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It's because you have more of a life.
Also, for a long time, I resisted giving out +2 and +3's, whereas you gave me countless +3's. My resistance was irrational. I now give out + whatever when I see a good post.
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pjhair wrote: ↑
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Google it. You will find out.
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India has it's own classical music and dance tradition going back thousands of years. Music in Indian tradition is deeply entwined with every day life, even with religion. Vedas are one of the oldest religious scriptures in the world(some argue that they are the oldest, especially rig veda). There are four vedas, Rig Veda, SamVeda, Yajur Veda and Atharva veda. Samveda is dedicated just to music.
In addition to music, there are beautiful old sculptors, architectures(such as Tajmahal and khajuraho) and temples.
Game of thrones is by far best tv series I have ever watched. However, the deepest and most philosophical tv series I have ever watched is Mahabharat made in 1980. It's based on the Hindu scripture Mahabharat. Tv series and the book both are tell a very beautiful story. I was amazed by the wisdom contained in them.
Lets also not forget that some prominent religious traditions such as Buddhism, Janism, Sikhims, etc originated in India.
These are just a few things I can think of right now.
Thank you for that. I don't know much about Indian culture but I like the little bit that I know. In general, I think that people should go for simpler explanations. For example, if one cannot name great pieces of Indian art, one can compare the two following hypothetical explanations:
- Indians have not produced great art, because the people there are genetically inferior
- India has a billion people and its civilization goes back thousands of years. Of course it's produced great art, I'm just not familiar with it.
Occam's razor suggests the second explanation.
India is perhaps the foreign country that I most want to travel to, after Italy and Israel. I'll mention a few other pertinent things that I know about Indian society, other than the stereotypical (yoga feels good, Indian food tastes good, Taj Mahal looks good):
- Bollywood is the largest film industry. We did watch a few Bollywood films in our college literature classes, and I kind of wish that I remembered the names of the films, as they were great and I'd like to revisit them. The films can also run much longer than Western films, past the 3-hour mark.
- A disproportionate amount of the intellectuals from India are Bengali, or at least that's what my Bengali friends claim. They have very high cultural pride.
- They're actually doing quite well in the more theoretical sciences, math, physics, computer science, etc, in contrast to China which is building more of an applied science infrastructure. I've met a lot of very skilled scientists from the subcontinent, who do very technically challenging work. They continue a good tradition, as several of the top intellectuals of the 20th century come from the subcontinent: Bose, Chandrasekhar, Saha, Ramanujan. Relative to Western scientists, I find that Chinese scientists to do more applied work, and the Indian scientists do more theoretical work. But that may be a fluke of my own experiences.
- The current head of state, Modi, is pushing Hindu pride. I don't have an opinion on whether this is good or bad.
- It might have the most internal diversity of any major country.
- The country's long-term prospects might be hampered by its internal inequality. The government has a lot of trouble controlling society in the more isolated regions, and the Naxalites have a lot of support. Without unity, the country will not be able to push its weight like a society of 1 billion people might.
- Given its borders, India might be the most interesting country on purely geopolitical grounds.
- I like the story of how Tata became rich. He told the British that he could build trains, and they laughed at him. He then built trains.