The Time Capsule


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This presentation is for my application at IE and this is a response to this question:

If all of the world´s cultural heritage (sports, music, fashion, architecture, literature, painting, etc..) was contained in a time capsule, what would you include to demonstrate the legacy of your country?

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The Time Capsule

  2. 2. INDIA – A FEW FACTS• India gained its independence on the 15th of August with the then PrimeMinister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s words “Long years ago we made atryst with destiny, A moment comes, which comes but rarely in history,when we step out from the old to the new, when an age ends, and whenthe soul of a nation, long suppressed, finds utterance”.• India is the seventh largest country by area, the second most populouscountry with over 1.2 billion people & the most populous democracy in theworld.• The Indian economy is the world’s tenth largest by nominal GDP & the thirdlargest by purchasing power parity.• It has the third largest standing army in the world.• It is made up of 28 states & 7 Union Territories.
  3. 3. INDIA – A FEW FACTS - 2• Four world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism & Sikhismoriginated here.• India has so many religions yet is a secular state.• It is home to more than a 100 languages.• The Indian cultural spans more than 4500 years.• It’s home to the oldest inhabited city in the world- Varanasi.• It has the world’s largest network of roads.• The number system & the number zero (0) was invented by us.India is a diverse nation & has a heritage that’s one of the oldest in theworld. Truly making it Incredible!
  5. 5. • India is a land known for its colors. Colors play animportant part in the Indian culture without which anyauspicious occasion is incomplete.• I would like anyone who opens the capsule to feel thevibrant colors in his hands to feel how important theseare to us.01. PACK OF COLORS
  6. 6. 02. COINS & NOTES OF TODAY• The new symbol of Rupee was adopted just three years back in 2010, withnew coins & notes made after 2011 bearing the symbol. I want all to knowthat this new symbol was adopted now & this is how it looks like today.• This symbol has helped to give the currency a new look in the BullionMarket with the entire world accepting this as the new symbol for the IndianRupee.
  7. 7. 03. SOME POSTAL STAMPS• India is home to one of the largest postal systems in the world with millionsin India still using post as an important means of communication.• These stamps are an Important part of an Indian man today & hopefully willbe for many years to come.
  8. 8. 04. THE INDIAN RAILWAY INSIGNIA• From the first train that ran in 1853 between Bombay & Thane, IndianRailways has come a long way to its present state. It’s one of the largest railnetworks in the world & is one of the most important ways to travel for thecommon man in India. The Indian legacy is incomplete without this network.• The future hold more prospect for the Railways yet today this is how it looks.• I would like to include the pictures of the insignia as well as an entire train toshow what it looks like today.
  9. 9. 05. MEMENTO OF THE SYMBOL OF LOVE - THE TAJMAHAL• One of the seven wonders of the world, the heritage of India is incompletewithout the Taj Mahal. Built by the Mughal King Shahjahan for his deceasedwife Mumtaz Mahal it stands today as a symbol of love for millions to see.• I would include a memento of this wonder in the time capsule for people toknow about the Symbol of Love.
  10. 10. 06. PICTURE OF THE KOHINOOR & THE PRINCIEDIAMOND• Diamonds were first mined & treasured as gemstones in the world by India.The Kohinoor & the Princie diamonds were one of the few jewels that areknown for their beauty throughout the world today. The Kohinoor adorns theCrown of the British Queen.• I would like to specially put in images of these two special Diamonds for theworld to see that these were from India.The Kohinoor on the Crown The Pink Princie Diamond
  11. 11. 07. RECIPE OF THE PAAN• Paan is a stimulating, psychoactive preparation of betel leaf combined withareca and/or cured tobacco.• Another specialty of India, any occasion is incomplete without a paan.• I would include a recipe on how to make paan in the time capsule so that allthe people who open the capsule would be able to savor this Indian delicacy.
  12. 12. 08.A BAG FULL OF SPICES• Any Indian food is tasteless without the mixture of spices thatare put in it to make it Authentically Indian.• I would like the whole world to taste the spices of India &hence would include a bag of spices in the capsule.
  13. 13. 09.A PACK OF BANARSI SARI & DHOTI KURTA• A sari or saree is a strip of unstitched cloth, worn by women, ranging from four to nineyards in length that is draped over the body in various styles which is native to India.The Banarsi Sari is a special sari from the Indian city of Varanasi.• A dhoti on the other hand is for men & is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth,usually around 4.5 metres (15 ft) long, wrapped around the waist and the legs andknotted at the waist, resembling a long skirt. While a Kurta is a loose shirt fallingeither just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer.• These are the traditional & authentic clothes for women & men respectively in India.• I would leave these for the people to see the authentic Indian culture & to show whatthe traditional Indian of today used to wear.
  14. 14. 10. LITERARY WRITINGS OF MUNSHI PREMCHAND& RABINDRANATH TAGORE• Literature in India is incomplete without the writings of the world renownedauthors & poets Munshi Premchand & Rabindranath Tagore.• To showcase the patrimony of my country in literature I would enclose acopy of Gitanjali by Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore, and a copy ofNirmala by Munshi Premchand.
  15. 15. 11.A SITAR, A SHEHNAI & ATABLAWITH A MUSICRECORDING OF THE INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC• The key instruments of the Indian classical music. The sitar, shehnai & thetabla have originated in India and are an important part of the musicalheritage of the country.• I would put in each of these musical instruments with a CD containing therecording of the instruments & the basics of how to master them.Sitar Shehnai Tabla
  16. 16. 12. THE BOARD GAMES- PACHISI AND SNAKES &LADDERS• Pachisi (Chausar) is a cross & circle board game that originated in ancientIndia. It’s a game that led to the development of the board game Ludo.• While Snakes & ladders too originated in India & is played between two ormore players on a gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A numberof "ladders" and "snakes" are pictured on the board, each connecting twospecific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate ones gamepiece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (topsquare), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes, respectively.• These two games though old are a part of our rich cultural heritage and Iwould love to share these with the future generations.Snakes & Ladders Pachisi
  17. 17. 13. CHESS BOARD & GILLI DANDA (TIPCAT)• "Gilli Danda" is played with two pieces of equipment - a danda, being a longwooden stick, and a gilli, a small oval-shaped piece of wood.• I would include a chess board & gilli danda (Also known as Tipcat inEnglish) in the capsule to tell about these two games that originated in India,but are famous worldwide today.Chess Board with pieces Gilli Danda (Tipcat)
  18. 18. 14.A BOLLYWOOD MOVIECOMMEMORATING THE 100 YEARSOF THE INDIAN FILM INDUSTRY• Another rich heritage of India is its Film Industry which completes a 100years this year in May. On this occasion four of the most talented Directorsacross the industry are coming together to make a film due to be released inMay.• I would include this Feature Film (named Bombay Talkies) in the timecapsule to tell the people, who open the capsule, about the legacy ofBollywood.
  19. 19. 15. IMAGE OF THE WHITE BENGAL TIGER, THEINDIAN ELEPHANT & THE NATIONAL BIRD -PEACOCK• India is home to the White Bengal Tiger which is a rare & endangered beastfamous for its white color.• India is also home to the great Indian Elephant that is one of the threerecognized subspecies of the Asian Elephants. Elephants are an importantpart of the Indian culture wherein they are treated as animals that bring inluck.• The peacock is the National bird of India & has a vibrant display of color onits wings.The images of these three animals represents the rich biodiversity of animalsthat India houses.
  20. 20. THE TIME CAPSULE FOR INDIA• India is a land of rich diverse culture, heritage & legacy with a million thingsto showcase. Yet, I chose the above to demonstrate the patrimony of myCountry because I believe that at the core India is known for a lot of things inthe world but there are many people who are still unaware of the inheritanceof this country & I believe that these are the very basic things that wouldremain an integral part of this great nation.• The coming generations would definitely be futuristic & much advanced yetthe culture, the heritage that they would imbibe from these basic thingswould be sufficient enough to carry on the Legacy of this great nation ahead.
  21. 21. THANK YOUBy ~Aishwarya Tiwari
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