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!
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.
Rudyard Kipling, many of whose writings are set in India, was born in Bombay in 1865. It is little-known that all earlier editions of his books had covers which were printed with a swastika and a picture of an elephant holding a lotus. His use of the swastika – faced to left and right, as was common at the time – was, of course, based on its being a symbol of good luck and well-being. With the rise to power of Hitler in the 1930s, however, Kipling, who feared being mistaken for a Nazi sympathizer, ordered the removal of the swastika from newer editions of his works.