India

The term “Himalaya” a Sanskrit word meaning “the Abode of Snow” was named by the Indian pilgrims who traveled in these mountains in ancient times. For centuries, the inhabitants of India have been fascinated by this mountain chain. The feeling…
India’s history dates back as one of the world’s first cradles of civilization. The land was fertile and by 2000 BC settlements were fairly well established and organized. In about 1500 BC Hinduism was formalized and the caste system was…
India is a nation that knows spice. Indian spices are not just an ingredient as they add flavor as well as aroma to the food. These spices include a large variety of herbs that are grown across the Indian subcontinent…
India is rich in its handicraft tradition there are numerous variety of Crafts practiced in India. India is home to an estimated 6.8 million artisans. The production of handmade products could very well be the second largest source of employment…
Despite the sudden rise of American fast food joints across Indian metros, churning out their monotonous fare of burgers and French fries and insipid coffees, the grassroots level street food and dhabas will always be there. Indian street food is…
In the South Indian languages of Thamizh and Malayalam, the word Kalari signifies two totally different things – the battlefield and the floor where grains are threshed. It also indicated the training ground of martial arts like Payattu. One of…
Yoga is a path to enlightenment. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit root yuj, to join, to unite, to attach. The history of yoga in India is long yet copious with its pregnant past. In the Indian yogic…
Dance in traditional Indian culture permeated all facets of life, but its outstanding function was to give symbolic expression to abstract religious ideas. The close relationship between dance and religion began very early in Hindu thought, and numerous references to…
As Indian cinema completes 100 years. Indian Rides takes you closer to the Land of Bollywood. Bollywood, the name given to India’s (Bombay) Mumbai based movie industry, is the world’s largest film making entity. Bollywood is evolving from making extravagant,…