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On I-Day, iconic quotes that celebrate hamara India

more lifestyle Updated: Aug 13, 2016 22:47 IST
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“Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. Amore or Pyar makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets.”

Gregory David Roberts, author of Shantaram

Jaipur, Rajasthan (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

“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, former editor in chief, National Geographic Traveller

“In India we celebrate the commonality of major differences; we are a land of belonging rather than of blood.”

Shashi Tharoor, author, politician and former diplomat

The Taj Mahal, Agra (HT Photo)

“If there is one place on the face of 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!”

Romain Rolland, Nobel laureate for literature

India Gate, New Delhi (HT Photo)

“India has always had a strange way with her conquerors. In defeat, she beckons them in, then slowly seduces, assimilates and transforms them.”

William Dalrymple, author of White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India