Indian culture has a significant influence on various areas in society because of our multicultural, multi-religious, and multi-communities. And in this article, I am looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts and experiences about why I think my culture is simply put—fabulous.
Religion– The impact and influence of the Indian religions can be seen in most English-speaking western countries. For example, the Hindu religion has the third-highest number of followers globally—Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, and Sikhism. There are around 26 million Sikhs in the world and overseas and English people are highly influenced by our rituals while embracing the best in what our religion has to offer.
The late Swami Vivekananda, who founded the Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math, was an Indian Hindu monk, philosopher, and spiritual leader adored by many. Then there was the late philosopher, speaker, and writer Jiddu Krishnamurti whose work had such a significant influence that years after his death in 1986, his die-hard believers kept his mission going by sharing his views and ideas with the world.
And, of course, who can ever forget the great Mahatma Gandhi? Although I never met this wonderful soul, history says Gandhi was a generous leader who never had second thoughts about giving his personal items as gifts to his admirers. And if this wasn’t enough, a pair of his glasses sold at auction for £260,000 ($340,000), more than 17 times the initial estimate.
Yoga– Yoga originated in Great India and the benefits that it has on the mind, body, and soul have been studied and proven for decades. In fact, every June 21st, millions of people worldwide will grab their yoga mats to celebrate international yoga day. India’s Paramahansa Yogananda is considered to be the pioneering of Yoga in the West. And it was he who taught yoga to the American people in 1920.
Music- The impact of Indian music has been fabulous and vital in the music industry whether it’s Indian classical music or the Bollywood mix, people from all over the world will show interest. One of the hottest and sexy current Indian singers is Neha Kakkar. And when I say sexy, that’s what I mean. Her video (check it out at the end of this article) is jam-packed with rhythm, groovy moves, and… well you get my point!
Food- Ok now that I got your attention talking about sexy dance moves, let’s keep the beat going by turning our attention to so yummy Indian cuisine; now surely I don’t need to tell you about the rich flavors, texture, and great taste of Indian dishes which has cast its spell on Europe, North American, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, and the US.
Fashion- By leaps and bounds, Indian Fashion has entered the fashion industry with a bang. Indian embroidery and fabrics are like parts and parcels of western Fashion. Indian handmade fabric and crafts are exported to other countries in high demand. Selena Gomez once performed her 2013 hit, “Come & Get It,” wearing a red dress and red bindi on her forehead.
In 2016, Beyoncé proudly showcased her traditional Desi garb in the video for Coldplay’s “Hymn For The Weekend.” Nose ring to the sari, Headgear to Indian jewelry is getting popular internationally as well. Many artists are wearing the bindi on their foreheads as a sign of fashion. But let’s not forget that the bindi is an ancient tradition in Hinduism with religious significance. It is also referred to as the third eye and the flame.
Regardless, Indigo prints and mandala designs are the basis of the Indian traditional dresses. Indian embroidery prints and patterns are adopted by famous brands like Christian Dior, Alberta Ferretti, and Gucci.
So, now that I told you what I thought was a small glimpse of the richness of Indian culture, I ran across this great article by Dr. Diane Roberts Stoler called Surprising Facts Learned on My Trip to India, and here are some of the fuzzy words she said.
“The total trip was filled with the vast colors, sounds, and scenery. What I’ve clearly learned from my many trips throughout the world is we as people are all the same,” said Stoler. “We all need food, shelter, love, and security. And when you greet someone with love and compassion, the majority of people will respond with kindness. I had the honor and privilege to have met and shared with many families on this trip and prior trips, for which I’m eternally grateful.”