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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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Truck Graffiti
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Usual Truck Art in India

Indian Truck Graffiti is a very interesting way of keeping truck-drivers entertained. You know you are in India when the trucks state:

1. Honk, loudly and incessantly if possible, when you're behind another.

2. 'Evil-eyed one, may your face turn black'. And usually has black shoes to show how black.

3. A sad, and voluptuous, lady longing for her man. (Kitschy-coo!)

4. OK Tata Bye Bye (Tautology at its best...!)

5. "Obey traffic rules" - Classic case of the devil and his scriptures.

6. Images of nubile nymphs, usually perched on lotus blossoms, pouring gold coins into an abyss.

7. And yes of course, some of our best street poetry.

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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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