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Aug 11

How India changed the English language

Posted on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 in Links

For hundreds of years, words have flowed along the routes of trade and empire. Rahul Verma follows some of their remarkable journeys.

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Aug 3

Indian tea-seller who hawks his books on Amazon

Posted on Monday, August 3, 2015 in Links, Literature

The most famous tea seller in the Indian capital, Delhi, Laxman Rao, is also a prolific Hindi-language author whose novels are now available on online platforms like Amazon.

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Apr 16

Ancient skeletons found in India

Posted on Thursday, April 16, 2015 in Links

Ancient skeletons found in India

Archaeologists in India say they have unearthed four human skeletons dating back to the oldest civilisation in the subcontinent, the Harappan or Indus Valley civilisation.

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Feb 19

15 Facts About India That Will Blow Your Mind

Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 in Other

15 Facts About India That Will Blow Your Mind

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Dec 22

Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit

Posted on Monday, December 22, 2014 in Links

Indian village where people speak in Sanskrit

A village in the southern state of Karnataka where most residents speak Sanskrit is in focus at a time when the Indian government’s insistence on promoting the ancient language has sparked a debate over the role it plays in the lives of people in the country now.

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Aug 7

India’s ancient university returns to life

Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 in Links

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Oct 23

Monsoon Wedding

Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2008 in Movies, Reviews

Monsoon Wedding is an Indian Movie from 2001. When I saw it, I’d heard a bit about it and I was pretty sure I was going to like it. I wasn’t disappointed. It wasn’t just the plot, which was interesting enough, or even the cast – vivid, engaging characters. I think one reason I loved this movie was the colors, the vast milling crowds in the background and all the aspects of culture, like architecture, religion, the different languages and so on.

The story is about an extended family and friends who gather for a wedding. A young woman is getting married. Guests arrive from all over the country and abroad. The young bride-to-be is actually having an affair with a tv presenter. That strikes me as a little unusual for India.

Main characters are the closest family of the young woman getting married. She has a cousin living in the house, after her father’s death, and a younger brother.

It doesn’t take long to realize that the cousin is upset about seeing one of the guests. Her concern increases when she realizes that he’s very eager to befriend a little girl, another relative. While the rest of the story unfolds, you find out that the guest in question once sexually abused the bride’s cousin. She agonizes over the fate of the little girl and in the end, there’s a confrontation and her secret is revealed to the majority of the family.

The groom finds out that his bride-to-be has been involved with another man. Naturally, it complicates their relationship.

Another character that interests me, is the servant girl, Alice. As she works hard to serve the guests of the house, she watches the wedding preparations and you get the impression that she feels it’s high time she is married too. The man in charge of the wedding arrangements is the one she focuses her attention on.

She too, encounters complications, before her dream comes true.

Another character that attracts attention is a young man just returned from Australia. He has dyed hair and loves to go clubbing. You sense a culture clash, but appearances might be misleading. After all, dyed hair, clothing and visits to dance clubs are only superficial.

This movie fascinated me. One reason might be the fact that I’ve always found Indian and other cultures extremely interesting. I think it’s a movie that could be of interest to many different people. Perhaps not those who only like comedy or action, but in fact, you get a little of everything here, except special effects. Watch it. Enjoy. Chances are, you’ll love it too.


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