Greetings to all. After the start of yet another semester and constantly having to wait a week to watch a single episode of Game of Thrones I feel drained. Not just emotionally, but physically as well. No, I don’t exaggerate you’ll understand if you had to shuffle between college and summer training classes when humidity is at an all time high. Delhi folks would get me. I miss winters and I am tired of hearing “Winter is coming”.
Anyway coming back to what I intended to write about, we Indians have so much diversity amongst ourselves that it never fails to amaze even us.
We are a country with a population of over 1.2 billion with 27 states and 7 union territories.
We are the world’s second largest English-speaking country but that is not all, 22 languages are spoken in our country itself. Maybe that is because we are not a country of only Hindus. We have people of different faiths namely Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism among others living peacefully since centuries.
Now there are a few things which only we Indians do and a few things that we take pride in (and some which we wish that one day would no longer exist).
- We can drink from bottles and glasses without touching our lips to it. It is common practice here. This image would help explain what I’m trying to say.
- Yes, we do eat with our hands sometimes. Depends on the type of food we are having. You don’t eat a burger or pizza with fork and knife, similarly for some Indian dishes use of hands is the most convenient way possible to consume it.
- Yes, we don’t use toilet paper but neither do we use our hands as depicted in most of the Hollywood movies. Grow up people, that was a thing of the past. We have water jets now, no need to get your hands all dirty. And I would like to point out that the first ever toilet was invented by the Harrapan civilization in 2800 B.C in Mohenjodaro. It was India who gave you your washrooms people and it was us who gave you shampoo. The word shampoo is derived from the Sanskrit word “champi” which means massage. So duh, we are more concerned about our well-being and hygiene than most.
- Water on the moon was discovered by India. In September 2009, India’s ISRO Chandrayaan- 1 using its Moon Mineralogy Mapper detected water on the moon for the first time.
- Bargain. We can bargain, bargain and bargain some more. The fight between the vendor and the buyer can become really intense. It’s just a matter of wits. I don’t possess this talent and I regret it. Sigh.
- We have the largest families in the world and courtesy to this Indian weddings are nothing like any other wedding in the world.
- Two wheelers in India only imply two wheels, not necessarily two riders. Zebra crossings are used by vehicles to stand as ahead as possible, waiting for the signal to turn green.
- Who won the battle?
This is a popular folk dance form called Bhavai in the state of Rajasthan in western India. Women dance with a number of earthen pots on their heads, balancing them on their heads while performing so elegantly and beautifully. My head starts to hurt after watching them, I don’t know how they manage to do it. It’s a mystery worth unraveling.
- We have the largest number of vegetarians in the world. And yes, cows are sacred to Hindus and we don’t eat beef. You are free to eat it but please don’t tell me the benefits of eating beef and why I should eat it and what not if you don’t want your face to get dirty with my puke.
- India is the first country to make and consume sugar. We discovered how to crystallize sugar during the Gupta dynasty around 350 AD.
- We respect our elders and don’t call them by their names. We consider it disrespectful unless the person themselves want to be called by their name. Don’t be surprised if people use aunty or uncle to call out to you.
- Most of the people are our brothers be it a shopkeeper, auto-rickshaw driver, a guard on duty or a conductor in a bus. We refer to all of them as “bhaiya” which simply means brother.
- Most of us live with our parents. People in most other countries move out of their homes the minute they are old enough. In fact, living with parents is generally looked down upon. However, in India, it is generally the other way around. The longer you live with your parents, the more cultured you are. And this is not something which is forced, it is by choice (yes we do move out if our jobs or studies demands it or if it becomes necessary that we have to).
I can go on and on because this does not cover even an inch of the essence of India but I don’t want to overwhelm anyone. The rest is for some other post so this is it for now folks. Until next time, stay happy and stay blessed.
P.S: I would love to clear all doubts and answer all your questions if any. Also if there’s anything you would like to know about India I’ll be more than happy to answer them all.