People of India

The Republic of India is the seventh-largest country by geographical area with the most populous democracy in the world. According to Wikipedia, India is home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilization and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires.

Four of the world’s major religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism—originated in India, while Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam arrived in the first millennium.

Gradually annexed by the British East India Company from the early eighteenth century and colonised by the United Kingdom from the mid-nineteenth century, India became an independent nation in 1947.

India, a pluralistic, multilingual and multiethnic society, is the second-most populous country with over 1.18 billion people. Traditional Indian family values are highly respected, and multi-generational patriarchal joint families have been the norm, although nuclear families are becoming common in urban areas.

An overwhelming majority of Indians have their marriages arranged by their parents and other respected family members, with the consent of the bride and groom. Marriage is thought to be for life, and the divorce rate is extremely low.

All women are respected in India and visitors should keep this strictly in mind. (Kake) 

India is the world’s fourth largest economy (PPP). Since the introduction of market-based economic reforms in 1991, India has become one of the fastest growing major economies in the world.

It is the world’s sixth de facto nuclear weapons state and has the third-largest standing armed force in the world.

Eleven Photographs

The Eleven photographs here were selected for variety and because I liked them. They may or may not be representative of India and her people but I hope you enjoy viewing them as much as I did finding them.

Darjeeling West Bengal India

Children walk home from school past tea fields in Darjeeling, West Bengal, India

Photo Credit: Daniel Peckham

Bearded Indian

In ancient India, the beard was considered a symbol of dignity and wisdom

Photo Credit: Steve Evans

Children doing homework in Manek Chowk slum

Children doing homework in Manek Chowk slum

Photo Credit: Meena Kadri

Miss India

Miss India

Photo Credit: sokole oko

The Guardian of the Tomb, Taj Mahal

The Guardian of the Tomb, Taj Mahal

Photo Credit: Trey Ratcliff

Punjabi bride and groom

Punjabi bride and groom

Photo Credit: Deepak Sharma

Family ride, Hyderabad, India

Family ride along the Tank Bund Road, Hyderabad, India

Photo Credit: Janet and Phil

Tool trader at the Ravivar Bazaar in Ahmedabad

Tool trader at the Ravivar Bazaar in Ahmedabad, India

Photo Credit: Meena Kadri

Ready for harvest, Northern India

Ready for harvest, Northern India

Photo Credit: Andries3

Girl clearing rubble at Kochrab, India

Girl clearing rubble at Kochrab caused by the 2006 monsoon flooding

Photo Credit: Meena Kadri

Camel ride in Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

A guide gives tourists a camel ride in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan, India

Photo Credit: swamyski

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  1. Thanks for the article…….and the pictures but this doesn’t shows the beauty of India but i love the picture….i always proud to be an indian

  2. Rick, I may be going to India on business this coming year and your pictures have made me even more anxious to go! Thanks for sharing.

  3. Done very great Job, Yes Really India Is very great country and the constitution of India gives freedom to not only Indian but for all, that’s why think It is very good vocation place too. Your picture are really very heart touching specially “Ready for harvest, Northern India” Actually I also belongs to farmer family and very happy to see these Images, Thanks

  4. Wow! Nice pics! I am male, so right away the “Beautiful woman of Mahhabalipuram, India” caught my eyes. Tell her to call me, please, I want her! lol! She’s so lovely and easy on the eyes!

    I need to find me an Indian woman to marry! I’m in the U.S., and I’m of Italian, Spanish ancestry, mainly.

    I love beautiful Indian women! :-)

  5. Rickety why did you publish photograph of innocent Mahabalipuram girl. It is not good. See already a pathetic and vulgar reply from Northax. He considers that girl like street prostitute and already raped her with his eyes.

    India is different country. We have different culture. We respect all the women in India. And you outsiders should strictly keep this in mind while coming to India.

    If you like Indian women and want /* edited */ one then there are lots of prostitutes, call girls available in the cities of India. You will get to /* edited */ some the movie/TV stars also with very cheap rate.

    But please don’t spoil innocent village people of India.

    • Point taken. My humble apologies. Allow me a few moments to correct my mistake.

    • Um, well, sorry, I didn’t mean it in that way. I admired her beauty and I’m a straight male, it’s hard not express my opinion when I see a nice woman. I didn’t say anything perverted, did I? :-O

      I want to marry an Indian woman like her (if our personalities go together, that is). I said this! I didn’t say I wanted a wh***! Calm down! And I would not treat any woman as such if I ever met them. I’m quite a bit more conservative than you think, but I guess I could understand from your point of view by reading my comment (to a degree). Just my male hormones jumping up a little. I control them fine in real life though. lol!

      Anyway, good day to you! And sorry if I did offend you or other Indian women here (or anywhere else).

      • Anonymous says:

        Beauty can be admired without being defiled. And it takes a real man to apologize. You are a good man.

        Happy St. Patrick’s

        • cara peterson says:

          yah then my dad must be a good man then because he apologize to my mom for wanting to get a devorse

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