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American Embassy School (India)

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This is our Team
Our city: New Delhi
Our country: India
Our timezone: New Delhi (GMT +5)
Our longitude is: 28° 26' N
Our latiude is: 77° 12' E

We wear these clothes: Culture, climate, and modesty all play a role in the dress of men and women in India. Women wear saris or a shalwar camise, a long blouse with flowing trousers and matching scarf. Women in urban Delhi, especially younger women, often choose to wear western dress. Men wear western clothes or pajamas of long shirts and loose trousers. Men do not wear shorts and women never wear short skirts in public. During the cool season, shawls are popular with both men and women. Extravagant gold and jewel encrusted jewelry is popular with women. Muslim women can be seen with scarves covering their faces.

We eat these foods: India has one of the greatest cuisines in the world. It is incredibly diverse and wonderfully rich with spices. The vast majority of Indians are vegetarian, but food habits change from caste to caste and province to province. A Northern dish which many favor is tandoori chicken which takes its name from the oven in which it is cooked. In the Punjab, cooking is done mostly in ghee or butter and includes panir. Bengali food includes a variety of fish. South Indian food, almost always contains something from the coconut palm.

We grow these foods: Almost every fruit and vegetable known to the west is grown here, both tropical and temperate and so many fruits and vegetables are available here that are new to outsiders. Rice, wheat, pineapple, mangoes, bananas, apples, strawberries, green beans, cauliflower, tomatoes and everything in between are grown in the immediate area or transported here from the north or south of India.

We practice these religions: Religion plays an important part in India's life, even though the country is a secular democracy. Known as the cradle of many of the world's religions, the majority of the populations (81.3%) is Hindu. The balance of the population is Muslim (12%), Christian (2.3%), Sikhs (1.9%) as well as established groups of Buddhists, Jains, and Parsis.

We speak these languages: Hindi is the national language and the primary tongue of 30% of people, most of them living in the north. Although English is the most important language for international trade, political and commerical communications, India has 14 other official languages. Most upper class and many middle class citizens living in urban areas throughout India speak English. There are wide regional and gender variations in the literacy rates.

These animals live in our area: With an estimated population of 1.07 billion in India and 14,146,000 in New Delhi, MAN is the largest animal group in this part of the world. Within the city confines, cows, goats, pigs and chickens roam the city streets. Monkeys, green parakeets, (and many other species of birds) and chipmunks are prevalent. Elephants and white horses are often seen during wedding season as it is the custom for the groom to arrive at the wedding riding one of these.

These industries support our local economy: The Indian economy, like the landscape, is a study of contrasts of great wealth and abject poverty. There is a large and growing middle class of over 300 million people but, at the same time, there are just as many people who are illiterate and completely unprepared to function in a global economy. The diverse economy encompasses traditional village farming, modern agriculture, a wide range of modern industries and a booming service sector. Nearly two-thirds of the population depends on agriculture for its livelihood.

We use these types of transportation: India has a good rail network and a rapidly expanding system of roads. Old Delhi bustles with non-stop activity and its narrow alleys, like a medieval market town, are filled with bicycle rickshaws and foot traffic. New Delhi with its wide, tree lined boulevards, has a steady stream of city busses, regular car and truck traffic, bicycles, motorcycles, auto rickshaws, and the always popular and plentiful Ambassador taxis.

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Abdul Rahim
Resident:New Delhi, INDIA
Photographer:David Quegg
Abdul Rahim is worried about his wife. She is spending her days reading the Koran and praying to Mecca 7 times. He is seeking a "guru" to advise her to spend more time taking care of their children, three boys ages 2, 5, and 6. He works as a carpenter in Dwarka, leaving for his 1? hour bus ride by 7 AM. He works six days a week. He often doesn't get home until quite late since he is paid by the job, not by the hour. Abdul is a trim carpenter, not the more skilled cabinet builder like his older brother.

Their father was a carpenter who came to Delhi from Salimpur, a village in Uttar Pradesh. Abdul was born there, but his mother and sons joined his father here in Chanakyapuri who was working in the construction of Malcha Marg houses. At that time, this area of Delhi was mostly orchard, and his father lived in the Vivekanand Camp, where Abdul lives today with his wife and sons. Abdul went to government school and finished class 10. His father died in 2002.

Abdul does vote in elections. So does his wife. They are literate, reading and speaking Hindi, Urdu, and a little English. His oldest son goes to the same public school. Abdul believes the biggest problem facing India is the increasing difference between the rich and the poor. The basic needs for people are improving a little, but increasing in price, and for the rich this doesn't matter. But it is hard for poor people. He sees little difference between the police and politicians, and every need of people requires "fixing." The people need better buses, better electricity and water, and toilets. He has seen ads on TV about AIDS, but he does not know what it is.

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