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Origin: Origin of India is a confusing one. The confusion is caused by Columbus when he decided to discover India in a different location. Despite significant migration in the later part of the twentieth century, the relocation was never completed, and the confusion persists. Even today, inhabitants of widely spread call centers across the country insist they are from the land where Columbus wanted to relocate India.

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What did you witness first: a birth or a death?People in our neighborhood had livestock: a few cows, a chicken coup, a small army of goats. There were always the string of stray dogs and cats. It was only natural that we witnessed animal birth on regular basis. All the children in the neighborhood would anxiously wait the arrival of a new calf. We would spread the news of the fresh batch of yellow furry chicks. It was also not uncommon to find dead animals: a still body of a dead bird covered in crawling red ants on winter mornings; at the far end of the mud road, a rotting body of a dog crowded by humming big fat blue flies. At times a few of us would get together and go to the burning ghat on edge of the canal to see the dead bodies of cows, and on special occasions, buffaloes – some white thing coming out the mouth, the tongue sticking out, the eyes still open wide. Those were normal part of daily life in the rural India of my childhood. I am not counting those. I am thinking of human birth or death.

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