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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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Job Charnock and the founding of Calcutta
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'Channuck', as he was called by the people here, is said to have been responsible for the merging of three fishing villages to form Calcutta, a city whose fortunes were linked with those of the British Empire. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), 'The selection of the future capital of India was entirely due to his stubborn resolution'. An Englishman who remained a devout Christian, Charnock nonetheless learned the local language and lived here much as an Indian. It has been written that he saved a young widow from the doom of sati and married her himself. They had a son and three daughters, one for each of those three villages, perhaps? Revisionists dispute his being the 'founder of Calcutta', but his place in our hearts remains secure.

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