Is there a real India ?
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Is there a real India ?

It surprises me! I asked the same question at TT a couple of days back. Usually such questions there get overwhelming replies there with raucous arguments at times. The arguments apart there used to be very interesting and diverse perspectives too.

Okay…I’m just repeating the theme here too.

Mark Twain once said

“This is indeed India!
The land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendour and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of traditions, whose yesterday's bear date with the modering antiquities for the rest of nations-the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the world combined.”

There are any numbers of people who say they want to see the ‘real India’!!.

As for me India is India. It’s really real throughout. There is nothing called ‘unreal India’ inside India. Whichever way you go the north, south, east or west …it’s all real India and speak of the Indianness. You can put your finger on anything and everything and say ‘This is India’

It’s very difficult to find out the ‘unreal India’ than the ‘real India’. The fact is you have to ‘invent’ the ‘unreal India’. The real one has been an open book ever since. Or is it that ‘Real India’ is a theme exist in peoples mind as a perception…..

Folks, What is this ‘Real India’ then?

I think what people mean by ‘real India’ may be the ‘old India’ similar to what Mark Twin said.

The fact is that the old and new India lives together. This is a unique country where you can see two centuries living next to each other.

…….Or is it really the rural India that is called the ‘real India’ by people who want to come here? I’m a bit confused here….

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| Member
Haven't we discussed this on a similar thread recently ?
Whoever said money can't buy happiness didn't know where to shop !
| Lost in translation
| Senior Member
It is a bit different, when you didn't grow up in the country. In case of foreigners, before seeing India at first time, we hear something about it, read.. get a stereotype what it is like. The stereotype is what is real (can be replaced by typical) in one's perception. And then it is kind of looking for the stereotype in all what is there. With time this idea/stereotype becomes broader..

In case of Macdolands, for me, it is a piece of America in India, not India itself. Same in case of it in Russia. :)
| Compulsive India traveller
I very much agree with beach.

The real India is everything found inside its border. Different places and natural landscapes and cultural and socio-cualtural landscapes are just different sides of the Indian society. The real India is an agricultural village in southern HP, it's an adivasi settlement in Orissa, it's the deep jungels, Bombay brothels, fancy multinational corporation conferences, Calcutta slums and the Bangalore nightclub scene.

Even in the middle of Touristland you find yourself in the real India, in that the way the Indian tourist industry works is genuinly Indian. (And also just because it is in India.)

To me the "real India" is here and now (when I'm in India...), but also to be found within the myriads of different opinions, landscapes, cultural expressions, people, etc, and most of all in the paradoxes and in the space between the equally valid contradictory truths of the Indian culture and society.

| Member
You forget one thing that HP people are very good in behave and very helpfull when you go for any tours in HP
| Maha Guru Member
I would say no - India is often unreal and occasionally surreal. That's what makes it so wonderful!
| Member

a (most interesting) collage i'd say... !!
| back to my old ways
there is this story about George Bernard Shaw... ( dont know whether this is real, i like it though)

He travelled to india by sea, and just as he disembarked at the Bombay port, he was surrounded by a large contingent of reporters - the big question asked was, "Sir, what is your opinion about India?" . The great man looked around for a moment and said, " full of crows."
miles to go....

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| Bulk Carrier
India: 'A Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery Inside an Enigma' - Sir Winston Churchill

Sounds like a Dim Sum with a fortune cookie filling.

The fat man still has a due of Rs 13 against his name in the records of the Bangalore Club.
...and I took the road less travelled.
| Member
Is there a real America? Is there a real UK? :D
| Bulk Carrier
Aryan, why do you keep moving from forum to forum with the same :ranting: ?

Looks like you are a xenophobic
...and I took the road less travelled.

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