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!
Some of our visitors, who may not be as familiar with Indian culture, may balk at the liberal use of the swastika in Hindu homes and temples. They see it as a symbol of white supremacy and anti-Semitism because of its perversion it was subjected to by the Nazis. Yet the swastika is an ancient ideogram, one that affirms the positive values of life. Not uniquely Indian, it is a solar symbol that has been used by many cultures over some 3000 years, among them the Celts and the Greeks. The symbol’s use has been discovered in the excavation of Troy, as well as in China and Southern Europe. Some have held that it predates the Egyptian ankh.
The swastika remains misappropriated by the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who claim to have ‘Aryan’ roots, but the term ‘Aryan’ itself has nothing to do with race. It refers to related language groups, for instance Avestan and Sanskrit, both of which are Indo-European. The Buddha gave ‘Aryan’ a special emphasis; for him, those who had attained to wisdom were termed the ‘Ariya’ – noble souls who had gained enlightenment. In this sense, therefore, anyone can strive to be an Aryan. Here’s to the best in life!
Born in 1848, Sir Andrew was Bengal’s Lieutenant Governor between 1903 and 1908. Legend has it that he was once shipwrecked at Bakhkhali, a seaside resort on the state’s southern fringes. He was rescued and cared for by Narayani, a native woman who won his heart. He was enchanted by the place and thought of promoting it as a seaside resort. At first called Narayanitala, but later renamed Frasergunj, the resort never gained the business Sir Andrew hoped it would. The remains of his home can still be seen there. His love for Narayani cost the poor woman her life; once Lady Fraser heard about this affaire du coeur, she is said to have taken the next boat to India for the express purpose of reclaiming her husband and having the hapless lass swiftly dispatched. Sir Andrew’s is one of the statues to be found at Calcutta’s Victoria Memorial. Though he had been a compassionate reformer, his later role in the partitioning of Bengal earned him the condemnation of its people.