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Home celebrates India at March Culture Club
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Home celebrates India at March Culture Club

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Carveth Culture Club is continuing its study of the world this March with a focus on India.

Vikas Kumar is a Security Guard at the popular retirement lodge and long-term care home in Gananoque. He was born and raised in India and moved to Canada in 2019 in Abbotsford. His family remains behind in his home country. 

Asked about his fondest memory, he replies, “My fondest memory in India was my bike trip to Leh-ladakh, a tourist place in northwest of Jammu and Kashmir. It’s a serene and a peaceful place brimming with snow clad mountain peaks, mesmerizing scenic beauty, ancient monasteries, various gompas, deep blue tranquil water and high challenging passes. One of my favourite places in Leh-ladakh was Pangong Lake, a truly heavenly place which will induce you to click several pictures of the scenic views, deep blue sky, placid water and the high snow-covered mountains. Your eyes would get swollen of the shimmering endless lake water, but you could not resist yourself to miss it for a fraction of a second.”

As for the biggest difference between the two countries, Vikas notes, “For me, it is food and weather. Indian people use spices and in Canada people use sauces in food. In India, I used to like winters, but in Canada, I like summers.”

Facts from Vikas:

  • India is a country of colourful festival (Holi) and festival of light (Diwali), diverse landscape and spicy hot foods.
  • India has a population of 1.37 billion people, 22 recognized languages, following six different seasons calendar and home of many different religions. 
  • In India, there are many holy places providing free food every day. One famous holy place called golden temple is used to serve more than 50,000 people food every day.
  • One of the oldest cities is Varanasi in India. It is 5,000 years old.

Also born and raised in India (her parents and grandparents are Indians) in a place called Kerala is Kesiya Moncy, a Physiotherapy Assistant at Carveth Care Centre.

After she finished high school in India in 2019, she arrived in Canada and started college.

According to Kesiya, there are fewer job opportunities in India than in Canada. Her fondest memory from there is of family, food and friends 

Asked about the biggest difference between the two countries, she replies, “Culture, food, weather, outfits and language.”

Clearly proud of her birth country, she notes, “India is one third the size of Canada and the current population is 1,402,050,527. India has 29 states and seven union territories. Each state has its own traditions and culture which is why India stands out as a University of Diversity.”

Facts from Kesiya:

  • Hindi is the national language, but people from the same state or province talk to each other in their own language (Malayalam is my language). Most of the Indians know English because we are encouraged to learn English at school.
  • India used to have a caste system during the rise of the British colonial government based on the hereditary transmission of lifestyle, occupation, and social status where people were only allowed to marry within that caste, but independent India's new constitution banned discrimination on the basis of caste.
  • The country is composed of various religions where most of the percentage is Hindhu, shared by Jain, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians, Catholics, Muslims, Jewish etc. Most of the Hindus are pure vegetarians and not beef lovers because cows are our holy mother (Muslims, Christians /Catholics and Jewish have different beliefs). We also give importance to certain trees (banyan trees) and we have sacred groves where forests are protected by the community for religious purposes.
  • Beware we have tigers in the forest and venomous snakes in the backyard. Animals are also protected by the community and no harm is allowed to any animal. Peacocks and monkeys are also commonly found in the forest.
  • Our parents pick the husband. Arranged marriages have been part of Indian culture since the fourth century. The practice of arranged marriages began as a way of uniting and maintaining family traditions. We have less divorce rates: one girl for the whole life.
  • We need flavours of our spices in everything we eat and drink from plain water to curry (spices like turmeric, cinnamon, cloves etc. improves the immune system in the human body).

Carveth Care Centre is excited to study India this March. To learn more about living or working at our home please visit

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