That's what makes us special!
It takes all kinds to make a country great. This is but a glimpse of India's rich diversity.
The Aryans of Ladakh
The residents of the quaint village of Dah, near Ladakh claim to be the descendants of Alexander the Great, making them ‘pure-blood’ Aryans. Living high up the mountains, their obscure and relatively unreachable territory has kept their DNA pure, but firmly entrenched in the country.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/hidden-aryan-tribe-and-their-struggle-keep-changing-world
The Ballerinos of Mumbai
Who says men can't do ballet? These male ballet dancers or ballerinos are breaking gender stereotypes. Their dance journey has even earned them a scholarship at the Oregon Ballet Theatre.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/arts-culture/mumbais-ballerinos-101-heartland
The Hip Hop Artist of Shillong
Ego-driven and arrogant, B-Boy Kim was living a life of sin. But exposure to Shillong's Hip Hop scene has changed that. He says dance puts him in a child-like state and helps him manifest the good inside.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/music/dark-side-hip-hop-b-boy-kim-episode-10-hip-hop-homeland-north-east
The Blind Photographer of New Delhi
Though he was born blind, Pranav Lal always wanted to do something with the visual arts. Breaking all stereotype and popular belief about blindness, he chose photography. His motto is that sometimes people have the biological ability of sight but still may not see.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/blind-photographer-101-heartland
The Last Chinaman of Mumbai
Despite being one of the last Chinamen living in what used to be Mumbai’s Chinatown, Liao Hung Hsing still believes, “India is my hometown. Bombay is the best.”
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/last-chinamen
The Dom Raja of Varanasi
The 'Dom Raja' is the gatekeeper of heaven. The main function of his caste is to cremate bodies. Despite being the 'untouchable caste' in India, he carries out his profession routinely, for all the other castes.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/dom-raja-untouchable-gatekeeper-heaven
The Kabuliwalas of Kolkata
The Kabuliwalas from Tagore’s story still live in Kolkata. They've adapted to their new home, India, while still keeping their Afghan traditions alive.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/travel-food/kabuliwalas-kolkata-101-traces
The Biking Champion of Chennai
Alisha Abdullah is India's first female national racing champion. Her story helps inspire women in the country to break gender stereotypes.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/sports/alisha-abdullah-indias-1st-female-superbike-champion
The Naga Sadhus of Nasik's Kumbh Mela
Naga Sadhus lead a spiritual, minimal life in sync with the flora and fauna around them. In a country that's becoming increasingly digital and consumerist, they still hold their own.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/travel-food/kumbh-search-naga
The Dancing Boys of Bihar
There are doctors, lawyers, engineers and many other chosen professions in India, but Lalit prefers to do something out of the ordinary. He dresses up as a woman and dances in front of crowds. It’s a forgotten art form he keeps alive – The Launda Naach.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/naach-launda-naach-101-heartland
The Militants of Kashmir
Taken across the border against their will, these militants received weapons training and border infiltration training. But no amount of coercion can make these Kashmiris defect to the other side.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/101-underground-interview-militants
The 'Don' of Kolkata's Chinatown
Monica Liu owns and runs five authentic Chinese restaurants in Kolkata. She wants to ensure Kolkatans get a taste of her food, while she learns about the Indian masalas.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/monica-liu-don-chinatown-101-traces
The Transgender Dancer of Mumbai
Shivali is a woman’s soul, trapped in a man’s body. Despite severe opposition from society, she has begun the transition from male to female. And finds acceptance has slowly started, with a very supportive mother.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/love-sex/coming-out-shivalis-story
The Indo-African Community of Karnataka
The Siddis are a community who migrated from East Africa to India in the 15th century. The Siddis aren't strangers to racism here, but they still call India their home, and have even represented the country at the Olympics.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/siddis-it-long-run
The Record Breaker of India
He’s got over 700 tattoos on his body, simultaneously held 500 straws in his mouth, rode 15000km on a moped, and has delivered a pizza from Mumbai to the USA. Call him weird but Ripley's Guinness Records hail him as a winner.
For the full story: https://www.101india.com/people/hes-got-over-700-tattoos-his-body-500-straws-his-mouth
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By Dominic S