SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and BOLLYWOOD.
These are the only things people outside India think defines India.
I don't remember anyone not mentioning slumdog millionaire when I tell them I am from India.
'No way, you can't be from India, I would have never guessed' ,' ain't people poor and dark skinned?', ' your english is too good for an indian' ,'you are too white for an Indian' (when I am not even that fair) and I quote when I say this.
It's somehow very difficult for a lot of people to believe because I don't look or sound like the characters from that movie.
I can't be fair skinned, I shouldn't be speaking English and if I do I should have a heavy Indian accent.This had always been a conversation starter for me in every hostel room.
I try my best but fail to make them understand that India is so much more than that movie and bollywood. I fail to explain our vivid culture and history. Our hundred, thousand gods and believes are so much more than they can understand in an hour long conversation.
Do you think there is any movie, documentary, something I could suggest that does some justice in showing the real India?
That could help them see the great mountain ranges and the beautiful people that live there, the culture, mythology, diversity, colours and everything apart from the slums which I know are a very integral part of India but aren't the only thing about it.
I don't really blame anyone because that's what the media shows them, that's how I would have perceived had I just seen the movie and not lived in India, that's probably how I see the world when there is a lot more to it.
That's what makes me love travel, It pulls you out of your small bubble where you are right about whatever you believe.
Facts of Malana Village.
1. In Malana Police participation in any activity is not allowed if any intervention of police happens you will have to pay Fine.
2. There are plenty of rules that we you must have to know before visiting malana. for example cutting of trees not allowed, hunting not allowed etc.
3.The Malanis consider themselves to be superior to the rest of the world as they believe themselves to be the descendants of Alexander the Great. Outsiders are not allowed to touch the temples‘ building in the village. The people of the village are very friendly but are told to maintain distance from the outsiders.
4. Malana also known as Little Greece.
5.the biggest fact about Malana village. The local inhabitants claim Village Malana to be the World’s oldest democracy with a well organized parliamentary system, guided by their Devta Jamlu rishi.
6.In Malana, “Rishi Jamdagni ” is worshiped by the local people. All the rules, regulations and decisions about the village and inhabitants are made by the Devta (the local deity of the village). Pujari (priest) is the main person of the village who works as a subordinate of Devta .
7.Malana grows the World’s best Hashish that we know as Maal 😂
8.All the decision has been taken by sitting under Holy Tree (5th Photo)
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There are many things in this temple architecture, that are hidden from the normal eye which only a connoisseur like me can enjoy.
Bulit in 1204 A.D. by two local merchants in Kangra valley,this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva with the name of 'Vaidyanath- The lord of Physicians'.
With the first look at the style, i identified that it belongs to Nagara school of architecture which is popular over north india.
Prominent features of this school are
1) Panchayatan style with subsidiary shrines inside.
2) statues of river goddess Ganga and Yamuna outside Garbhagriha.
3) Temple being built in upraised platform
4) Presence of Assembly halls in front of principal shrine
5)No water tanks in the premises
If you know the style of architecture,you can picture the entire temple in mind without going inside. I felt great to apply the things in live, which I have learnt. Since childhood i had never applied what i learnt in the classes and now i am realising the beauty of active learning.
Fun fact : You can see all the features i mentioned here in Khajuraho as well, as it also belongs to Nagara school. Though they vary in chronological order for about 200 years ,major features still remained the same.