|India's 13th President elect Pranab Mukherjee|
|Purno Agitok Sangma|
India is one of the world's largest democracy and is a land continuously in the news for its diverse population and ancient cultures.
It is also one of the world's most populous country with more than 1.22 billion people from various ethnic origins and hundreds of different languages and dialects being used and spoken.
It is a very dynamic developing country with one of the world's most booming Information Technology industry based in Bangalore, India's answer to the USA's Silicon Valley.
Some of the world's brightest leaders in computer technology hail from India and are the leading experts in the field of IT software research and development.
It's a land of many contrasts. Boasting of the emergence of many industry captains comprising of wealthy mega billionaires and also at the same time home to many of the world's poorest communities in sprawling urban slums spread in its mega cities! Remember Slumdog Millionaire? It's slums are real!
India is also a land that draws many Western backpacking adventure seekers who flock to it looking for spiritual fulfillment or just to satisfy their travel quest. I for one have enjoyed watching monkeetime.com which shows a couple of backpackers travelling through India capturing sights and scenes which I don't think I will ever get to see on my own.
Yes, they are a bunch of irreligious guys acting crazy and going bananas during their travels but they have helped capture many sights and scenes on HD video showing us the real deal one has to face if one goes travelling to India, the throbbing and pulsating land containing mysteries and absurdities that can never be found elsewhere.
Indians also have weird habits and tendencies that at times borders on the eccentric and downright crazy! Like how this next video was filmed by someone with an obvious death wish standing right in the middle of the road filming oncoming traffic! :D
Don't miss watching how they clamber up onto the train roofs like nobody's business! Weirdos! :P Not forgetting the Bollywood and Kollywood superhuman stunts that they show in their never ending films! Hollywood would get traumatized looking at such out of this world stunts! Or die rolling on the studio floors laughing their heads off! :P
India, the land that used to be full of maharajahs, princes and princesses of many ancient kingdoms. Till they were all plundered and pillaged by the invading British Colonials who massacred millions of Indians, robbed, stole and shipped back home untold treasures of India during the British Raj!
Even to this day, the priceless diamond Koh i Noor is still kept by the reigning Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom amongst Her Crown Jewels!
|Koh i Noor Indian Diamond Stolen by the British Raj|
The Kōh-i Nūr is believed to have originated in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India together with its double, the Darya-ye Noor (the "Sea of Light"). The diamond has belonged to various Hindu, Rajput, Mughal, Persian, Afghan, Sikh and British rulers who fought bitterly over it and seized it as a spoil of war time and time again.
It was confiscated from Kharak Singh in 1850 by the British East India Company and became part of the British Crown Jewels when Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in 1877.
The diamond was traditionally known as Syamantaka-mani and later Madnayak or the "King of Jewels", before being renamed Kohinoor in 18th century by Ahmad Shah Abdali of Afghanistan.
The diamond is currently set into the Crown of Queen Elizabeth and on display at the Tower of London.
If the British Monarchy had any ounce of self-dignity left in them, they would return the Koh-i-Noor diamond back home to India but then again there would be many, many more plundered treasures from all around the world that it would have to give up! Will it do so? Not a chance in hell!
India still holds many secrets that keeps the world's adventurers returning to seek it's mystifying bosom.
Good luck to President Pranab Mukherjee! You've got plenty to worry about from now sir! Stay healthy and sane.
Namaste saar! :)