You cannot imagine India if you haven’t been here.
And no book, film, or TV show can prepare you for the experience. India’s culture is thousands of years older than yours, and its way of life is incomprehensively different than the one you know. The beauty of its landscapes, the unbending strength of its customs, the sheer size of its 1.2 billion population … Put aside your preconceptions, kneel at the feet of Bharat Mata (the female embodiment of India, depicted as a goddess), and cherish the awakening of the senses that her land will inspire in you. Welcome to India.
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” — Mark Twain
“We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.” — Albert Einstein
“India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe’s languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all”. — Will Durant (American historian, 1885-1981)
“India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border.”
— Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA
“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” — French scholar Romain Rolland
Facts About India
• Population 1.2 billion people.
• Area Seventh biggest in the world.
• Languages 800 different languages and around 2000 dialects. Eighteen official languages, including Hindi and English.
• Economic Distribution 40% of India is poor. However, three Indians appeared on the list of the top 20 of the world’s richest. Only the U.S. had more billionaires in the top global ranks.
• Marriage In 2000, 90% of the marriages were arranged. Forty-four percent of the women in India are married between the ages of 14 – 19.
• Literacy 56.6% literacy rate.