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Pravin Pravin | 20:16 UK time, Monday, 28 February 2011

Hi Everybody,
Truly speaking I am very much delighted for getting an opportunity to interact with you all. As I remember I have been blogging for last 3-4 months, but I used to interact mostly with my local friends and even the gossip and some other related things written on the blogs are also restricted/known to few people only. And this time I am elocuating in front of a huge crowd (who are all surfing at different coordinates of the planet at this time), with an only intention to share some of the good things about me, and about my lovely country INDIA.

I am very lucky to be blogging in this month because during these days if you go and stand in any corner of India, I bet you will hear something about Cricket, and which is why I will be having lot more to share with you.

Yes, this time "Cricket world cup" has been hosted by India along with Srilanka and Bangladesh. And being born and brought up in a cricket frantic country, I would be an exception if I won't talk about Cricket. So, sorry guys and gals if you are not at all interested in the game as you need to put up with me for nonce. And If someone ask me to say something about cricket then I would only be saying "Cricket is religion and Sachin is God". I will surely dedicate one of the upcoming blog for this one.



As of now I am very much curious to know your views about India, because I am very much sure that there might be hardly any country left on the planet where Indians are not staying, honestly speaking I am not at all exaggerating anything over here, but the fact is that I have myself did a research before posting the comment. The idea behind telling this is that somehow somewhere you must have been interacted with Indian, so you might have been told about India by him/her.


Mysore Palace

So just wanted to post a simple question to all my blog readers that how fascinated are you about India? Your replies are most welcome as it will be very valuable to me while sharing information about my country.


  • Comment number 1.

    Hallo Pravin,
    I'm Marco from Italy and I'm so happy to read about Your country of which I didn't know so many things. Recently I read Shantaram a novel written by Gregory David Roberts that took inspiration also from the period of his life he passed in Mumbay. I had to confess that, from my small city in my small country, the view I received from that novel is that everything (lanscapes, peoples, different races and more)is on a large scale that is difficult for me to imagine.
    I look forward to heard all you'll write about you and your country.


  • Comment number 2.

    I am Arvind Dewasi form Jodhpur(Rajasthan). It's nice to get you here.I have been visiting this site for last one year and waiting for Indian blogger. Now you have got a chance to represent our country so I hope you'll make our friends familiar with our socity,culture,arts and festivals throughout this month blog.

  • Comment number 3.

    Hello Pravin,
    it's nice to see here somebody from India again. I remember Asha who was the blogger in August 2009. If I remember correctly she was from Kerala. So, where do you live in India?
    I'm very glad that the BBC staff have chosen you, especially because I had opportunity to meet some Indian people from Gujarat when I used to live in England.
    I remeber that they liked it cricket, always after work were running to play it. This game is a big puzzle for me, I have no idea about the rules :)It's completely unpopular in Poland.
    I hope one day I'll visit your country, I like it- never miss the programms on the Travel Channel :)
    Bye for now

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello Pravin :-)
    Nice to meet You here!!!
    I’m Olga from Ukraine (living in Prague).
    I’m looking forward reading your blogs through the first spring month. I’ve never been to India, but I’ve heard about your country so much from my friends. All of them have been fascinated by it.
    Yesterday I watched a film “Eat, pray, love” and there were some episodes from India. It’s really telepathically to have a blogger form India today, isn’t it? I thought it becomes a very popular traveling to Asia among Europeans. What are they looking for there - the totally other life, the different rhythm of life, the nice nature, the other culture .The one friend of mine said if You once have been being in Asia You want to come back again and again(I’m not sure if this sentence is correct, hope You’ll understand what I mean). And I’m completely agree with it. After my traveling to Bali last year, I want to go to Asia again.
    And I’d like to ask You to tell all as about poverty in your country, the level of education, the differences in qualities of life between big cities and villages, the problem of the garbage, the Bollywood dance, the wedding’s traditions (about getting marriage age, if your parents choose your future partner), sari.

    Have a nice day to all of You :-)

  • Comment number 5.

    Hey Bro.........!

    Very nice to read your blog written about India and offering some comments. I am Prakash from Nepal as you know it is one of your neighboring country having very good relationship with India not as of now rather than our social cultural ethinicity and many more things connected each other for very beginning.

    The photo you have posted on blog has been visited in 2006 with my family was beyond the imagination how we enjoyed over there. Meantime we visited the Palace namely by one of the Muslim King was so beautiful, amazing, breathing taking craft used to build it. After all, we had a tour on the top of the hill nearby Mysore city where there was a Hindu temple situated on but I don't remember the name exactly right now, may be Kali mandir or Shiva mandir something like this. Regardless of that, we went to Brindaban fountain which is famous for film suiting was only around an hour drive as I remembered.

  • Comment number 6.

    Hello Pravin
    Nice to meet you.
    Apart from the mystic travel to India, which I reckon is a worldwide cliche', I don't really think to know deeply a lot about your country.Your extraordinary country.
    My first really taste of India was a couple of years ago when I ended up having lunch in the oldest Indian restaurant in London, which I won't mention it (for obviosuly reasons) but it's just a stone's throw away from Piccadilly Circus. I loved it !!
    It was absolutely fantastic and my love with Indian food and therefore with part of your culture began. Incidentally, when I go back to England I am a regular customer of that restaurant .
    I love the smell of it and its welcoming atmoshpere. My favorite dish is, sorry I know that I'll say something obvious, is chicken Tikka Masala, naans bread and poppodums with sweet mango chutney and lime pickle as well. It's absoultely deeelicious!

    I haven't had the chance to visit India yet but it's definitely on my agenda. Soner or later I'll visit it. I hope you can provide us with a large amount of helpful information and tips.
    Bye the way I'm not a great fan of cricket but I was told that a match it could even last for a few days. Is it correct?
    Last but not least what's the wehater like where you live?
    Look forward to reading your next post soon.

  • Comment number 7.

    @Marco: HI Marco, it's really nice to know that you read Shantaram, it's really an interesting book revolves around few characters depicting all about relationship, humanity, love, affection.
    I will surely write about Indian culture, education, society and many more things in my upcoming blogs.

    @Arvind: Namaste Arvind, glad to see u here, I will surely write many more things to let everybody know about our 'India'.

    Yes, I can understand it’s really a new ball game for one who is not very much aware of it. But once you get along with it, I am sure it will drive you mad.

    I live in Pune, 150 km away from Mumbai. I will write more about the place later on.


    Hi Olga, You have really provided me with so many options that I won't be having any Difficulty to think about the topic to write. And yes you must visit at least once to India; there are plenty of things around that you will fall in love with it.

    @Prakash: Hi, you are absolutely right, since there are some political drama between two of the countries, there seem to be a sort of tension in relationship. And yes even I have been to that place, Tipu Sultan Palace, Bangalore. It’s really an epitome of architecture.

    @Marcello: Hi Marcello, even I like Chicken Tikka masala very much. And I am very much fascinated by the way you have described each and every item i.e, right from pickle, chutney to naan. If you are visiting to India in coming days, then do tell me , I will surely give a treat to you and will introduce you to some more ‘Hot n Spicy’ dishes.. .
    I will surely write more about these dishes, cricket and weather in my next blog.

  • Comment number 8.

    ok.nice to meet you .i am happy .i come form china.i hope us to be the good firend.thank you!

  • Comment number 9.

    Hello Pravin.
    I got great pleasure when I read your blog and watched the pictures.
    I now few information about your country but I watch Indian films and watch programs National Geographic Society. Sometimes they show to us India.
    I read about Taj Mahal the famous historical monument in your Country. Jahan Shah built this monument for his wife which was died. And I read that Jahan Shah cut the arms of person who built this Monument.

  • Comment number 10.

    Thank you Pravin for your comments
    I'd be so grateful for letting me know about some more hot and spicy dishes ...

  • Comment number 11.

    Hi Pravin:

    Very nice to read your blog. I think you choose a very nice topic for me, as I am in India now, and I am glad to talk some feeling to you about your country.

    I have been here two months or so till now. Before I came here. All the thing I’ve known is India is a very old country ,also have very long history. The economic is developing very fast at the moment. After been staying here for such a lot time .I must say I find some different stuff. Firstly ,most Indian life are at ease. People enjoy their days, even if some of them is poor. They do not work very hard to earn enough income, but feel very happy as well. Besides, this absolutely is a harmonious society, between people and all the animals. Cows walk slowly all over the city. Dogs sleep comfortably along the street under the sunshine. Nobody want to bother them.You can see different birds and other animals just like cabrite,snake,etc everywhere.Finally,I know that India have a very huge number of people ,so I think it maybe have a very glory future as she did in the past.

    All the best!


  • Comment number 12.

    Hello Pravin! Congratulations for your first post and for beeing very attentive with each message you are reading here.

    I live in Central America and in this part of the continent we don't know anything about Cricket, in fact, we have the idea that this sport is hold only in UK, however with your post I learnt the countries that play it.

    Pravin, the first image that comes to my mind is the beautiful monument "The Taj Mahal", it's an icon of your country, I also know your country is very popular for the species and kinds of tea.
    I read a little about the independence from England, please tell me, Is it mandatory to learn English from elementary school? or How do people in your country learn English?
    BTW, I learnt the word "gals", I have never heard it before, I searched the meaning:)
    I would like you write about the ways of transportation in India, I am interested in learning a bit about this.
    With my warmest greetings to you,


  • Comment number 13.

    Hi Pravin,
    Thank You for Your reply. Read about the spicy dishes interest me too. I remember a nice experience (not for my daughter ) two years ago in London when I discovered India's cuisine.

  • Comment number 14.

    Hello Pravin
    Nice to met one person from India here
    To comment about your country India.I must say that i admire the way it's developing at the moment very much.and i think it can develop more in the future.perhap it's a little funny if i talk to you that i don't know the game called Cricket.But sometime(not many) i accidental saw players play this game on television but i did not care beacause i don't know about it.and it 's not common in my country,Vietnam.
    By the way.May name is Dai.it's honorable for me to comment your shares.
    Yours sincerely


  • Comment number 15.

    hey pravin
    Nice to meet you here
    My name is wangtao from china. To frankly, I'm a primary English learner.wangtao is my chinese name,I have been thinking of naming an english name for a long time, but I have no diea.all of the names I have thinked is so terrible that I am begging your help.I like india because of it's old history and the culture,and I'm expecting to be a friend of you.
    yours sincerely

  • Comment number 16.

    hello pravin, im saby from colombia south america, and im new here in bbc learning.. and i want to say that i like a lot u culture... now im learning english and i hope to learn more ......
    take care dear


  • Comment number 17.

    Hello Pravin,

    I'm Prabou from France. I was born in France and always lived there but i'm from indian culture. It's always nice to have some news of my lovely country.

    I know for beeing in india that cricket is more important than anything for indian people. My parents still love that game but here in France cricket is not very famous and is not broadcasted at all. So they have to see it on the Internet.

    I'm also an indian supporter and hope India will win this world cup.

    Here in France the only religion for sports lover is Football (Go Paris Saint Germain!!).
    I saw the indian football team at the asian cup it was a catastrophe... I guess people in india are not interrested in Football.

    I have a lot more to say about India but i'm actually at my English cours on BBC elearning...so ByE for now and sorry if there is any mistakes in my english :)

  • Comment number 18.

    Hello Pravin!
    Nice to meet you. Thank you very much for this blog!
    I´m from Spain. I have never been to India.But I would like to go because I find your culture really interesting.

    I am reading some books from Jumpa LAhiri. I don´t know if yo know her but I think she is a wonderful writer.
    I would like to know more about oyur contry.

  • Comment number 19.

    Hello Pravin.
    Welcome to our blog world.
    I'm very curious to read more about you and your country.
    Greetings from Germany

  • Comment number 20.

    Hello Pravin!
    It's my first posting in this student blog!
    Hello everybody!
    Pravin it's very interesting for me to read your post. I've never been to India, but I’ve heard my friends’ feelings about they visits to your country.
    They were really impressed on with your country and its culture.
    One of my friends went for studying there. And two girls have a vacation travelling through the whole country.
    As I remember the chess is a native of India.
    I can hardly wait for your next post.

  • Comment number 21.

    The comment is for answer Tadassa. He/She ask about the indian transport.

    Tadassa please to meet you. I was in India four year ago, I was at Centre-South. I arrived to Bombay and later I visited the south of India. Really it is a wonderful country and they have a very well transport. They have a lot of transports and the frecuency ot them are so good. The train is a good means of transport but I like bus transport too because it is cheeper and one important thing: there are bus in the night with beds. This is perfect because you can travel sleeping in the night and you arrive fresh at place you want visit in the morning.

    I repeat: It is a wonderful country

    jl (spain)

  • Comment number 22.

    Hi Pravin,

    it's very nice to meet you. I think you must have really fascinating things to tell us about your country.

    I don't know much about it so I'll be glad to read about it in your blogs.

    Some years ago there was a soap opera here in my country that showed us a bit about your country and it's habits. But I guess many of the things they showed are not true anymore in the modern world. I'll be glad to know it from you.

    For example. In the story it was implied that Indians only marry indians and marriages happen in a very early age between children. And it's arranged by the families. I wonder if it's still like that.

    Well I'll be waiting for your next blogs eagerly.

    See y ou soon.


  • Comment number 23.

    Hello, Pravin.
    I'm Antonio, from Brazil. I don't know anybody from India, but I have read a bit about your country. A few years ago I saw the Oscar-winning film Slumdog. Is that a acctual picture of India?

    Anyway, I'm a admirer of your country. I'm a Ghandi fan - as well as Mandela, from South Africa. As I know, India is a wonderful, democratic and peaceful country. I'm looking forward for the nexts posts.
    Greetings from Brazil,

  • Comment number 24.

    Hello! I'm new here.

  • Comment number 25.

    hello peravin!
    im afsaneh frome.lar,iran, but i live in tehran because of university. of course i live in dormitory.
    my dormitory is really crouded and every time is noisy except at night from 2 or 3am. we should study in our library not in room because there are lots of noise to disrupt ur concentrate.
    at first the atmosfere of domrmitory and being far from my family make me really nervous but now i use to.
    i study health care managment in ba.
    ireally be happy if send me comment.

  • Comment number 26.

    Hi Pravin!
    Im from Vietnam, a beautiful country is near India! thanks for your sharing about your country and I hope that in a near day, I have an oppotunity to go to your lovely country. Once again, thanks for your words!

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Pravin,
    i'm Brazilian, live in RIO DE JANEIRO, and love so much your country. I would like to learn in your blog things about culture, people,gastronomy and music from India.
    I don't know nothing about cricket, in my country soccer is the best and popular sport.Thanks for your blog.

  • Comment number 28.

    Hi pravin:
    I'm taiyoupo from china. I've never been to India, but I find culture of india very interesting. I would like to know more about your country.thank you!

  • Comment number 29.

    hello pravin ,
    I'm gökhan and I'm from Turkey. nice to meet you. It's my first posting in this student blog so you are my first blogger that I read. I enjoy with your blog. india's culture is very interesting and india's food , too.
    thanks for your blog.

  • Comment number 30.

    Hello Pravin, thanks for share information about your country, to be honest I know your country from movies; you know Bollywood, but what I can say India is that Taj Majal it's so beautifull, and I'm new in this "Student Blog" so I receive all the advices that people can tell me. well have a nice day.


  • Comment number 31.

    Hello pravin,

    I am also from India,live in kerala,and very happy and proud when i read your blogs and the comments about our country.you are doing a great job.I am new here and my english level is very poor. I hope from here that I will get new informations about many things and can see mnay helpful people like you.so..my hearty greetings to every body.....

    have a nice day!

  • Comment number 32.

    Hi Pravin,

    Since I saw the movie Slumdog Millionaire, which is sad movie, I care a lot about your country. I am excited to discover India: people, culture, industry... so, feel free to say anything about your great India.

    Love to be there one day, I am saving...

    All the bests,


  • Comment number 33.

    Hi,Provin, glad to see ur post.I m evergreen from ur neighbouring country Bangladesh.I apreciated ur post as u add some nice picture.Although i m ur neighbouring country man but still I cannot manage to visit India.As a big country I see many sites indian.I ve a plan to travel ur country also ve some places list.But I see as a citizen both countries gov & political relation is not smooth.We read in the new papers & also know that Bangladesh import huge from India but indian gov often allow to export from Bangladesh.Also may be u donot know our Bangladeshi eagerly watch maximum indian Tv channels but do u know indian authority still donot allow Bangldeshi Tv channel which ve only few.Do u know we ve the longest seabeach in the world.Although India has many famous places but two countries peoples attitute,enviornment almost except kasmir or rajosthan like this.Pravin have u been to Bangladesh ?

  • Comment number 34.

    Hello Pravin,
    it's very happy to see you on the blog
    I have the impression that a long history in India, Taj Maha Lin, and Slumdog Millionaire
    My favorite food is curry rice, I know he comes from India, so I really want to know the Indian culture, I hope one day to go to India to see
    I wish you happy

  • Comment number 35.

    hi brother ,
    how are u , I am from india too and I have watched all world cup matches and am so happy that India won the world cup.

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  • Comment number 38.

    Hello Pravin,
    I am very happy to get chance for comment on your blog.I am also from India. I live in Himachal Pradesh where you can see Himalayan beauty.Here I am going to write something about it.
    The Himalaya is a mountain range in Asia, separating the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. By extension, it is also the name of the massive mountain system which includes the Himalaya proper, the Karakoram, the Hindu Kush, and a host of minor ranges extending from the Pamir Knot. Together, the Himalayan mountain system is the planet's highest and home to all 14 of the world's highest peaks, the Eight-thousanders, including Mount Everest. To comprehend the enormous scale of Himalayan peaks, consider that Aconcagua at 22,841 feet (6962 m) is the highest mountain in the Andes, while there are over thirty peaks in the Himalaya exceeding 25,000 feet (7620 m).
    Etymologically Himalaya means "abode of snow" in Sanskrit ( from hima "snow", and aalaya "abode"). The correct name for the range is Himalaya, though the plural Himalayas is often used.
    The Himalaya stretch across five nations — Pakistan, India, China, Bhutan and Nepal. It is the source of two of the world's major river systems — the Indus Basin and the Ganga-Brahmaputra Basin. An estimated 750 million people live in the watershed area of the Himalayan rivers, which also includes Bangladesh.
    The Himalayan (pronounced as Himaalayas and not with a short "a" as is commonly mispronounced)range runs for about 2400 km, from Nanga Parbat in the west to Namche Barwa in the east. The width varies between 250-300 km. The Himalayan range comprises three parallel ranges, arranged by elevation and geological age.
    I love my India.
    Have a nice day.

  • Comment number 39.

    Iam somalian, and now am in somalia, my name is Said, am happy to be here at student blogg, it takes to long to be one of this blog, but now it is suitable to read and post my idea about what I read, If I go down my friend what is written on his blog about indian cricket, unfortunately, I dont interest the cricket but the country as whole it is beautiful country and have friends there, so I appreciate the infromation that you gave us.

  • Comment number 40.

    Hello, Pravin,my name is Said am from Somalia, people here in Somalia dont interest cricket but they are very interesting football, they are fan of football, some of them were busy for argue the match will coming,
    If you go around you never seen at a place for watching cricket, you really suprised, here in Somalia, people also interested indian films, and some and a fan such actors like Sharu, Salman khan, but I want to give some information about bollywook and Tajmahal, next posted story.

    have a good day,

  • Comment number 41.

    Very Wonderful Article By pravin, am very happy to see all these comments from different kinds of people from different countries. I welcome you all to my country my dear friends.


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