|India is estimated to have one third of the world's|
poor, defined as earning less than $1.25 USD
per day (by the Indian Planning Commission).
|India is crowded. There were about 60 people|
on this bus! With only 2.8% of the world's land,
India has 17.5% of the world's population. They're
expected to take over China as the most populous
nation by 2025.
|54% of India's population is under the age of 25 -|
that's a whopping 550 million young people.
|Literacy in India stands at about 74%, well below|
the world average of 84%. By sheer numbers, India
has the largest illiterate population in the world.
|All public computers in India use Microsoft Windows -|
English Edition. Internet can be slower than
watching cows graze.
|Most Indians speak Hindi, far fewer|
speak English, although the number of
English speakers is increasing with each
|The weather was warm in|
October, but India seemed
to have a near permanent
haze from agricultural fires
and vehicle emissions.
India is home to several of
the world's worst cities
for air pollution.
|We saw scenes like this all over India. The women's|
long sarees flapped in the breeze as though they
were going to catch the tire at any moment.
Motorcycle helmets are very rare.
|Cricket is the national uniting passion of India,|
with nearly three centuries of history. Cricket
players are among the wealthiest of Indian society.
This was a rare moment of spontaneous recreation.
|Clean drinking water is inadequate by international|
standards. We didn't drink the water in India,
which can cause severe diarrhea or "Delhi Belly".