India explained to Non-Indians

  • India is a vibrant country, of many colours, cultures, people..... the list goes on. For a traveller to our vibrant land, it can often get confusing and strange as to way certain things work. So we've decided to decode certain aspects of India. Things that might seem confusing to an outsider, but are very common for us Indians. So sit back and enjoy the ride!


    1. Rann of Kutch Festival


    Place where you will find the most welcoming and dressed human species. If you are lucky enough you may find Amitabh Bachchan asking you to stay there for a day or more to experience the fragrance of Kutch land - Khushboo Gujarat Ki.
    Rann of Kutch Festival
    2. Taj Mahal


    One of the greatest symbols of love ever built......by a husband for his fourth wife.
    Taj Mahal
    3. Dhobi ghat


    It’s technically the world's largest outdoor manual laundry service. Popularised mainly by photographers and tourists to witness the amazing art of washing clothes. Now how cool is that!
    Dhobi ghat
    4. Goa


    Goa has a very versatile culture from a ‘break-up recovery therapy’ to ‘party hard till you die’ to ‘affordable bachelorette party’. Every Savitri becomes a Shakira here.
    Goa
    5. New Year’s Day


    Where you celebrate the beginning of a new year, not once or twice but at least ten different times in a year.
    New Year’s Day
    6. Kumbh Mela


    Where millions flock every year to wash off their sins in the holy water that is already polluted; and where twins are known to get lost, only to meet dramatically decades later.
    Kumbh Mela
    7. Cricket


    May not know who the president of their country is, which day of the week it is, or what they had for breakfast, but they will know who Sachin Tendulkar is and will ostracise anyone who doesn’t.
    P.S. Cricket is the only religion that unites the whole country.
    Cricket
    8. Auto Rickshaw


    Getting an auto rickshaw is like getting someone out of your league to go out with you. The answer is most definitely a No.
    Auto Rickshaw
    9. Marriages


    Are supposed to be made in heaven, but here they’re made in the living room, by your parents, relatives, a piece of paper called Kundali, and everyone and everything other than you and surprisingly still works quiet well!
    Marriages
    10. Democracy


    Where you’re granted freedom by the government as long as it doesn’t involve beef, adult comedies, sarcasm, PDA and 50 shades of grey.
    Democracy
    11. Kashmir


    “Iss cheeze ke upar nahi bolne ka”
    Kashmir

    Author : Sanjana Sule