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The World of Masanat

"Fire, though potentially present in firewood, is not seen until one stick is rubbed against another. Let your individual personality be one stick and OM the other. Sweteshwatara Upanishad.
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India is a vast subcontinent with a climate that ranges from tropical in the South to a more temperate environment in the North. Some regions receive considerable snow in the winter. The cultural heritage of India is rich and unique presenting the most extraordinary and colorful tapestry woven with many brilliant strands. India has managed to preserve its established traditions while absorbing new ideas, customs and even religions from both invaders and immigrants. The people speak many different languages and dialects and follow a number of different faiths: Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Zorastrianism and Christianity.

To speak of Indian culture is to speak of traditions of art, architecture, sculpture, music and dance, festivals, handicrafts and recently filmmaking. In addition, one must include the many and varied cuisines which form a dazzling array of aromas.

We have had the rare privilege of visiting India many tmes over the years with each visit lasting about two months. Our visits have centered in having the use of a private home in New Delhi, the country's capital and in Madras (now known as Chennai)capitol of the state of Tamil Nadu. From these two home bases we have made visits to all parts of India. Tribal life still exists in many places in stark contrast with the microchip and computer industry.

There is always the sound of crows and birds, the scent of sandalwood, jasmine and smoke in the air, the soaring of hawks in the sky and the soft beat of distant drums as another wedding festival begins....My India...My India.