The Everything2 India Encyclopedia
"So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone,
either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary
country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems
to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked."
-- Mark Twain, from Following the Equator
It is impossible not to be astonished by India. Nowhere else does humanity present itself in such a dizzying, creative burst of cultures and religions, races and tongues. Every aspect of the country presents itself on a massive, exaggerated scale, worthy in comparison only to the superlative mountains that overshadow it. Perhaps the only thing more difficult than to be indifferent to India would be to describe or understand India completely.
On a suggestion by mauler
some time back, I am taking up the task of compiling everything about India
. A few links in the node are not noded yet - I have included them for completeness.
Of course this is always a work in progress. Here's how you can help - if you node or come across any India related node on E2 that's not in here, please /msg me right away! Pointing out any errors etc in the following list will also be a big help. Dhanyawaad! Shukriya! Thank you!
- Kolkata Metro (added by Oolong)
- A Jamai Writes (added by Oolong)
- Main Hoon Na
- Mohammed Ali (added by vishakh)
- Muhammed Iqbal (added by vishakh)
- Everything Arranged Marriage Registry
- Bahadur Shah Zafar
- Communism in India (added by vishakh)
- Patna (added by vishakh)
- Jammu and Kashmir: historiographical analysis
- Coca Cola in Kerala
- Hindu Nationalism
- Quit India Movement
- O.V. Vijayan
- Babri Masjid
- iron pillar
- Indian Rope Trick
- Matrimonial ads
Please note: This metanode was originally created by another user who has left E2 and was kind enough to let us keep it. I am maintaining it now.
Sea and Oceans
Eras and Empires
Religions of India
Religion is central to Indian culture, and its practice can be seen in virtually every aspect of life in the country. Hinduism is the dominant faith of India, followed by about 80 percent of the population. Ten percent follow Islam, making the muslim population in India second only to Indonesia, about 5 percent are Sikhs and Christians; the rest (a good 45 million) are Buddhists, Jains, Bahai, and more.
India is also the birthplace of several major world religions including Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Places of Worship
Hindu Gods and Godesses
Other Gods/Religious figures
Festivals of India
Other days celebrated as holidays
Present-day Indians of Note
has by far made most mouths water on E2. On his suggestion, I'm adding links here that are Indian cuisine related but are not recipes. For recipes, please see the metanode linked below. This has just started. Just watch. This'll grow Huge!
Indian Recipes (metanode)
This is a node started by Seumas that couldn't be completed. I'll pick it up sometime in future if possible, or I invite anyone willing to complete the task to please step forward.
Art and Culture
Dances of India
Vocal Art Forms
India will sideswipe you with its size, clamour and diversity. Nothing in the country is ever quite what you expect, and the only thing to expect is the unexpected which comes in many forms and will always want to sit next to you. India is a litmus test for many travellers and some visitors are only too happy to get on an aircraft and fly away, but if you enjoy delving into convoluted cosmologies and thrive on sensual overload, then India is one of the most intricate and rewarding dramas unfolding on earth.