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I am from Kerala, so I can answer this question. God's own country Kerala is well known for its diverse forms of arts. Kerala has been one of the most cultured and peace-loving states in India has considerably influenced by the huge number of people from the Malayalis and Dravidian's race. Kerala's cultural heritage is centuries old. The various communities in Kerala contribute to its rich and colorful culture. Kerala is the home for a variety of unique art forms which shows the social and cultural life of people in the state. Also, Kerala is known for its greenery and natural beauty. This makes the land, Kerala popular among people across the whole world.

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I believe it is illegal in India to have two wives if you are a man and you belong to the Hindu religion. (There are also Muslims in India and polygamy is legal for them). It’s unfortunate for Indian widows who live in rural parts of India because tradition typically dictates these women be shunned and excluded from religious functions after their husbands die.

In extreme cases, widows are not allowed even allowed to eat with the rest of the family. Even in cities widows are “generally expected to mourn until the end of their lives” based on the sacred texts of Manu.

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According to what I could find online, it seems there are only a few mughal gardens that are only open once a year. This would most likely be to keep the gardens original integrity and design from being completely ruined by tourists. (Many historical sites of significance are now no longer open to tourists period because of the bad behavior of a few of them; Machu Pichu is a good example of this.)

However, the mughal gardens are a collection of gardens in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. While some of these destinations may only be open once a year in any country, some of them are open year round. Just be careful not to destroy that experience for others.

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Indian culture is not overrated. It’s simply been represented in some distasteful ways in a few movies that have become rather popular. The Indian culture is as full of nuance and tradition as the British or American cultures are. Many of the things that Indian people may see as overrated - such as a specific tradition they may not understand - are considered interesting and worth learning about by other cultures. However, that learning has to happen in the right kind of way, but that’s for another question.

Regardless of what makes you think Indian culture is overrated, it all comes down to your view and what you think is important. It also comes down to whether or not you were raised with that culture. For example, I find the American wedding tradition of bridesmaids to be a bit overrated, but I was raised with it.

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Disclaimer: This answer comes from research I have personally done, and may not reflect the feelings of someone from India. I live in the USA, and I have never been to India. That said, I love learning about new cultures. I was surprised to learn that menstruation is seen as a taboo and something to be ashamed of in India. This said, I don’t hate that about the Indian culture. All cultures have a period like that, even here in the USA.

However, I believe that if Indian doctors were to have more open and frank conversations with their patients about menstruation and why it’s a natural process, the taboo could be lost to time. Granted, it’s not an easy conversation to start, but someone has to start

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The tradition of respecting your elders if India comes from the fact that those who are older than you have learned things the hard way. They have wisdom to pass on, and often feel more inclined to pass it along when they are treated properly. In the West, we have a saying that “respect is earned” and not rightly given when it’s among the most basic rights of a human to be treated humanely.

However, the Indian culture also has a lot of involvement of the elders. They’re involved in raising children, in work, in everything. They aren’t pushed aside like those in the USA or other western countries are sometimes. To make it so that everyone gets along, it makes sense that people in India are taught to respect their elders from a young age.

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This is a Hindi phrase that roughly translates to “the guest is equivalent to God.” It is taken from the Hindu scriptures, and it is a way of describing the relationship of a host to their guests. The basic meaning of this scripture is that any guest in the home should be treated as if God was in the home instead of the guest.

It’s meant to make sure that the guest has a good time and wants to come again. If a hotel uses this as their motto, then they had better live up to it, since it is a scripture.

This is the fifth of such mottos from the Hindu scriptures, and they can be found when this one is looked up online.

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There is no attribution for this quote that can be pinned down. It is said, in some form or another, all over the world, not just in India. After all, the mother is often the first person the baby is taught by. It’s historically been a mother’s job to be there and teach the child. This isn’t as true anymore because mothers work just as much as fathers do outside the home nowadays.

However, in India, many women still struggle to find work after having children. In India, it is as true now as 100 years ago that the mother is a child’s first teacher. Babies learn to speak, to walk, to think from those around them. If that’s the mother, then that’s the baby’s first teacher.

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There are many ways to greet someone in Indian. The handshake used in Western culture is not one of the accepted forms when greeting anyone on the street. The greeting that replaces it is the “namaste” - both hands together and giving a slight bow. That’s respectful when meeting anyone. A handshake is acceptable between two men, but never between a man and a woman.

To greet elders, the most often used sign of respect is touching their feet. Since I was not raised with this tradition, I will not try to explain how it’s done. However, there are videos and instructions for this particular greeting online since it is one of the most widely used signs of respect and greeting by Indian Hindus when greeting an elder.

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I can’t generalize for all foreigners, but the reason I like Indian culture so much is that it’s different from what I grew up with. By birth, I’m American, and I have not been outside of the USA yet. However, by reading books, looking at travel sights, and doing my research, I have learned a lot about other cultures. I love that feeling because it lets me, a cash-strapped college student, see the world from my desk without ever leaving.

Indian culture, in particular, is so cool to me because it has so much to it. It’s not a culture that has changed a lot since it first began, and that makes it even more special to me. There’s a link to the past in modern-day Indian culture, and that’s why I find Indian culture so intriguing.

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