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!
A woman in all ways caring, unique, and free-thinking, Parkes spent twenty-four years in India. She learned Hindi, explored various aspects of our culture – including that of life in the zenana – and wrote an extensive memoir: ‘Wanderings of a Pilgrim in search of the Picturesque’. Here, she ranges from a discussion of colonial tyranny to an account of her travels in India, analyzes economic and social reforms, seeks to understand its theologies, and delves deeply into the customs and culture of each part of the country that she visited. In her words: “How much there is to delight the eye in this bright, this beautiful world! Roaming about with a good tent and a good Arab [horse], one might be happy for ever in India.” She valued the diversity of Indian culture; her vivid depictions of life here in the 19th century have earned praise from no less than William Dalyrymple.