Extravagant India


India is a country of ancient cultures, beliefs and many superstitions. The land of India is worth worshipping if we trace back its history. The country is ruled by three Gods namely – Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. According to the Hindu mythology this universe is created by Brahma whereas Mahesh is the super deity of life. Apart from these 3 divine characters, the Hindu mythology boasts of 84,00,00,000 gods and goddesses.
This staggering number is only an introduction to the country which is an epitome of cultures and traditions. I have read many posts by people around the world about India, I being an Indian think that I can draw a clearer picture of the chaos called the India Society.
India is a country where –
The mornings start with the ringing of the holy bell in a corner of every house.
The mother’s love is known by the amount of ghee she puts in her children’s food.
Cows are worshipped as a symbol of some holy being. Cows are covered with fancy clothes and bells are hung, it is believed that the cow reveals some secret future information.
The rivers are worshipped because they are believed to wash away the sins and pave the way to attain moksha, but the same rivers are polluted every minute by the worshippers who keep blind faith in everything.
There is a mela of cultures and traditions, each being claimed as above the rest.
There are millions of saints and sadhus who live near these spiritual rivers in hopes of some miracles happening someday.
There are more festivals and days to be worshipped than the days of the year.
The mud from the ground is taken and rubbed against the forehead for energy from the holy land fondly called as “Mother India” (bharat mata).
The traffic is so, that you can grab the sandwich kept in the next car, yes it is that congested.
You not only know your neighbors, but your neighbor’s neighbor and your neighbor’s neighbor, the bonding is endless.
The girl still shies from her father when the subject of marriage comes up.
The wedding is like a grand affair involving hundreds of people living together under one roof for 4-5 days to indulge in numerous traditions and functions that happen before the wedding!
The system of arrange marriage still persists and dominates the society.
The number of cows and dogs are sufficient to give you company while you are walking on the road.
Your regular grocery store manager knows more about you than maybe your closest family.
Castigating the politicians and the media never ends.
The people are always late to wherever you invite them and they have only one thing to say-“you know, the Indian time starts one hour after the invitation time”.
The number of people living in the house are double the number of rooms (well mostly)
The most royal dish is the Chhappan Bhog, a dish comprising a platter with 56 different types of exotic Indian dishes.
The word tasty is associated with awesome street food!
The language of English is brutally yet hilariously injured because everyone tries to speak it, right from the vegetable seller down the road to the bus conductor, its funny to listen, always leaves a smile on my face.
The British people are hated in the classrooms where history is taught when they read about their country being stripped off of all the wealth and people being tortured in their own country by some strangers. But the same people are happy to welcome them in our country now!
The elders don’t get tired saying that “our time was the best, we didn’t have to rush through all the things and life was peaceful”.
You will find a temple after every five steps of all sizes small, medium and large.
Your work at the government only tastes some success when you bribe, a sad case of Red tape.
We still believe that there should be love and laughter everywhere and everyone should be given a second chance.
We are complete movie buffs and still buy our tickets in black if the first day, first show is house full!
The whole nation worships together when a superstar is in mortal peril.
We miss giving our exams and stand in front of a shop that is showing the Live telecast of the Indian cricket team playing on the small TV screen that is not more than a small box!
We believe in Hope, in Mercy and always emerge out as heroes even in the toughest of situations, we have a history of proving this statement right!
We believe God exists and is watching over us all the time!

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47 thoughts on “Extravagant India

  1. Thank you for your article. I found it very interesting and engaging. I don’t know much about India so am very thankful for your writing about it so eloquently. I find it difficult to imagine the diversity of your country both in it’s people and in it’s religious adulation of so many spiritual deities. I am interested in and look forward to learning more about your country, and your views concerning it. Thank you.

    • hi Wayne!
      I am delighted to find that you keep a keen interest my country, I can’t blame you because being born in India I am still fascinated by the way this country runs and how much love there is to take and give! There are a cluster of religions, each having an equally great history as the other.
      I hope I can come up with more such posts about India!

      thanks for reading!

      cheers!

  2. Reblogged this on Marsha Lee and commented:
    Tanushree, a native of India, explains Indian religion and customs that even those not familiar with India can understand. Keep up the good writing Tanushree. there is a sweetness and honesty about her writing. Enjoy!

  3. Wow! I learned more about Indian culture in this brief blog than from all of my Indian friends that I have known for years!
    I thoroughly enjoyed and and am looking forward to coming back and reading your past posts as well!
    Kudos!

  4. Hi Tanushree.!! This is a great post. Love the photos and the history lesson!! You know I love your country, but this really helps with understanding some of the ways of the people……….Hope the electrical power problems are not affecting you too badly… 😦
    Howard

    • hi Howard
      thank you once again for liking my work!
      Even I couldn’t understand my country in the 21yrs i have spent here!!
      The electricity cut was terrible but everything is back to normal now, thank you for your concern 🙂

  5. Hi, Tanushree. Thank you for stopping by my blog ! I love this post. Lovely step-by-step resume of India and it’s glories. I have only spent a short time there and that dissapoints me because your country is huge and there is so much to see and experience. I have dined out a lot on my India stories. I will be back one day, for sure. 🙂

  6. I don’t know whether all this traditions and cultures were a part of an Indian decades back. Right now, India is such a vast civilized country who adopts most of the irrelevant curtailments from other foreign nations. Being a Keralite, I know what’s going on in our state these days. It’s all because of this damn heavy literacy rate provokes every citizen or villager to spare his/her life time for kinda high class works. Our nation will be under the stark of poverty, if a revolution in agricultural sector or manual skills wouldn’t occur. Hoping for an apt change ASAP at least from our current generation for the near future.
    Anyway, applause’s to you for keeping this post as an interesting one! I liked the way you expressed your-own views. In b/w, I ain’t laughing at this:
    “The number of cows and dogs are sufficient to give you company while you are walking on the road.” LOL. 😀

    -Rahul

    • hi rahul
      i wrote the things prominent in the indian society right now!
      it’s not the past that i have written about.i think you should visit delhi sometime.kerela is not the entire nation!! you can find the traces in delhi, up and bihar!
      i invite you to delhi!!

  7. Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog the first day it went live! I really like this article. My knowledge about India is very limited, so it’s very interesting for me to read. Here in the Philippines, people are always late as well, and we call it Philippine time. All this time I thought it was only a Philippine thing! haha! Gosh, I really wish I could visit India someday…

    xx, Kitty (:

  8. I have just been in retreat with a Benedictine (Christian) monk who is an oblate of the Shantivanam ashram in Tannirpalli, which has for many decades found beautiful connections between Hindu traditions and Christian. We sang beautiful chants in Sanskrit together, and rang holy bells throughout the day! No cows, though, but we did have a sacred and beautiful river: the Shenandoah. Thank you for this, which I read and love in honor of my monk friend.

  9. I would love to travel to India. The old and beautiful country had tempt me my complete life. Thank you for the photos and the story. Places like India need pro-stories. It is place where people need to go. To understand life and grasp the desire of a new place.

  10. Hi Tanushree,
    I long to travel to India. (Fingers crossed for next year), in fact one of the items on my Carpe Diem List is to attend an Indian Wedding in India. I love how colourful, vibrant and “extravagant” the culture seems! Thanks for sharing this post with us.
    Keep up the good work, your blog is lovely.
    Stay safe,
    Kazza x

  11. Hi there,
    Everything I’ve read about India, all the pictures, ‘Extravagant’ is the perfect word – a place full of light and color and life. Your wrote from a place of deep generosity toward the people and culture, so that, even reading of the short-comings, the reader is lifted up to feel blessed knowing a little more of such a wondrous place. Thanks so much!

  12. Hi Tanushree. Glad to see your blog. Can you please remove the blue Haridwar pic. That photograph is mine and has been published widely.

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