Travelogues are a very common form of non fiction writing. People who travel to foreign countries in order to describe them and their cultures are called travel writers. In this first example, the travelogue is written as a blog post.
India: A mix of Old and New: a blog about India and the balance between tradition and modernity.
I am just back from a trip to India. India is a country of startling contrasts and contradictions, where ancient traditions rub shoulders with modern technology; where ultra-modern shops stand side by side with street vendors; where the old and the new coexist in harmony.
My first stop was Delhi, where I visited the Red Fort, a Mughal fortress built in red sandstone which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Despite the ancient architecture, the place was bustling with activity: tourists photographing the fort and its beautiful buildings as well as locals selling souvenirs.
From there I went on to Mumbai, stopping in Jaipur along the way. The highlights of Mumbai included Victoria Terminus station and the Taj Mahal Palace hotel (both also UNESCO World Heritage Sites), as well as an evening spent at an Indian music concert. A visit to the film studios was also fascinating: I saw how Bollywood films are made and met some of the stars! In Jaipur I saw the famous Amber Palace, or Amer Fort, another example of Mughal architecture.
India is truly a sightseer’s paradise: there is so much to do and see in this beautiful country.
In India, the old and the new exist side by side. As a traveler, I was struck by this dichotomy. I noticed modern buildings in India’s cities that were built next to centuries-old edifices. It was interesting to see how the ancient traditions of India still hold true today.
In Bangalore, I traveled to the centuries-old Someshwara Temple. Built in honor of Lord Shiva, the temple is noted for its architectural beauty. The well-preserved carvings on the Shiva linga represent various aspects of life, from birth and marriage to death and rebirth. I found it interesting to view these depictions because they showed how the people of ancient India viewed life and death.
Walking around the temple complex, I took in all of the sights, sounds, and smells that surrounded me. It was easy to imagine what life must have been like hundreds of years ago as vendors sold their wares and women in brightly colored saris laughed with one another while they waited for their children to finish playing at a nearby playground.
As I walked back toward my hotel, I began to notice some of the changes that have taken place in Bangalore over the last few decades. The streets were crowded with cars and buses instead of oxen-
I spent a week traveling around the city of Mumbai, visiting some of India’s biggest companies. I was there to learn about how technology is transforming business and society in India as part of a program called Techonomy.
Some thoughts have been percolating in my mind as I have had time to process the content and conversations from Techonomy. The first was that India seems to be at an inflection point that will determine its destiny for decades to come. The country is poised between tradition and modernity, with the power of technology acting as a catalyst for change.
India’s most successful companies are those that found ways to combine traditional values with modern technology, while at the same time balancing local needs with global expectations.
Take Tata Group, one of India’s oldest and most respected conglomerates, founded in 1868 by Jamsetji Tata. He created what became known as the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore—the equivalent of MIT in America—which produced many of the brightest minds who went on to build modern India’s biggest tech companies, like Infosys and Wipro. Tata also built some of India’s largest power plants in the early 20th century, which allowed India’s industrial base to flourish. He helped create a homegrown industry in steel when he
The land of spice, the land of tradition and the land of colours. From the beautiful Himalayas to the pristine beaches and from the historical monuments to modern shopping malls, India has a lot to offer to its tourists.
The culture of India is an amalgamation of various cultures that have existed in India for more than 3000 years. The Indian culture is one of the oldest and unique. This section on Culture of India contains information on various aspects of the great Indian culture.
India is a country steeped in history. Whether you’re looking for ancient architecture, a vibrant night-life, or chilled out coffee shop scene, there’s a city for you in this diverse country. India has emerged as one of the fastest growing economies and one of the most sought-after destinations in the world.
India is a country of many religions, languages and cultures. It is diverse in its nature and has a number of tourist attractions: be it the snow-capped mountains in the north or the golden beaches in the south, India is home to countless places of interest.
India became independent from the rule of Britain in 1947. Since then, it has made great strides towards becoming a modern nation. Today, India has a population of 1 billion people. It is also a nuclear power and one of the world’s fastest growing economies, with an annual GDP growth rate of around 8%.
India’s capital is New Delhi, which is situated in the north of India. Other major cities are Calcutta (Kolkata), Mumbai (Bombay) and Chennai (Madras). The official language is Hindi and English, although there are 14 other languages recognized by the constitution.
The majority of the population are Hindus; other major religions include Islam, Christianity and Buddhism. Indian culture includes a rich history dating back over 5 millennia but also embraces modern trends in science and technology.
India is a country that boasts of rich culture and heritage. While India is known for its ancient traditions and customs, it is also a country that embraces modernity. In fact, in some parts of the country, modernization has entered every sphere of life.
Today, we can find villages with electricity and concrete houses. We can also find tourists from all over the world taking selfies in front of the Taj Mahal. There are farmers who are using tractors to plough their fields and there are others who use bullock carts. So, in a way we can say that modernization has arrived at our doorsteps but it has not been fully embraced by all Indians.
In a country like India where people have different religious beliefs, customs, traditions and values to guide their thinking and actions; we cannot expect everyone to embrace modernization wholeheartedly. For example, while we have schools that teach children English and trains that run on electricity; we also have elites who do not send their children to such schools because they want them to learn Indian culture and tradition as well as English language.
Even though India as a country is making efforts for its overall development, many people do not want to be part of the change because they feel comfortable living in the old ways of doing things. They