News By/Courtesy: Gunjan dayal | 05 Jun 2020 21:45pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Divided by many things but still united.
  • Land of colorful cultures.
  • So many varieties of everything.

Indian culture is a kaleidoscope that includes countless variations in food, clothing, language, music, and religious beliefs. The long history and unique geography of that land shaped this colorful spread. Though cut off from the world by three oceans and the highest mountain chain, this peninsula has been invaded through nearly inaccessible mountain passes time and time again. Also, there are more than four hundred languages, thousands of others like dialects that are markedly different from each other. The variety of India's languages can be understood from the fact that, besides Hindi and English, the Indian currency has 15 languages printed on it, and the majority of signboards are written in English, Hindi and the state language. India is one of the world's most religiously diverse nations with every person free to follow their rites and beliefs. Home to four of the world's leading religious, minor religions too, and play an important role in people's lives. Due to necessity clothes were always fashioned. While the hot and humid southern India wears loose, light clothes, the cold northern regions like Kashmir have their inhabitants wearing woolen clothes nearly all year round. Rajasthan and Gujarat desert areas have people in colorful clothing. On the other hand, people from the lush green eastern regions are known for their lighter color preferences. In addition to a host of stitched clothes, India is perhaps the only country where unstitched clothes such as sari, lungi, dhoti, and turban are still common. The landscape that includes deserts, snowy mountains, fertile plains, and evergreen forests hosts a unique ecosystem rich in varied flora and fauna. The lofty Himalayas are an imposing contrast to the spreading low, flat plains at its feet. And the rugged Deccan area is a distant cry from the Sunderban Delta hot marshy areas. Indian cuisine is so varied that all the dishes prepared in the country are practically impossible to know and taste. If the Northern people are predominantly eaters of wheat, the rest of India are avid eaters of rice. While fish is an essential component of the coastal meal, many people eat nothing but vegetables and fruits. Cooked meals depend on the raw materials available, traditions of cooking, and local spices. By the earliest traders, India was not for nothing known for spices. The variety of spices available in different regions of India is so great that in the English language there is no alternative name to them. Each spice is known for its healing property, too. It is common to find sweet dishes prepared from milk, sugar, jaggery, and coconut in all regions, in their local variations. If Maharashtra is known for its Shrikhand and Vada pav, Punjab is famous for Sarso ka Saag with Makke Di roti, Bengal is of course world-famous for its sweet Rasugulla and other milk-based items. Years of foreign rule could not wipe out the festivals which are a prominent part of our culture. Major festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm and are celebrated locally. If India 's cities depict modern India with technological hubs in Bangalore and Mumbai, the remote areas still retain a rich and varied population. In short, with a colorful string of peace and harmony, the variations of India's cultural diversity are strung together. But India's great diversity never marks its unity it is an example of 'unity in diversity'. There are many flaws in our country but still, it is rich in culture and traditions. India is all about togetherness and love which is shared between people from different backgrounds.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETERA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS IN THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING FORCE IN INDIA, FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 06 Jun 2020 15:33pm IST


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