicting some ancient religious story.

How many Gods Hindus worship?

People around the world are curious to know the number of Gods Hindus worship. A misconception that there are 33 crore Gods and demigods in the Hindu religion has taken social media by storm. Misconception, because I couldn’t find authenticity in this number and searched for the real answer.

The religious books of Hindus, Atharva Veda, Yajur Veda and Satapatha-Brahmana mention that there are ‘Trayastrimsati Koti’ Hindu Gods and Goddesses. ‘Trayastrimsati’ in Sanskrit means thirty-three. Whereas ‘Koti’ has two meanings- one is ‘Crore’ and the other is ‘Supreme’. Wrong translation of the word ‘Koti’ led to this confusion. People around the world are astounded by the fact(?) that there are 33 crore Hindu Gods.

I’m relieved that I know the correct answer:)

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Glimpse of India- Festivals Galore

Glimpse of India- Festivals Galore

Festivals give us good reason to break the monotony and celebrate the occasion called life. Many festivals are linked with our religious faiths with a strong sense to perform the associated rituals. We have many religions and as many festivals to celebrate our stay on Earth. These remind us that “Whatever stage of life you’re in, remember that the show must go on.”

India boasts of innumerable colourful festivals and strong beliefs assert the dedication. Land of vibrant hues, India with 130 crores people observe the festivities with fervour.

I’m sharing a few popular festivals celebrated in India.

Diwali

One of the most popular festivals, Diwali is the festival of lights. It is believed that Lord Rama fought Demon Ravana and brought back his wife Sita from Ravana’s captivity. The auspicious day of Diwali is celebrated to mark the day when Rama and Sita reached Ayodhya after 14 years in exile.

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Holi

Holi, the festival of spring is celebrated by lighting up a bonfire and playing with colours the next morning. Holi also has a historical significance, glorifying the victory of good over evil.
Mathura and Braj are famous for Holi celebrations where festivities last for more than a week.

Shri Krishna Janmashtami

Shri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Traditional events of ‘Dahi-Handi’, ‘Raas-Leela’ are organised in many parts of India. People from Mathura and North-Eastern region enjoy this festival to the core.

Durga Puja

Most popular in West Bengal, Assam, Tripura and Odisha, Durga Puja is the biggest festival of Bengalis. The grand pandals with huge idols of Mother Durga perform Durga Puja for nine days. On the tenth day, Ma Durga idols are immersed in water. Kolkata Durga Puja is not to be missed if you’re in India during festivities.

Eid Ul Fitr

Eid Ul Fitr is an important festival of Muslims celebrated around the world. The day marks the end of one holy month of fasting called Ramadan. The fasting teaches charity, patience, empathy, sympathy and praise for the Almighty as one understands the subordination of human beings.

Ganesh Chaturthi

The festival celebrates the birth anniversary of Lord Ganesha. The clay idols of Lord Ganesha are installed at homes or workplaces and elaborate prayers are performed. On the tenth day, the idols are carried in processions and immersed in water bodies.

Lohri

A popular Punjabi-folk festival, Lohri is celebrated in Punjabi-dominated northern regions of India. The festival marks the end of winter season and beginning of longer days. People lit a bonfire and dance and sing around it.

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Glimpse of India- Exploring Buzzing Bazaars

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Glimpse of India- Exploring Buzzing Bazaars

If you want to absorb the true essence of India, visit its Bazaars brimming with enthusiastic people. Those who are unaware, Bazaar is the name given to markets which sell goods at a relatively low price. We get more variety in Bazaars that translates into more choice. You can say that air-conditioned Malls provide better ambience and better variety, why would someone go to crowded Bazaars? And who wants to walk a mile or two (In bazaar you have to walk because the streets are narrow) when they have luxurious vehicles at their disposal?

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I understand your query. Online shopping is comfort but street shopping is love. India is famous for its thronging bazaars and people like me won’t let the ritual die out. So guys! I’m sharing my views on why I love to shop in bazaars:)

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1) Variety, Variety and Variety

Expose yourself to the variety these bazaars. These ethnic hubs are open for one and all. Local shoppers, tourists and idlers enjoy the crazy ride equally.
As Paulo Coelho said,
“Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
For extensive India experience, get enchanted by the magic called Bazaars:)

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2) Everyday Fair

These bazaars are popular shopping hubs where people gather to purchase grocery, garments, furniture, books and exotic fast food. There are posh malls in every corner of the country but people are accustomed to buying from traditional markets, bazaars. They hang out for familiar ambience, a variety of goods and a huge difference in prices from the malls.

3) No formalities

You don’t have to dress up in your best to hit the bazaar. Everyday clothes and footwear are more than sufficient to explore. In addition, such dress-up is comfortable moving around on foot. No formalities ensure you are comfortable and the natural best of yourself.

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4) Openly Displayed goods

What I love about these bazaars are openly displayed goods and services. You’ll get an idea of what all a shop has inside without actually going inside. There are many stalls and hawkers who don’t even have proper shops to keep the stock.

5) No dearth of enthusiasm

The enthusiasm and energy shopkeepers, hawkers and buyers display in a bazaar is quite infectious. You can find hawkers advertising his products by shouting loudly. One sells his goods keeping in mind that if he charges more, the next shop will offer a lower price to the customer. Bazaars are truly customers paradise.

6) Reduced Prices – Who doesn’t mind saving a buck

Huge difference between the prices is the main reason customers ditch posh malls and head to bazaars. Electronic goods, clothes, home appliances, books; when everything is available at 25-50% less, nobody can refuse unless they have excess money to trash.

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7) Be an Explorer – You never know what treasure you find in these packed streets!

Some of the best-treasured things have been purchased from bazaars. These places are usually hundreds of years old. One can find amazing craft work, silk and thread work directly from the artisans. This beauty you will never find in malls and if by chance you find, the price will be out of your reach.

8) Meet the artisans
If you are lucky enough, you can meet the artisans working on their art pieces. Another good incentive to explore India’s happening bazaars:)

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Glimpse of India- Diversity Enriching Lives

Glimpse of India- Diversity Enriching Lives

India is a land of spices and the most exotic spice is Diversity. Spices add flavour to the food we eat. In the similar manner, diversity is the essence of vibrant life. The culture of India has been influenced by all those rulers who administered the country for years, strong-belief-religions and strikingly contrast regions. We don’t have to bear the same weather throughout the year; there are four extreme seasons showcasing their mighty power every year. People in India speak different languages, National Language Hindi being the common connection. There are rivers, valleys, mountains, seas, plateaus. You can’t go to Switzerland? Visit Himachal Pradesh or Uttarakhand and experience fresh snow. Gulmarg is known as Switzerland of India. Visit pristine Andaman and Nicobar islands for Thailand feel. Thar Desert will fire you up with Sahara like heat. Visit Kerala to create magic moments of Italy!

Why India is so diverse

1) Diverse Geography of India

We have snow-capped mountains, Sea-shores, deserts, plains, hills and plateaus. Fertile Indo-Gangetic Plains cover most of the North India and Deccan plateau give distinct characteristics to South India.

2) Religious Cultures

The culture of India is controlled by the religions people follow. Though most of the people follow Hinduism, there’s a significant number of Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism followers.

3) History

Indian culture is a blend of various cultures. It is the glorious history of the subcontinent responsible for the amalgamation. India prospered during the rule of the Mughals. Architecture and other art forms were promoted and food technology from Eastern countries entered the kitchen of Indian people. When the British ruled India, they influenced the clothing and food habits with a noticeable reflection on language.

The soil of India received cultures from around the world with open arms. Indian philosophy of ‘Atithi Devo Bhava‘ could be one of the reasons behind India’s liberal acceptance.

People from foreign lands came to India and left their impression on the soil of the country. The original culture got modified time and again. A culture that was already diverse met new dimensions to expand. Today, India celebrates festivals of many religions. Food options are plenty because we never let any intruder go back without knowing his secret culinary skills😉

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Glimpse of India – Crazy for Cricket

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Glimpse of India- Crazy for Cricket

In India, we have an unofficial religion lovingly called CRICKET. People like me who do not follow this religion are looked down upon as strangers or more precisely, aliens. You can find children as young as 2/3-year-old posing with a bat and aiming to become another Tendulkar or Gavaskar. Parents too feel proud to see their children toiling for run-race.

The beginning of India’s obsession with cricket goes back to the year 1983 when Kapil Dev and his Devils turned the cricket world upside down by defeating mighty West Indies in the World Cup final. Cricket started gaining popularity in India after the proud win. Proud because it was the first victory of this level to say, ” YES! WE CAN!”
Sachin Tendulkar made his entry to the world of cricket and people got their ‘God of Cricket’. IPL and the satellite television added to the flavour.

We celebrate the season of cricket in India and it is no smaller than any of the natural seasons. Well, literally!
The cricket season has its own characteristics.

1) You can find people listening to cricket commentary by bunking office, college or school during the season. People of higher authority can’t control the breach because the cricket fever grips them first.

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2) Kids learn to play Cricket in small gullies but their dreams are not less than touching the stars. Frankly, this is the only sport Indians find worth-following.

3) When there’s a match with Pakistan, even people like me whose knowledge about cricket is the lowest possible, stay glued to the TV. Nobody wants to miss the excitement.

4) Cricket fever grips all Indians equally. Religion, region, customs, traditions everything comes second to cricket.
Where else do we find an example of equality in diversity?;)

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Glimpse of India- Bollywood Bonanza

Glimpse of India- Bollywood Bonanza

As a typical Indian citizen, my life is deeply influenced by Bollywood films. My mom’s lullabies literally came from Bollywood music. Father was obsessed with Indian cinema and I was more interested in listening to his version of stories from Bollywood movies than ‘coping with’ fairy tales.

Little grown-up, my affinity for cinema grew as the little brain was sufficiently occupied with Bolly-stuff. Larger than life cinema metamorphosed me into a crazy Bollywood fan. And here I am writing on my favourite theme:)

HISTORY OF INDIAN CINEMA

I’m fascinated by the history of Indian cinema. Find it adventurous to collect information about the lost past of this amazing form of art.

1) In 1970 Cinema of India overtook Hollywood in movie production and acquired the name Bollywood.

2) Dadasaheb Phalke is known as the father of Indian cinema, his silent film ‘Raja Harishchandra (1913)’ is the first Indian film.

3) Ardeshir Irani’s film ‘Alam Ara’ (1931) was the first Indian film with sound.

4) During partition, many actors from Punjab and Bengal migrated to Bombay (present-day Mumbai) making 1940-60 the golden period of Indian cinema.

5) Parallel Cinema came to existence during this Golden Period. Bengalis who were contributing to one-fourth of the Indian cinema brought attention to the socio-political conditions of the working class. Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Tapan Sinha, Shyam Benegal, Girish Karnad and Buddhadeb Dasgupta are some of the pioneer figures of Parallel Cinema.

6) Indian Classic film Mother India was the first Indian film to be nominated for Academy Award (for best foreign language film).

7) ‘Indian Masala Films’ are the films with the mixed genre. Such films compact romance, comedy, action, drama and music in two and a half hours.

8) Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Amitabh Bachchan, Rajesh Khanna, Dev Anand, three Khans Shahrukh Khan, Salman Khan and Amir Khan are a few of the globally famous actors of Bollywood.

Cinema has always been a medium to showcase the social and political situation of a country. Bollywood, on similar lines, tells the story of India. A lot has changed with time. From themes like Independence, poverty, social differences, Bollywood today tells the stories of politics, underworld and corruption. A bold medium to convey, Indian cinema can bring about a revolutionary change in society.

BTW, my travel wishlist is also inspired by Bollywood. Read the account 👉 here!

[PS- For those who don’t know (Can’t believe this, you must be out of this world;), Bollywood is the popular name for Indian Hindi Cinema.]

This post is a part of Blogchatter A2Z and Global AtoZ blogging challenge. I’m writing 26 posts in the month of April on the theme Glimpse of India. Follow my work on social media platforms with hashtags #AditiWrites, #CelebrateIndiaWithAditi

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