Introduction: India, officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.Home to the Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four major world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism originated there, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium CE and shaped the region's diverse culture.
In India, it is known that South Indian cuisine is spicier than North Indian cuisine which packs a punch in its own right. And within the south there is a (disputed) king, my mother's homeland, Andhra Pradesh.Light on sauces and butter, heavy on dried chili powder and red chilies, Andhra food is the spiciest cuisine in India and packs a punch with every bite. Due to the relative lack of Telugu immigrants and the western palatal preference for heavier, meatier North Indian food, this cuisine is hard to find outside India, except in the kitchens of Telugu families like my own.
Kumbh Mela or Kumbha Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage of faith in which Hindus gather to bathe in a sacred river. Traditionally, four fairs are widely recognized as the Kumbh Melas: the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, the Allahabad Kumbh Mela, the Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha and the Ujjain Simhastha, although priests at other places have also claimed their local fairs to be Kumbh Melas. These four fairs are held periodically at one of the following places by rotation: Haridwar, Allahabad (Prayaga), Nashik district (Nashik and Trimbak) and Ujjain. The main festival site is located on the banks of a river: the Ganges (Ganga) at Haridwar; the confluence (Sangam) of the Ganges and the Yamuna and the mythical Sarasvati at Allahabad; the Godavari at Nashik; and the Shipra at Ujjain. Bathing in these rivers is thought to cleanse a person of all sins.Over 30 Million people took holy dip in Sangam.
The Aghori are ascetic Shaiva sadhus.The Aghori are known to engage in post-mortem rituals, sometimes involving cannibalism or necrophilia.They often dwell in charnel grounds, have been witnessed smearing cremation ashes on their bodies, and have been known to use bones from human corpses for crafting kapalas (which Shiva and other Hindu deities are often iconically depicted holding or using) and jewelry. Because of their practices that are contradictory to orthodox Hinduism, they are generally opposed by other Hindus.
Many Aghori gurus command great reverence from rural populations as they are supposed to possess healing powers gained through their intensely eremitic rites and practices of renunciation and tápasya. They are also known to meditate and perform worship in haunted houses.
A dabbawala; also spelled as dabbawalla or dabbawallah; is a person in India, most commonly in Mumbai, who is part of a delivery system that collects hot food in lunch boxes from the residences of workers in the late morning, delivers the lunches to the workplace, predominantly using bicycles and the railway trains, and returns the empty boxes to the worker's residence that afternoon. They are also used by meal suppliers in Mumbai, where they ferry ready, cooked meals from central kitchens to the customers and back.
In Mumbai, most office workers prefer to eat home-cooked food in their workplace rather than eat outside at a food stand or at a local restaurant, usually for reasons of taste and hygiene, hence the concept. A number of work-from-home women also supply such home-cooked meals, delivering through the dabbawala network.
With efficiency rate of 99.999999, one error six million transactions a Six Sigma rating by Forbes Global, a weekly American business mags, each day 3,500 of them collect, deliver & return back tiffins to 1.5 lacs office goers. Secret : Coding colors & numbers; mistake - 1 in 2 months. Rate : Rs. 140 / tiffin / month only.
Bollywood is the sobriquet for the Hindi language film industry, based in Mumbai, Maharashtra.The term is often incorrectly used as a synecdoche to refer to the whole of Indian cinema; however, it is only a part of the large Indian film industry, which includes other production centres producing films in many languages.Bollywood is one of the largest film producers in India and one of the largest centres of film production in the world.It is more formally referred to as Hindi cinema.Bollywood is classified as the biggest movie industry in the world in terms of amount of people employed and number of films produced.In just 2011 alone, over 3.5 billion tickets were sold across the globe, which in comparison, 900,000 tickets more than Hollywood.Also in comparison, Bollywood makes approximately 1041 films yearly, as opposed to less than 500 films made by Hollywood yearly.
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