India is, the c…

India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only. ~Mark Twain  

         Image on Flickr courtesy of Creative Commons by Elynn Walter

Most of our images of India come from the early half of the century when the British occupied it and Gandhi nonviolently asked for their independence. Though the blokes of the empire that the sun never set on left a rail system, a Western education system and English cultural mannerisms that is not India. India developed into the world’s largest democracy, but her civilization comes as one of the oldest. The Indus Valley civilization ranks right beside ancient Egypt and ancient China as one of the most sophisticated and advanced cultures on this earth. The reason the Indus Valley does not register on most Westerners mind as a phenominal admirable place is the language has not been deciphered as of yet. A thousand ancient cities are known across northren India and across Pakistan with numerous sculptures, buildings, art, mummies and a heroglyphic like script everywhere. Mother India’s origins remain locked up and mysterious. The discoveries happened as late as 1922 by R. D. Banerji, an officer of the Archaeological Survey of India. In Harappa major excavations began two years later. Large-scale excavations were carried out at the site under the direction of John Marshall, K. N. Dikshit, Ernest Mackay, and numerous other directors through the 1930s. The artifacts rival any found in excavations of Egypt. This blog will become a central point for my research for a fiction book about India, Indus Valley Script and whatever else happens to come along.

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