Someone recently told me that Indian women are the most beautiful in the world. Even Paris Hilton, on her visit to India tweeted that she finds Indian women exotic and gorgeous. It got me thinking and I came to the conclusion that Indian women are indeed naturally gifted and beautiful. No wonder Indian women have won numerous beauty pageants for instance; Susmita Sen as Miss Universe, Aishwarya Rai and Priyanka Chopra as Miss World. In addition, India has some of the world’s sexiest women for example Neha Dhupia, Riya Sen and numerous others.
India is a different country, a different culture. It functions differently. This applies to every aspect of social activity, including how commerce is done. To someone who is visiting India for the first, one of the most striking features of an Indian bazaar, if they are not bedazzled by the immense crowds, is the constant negotiation over price. Rarely a deal is done in India that does not involve bargaining. It is not merely a cultural trait; there are some practical reasons too.
Did you know that cow dung is still used in rural India for cooking? In fact, when I visit my grandparent’s home in the village (Bihar), I still see my relatives using it. If you are thinking that these poor lots are still living in the dark ages, you’ll be surprised how progressive some of these village people are.
In fact, India has produced the best civil servants, doctors and engineers in these very villages. Poor they may be, but the culture of India lies in these very villages. But then, that’s a different story altogether. Let’s talk bull sh*t for the time being.
As it always happens we tend to put on weight after a holiday. The rest and relaxation, and of course gorging on tasty delicacies, induces weight gain and you find it difficult to shed the weight. Moreover your routine gets disturbed and the time change also plays havoc on your body. Since you’re on vacation you tend to indulge your sweet tooth and end up adding calories. Especially on your travel to India you can always expect to have good food, great hospitality and unlimited enjoyment. The varied Indian culture allows you to experiment with a variety of cuisine that is a treat to taste buds. At the same time you need to be careful that you don’t add a few more pounds after a vacation.
While India can unfold many treasures- some natural, some man-made—it is a treasure-trove of cultures, of legends, of elegance, of marvelous palaces, fortified forts, ancient temples, awe-inspiring museums, impregnable forests that are a home to the national bird—the peacock; of beauty crafted in stone and of gems encrusted in jewels. This beautiful country generously opens its arms wide to tourists and travelers from across the globe, and never fails to keep you enthralled with her majestic mountains and golden sand beaches.
Here’s a taste of what I or most of us Indians have for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Typically, an Indian breakfast could comprise of parathas or chapattis and a vegetable dish eaten lightly. I usually miss breakfast but if I were to have it, I would have 1 or 2 chapattis. Sometimes, we would have “puris” (deep fried) especially if we have visitors staying with us.
I received a question from a concerned grandmother about her granddaughter, a university student visiting India for a month working with poor people.
My granddaughter is going to be in India for 4 weeks with a group of other college students and a few professors. It is not going to be a tourist like visit, but a learning experience that will involve traveling to many parts of the country and working with mostly poor people. They will eat the local food and stay in non luxurious lodgings.
Being away from home in a foreign country, its natural for one to connect to the loved ones every now and then. Making that phone call home would actually reinvigorate you for the rest of the journey in India. Since making a call comes under the very basic needs of a person, one should definitely be well- informed of the options.
So what are the options available while travelling in India for making phone calls? Let’s find out!
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If you are Delhi then you have to try out my all time favourite restaurant called the Pind Balluchi. I am regular at this place. If you happen to be a tourist to India, then you are in for a bargain – for about 20 American dollars, a family of 4 can easily have a good meal in a very Indian environment. Other than in and around Delhi; Pind Balluchi restaurants can be found in several places in Punjab (Chandigarh and Amritsar) and Mumbai.
I was very saddened to hear that Andy Bailey, the founder of CommentLuv was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). If you don’t know who Andy Bailey is then here’s a brief synopsis. He happens to be the brains behind CommentLuv, a premium WordPress plugin used by thousands of WordPress blogs in various niches including mine. The idea of CommentLuv is simple yet very powerful which is to reward your commentator with a back link. Comments as we all know increases engagement and hence increasing interaction between the readers.
Chennai was formerly known as Madras, India. The city is over 360 years old, and currently has a population well over 7 million people. Although fast growing, the city maintains a ranking in the top 20 cleanest cities worldwide. With a thriving and vibrant cultural climate and beautiful surroundings, visitors come for the wonderful beach resort accommodations and the stunning coast on the Bay of Bengal. Those visiting also enjoy the amazing diversity of quality cuisine options available within the city of Chennai.
Crimes against women in India (large scale female infanticide/gender-bias/rape/dowry deaths/domestic violence) are very common but crimes against female tourists to India should not be overlooked by the tourism industry of India.
A Swiss woman has been gang-raped by a group of men in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. It is thought the woman was camping in a forest with her husband on cycling trip when about 8 men attacked the couple on the 15th of March 2013, robbed the pair and raped the woman in front of her husband. The woman (aged 40) was later admitted to a hospital in Gwalior city.
The Hindu holy man called “sadhu” seen in this picture seems to be smoking a chillum. A chillum is a smoking device invented in India used to smoke cannabis, charas or hashish. Cannabis (often called the bhang or ganja) is illegal in India however the use of this drug is so ingrained in the culture of India that is difficult to ban it completely. You can read more about Bhang here.