What makes us Indian?

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68 reasons to ask. One question to fuel your fervor.

India. 5 simple letters that unite us in celebration today. As the Republic marches towards 68, we take a look around – the sights and sounds, the global landscape, the evolving identity; and ask – what makes us Indian?

Here they are. The glimpses of India as we travel across the country and across hearts in a picture blog.

The global Indian soul

Rooted to tradition but not agnostic to the influences of the world outside, what makes us Indian is our ability to combine contexts.

The crowd of one

At ease in the bustling streets and at peace with oneself, what makes us Indian is the ability to stand together, and stand apart.

The power of belief

The more you see, the more you learn. The Theyyam celebration from the Southern parts of India is a celebration of belief, not known to many.

The happiness of being

It doesn’t take much to make us happy. And keep us that way. What makes us India? To find happiness where we are, with what we have.

Shades of togetherness

Many ways to say I love you, and as many to say, “I do”.

Vasudhaiva kutumbakam

Family. Knowing our third cousin. And whining about all those family functions. What makes us Indian? Large families!


Beyond the human, we’ve always taken respect to worship. What makes us Indian? Belonging to a larger whole.


Passion, religion, coming together. What makes us Indian? Cricket. Period.

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