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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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Fanny Parkes and the Arab
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Parke's Travelogue

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. 

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