The people in this subcontinent have managed to preserve established traditions while absorbing new customs, traditions, and ideas from invaders and immigrants, making India a unique multi-cultural entity. Many Indian cultural practices, languages, customs, and monuments result from this co-mingling over centuries.
In this age of globalization, can India maintain its uniqueness against the onslaught of modern generic architecture? According to Matias and Rahul blogging at www.airoots.com, it appears that, at least in and around Mumbai, the local way of life and its peculiar aesthetics have an enduring impact.
They call it the Bombay ‘Masala’, and they illustrate it in their postings:
New Bombay Old Story
Generic City Masala
Kotachiwadi: a hamlet in heart of Mumbai
Dharavikitazawa(Dharavi on the left)
Sooner or later, the Indian vernacular overwhelms the invaders. A happy thought for today - India’s Independence Day!