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To other countries, I may go as a tourist, but to India, I come as a pilgrim.

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR., The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr.


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If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.... For more than 30 centuries, the tree of vision, with all its thousand branches and their millions of twigs, has sprung from this torrid land, the burning womb of the Gods.

ROMAIN ROLLAND, Life of Ramakrishna


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In India I found a race of mortals living upon the Earth, but not adhering to it. Inhabiting cities, but not being fixed to them, possessing everything but possessed by nothing.

APOLLONIUS OF TYANA, attributed, The Transition to a Global Society


India knows of their trouble. She knows of the whole world's trouble, to its uttermost depth. She calls "Come" through her hundred mouths, through objects ridiculous and august. But come to what? She has never defined. She is not a promise, only an appeal.

E. M. FORSTER, A Passage to India


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India is like a living tree. It has shed many old barks and put on new barks age after age, but the Indian tree is eternal.

SWAMI RANGANATHANANDA, Our Cultural Heritage Modern Orientation


India is a longing, a thirst to attain truth -- the truth that resides in every heartbeat of ours, the truth that is lying asleep under the layer of our consciousness, the truth that is ours but yet forgotten. Its remembrance, its reclamation, is India.

OSHO, India My Love: A Spiritual Journey


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India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of Europe's languages: she was the mother of our philosophy; mother, through the Arabs, of much of our mathematics; mother, through the Buddha, of the ideals embodied in Christianity; mother, through the village community, of self-government and democracy. Mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.

WILL DURANT, The Case for India


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India, she now knew, would not be content staying in the background, was nobody's wallpaper, insisted in interjecting itself into everyone's life, meddling with it, twisting it, molding it beyond recognition. India, she had found out, was a place of political intrigue and economic corruption, a place occupied by real people with their incessantly human needs, desires, ambitions, and aspirations, and not the exotic, spiritual, mysterious entity that was a creation of the Western imagination.

THRITY UMRIGAR, The Weight of Heaven


I probably did too much thinking in India. I blame it on the roads, for they were superb.



This is indeed India! the land of dreams and romance, of fabulous wealth and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags, of palaces and hovels, of famine and pestilence, of genii and giants and Aladdin lamps, of tigers and elephants, the cobra and the jungle, the country of a hundred nations and a hundred tongues, of a thousand religions and two million gods, cradle of the human race, birthplace of human speech, mother of history, grandmother of legend, great-grandmother of tradition, whose yesterdays bear date with the mouldering antiquities of the rest of the nations -- the one sole country under the sun that is endowed with an imperishable interest for alien prince and alien peasant, for lettered and ignorant, wise and fool, rich and poor, bond and free, the one land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.

MARK TWAIN, Following the Equator


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India is not, as people keep calling it, an underdeveloped country, but rather, in the context of its history and cultural heritage, a highly developed one in an advanced state of decay.

SHASHI THAROOR, "Reflections", World Policy Journal


India is the guru of the nations, the physician of the human soul in its profounder maladies; she is destined once more to remould the life of the world and restore the peace of the human spirit.

SRI AUROBINDO, Sri Aurobindo Mandir Annual


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There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won't go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor.

KEITH BELLOWS, attributed, Think India: The Rise of the World's Next Superpower and What It Means for Every American


For India is a Civilization predicated upon faith, built on belief. It has flourished on philosophy, and its most adept devotees can climb from the deepest troughs of despair to the highest peaks of pleasure with dispassion and equanimity achieved by their command of its oldest religious philosophy, Yoga.



What India has been, the whole world is now. The whole world is becoming one country ... all national histories are merely chapters in the larger one.

RABINDRANATH TAGORE, "Nationalism in the West"


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India has been born and reborn scores of times, and it will be reborn again. India is forever, and India is forever being made.

SHASHI THAROOR, The Great Indian Novel


The India I love, does not make the headlines, but I find it wherever I go -- in field or forest, town or village, mountain or desert -- and in the hearts and minds of people who have given me love and affection for the better part of my lifetime.

RUSKIN BOND, interview, "You cannot die of boredom in India", The New Indian Express, June 7, 2012


Like India herself, I am at home in hovels and palaces, Ganapathi, I trundle in bullock-carts and propel myself into space, I read the vedas and quote the laws of cricket. I move to the strains of a morning raga in perfect evening dress.

SHASHI THAROOR, The Great Indian Novel


On the face of India are the tender expressions which carry the mark of the Creator's hand.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, attributed, Science & Technology in India Through the Ages


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If America is a melting-pot, then to me India is a thali, a selection of sumptuous dishes in different bowls. Each tastes different, and does not necessarily mix with the next, but they belong together on the same plate, and they complement each other in making the meal a satisfying repast.

SHASHI THAROOR, Bookless in Baghdad