Tuesday, December 9, 2014

CPC 2014- Winning essay "My India" by Mihika Deopura

2nd prize winning essay on age group 8 thru 11 by
Mihika Deopura - 9 


India is a wonderful country full of cultural and geographical diversity. Situated in South Asia, it is 7th largest country by area and 2nd most populated country. It is surrounded by China, Nepal and Bhutan in North, Pakistan in West, Bangladesh and Myanmar in East, and Sri Lanka in South. The Indian Peninsula is surrounded by 3 oceans and seas, Arabian Sea on the west, Indian Ocean on the south and Bay of Bengal on the east. The northern India has the tallest mountain range of the world, the mighty Himalayas. West has the Thar dessert, while the east has the lush green Meghalaya known for highest rainfall in the world. India is the largest democracy in the world with 29 states and 7 union territories. It has 22 recognized languages and numerous other dialects including the ancient and the oldest language of the world – Sanskrit.

History & Culture

In Ancient times, India was the center of learning, art and architecture. Around 3000 BC IndIa was flourishing with Indus Valley Civilization. It mysteriously disappeared possibly due to flooding or change of climate. It was followed by Vedic period. This was the time when Vedas and other scriptures were written in Sanskrit. Two major religion teaching non-violence Budhism and Jainism were born during this time. The period between 1st BC and 9th century is known as the golden period of India. India was the richest country during this time. It was the center of learning, sciences, astronomy and mathematics. Decimal number system and zero was invented during this time. Indian astronomer Aryabhata was first to discover the motion of earth and other planets around sun. During early middle ages, India was invaded by Muslim armies of Babar resulting in 800 years of Mughal rule. Around middle of 18th century India became a British Colony for 200 years finally getting Independence on Aug 15, 1947. During the British rule India became a poor country from one of the richest countries. Since Independence India has become a modern multi-cultural and multi-religious country and is steadily improving its economy. Recently India sent a spaceship to Mars becoming only the 3rd country to do so. 

Famous Landmarks

Taj Mahal is the most famous monument in India. It was built by Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in 1648. The Emperor loved his Queen dearly. He ordered Taj Mahal to be built when the Queen died for her body to rest in. It is considered one of the wonders of the world. Other famous landmarks include the Qutub Minar, Ashoka stambh, iron pillar next to Qutub Minar, Red Fort, Stupa at Sanchi, Kahujorao temples, Konark Sun Temple etc.


It is home to all the major religion of the world, but Hinduism is the most widely practiced religion.India is a country of Gods, Goddesses, and many festivals. There are rich set of stories around each Gods and Goddess that teach us how to live our life. The story of Lord Ram and his fight against Ravana teach us to fight evil. Diwali, festival of light, is celebrated to mark return of Lord Ram to Ayodhya after defeating Ravana. Holi, festival of color, is celebrated to mark victory of good over evil. It is believed that Prahlada, son of the evil King Hirnakashayap was able to survive from burning fire set by his evil aunt Holika through devotion to God Vishnu. India is also birth place of Yoga. It was developed during Vedic ages by Sages to keep them healthy and help them meditate India is also country that gave birth of great philosophers, poets and Saints. Mahatma Gandhi is known for teaching the world about non-violence and tolerance. He led the Indian Independence struggle against Britishers. India is a very ancient country with rich traditions and culture. I am so proud of my India.

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