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Walking Through The Idea Of India

How about playing Megasthenes?


You may not be a historian or a diplomat like this Greek, but you can follow his adventurous yet reflective way of exploring India. And India's multicultural ethos, its natural beauty, its resilient society, the sumptuous festivals and ceremonies, the wisdom of the seers, all remain the same.

Walks Of India allows you precisely this secured, therapeutic freedom. We would not be a lesser host than Chandragupta, the Mauryan emperor who welcomed Megasthenes! We would make up for the regal opulence with warmth andexpertise. Let Walks of India help you take part in this rewarding role-playing!

Come, discover the India we see, smell, breathe, think. Come discover the Idea Of India!

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DEMYSTIFYING INDIA

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So, you still live with your parents?
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Joint Family

 

It always comes as a bit of a shock to our foreign friends to learn that many Indians still live for years together in the same joint with their parents.  In India, the acorn doesn't fall too far from the tree and Indian people tend to stay in the same home with their extended family. They are tied by ancient bonds of love and duty. Abandoning one’s parents is unconscionable, and then, it may make economic sense for all to live together. Uprooting and moving at the drop of a hat really isn’t the Indian way. 
 
India is home to such legends as the Narsinganna Family, the women members of whose 178 strong numbers seem to spend all their time cooking for batch after batch of the giant brood. Thankfully for those who have to cook for them, most Indian joint families are not as large, and with rapid urbanization, the system is slowly ebbing away. Still, it is not uncommon even for urban nuclear family members to buy apartments close to their relatives, just to give them that old familiar clannish feeling!
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INDOPHILE FILE

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Rudyard Kipling and the Swastika
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India - born author

Rudyard Kipling, many of whose writings are set in India, was born in Bombay in 1865. It is little-known that all earlier editions of his books had covers which were printed with a swastika and a picture of an elephant holding a lotus. His use of the swastika – faced to left and right, as was common at the time – was, of course, based on its being a symbol of good luck and well-being. With the rise to power of Hitler in the 1930s, however, Kipling, who feared being mistaken for a Nazi sympathizer, ordered the removal of the swastika from newer editions of his works.

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