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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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The ‘Missed Call’
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Ca I give you a missed call please?

Nowhere else but in India can you give someone a ‘missed call’. Ever since the introduction of free incoming calls, Indians have taken to ‘giving missed calls’ with a vengeance. Milking a good deal when they see one, Indian cell phone users provide the least revenue per user to their service providers, though that’s more than made up for by the sheer number of subscribers in the nation. If you live here, expect a missed call from your chauffeur if he has to inform you that he’s ready to pick you up, from the maid if you need to know that she’s done with the housework, or from the subordinate in the office to inform you that his shift has ended. Missed calls allow the masses to communicate a billion thoughts for free. And hey – when you want to join in, just give us a missed call; we’ll call you back to schedule a tour! 

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Job Charnock and the founding of Calcutta
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'Channuck', as he was called by the people here, is said to have been responsible for the merging of three fishing villages to form Calcutta, a city whose fortunes were linked with those of the British Empire. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (1911), 'The selection of the future capital of India was entirely due to his stubborn resolution'. An Englishman who remained a devout Christian, Charnock nonetheless learned the local language and lived here much as an Indian. It has been written that he saved a young widow from the doom of sati and married her himself. They had a son and three daughters, one for each of those three villages, perhaps? Revisionists dispute his being the 'founder of Calcutta', but his place in our hearts remains secure.

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