Female clothes from India are very diverse.
Traditional men clothing also varies a lot. However, these days, many boys and men often wear just a shirt and jeans. The easiest way to see different male clothes is to watch an Indian movie. 😉 Or plan your visit during one of the festivals – that’s a great chance to observe colorful life. 🙂
What I like the most from men clothing, are all turbans or caps. They can change even a “boring outfit”. 😉
I guess, I’m not the only person who has in mind colorful sari while hearing the word “India”. 😀
So for me, Indian clothes are perfectly represented by sari and salwar kameez. 😉
(Sari looks like a dress with a top, and salwar kameez like trousers and a tunic.)
Of course, it’s quite a naive description, because clothing (and its colors) in India varies depending on different factors, like culture, geography, climate, event, etc. And actually many female clothing exist in India, but I still think that sari and salwar kameez are the most popular.
Indian cuisine can be describe as “lots of vegetables, lentils and spices”. 😉
In general, vegetarianism is very popular in India, but I also met many people from India who eat meat (so like always, generalization doesn’t work so well 😉 ).
On the other hand, what we call as “Indian food” outside India is usually quite differently made in India. And India is a large country, with different regions (e.g., cold Himalayas, hot coast) and each region has some specialities.
Do you like Indian cuisine?
I love mango lassi. 😀 Lassi is a traditional yogurt-based drink from India. Often, lassi is simply salted, but sometimes flavored with sugar or fruits.
The Indian film industry is huge and each year many movies (over thousand!) are made in India.
Indian films are the most popular in India, however, they have also many fans in other countries.
Do you know, that Indian movies originate from many places in India? A few years ago, I though that a term “Indian film” means the same as “Bollywood”. But they are different! Bollywood is a film industry based in Mumbai – just one of many in India.
In a few religions, e.g., in Hinduism, cattle are considered as sacred animals.
(Apparently, in ancient time, e.g., in Greece or Rome, people had similar beliefs. I guess, cattle were so important animals, useful in many works, thus killing it didn’t make any sense.)
Hinduism is the main religion in India, so cows are sacred there and people don’t eat beef. You can also find in India many cows walking everywhere around (like in today’s picture).
Hinduism is the most popular religion in India.
I guess everyone (somehow) heard about Hinduism, even without knowing it; yoga, karma, reincarnation etc., all come from Hinduism.
I have the (wrong!) impression, that Hinduism is the religion of everyone from India. Actually, less than 20% of the population are Islam followers. Taking into account the total population of India, this 20% is quite a large number!
There are also smaller numbers of other religions followers.
What’s interesting – the Constitution of India has declared freedom of religion as a fundamental right.
India is a very poor country and many people live under horrible conditions.
Sadly, you can easily see it while visiting India.
Before I went to India, I heard that “people die on the streets in India”. And it’s so true… I saw many poor people and sick animals on the streets. They’re there and nobody seems to care…
Tradition, culture and religion have very strong influence on everyday life in India.
E.g., the caste system (“social classes/hierarchy”) it still very vivid, even it originates from an ancient India.
Generalizing, everywhere in the world rich people have “easier life” than poor ones; however, in India, this discrimination is much stronger. Even my colleague (from India) told me that her parents don’t accept her marriage, because her family is richer than the family of her husband.
Today, another “hi-tech” picture from India (a payphone). 😉
I’m sure, tourists may have lots of fun hunting (with a camera) for similar “items”. At the end, India is a country with an impressive economic growth, and sooner or later a new technology will take a place over the old one. I’m curious how it’s going to look like in 10 or 20 years, maybe places like from today’s or yesterday’s picture will not exist any more…
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