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India 2011




Republic Of India / Bharatiya Ganarajya
In Southern Asia; upland plain (Deccan Plateau) in south, flat to rolling plain along the Ganges, deserts in west, Himalayas in north; 3,287,263 km2 (slightly > 1/3 U.S.), 49% arable.

Capital New Delhi (pop est. 12.6M)

Population 1.2 B (365/km2)

Life expectancy 66 years


Literacy 61%

Lang(s) Hindi (national language, spoken by 41%); other 14 official languages – Bengali 8%, Telegu 7%, Marathi 7%, Tamil 6%, Urdu 5%, Gujarati 5%, Malayalam 3%, Kannada 4%, Oriya 3%, Punjabi 3%, Assamese 1%, Maithili 1%, other 6%, English (official, most important language for national, political and commercial communication; 14 other official languages);

Religions Hindu (81%), Muslim (13%), Christian (2%), Sikh (2%); other groups including Buddhist, Jain, Parsi (2%)

Ethnic Groups Indo-Aryan (72%), Dravidian (25%), Mongoloid and other (3%)

Gov’t Federal Republic

GDP/cap $3,100

PCVs 1961-1976, agriculture, food production, nutrition, family planning, health, childcare programs, English language, science education (4,325 volunteers served)

Nat’l holiday Republic Day, 26 January (1950)

Adult Books

India: In Word and Image
by Eric Meola

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Welcome Books; 2nd ed. edition (October 14, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1599620497

Book Description
Photographer Meola's claims he is drawn to India because the people are blessed with childhood's sense of wonder so his photographs are an affectionate tribute to the subcontinent's diversity and history. Suffused with light and color, his images sidestep clichÈ to achieve an intimacy and spontaneity that readers will relish.

Kids' Books

Boys without namess
by Kashmira Sheth

Format: Paperback, 320 pages
ISBN: 978-0061857621
Age Range: 9–12 years
Publisher: New York: Balzer & Bray, 2010


Film: Monsoon Wedding
Director: Mira Nair (2001)


Shukran Allah (Album: 30 Greatest Hindi Film/Bollywood Songs): Various Artists

Focus Word

Focus Word for 2011 - "Celebration"

Hindi: Ut-sav (oot-sahv)
Tamil: Kondattum (kon-DA-tum)

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