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!
Nowhere else but in India can you give someone a ‘missed call’. Ever since the introduction of free incoming calls, Indians have taken to ‘giving missed calls’ with a vengeance. Milking a good deal when they see one, Indian cell phone users provide the least revenue per user to their service providers, though that’s more than made up for by the sheer number of subscribers in the nation. If you live here, expect a missed call from your chauffeur if he has to inform you that he’s ready to pick you up, from the maid if you need to know that she’s done with the housework, or from the subordinate in the office to inform you that his shift has ended. Missed calls allow the masses to communicate a billion thoughts for free. And hey – when you want to join in, just give us a missed call; we’ll call you back to schedule a tour!
Born in 1848, Sir Andrew was Bengal’s Lieutenant Governor between 1903 and 1908. Legend has it that he was once shipwrecked at Bakhkhali, a seaside resort on the state’s southern fringes. He was rescued and cared for by Narayani, a native woman who won his heart. He was enchanted by the place and thought of promoting it as a seaside resort. At first called Narayanitala, but later renamed Frasergunj, the resort never gained the business Sir Andrew hoped it would. The remains of his home can still be seen there. His love for Narayani cost the poor woman her life; once Lady Fraser heard about this affaire du coeur, she is said to have taken the next boat to India for the express purpose of reclaiming her husband and having the hapless lass swiftly dispatched. Sir Andrew’s is one of the statues to be found at Calcutta’s Victoria Memorial. Though he had been a compassionate reformer, his later role in the partitioning of Bengal earned him the condemnation of its people.