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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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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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