LIFE IN INDIA
Life in India is immensely exciting and you can explore the Incredible India. India offers astounding variety in virtually every aspect of social life. Indians, like people everywhere, love to have fun. They spend time with family, see movies, enjoy good food, and listen to all kinds of music. India has a strong cultural history that can be seen in its intricate dance forms and varied visual art.
The essential themes of Indian cultural life are learned within the bosom of a family. The joint family is highly valued, ideally consisting of several generations residing, working, eating, and worshiping together. Even in rapidly modernizing India, the traditional joint household remains for most Indians the primary social force, in both ideal and practice.
The food of India is extremely diverse, as ingredients, spices and cooking methods all vary from region to region. Indian food is as varied as anything else in the country; there is no easy definition of an "Indian meal". Indian food is often thought of as very spicy, but there are some simple bread, sweet deserts, and milder 'one-pot dishes' that defy the norm. Spicy food and sweets are popular in India.
Indian clothing is very colorful. Each state has its own special costumes, but there are several styles common throughout the country. Women traditionally wear the sari with a stitched blouse, a long skirt called a ghaghra, or loose pants and a tunic known as a salwar khameez. But women today, especially in cities, may also wear western styles such as skirts or dresses, blouses, and pants. Men have their traditional costumes as well, but most now wear a light shirt and pants just as in western countries.
India is a land of festivals and fairs. The most widely known and popular celebrations include the Hindu festivals of Diwali, Holi, and Dussehra.
Indian cities are much more crowded than those of Europe or North America. Streets are narrow, and the number of people in residential dwellings is high. In the crowded centers of the older cities, such as Delhi and Agra, retail trade is mainly carried out in small shops in specialized bazaar streets.
Like cities everywhere, those of India are centers of education, cultural activities, political ferment, and social change. In the urban setting, the caste and religious barriers that loom so large in the villages are considerably relaxed. Thus, there is somewhat more opportunity for talented individuals to rise in government, modern business, factories, and universities.