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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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DEMYSTIFYING 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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Sir Andrew Fraser and Narayani
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Erstwhile Governor Of Bengal

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. 

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