Indellectual

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

India has such a rich diversity of cultures, cuisines, religions, religious practices, languages, etc. I feel that there is a quality among Indians that is uniquely Indian , yet there is so much I don't know about the country.

The states of East India, like Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, are almost foreign to me. Perhaps my ignorance comes from my having grown up in the US. Do Indians who've grown up in the larger, mainland Indian states of Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, etc. have adequate knowledge about their neighboring states on the other side of Bangladesh?

It makes me want to seek out a website that covers basic information about each one, like its language, or the customs, religious practices, or holidays observed. If anyone has found something like that, please send it our way!

And from me, here's an interesting webite on the cooking of Sikkim:
http://www.sikkiminfo.net/food&drinks.htm

-Rajul Parekh

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