The conquest of India, which could be said to have begun with the Battle of Plassey (1757), was practically completed by the end of Dalhousie’s tenure in 1856. It had been by no means a smooth affair as the simmering discontent of the people manifested itself in many localized revolt during this period. However, the Mutiny of 1857, which began with a revolt of the military soldiers at Meerut, soon became widespread and posed a grave challenge to the British rule. Even though the British succeeded in crushing it within a year, it was certainly a popular revolt in which the Indian rulers, the masses and the militia participated so enthusiastically that it came to be regarded as the First War of Indian Independence.
The Indian cuisine is appreciated by most people across the world. Food from different regions is famous in several nations. In India each state has its own significant recipes which have been transferred to the coming generations with proper improvisations. North Indian cuisine is the most famous in other countries. The common public tend to have the Indian food because of its spiciness. The variety observed in the Indian food is unmatched and unparalleled.
India is also home to the Hindi Film Industry, more popularly known as Bollywood. The film industry was originally started in Mumbai and its presence is still the strongest there. Earlier, the films produced by the industry used to be released and viewed by domestic audiences only, but probably since the last decade, the films have started being released and also praised internationally in many countries. The film industry has given the world some of the finest actors and film makers. People like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit and Hritik Roshan started their careers in this industry. FIlm makers of the likes of Satyajit Ray also made their first films here. Apart from the Hindi Film Industry, the country also has film industries which produce films in various languages like Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Marathi and Bhojpuri, to name a few.
Indian weddings are famed as grand weddings. The brides of India are usually among the most decorated and heavily dressed brides in the world. The elegant traditional wear and the groom on the horse is a peculiar feature of Indian wedding. The different events taking place during the traditional ceremonies are worth appreciating.