Hindustan

India

India

Raj from India sent me this great map postcard of his country. India is the 7th largest country in the world and is located in South Asia. With a population of 1.2 billion, it has the second largest population of any country, after China. That means that this lone country has more people than my entire continent of Africa. With a land size of 3 287 590 square kilometers, it is about 2.7 times the size of my native South Africa with a population equal to about 24 times that. WOW, that’s a lot of people. That is also to say that about 1 in every 6 people in the world are from India. The name of the country, like the Hindu faith, is derived from the Indus river, located in the country. With the 3rd largest GDP (PPP) in the world, India has come a long way over the years, ending behind the USA and China. India is also a model country for the outsourcing of non-essential business services, particularly in the ICT sector. It is certainly a rising giant on the world stage and I’d love to see where India ends up, once it’s a developed nation. Thank you Raj!

Holy City!

Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

This great postcard comes from Som, who is from India. It shows the holy city of Varanasi, which is located on the banks of the Ganges in Utar Pradesh. The city is the holiest of the 7 sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism and has also played an important role in the Buddhist faith. Varanasi is also the oldest continuously inhabited city in India, as it was (according to legend) founded by the Hindu god, Shiva. Only 29% of the city’s 1.4 million inhabitants are employed and those that are employed work mostly in manufacturing. It’s very interesting to know about a holy city in a faith other than Islam and Catholicism. Thank you for this great postcard Som!

Gone Fishing?

Fishing Nets?

Fishing Nets?

This postcard made its way to me from Gaurav. He says that it’s the first postcard that he’s ever sent to South Africa and luckily it was a successful swap. I have to admit that I am not sure what these contraptions are, since I don’t live near the coast and when at the coast, I generally do the touristy thing, so, no fishing for me. Well, it’s pretty cool either way. Thank you Gaurav!

A Private Palace

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

This great postcard comes from Neil who lives in Mumbai, India. It shows the Umaid Bhawan Palace that is located at Jodhpur in Rajasthan, India. Although looking much older, it was only completed in 1943 and took 14 years to complete. To my shock and amazement, this palace is a private residence with 347 rooms but even more shocking is the fact that it is “one of the world’s largest private residences and notĀ theĀ largest private residence in the world. Imagine living in this kind of opulence. WOW! Thank you Neil!

Greek Erotica

Daphnis & Chloe

Daphnis & Chloe

Aayushi in India sent me this R-rated painting postcard of Daphnis and Chloe. It truly is an awful postcard. It depicts the 2 lovers, from a greek erotic romance novel from the 2nd century, Daphnis and Chloe. At least the blue in the postcard is stunning. I always love getting these postcards “that nobody else wanted” from people abroad. Awful postcards are absolutely awesome! At very least it’s a painting and not a photo! Thank you Aayushi!

Victoria’s Jubilee Station

Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus

My first postcard from India come to me all the way from Som. The postcard shows a UNESCO World Heritage Site named Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminus in Mumbai. It is an old railway station that was completed in 1887 and built by Frederick William Stevens in the Bori Bunder area of the city in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. I cannot imagine her getting anything in commemoration of anything in my country and if she did, I’d rather not know about it. The final design of the railway station resembles St Pancras Railway Station in London. It really does seem like an amazing place worthy of its UNESCO status. Thank you Som!