Thursday, August 21, 2008

Indian Dress

Indian clothes varies from one region to another region. India's fashion heritage is rich in tradition, vibrant in colors and prepossessing. Bold colors created by the inventive drapes of these textiles catches the imagination like no other contemporary clothing.Indian sari remains the traditional clothing of Indian women.The tightly fitted, short blouse worn under a sari is called a choli.
Another popular attire of women in Indian clothing is the Indian salwar-kameez.

The men in India can be found in more conventional western clothing like shirts and trousers.
However, men in Indian villages are still more comfortable in traditional attire like kurtas, lungis, dhotis and pyjamas.

Indian people

In a country as diverse and complex as India, it is not surprising to find that people here reflect the rich glories of the past, the culture, traditions and values relative to geographic locations and the numerous distinctive manners, habits and food that will always remain truly Indian. According to five thousand years of recorded history, India has been invaded by armies, traders and immigrants who brought with them their own habits, faiths, practices and observances which have all contributed to the rich texture of Indian life and living. From the eternal snows of the Himalayas to the cultivated peninsula of far South, from the deserts of the West to the humid deltas of the East, from the dry heat and cold of the Central Plateau to the cool forest foothills, Indian lifestyles clearly glorify the geography. The food, clothing and habits of an Indian differ in accordance to the place of origin. Deep-rooted family values continue to exist in Indian families. The surname of an Indian is based on his caste or place of origin or his family occupation. Men are still considered the head of a family and are consulted for all decisions though they no longer continue to be the single breadwinner. A wife will always serve her husband before she eats. Parents are looked upon with respect and regard. Children are financially supported by their parents throughout their education. Indians believe in sharing happiness and sorrow. A festival or a celebration is never constrained to a family or a home. The whole community or neighborhood is involved in bringing liveliness to an occasion. A lot of festivals like Diwali, Holi, Id, Christmas, Mahaveer Jayanthi are all celebrated by sharing sweets and pleasantries with family, neighbours and friends. An Indian wedding is an occasion that calls for participation of the family and friends.Similarly, neighbours and friends always help out a family in times of need.
Though ethnically Indians speak different languages, follow different religions, eat the most diverse varieties of food, there is still a richness in Indian arts and culture which is unparalleled anywhere else in the world. The beauty of the Indian people lies in the spirit of tolerance, give-and-take and a composition of cultures that can be compared to a garden of flowers of various colors and shades of which, while maintaining their own entity, lend harmony and beauty to the garden - India!

Indian food

The Vast Sub-continent of India offers a range of culinary delights as rich and diverse as its people and history. The essence of Indian Cuisine lies in the variety of desi (local) spices available and the aromas generated by their use. Diversity in climate, in cultures, social habits and the geographic locations contributes greatly to Indian gastronomy. One element unite these diverse styles-- the use of spices to create flavors and aromas distinctive of Indian cuisine. The Flavors of Indian food are appreciated all over the world.

Physical india

Based on altitude the regions of India can be divided into different physiographic divisions.
􀁺 Topography, water, soil, climate, vegetation etc are the most important factors that influence habitation in a place.
􀁺 The physiographic divisions of India are the great Himalayan ranges, the Northern plains, the Peninsular plateau and the coastal plains.
􀁺 Indian rivers can be classified as Himalayan Rivers andPeninsular Rivers.
􀁺 Different types of soils are distributed in India.
􀁺 India can be divided into different regions based on the amount of rainfall.
India has 28 states and 7 Nation terrority

Indian Culture

Indian culture is rich and diverse and as a result unique in its very own way. Our manners, way of communicating with one another, etc are one of the important components of our culture. Even though we have accepted modern means of living, improved our lifestyle, our values and beliefs still remain unchanged. A person can change his way of clothing, way of eating and living but the rich values in a person always remains unchanged because they are deeply rooted within our hearts, mind, body and soul which we receive from our culture.
Indian culture treats guests as god and serves them and takes care of them as if they are a part and parcel of the family itself. Even though we don’t have anything to eat, the guests are never left hungry and are always looked after by the members of the family. Elders and the respect for elders is a major component in Indian culture. Elders are the driving force for any family and hence the love and respect for elders comes from within and is not artificial. An individual takes blessings from his elders by touching their feet. Elders drill and pass on the Indian culture within us as we grow.
“Respect one another” is another lesson that is taught from the books of Indian culture. All people are alike and respecting one another is ones duty. In foreign countries the relation between the boss and the employee is like a master and slave and is purely monetary whereas in Indian culture the relation between the boss and the employee is more like homely relations unlike foreign countriesHelpful nature is another striking feature in our Indian culture. Right from our early days of childhood we are taught to help one another in need of help and distress. If not monetary then at least in kind or non-monetary ways.
Indian culture tells us to multiply and distribute joy and happiness and share sadness and pain. It tells us that by all this we can develop co-operation and better living amongst ourselves and subsequently make this world a better place to live in.
Even though India is a country of various religions and caste our culture tells us just one thing 'phir bhi dil hai hidustani '.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Very often the world comes across the word INDIA, but it's not just any word, it's my country, my motherland India. INDIA got its name from the Persian who called it the land of the Indus, the river which flows in the area through which Persians entered India. Even though INDIA has its glorious past it is striving hard at its present. Yet do not worry as its high hopes will bring the secure future to it and its citizens.

India has very good potential. Being the 7th largest country, it has ample resources. India has great diversity in its physical features, climate, culture, language etc. Unity in Diversity is the tradition of the people of my country INDIA. India is the land of many intellectual persons like SWAMI VIVEKANAND, MAHAVIR SWAMI etc. I is also SUBASH CANDRA BOSE, SARDAR PATEL, BHAGAT SINGH and many other national heroes who fought for the country's independence in 1947.Ofcourse the great Indian Bapu, MAHATMA GANDHI brought India independence giving the world the principle of TRUTH AND NON-VIOLENCE. Free India's first Prime Minister JAWAHAR LAL NEHRU who gave the world principles of PANCHSHEEL for the country to maintain their foreign policy. India's tri colour flag has its own significance, saffron at top for courage, white in middle for peace, green at bottom for greenery, at the center the blue colour wheel with 24 spoke signifies equal opportunity to all citizens.
Today India is an underdeveloped country, but its rate of development is very fast. Recently it has been awarded as the third largest growing economy. In the field of science, India made tremendous progress in developing nuclear missiles, space rockets, more with the development of Silicon Valley in Bangalore it has become a I.T. hub. It is planning to send a mission to moon by 2007. India is a member of various international organizations like UN, WTO etc. India believed in the policy of world is family hence signing various treaties with various countries. India is well aware of the environmental aspects .Gandhiji told the people there is a lot on the earth to satisfy one's need but not ones greed. India has launched various project like project TIGER and opened various national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The famous Asiatic lion are found in India only.
Wide reaching revolutions such as white for milk, green for crops, yellow for oilseed has been successfully implemented. Now a days India has been facing many challenges in the areas of population, pollution, corruption, illiteracy, unemployment, terrorism and not the least, natural calamities like earthquakes ,floods , draughts, tsunami etc. Of course taking population positively one can direct it to the greatest man power. Pollution can be tackled by creating awareness in the country about the environment. India ranks 83rd in corruption it can be tackled by giving up ones greed. Illiteracy is the root cause of the majority of problems, social backwardness, gender inequality, female foetocide etc. Many educational schemes have been developed by the government. Natural disaster is the greatest curse to mankind. Of course disaster management teams are prepared by the government. War the greatest enemy of the mankind and the passive war terrorism even worse than that. Indian states are facing such problems. India is negotiating its problems with economically strong countries and finding its way through.


My india

India is one of the oldest civilizations in the world, spanning a period of more than 4000 years, and witnessing the fusion of several customs and traditions, which are reflective of the rich culture and heritage of the Country.

The history of the nation gives a glimpse into the magnanimity of its evolution - from a Country reeling under colonialism, to one of the leading economies in the global scenario within a span of fifty years. More than anything, the nationalistic fervour of the people is the contributing force behind the culmination of such a development. This transformation of the nation instills a sense of national pride in the heart of every Indian within the Country and abroad, and this section is a modest attempt at keeping its flame alive.