In preparing to go home, I have decided to spend a few minutes each day hunting down good photos of India. I plan to take more than just a few this trip, and make it available to Wikipedians, flickrers.

Another thing is — it is so difficult to dredge up historical details about anything related to India. I was trying to improve the wikipedia article on my home town, and wanted to trace the origins of the city, you know, when it was established – that sort of thing, and I ran up against walls, centuries tall. When reading up or researching on Indian history, purely as a hobby, I find myself asking “fact? or fiction?” quite a few times.

I read that the origins “can be traced back to 1000 B.C.”. Contrast this to tracing the “history” of any American city, and you will begin to understand my frustration. I don’t know which one of my relatives once said, “By American standards, our home in Trivandrum would be a ‘historic monument'”. Quite so.

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5 Responses to Juxtaposition

  1. aashiks says:

    Hey buddy u r from trivandrum ?

    i can give u some tips

  2. admin says:

    I am from Trivandrum. What tips are we talking about here?

  3. Just in case you hadn’t seen mine:

    http://climbtothestars.org/dumps/ — look at galleries from 20040218 to 20040122

    And videos (happy hunting):


  4. America’s history is few hundred years only unlike ours. In many cases you have to rely on folklores or even Puran’s to get some information about your place.

    Egotism was historically never a strong trait with Indian’s. So often you will find texts without any mention of the author, often Guru attributed as the author. So it may appear inconsistent to the uninitiated.

  5. Carla says:

    Do you have any book recommendations on the history of India? Or, given your fact or fiction comment, any books to avoid?