I have heard a rumor that some people believe that Jesus traveled to India and learned Buddhist ideas. The theory is that perhaps this occurred during Jesus' early adulthood, before he started preaching during his 30s. But I am a bit skeptical. Do you know where this idea comes from? Do you think it is probable? Are there books or movies that I should watch about this theory? Any insight would be most appreciated.
posted by mortaddams
on Apr 28, 2013 -
I live in the Midwest (if it matters) and I have a friend going home to India. He's offered to bring me back something. I don't want to miss an opportunity to get something I can't get in Iowa. [more inside]
posted by cjorgensen
on Mar 9, 2013 -
I'm visiting some expat friends in India who are on baby girl #2. What baby products (from high end, organic products to anything purchasable on amazon) do Western moms living in India miss the most / absolutely cannot find in India? [more inside]
posted by cranberryskies
on Mar 8, 2013 -
I'm researching air pollution here in India, but one of my instruments has broken, and I need a can of compressed air to fix it. In the US most big computer shops carry this, but here no one has heard of it. Where in Hyderabad can I buy compressed air? Do you have a specific shop with contact info? Can I pull this off today so my collection season isn't ruined? My God, why is this so hard?
posted by Sfving
on Feb 26, 2013 -
Is it common to add salt when cooking plain boiled or steamed rice? Specifically, is this widely done in India, China or Japan?
posted by dontjumplarry
on Feb 4, 2013 -
The Wikipedia page on statistics about rape
shows a very high crime rate for countries like UK, US and Australia in stark contrast to, say, India. The gap can't be explained simply by under-reporting, as that exists in all these countries (even assuming different rates of under-reporting). Is it because these countries have different definitions of rape? Or something else? [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Jan 13, 2013 -
Going to India in two weeks and I need some answers to some fairly basic questions. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo
on Dec 13, 2012 -
CricketFilter...or IndianHumorFilter: Help with decoding some Indian humor on a satire website, namely with acronyms? [more inside]
posted by Fortran
on Oct 1, 2012 -
What is the explanation for a particular pleasant scent that books printed in India and Pakistan seem to have? [more inside]
posted by Paquda
on Sep 27, 2012 -
I just spent one week in Hyderabad, India. The food was tasty, but the effect on my GI tract was amazing, and I am desperate to emulate this back home. But how? (TMI inside) [more inside]
posted by bingoes
on Sep 23, 2012 -
Bookfilter: Please help me re-find a book about the effects of "spiritual tourism" on 1970s India. [more inside]
posted by eric1halfb
on Sep 2, 2012 -
Three friends and I are staying in Cochin this January. We want to take the train to alappuzha for a day. Most of the online searches I've done have involved multi-day house boat cruises. Has anyone taken a day cruise in alappuzha, and if so, how did you arrange it?
posted by The Ted
on Aug 30, 2012 -
Recommend me some music to go along with reading Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children
? While reading the book, it's occurred to me that I like and am interested in Indian music, but don't really have any, and don't really know any artists to look for other than Ravi Shankar. I think I'm mostly looking for the more classical Indian styles, as opposed to the pop/Bollywood stuff, but some of both would be nice maybe. Can anyone suggest other performers or albums? Bonus if they're easily available through Amazon or iTunes.
posted by dnash
on Jul 18, 2012 -
If RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance) is approved in India how can I, a US citizen, go there and get the procedure done? [more inside]
posted by laptolain
on Jul 5, 2012 -
My husband and I (both engineers) are looking to volunteer about 6 months of our time abroad. Where should we be looking? [more inside]
posted by TessaGal
on Jul 5, 2012 -
Over 20 years ago I read a novel, but can remember neither the author nor the novel title. I think it was an English author, I think the word "Spring" was in the title, and I think it was set in the post-colonial time period in India.
I do remember it was a story about a young teenage English girl who met and fell in love with an Indian teenage boy, and they thought she might be pregnant, so they ran away to Varanasi/Benares together to get married in spite of the disapproval of their families.
About 15 years ago or so it was made into a TV movie and shown on either PBS or Masterpiece Theater.
I've googled for "novels set in Varanasi," "post-colonial novels set in Benares," etc and came up empty. I'm confident I would recognize the title if I saw it, and it is not listed here
, or here
Do these (rather minuscule, sorry) details ring a bell for anyone?
posted by matrushka
on Jun 20, 2012 -
Musical Tourism: I'm traveling next week to Delhi for business, but will have a weekend for shopping, sightseeing. I'm a nerdy musician and would like to bring home a meaningful musical souvenir from India. Preferably an instrument I can play. What should I get and where should I get it from? [more inside]
posted by Doleful Creature
on Jun 1, 2012 -
Where can a single woman stay in Delhi for a few days that's both cheap and safe? [more inside]
posted by Tamanna
on May 22, 2012 -
Besides Central Americans, what are other countries that have major first-generation diaspora communities in the United States?
India? Armenia? Cambodia? Other Asian countries? Just wild guesses here. [more inside]
posted by metajc
on May 16, 2012 -
India Travel Filter: Does my favorite girl have a mild case of Meningitis? Shes in northern India and has a mild rash, headaches, and some dizziness. [more inside]
posted by specialk420
on Apr 13, 2012 -
Solo traveling in northern India. What should I know/prepare? Is it safe for women travelers? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth
on Apr 7, 2012 -
Where can I find the income distribution for India? My google-fu is weak on this one. [more inside]
posted by vidur
on Mar 6, 2012 -
I need recommendations for histories of ancient India, with particular emphasis on the role/influence of the Hellenic states, development of Buddhism, what might have happened to the Indo-Greeks in the longer term, etc.
Also, it would be interesting to read about Alexander's invasion and its aftermath from the Indian viewpoint, i.e, by Indian scholars using Indian sources.
posted by justcorbly
on Mar 1, 2012 -
I'm an American in Bangalore. Tomorrow, major unions have called for a nationwide bandh (strike). I'm having a major personal crisis about what to do. Listen, I know this isn't my country. And it's not my strike. But I'm very, very, very uneasy about what role I should be playing. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo
on Feb 27, 2012 -
MisterBen needs recommendations for a very specific kind of Indian cookbook – one that’s organized by technique, not by course or ingredient. Imagine if Alton Brown or Mark Bittman wrote an Indian cookbook. The idea is to learn reusable techniques and general concepts of what flavors are used together.
What he already has: Madhur Jaffrey’s classics, Raghavan Iyer’s “660 Curries”, and Vikas Khanna’s “Flavor First”, which are used as bibles. Almost all Indian ingredients can be found in our area, and he is comfortable at making his own masalas, so feel free to recommend books you might think of as advanced.
posted by matildaben
on Feb 6, 2012 -
I interact a lot with Indians and Indian Companies (for outsourcing).
What are some of the cultural differences between working with a US company VS an Indian Company? [more inside]
posted by r2d2
on Feb 5, 2012 -
What do the (Hindi? Kannada? Tamil? Sanskrit?) words on these shirts mean? They look
to me like
different scripts, and they were probably bought in Bangalore. [more inside]
posted by cmoj
on Feb 2, 2012 -
I'm in Mumbai. I just found out my visa situation in India is not ok. I need to speak to an expert about this. Who should I call or where should I go? [more inside]
posted by genmonster
on Jan 30, 2012 -
Hi, i will be working with a group of woman in Jaipur, India later in the year that creat handly crafts, the woman farm or 4 months of the year and in the off season are tough basic handicraft techniques to create income.
I trying to find out what these woman farmers produce from the land.
Does anyone know what Is grown and farmed in the area around Jaipur.
posted by peter1982peter
on Dec 30, 2011 -
What does it take to make a cisco/linksys E2500 router work in bombay, india?
I'm trying to connect a cisco router to an internet access point in bombay, india. Currently, there is a single computer hooked up to a cable modem. That works fine but I want to add a router for additional access ( wireless and cable ). Details follow.... [more inside]
posted by metadave
on Dec 24, 2011 -
I want to buy products from Chinese and Indian suppliers to sell on my popular web site. I don’t have any buying experience and I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can. But so far I haven’t been able to find anyone with actual experience who is willing to advise me (and I have tried SCORE). And the advice I’ve found on the net has been too general and often not very credible. I also want to buy merchandise that is a little unusual, like stepper motors and CNC controllers. I’ve used services like DHgate and IndiaMart to identify potential vendors but I have no clue about what to ask and how to word my inquires so I don’t sound completely clueless. At this point I just want to find out if I can buy products at prices that will make selling them worthwhile. And if I do go ahead I want to start with some small orders. Will most manufacturers accept $500 to $1000 orders for items that cost $20-$50? Do you have any other advice you can give me?
posted by someonesomewhere
on Oct 14, 2011 -
During the Vedic period in India, before the Upanishads, were the Brahmans the only ones who could conduct rituals and sacrifices to the gods?
posted by comfortinsound
on Oct 11, 2011 -
My friend just bought a wood carving of a horse head (Pictures: 1
). It's supposedly from India and about 200-300 years old. Furthermore, the seller told us people used to hang them in pairs on the sides of their door as a status symbol (hence the wrought iron nail through the chest). [more inside]
posted by mahershalal
on Oct 2, 2011 -
Delhi Filter: Help a PHD with her upcoming long research trip to New Dehli - Housing, and general tips on life and work in Dehli. [more inside]
posted by specialk420
on Sep 25, 2011 -
Describe your experience traveling semi-adventurously (developing country, language barriers, etc) with a very small infant, like a few weeks old small. Specifically concerned with health and safety issues but also comfort and parental sanity. [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast
on Sep 19, 2011 -
Are there any home-stay accommodation in either Rajasthan and Varanasi for around 500 INR per day? Staying with a local family is something I look forward to on my trip.
posted by LittleMissItneg
on Aug 22, 2011 -