The world for long perceived India as a land of mystics, mystery and magic. Some foreigners still have many misconceptions about India.As we celebrate our Independence Day, here are just a few of those erroneous beliefs that people have about India (do add to the list in the comments section below):Don’t miss: Independence Day Special 2017
Seven decades have passed since India gained Independence. Today, while we still are fighting to protect our borders from external factors, we are also faced with a multitude of home-grown threats. Bollywood, too, has evolved to reflect this ever changing notion of patriotism.
At his summon, “Tum mujhe khoon do, main tumhe azadi doonga” thousands of young men relinquished the little comfort afforded by their enslaved country, submitted to the promise of a free nation, and formed an enormous armed force led by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. One of them was my Abbu. Abbu dreamed of an undivided country, he could never bring himself to believe that the map he was once familiar with now ceases to exist, it’s been divided into three - three new nations, three new ways of life that has no bearing on each other apart from the mutual detestation that connects, if at all, the residents of these countries. After the partition, Abbu landed up in Bangladesh - the then East Pakistan- married a Bangladeshi woman and fathered children born as Bangladeshis.
Many years ago, during my teenage years, the only thing I wanted to do was leave India. I was thrilled, of course, thinking it was my chance to get information and then join a university there, and leave India as soon as possible. “I am from India,” I said beaming.