Priya Thomas is the first contributor to represent India on The Localist.
I was born in….Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, and have spent most of my life here. My favourite time of the year is…August-September. It is the season of my birthday and of Onam, a festival of regional importance. Another best time of the year is June-July; I admire the beauty of the monsoons! What I love most about my home (country)….are a few of the amazing facts about her. It’s a challenge for me to describe India in 200 words, but I’ll give it a go. India’s culture is among the world’s oldest. She never invaded any country in her history, though she has a long list of invaders. Her attitude towards all nations is of peace and harmony. India has six seasons or six ritus, though not all parts of India experience all seasons. She is diverse geographically and culturally. India speaks the largest number of languages, and now has the largest population of English speakers in the world. India is on her way to becoming the most populous country in the world. Because of this huge population, India always tops the list of world’s biggest gatherings, especially religious. Every major world religion is represented in India. A majority of the Indian festivals have mythologies and stories behind them. Being a land that loves stories, India is the world’s biggest movie market. Ayurveda, a way of life and food towards health, has its origins in India. India has a varied food culture; she has the largest number of vegetarians in the world even while a large majority consumes non-veg. In Indianness, there exists a love for colours, celebrations and family. Most Indians would love spices, cotton clothes and a cup of hot tea!