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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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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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Charles ' Hindoo' Stuart and the Sari
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Stuart's Tomb in South Park Street Cemetary

Major General Charles Stuart, a British officer in Calcutta, was a great proponent of the Sari, the Indian wraparound elegant garment for women. So much so that he went to the extent of saying that European women must give up iron busks as "wearing iron busks makes women highly susceptible to lighting strikes and discarding iron busks from their wardrobes would immensely enhance the supply of iron in Bengal for farmers who desperately need new wagon wheels". He published his letters extolling the virtues of "elegant, simple, sensible, and sensual" Indian saris vis-a-vis "the prodigious structural engineering Europeon (sic) women strapped themsleves into in order to hold their bellies in, project their breasts out and allow their dresses to balloon grandly up and over towards the floor". Join us on the Park Street Walk in Calcutta to check out Hindoo Stuart's tomb where he's buried with all his favourite Hindu idols.

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