Did you know that … white is the mourning colour in India?

White is the absence of color, and is the only color widows are allowed to wear. It is the acceptable color at funerals and ceremonies that mark death in the family. It reflects the basic quality of the color itself, when a widow wears white, she disconnects herself from the pleasures and luxuries of active and normal participation in society and life around her. On the day on which the death has occurred, the family do not cook, hence usually close family and friends will provide food for the mourning family. White clothing (the colour of purity) is the colour of mourning, and many will wear white during the mourning period.

Death is not considered as the end in life, it is a special moment in the trip without end where the soul goes across innumerable bodies of animals and persons.

In India, there is often an elaborate ceremony during the funeral of a widow’s husband. Earlier it was compulsory to wear all white after the husband was dead, and even a tradition known as “sati” was sometimes practiced, where the newly-widowed woman would throw her body onto her husband’s burning funeral pyre. However, in modern-day culture the norms for clothing has gradually given way to colored clothing, and sati practice has been banned in India for more than a century.

Sati practice has been mentioned in Western countries literature; it was mentioned by Jules Verne in his tale “Around the World in Eigthy days”, where Romy princess was rescued by Willy Fog to be burned in her husband pyre… certainly a tale with nice end.

Eva REÑÉ BAÑERES, January 11th 2011

 

 

 

Did you know… that our current numeral system comes from India?

The most common numeral system we use in the western world nowadays originated in India. It is usually called “Arabic Numerals” as it spread to Europe from India through the Arabs. Most of the positional base 10 numeral systems in the world have originated from India, where the concept of positional numerology was first developed.

Around the 5th century A.D., Aryabhata (indian astronomer and mathematician) gave the world the base 10 numeral system and an approximation for Pi. One century later Brahmagupta introduced the zero as a number. The Persian mathematicians adopted the Indian numerals which were later introduced to the West by the Arabs.

There are other forms of numeric systems namely the Roman Numerals, which we commonly use even today and those adopted by the Chinese and Japanese which were known as “Chinese Numerals” which were written in a vertical manner.  Further various other number systems were developed, namely “the binary system” which is used in computers, the “quinary system” used in abaci, the “duodecimal system” used to count things in dozens and the “sexagesimal system”, used to express angles or time.

Eva Reñé Bañeres, 20/12/2010

Collaborator at INDOLINK

Did you know that… monsoons provide a positive and appreciated effect in the coffee beans?

India is a competitive coffee producer. Its production participates in around 4% of whole world production. It is one of the few countries where both varieties Arabica and Robusta are cultivated. However coffee beans show a peculiarity, that is, the monsoon effect. The wind and humidity of monsoons provide a mellow and unique coffee taste. Main varieties of monsooned coffee are Monsooned Malabar AA, Monsooned Basanally and Monsooned Robusta AA.

Coffee growing regions in India can be grouped under three distinct categories:

  • Traditional areas representing the southern states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.
  • Non-traditional areas comprising Andhra Pradesh and Orissa in the Eastern Ghats of the country.
  • The North Eastern region comprising the ’Seven Sister’ states of Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Eva Reñé Bañeres, 04/11/2010

Collaborator at INDOLINK

Did you know thant… in Chennai is located one of the most important fitness equipment companies?

The fitness equipment industry has witnessed a notable growth. The reasons are the increase of purchasing power and of the consciousness of  sport practice as means of healthier life style. Most of the gyms are established through franchises. Sport equipment is mostly imported, although distributed by local companies. You can find blogs, sport communities and fitness parties in main cities. The presence of Spanish companies is quite well-known.

Eva REÑÉ BAÑERES

Collaborator at INDOLINK

Did you know that India is the world’s largest milk producer?

World milk production is around 613 million tones, rising 1.1% yearly; India’s milk production stands of 108.5 million tones, showing an increase of 4% per annum.

In spite of high milk production, India shows a lower rate of availability per capita than world average.

Buffalo milk is the most popular in India. Whereas the productivity of buffaloes is between the highest in the world, productivity of Indian cows is among the lowest.

Eva Reñé Bañeres

Collaborator at INDOLINK