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1 The Indian Culture Neel Patel, Julia Nan Miss. Justice Sociology Honors 4 March 2011
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2 The Indian Culture Many countries, nowadays, have adopted the mainstream Western culture, but follow it with variations of traditional practices intertwined in between. Of course, India, a country that has existed for nearly 8000 years, is no exception from this pheromone. For instance, Indians still wear traditional clothes such as sarees and kurtas, but walk around the streets talking on their high- tech, touch screen cell phones. Although they have adopted a great amount of modern living advancements, Indians still maintain a huge sense of their unique cultures. The Indian culture has tons of material traits. There are many food habits, shelters, transportations, dresses, utensils, tools, weapons, occupations, and industries. Food habits of Indians are one of the spiciest and tastiest in the world. Foods are often made with a variety of herbs and spices. Rice, wheat, and lentils are the primary food eaten everyday and almost every meal. (Patel) (Picture 1: Indian food) Across India, climate differs and so do styles of houses to compensate those particular climates. Almost all houses in India are made of a concrete foundation with brick walls. In small towns, houses tend to have one or two stories. In the cities houses are multistory buildings, usually consisting of small flats or apartments. In areas where there is a lot of sun and dry weather, houses have chowks, an open space in the center of the house, and terraces. In areas where it rains a lot houses have slanted roofs. (Patel) There are many different types of transportation in India. Traditional transportations include walking, palanquins for rich/noble, bicycles, hand-pulled rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, and trams. A rickshaw is like a wagon that is pulled by a person. Local transportations are buses, auto rickshaws, taxis, metro rails, motorcycles, automobiles, and utility vehicles. Long distant transportations consist of railways, international trains, aircrafts, and ships and boats. (Transport in India)
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3 Dressing in India varies amongst populations. In urban populations, one will see traditional clothing with modernized western fashion and traditional fashion in rural populations. Traditional clothing for women includes sarees and cholis. A sari is a long sheet of colorful cloth with patterns; this is draped over a simple or fancy blouse. A choli is a long skirt, worn with a blouse. Traditional clothing for men consists of kurtas and sherwanis. A kurta is loose shirt falling either above or below the knees. A sherwani is long coat-like garment worn over a kurta. (Patel) (Picture 2: traditional Indian dresses) There are many utensils used in an Indian kitchen, such as paunis, tandoors, and idli
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