What India Do You See?

Normally we like to talk about, well, Ashtanga. Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga to be precise.

Sometimes, it’s nice to look at the bigger picture, and in this post, we invite you to look at an India that’s maybe a little different from the one that many foreigners – and possibly because of the practice, Ashtangis moreso than others – usually think of when they think India.

As an example, as of today, Flickr had 244,575 photos tagged India, and the photos on the first several pages of those deemed Most Interesting, depict that ancient, sometimes decrepit, thoroughly unmodern, yet warm and colorful world that is stereotypical India.

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A few of the 244,575 photos tagged “India” on Flickr

India, however, is a lot more like the U.S. than you might think. Fareed Zakaria wrote that about India in India Rising in the March 6, 2006 issue of Newsweek:

…India, one of the poorest countries in the world, looks strikingly similar to the world’s wealthiest country, the United States of America. In both places, society has triumphed over the state.

The country might have several Silicon Valleys, but it also has three Nigerias within it, more than 300 million people living on less than a dollar a day. India is home to 40 percent of the world’s poor…

But that is the familiar India, the India of poverty and disease. The India of the future contains all this but also something new. You can feel the change even in the midst of the slums.

Definitely take a look at the full article, and take a look at some photos of India that are a little different from the usual fare at AshtangaNews. (Thank you to Bala for pointing out this story to us.)

India is, by all accounts, the most pro-American country in the world. The Pew Global Attitudes Survey, released in June 2005, asked people in 6 countries whether they had a favorable impression of the United States. A stunning 71 percent of Indians said yes. Only Americans had a more favorable view of America (83 percent).


Webodrome in Mumbai
courtesy of Katherine Mieszowksi of Salon.com

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