Category Archives: India

Some words about the French adventurers who came in India in the 18° century to make a fortune

During the 18° century, the French ( monarchy) tried to colonize India. Dupleix, then governor general of the French establishments in India and the greatest rival of Robert Clive ( then British governor of Bengal), achieved to rule half of … Continue reading

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The Indian mind

Because India is blessed by a warm climate, a rich soil, abundant productivity and easy communication, the ( traditional) Indian mind feel in harmony with the nature, with the universe. Contrary to the western mind that assigns great importance to the … Continue reading

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Why India is such a failure in sports ?

Despite of its love affair with cricket, India is a big failure in sports. Since 1896, India has won only 26 olympic medals, most of them in field hockey. How to explain such poor performances since so long ? There is no obvious explanation. Many ( more … Continue reading

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India : the vultures are back

Twenty years ago, the parsis living in Bombay used to offer to the vultures their own dead. Since centuries, that’s the way parsis got rid of their dead. By respecting this tradition, none of the sacred elements ( air, earth, water, fire, … Continue reading

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There is perfection in imperfection

Why do we feel we have to be good at something to try it, that we have to succeed at something in order to enjoy it, that we have to do something right before we feel accomplished ? Striving for … Continue reading

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“Take up one idea”

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Anarchy in ( muslim) India

Considered as the anarchists of Islam, fakirs are muslim ( male) wanderers who live on charity and the love of Allah.  They are not magicians who perform “miracles” such as lying on a bed of nails, eating fire, raising bodies,…even if … Continue reading

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Shekhawati, an open museum in India

The semi-desert region of Shekhawati ( in the western state of Rajasthan) is a colourful fantasy having a fascination of its own. An open air museum famous for its plethora of painted “haveli” ( urban mansion). Shekhawati means “the land … Continue reading

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India : about sorcery and witchcraft

The unknown, the unexplainable has always aroused fears in man. This is were the occult fills the bill. For many people in India ( most of the time illiterate people), magic and superstition serve as a ready substitute for knowledge … Continue reading

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India : the Bhil tribe

Bhils are the largest tribe in South Asia ( about 13.000.000 people). They live in the Indian states of Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra and also in Pakistan. There was a time when they were known as fine archers hence their … Continue reading

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