Tuesday, April 10, 2012

India

In the phonetic alphabet, India represents the letter I. According to Wikipedia, India is 'officially the Republic of India (Bhārat Gaṇarājya), a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by geographical area, and the second most populous. Four of the world's major religions - Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism - originated here.' The current population is 1.17 billion, the capital is New Delhi, and it supports over 15% of the world's population even though it only occupies 2.4% of the world's land area.

 This is India's flag:


Two of India's national symbols are the lotus flower...



and the banyan tree...

my favorite


and if you want to see some truly amazing photos of India, go here.

26 comments:

  1. Banyans are amazing!
    We have a few pretty amazing ficus here in Oz too.

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    1. The ones I saw were in Florida. They were pretty magnificent.I don't think they'd do well where I am :(

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  2. I want to visit India. What a beautiful country and that flower...wow!

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  3. India is such a spectacular country in oh so many ways!

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    1. It's on my list of places I want to visit.

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  4. A most amazing country!! Love the Banyan tree!! Just watched a wildlife documentary called "The Real Baloo" - the sloth bear of India who inspired Rudyard Kipling's Baloo of the Jungle Book! Too cute!! Take care
    x

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    1. a sloth bear. It sounds adorable. I'll have to check it out! Thanks :)

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  5. India is indeed a rich country filled with surprises. I think this is because India is not a sterile place, filled with the stench of manure, incense and spices.It is a place not confined by rules and regulations but chaotic and a bit lawless. The breathtaking beauty of India is always balanced with the ugliness- poverty, oppression of women and corruption. Of all the countries in the world however, India gives me the most hope.

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    1. I had to think about it a bit but I can see why you'd say that. I think I'd agree.

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  6. The lotus flower is so beautiful and delicate. And what a fab idea to choose the phonetic alphabet as your A-Z challenge theme.

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    1. Yeah, I thought of the theme a while back and it has worked out well so far :)

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  7. love the tree and the flower...such a lovely post!

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  8. Each person from India that crossed my path in life has been nothing but WONDERFUL, too!...:)JP

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  9. Nice topic. I love the flower and the tree! Both are so beautiful.

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    1. They are lovely, peaceful looking.

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  10. Great info on India! Is the symbol on the flag meant to be a lotus flower?

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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    1. I didn't know so I googled: In the center of the white band is a wheel in navy blue to indicate the Dharma Chakra, the wheel of law in the Sarnath Lion Capital. This center symbol or the 'CHAKRA', is a Buddhist symbol dating back to 200th century BC.The wheel has 24 spokes, which intends to show that there is life in movement and death in stagnation. The chakra was chosen as it was representative of dharma and law.

      Wow, I should've included that in my post. Thanks for asking :)

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  11. India is a country where so much tradition and custom still abounds amid the growing progress. It is a land I would love to visit one day.

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  12. Didn't know the lotus flower was representative of India, but, yes, it is so right.

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  13. Love banyans and gumbo limbos. We don't have them here of course but they are such amazing trees. The flower is beautiful.

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  14. Love the photos! I recently watched a movie called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel that takes place in India. Beautiful country,

    Jamie
    Fellow A-Z Buddy
    Doing a monumental blog catch-up
    Mithril Wisdom

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