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.