Being in foreign land always challenges one on the communication front, especially when the languages differ very much. In India, a land where you will find more than 700 different languages out of which 22 are listed in the constitution, it most definitely becomes a task to reach out to and understand everyone. Even though English has continued to be an important language; it is Hindi (No, it’s not the same as Indian, there’s no language such as Indian) that is widely spoken throughout the country. Here’s a preliminary guide that includes basic words, phrases and expressions that could help you communicate when you are in India. Emergency phrases: Help! - Bachao, Madad karo Fire! - Aag lagi hai Stop- Ruk jao Call the police- Police ko bulao Call an ambulance - Ambulance bulao I need help. - Mujhe madad chahiye I am hurt - Mujhe chot lagi hai Basic words: Hello, Hey - Namaste/ Namaskar Yes - Haan No - Na , Nahi Okay - Theek hai Bye - Phir milenge Good Morning - Suprabhat Good Night - Shubh Ratri Sorry - Maaf kijiye Thank you - Dhanyawad/ Shukriya Please- Kripaya Let’s go - Chalo/Chaliye Question words: What? - Kya? Why?- Kyun? When? - Kab? How? - Kaise? Who? - Kon? Where? - Kahan?/ Kidhar? Directions:
India is very popular among foreign nationals for its Ayurveda. If you are unaware what it is, Ayurveda is an ancient system of life and medicine. It is used to heal people and has been in India for thousands of years. It uses minerals and naturally occurring substances to heal. To get yourself a better insight; here are a few pieces we invite you to read. This first link will introduce to Ayurveda and its benefits. The article is titled ‘Ayurvedic Massage- Ancient India’s Best Kept Secret’. It will reveal to you ayurveda’s therapeutic benefits, the elements it uses and the experience that one has while getting a massage session. This blog is must read before one sits down for a massage for the first time. You can read it here:http://www.ayurveda-retreat.co.uk/ayurvedic-massage-about/ This second piece is the one titled ‘Top 16 Healing Ayurvedic Treatments for Total Body’ and is written by Deblina Biswas. She starts off by telling you what is ayurveda in her opinion and what benefits it has. The most essential part of her blog are the 16 ayurvedic treatments that she has listed with a brief summary of each one’s boons. Read here to know about them:http://www.thefitindian.com/best-kerala-ayurvedic-treatments/ After knowing about the ayurvedic massages; if you are keen on experiencing one yourself, here are a few places in India which are famous for them. The article was published in Time of India and is called ’India’s 5 leading Ayurveda destinations’ The places that this blog describes are Kerala (one of the most famous ones), Uttrakhand, Goa, Udaipur. Read here to know where in these cities will you find a good place for it:https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Indias-5-leading-Ayurveda-destinations/articleshow/15339457.cms This blog is a personal experience account by Claire Salter who loves exploring the world and finding the under appreciated places in the world and showing them off. Her article is titled ’Experiencing an Ayurvedic Massage in Kerala’ under which she documents her experience with an ayurvedic massage at a village called Vythiri in Kerala, India. Read it here:http://keralablogexpress.com/2016/03/10/experiencing-ayurvedic-massage-kerala/ Trabug - India’s First Travel Phone will be a tool that will help you explore India and will make your precious trips more enjoyable and completely hassle free. Time is of value and Trabug helps you save time everywhere as Trabug is loaded with recommendations about places to visit, to eat and about things to do. It also keeps your budget in check.
Pongal in South India, Lohri in North India, Uttarayan in Gujarat and Makar Sankranti in the rest of the country, these festivals are called by different names and are celebrated differently but what they all have in common is the spirit of the celebration. They are celebrated at the same time in January. The festivals celebrate the new year, the harvest, the oncoming of spring, offset of winter and the love and joy of living life. Read about each one here: PongalPongal is a 4 day celebration from January 14th to January 17th and is mostly celebrated in South India. It is also sometimes known as the Indian thanksgiving as people give thanks to the Sun God for the harvest. It is a very widely celebrated festival in Tamil Nadu and has been celebrated for over 1000 years now. The festival has 4 days namely Bhogi, Thai Pongal, Maatu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal. It is celebrated with loads of festive cooking and especially observes boling the first rice of the reason. Read these two blogs to know more:http://www.bitofvacation.com/blog/indian-thanksgiving/ http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/sadhguru/pongal-significance-of-harvest-festival/ LohriLohri is an important festival in North India and is celebrated on 13th or 14th January. It is fondly known as the bonfire festival of Punjab. The festival holds a special significance for the Punjabi community. The festival also marks the offset of winter and the oncoming of the spring season. The Sun is thanked and fire is prayed to. A bonfire is lit. the offerings and prayers are made to it. The celebrations include merry singing, cooking and dancing and singing folk tunes. The children have their little trick or treat where they receive rewari, gajak, jaggery as treats in exchange for good singing. Read these two blogs to know more:http://eleanorandtheelephants.blogspot.in/2012/01/lohri.html