24 April 2014
Culture is the idea, value and beliefs of a particular civilization at a particular period. It is more than anything else, ‘A State of Mind’. It is the way we behave, react to certain things, the way we perceive and interpret our values and beliefs. In its varied manifestations it forms the basic principles, ethics, workings and behavior. To define culture and limit it to these words would be an understatement. It’s like trying to control tornado and limit it to a corner. It’s a system of emancipation which continues to absorb within itself and pass on the society all that is activated by different races and religions, which come in close proximity with each other, giving it a new flavor and coloring it in a spectrum of new colors, over period of time. Culture is the mixture of several things like fashion, music, artistry, behavior, social norms, architecture and even food and dress sense. A living, vibrating, and dynamic activity which engulfs the whole of living, in a certain period of time. This is what makes up the whole panorama of our social fabric filtering down from the upper strata to the basic roots, to the common man on the street. The Indian Culture as we know it today is an assimilation of several social behaviors. Our country has been a huge melting pot of various beliefs and behaviors which make up the different cultures that came to India. It is a composite culture due to the multiple influences which have contributed to the creation of values and ethics. The projection of our culture has definitely taken a nosedive but something which has lasted, grown and emancipated over centuries cannot easily be wiped out or disintegrated. It grows may be differently with time. It takes generations to give a definite shape and keeps on adding to itself. Its always dynamic, something vibrating and acceptable to changes. Civilization relating to India...
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