INDIA: “From Spices to Spirituality: Uncovering the Many Facets of India’s Heritage”

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“From Spices to Spirituality: Uncovering the Many Facets of India’s Heritage”



India, a land that has been enchanting travellers for millennia, boasts a rich and diverse heritage. Over the years, it has been attracting a vast array of people with its vibrant culture, tantalizing spices, and deep-rooted spirituality. As you look into this captivating country, you will find that India’s heritage has been actively shaping its present and will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on its future. In this English lesson, we will be uncovering some of the most intriguing aspects of India’s legacy – from the aromatic spice markets to the serene spiritual retreats.

Discuss the new vocabulary:

Grammar Questions:

1. Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence: “If I _____ (visit) India next year, I will explore the culture and architecture.”
a) visit
b) visits
c) am visiting
d) will visit

Paragraph 1: The Allure of Indian Spices

Indian cuisine had been taking pleasure in spices long before the world even knew their worth. With a plethora of flavours and fragrances that had been enthralling palates for centuries, Indian foods have become synonymous with an explosion of taste sensations. For instance, turmeric – an essential ingredient in many Indian dishes – has been known for its health benefits since ancient times. It has also been an essential ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine.

Discuss the new vocabulary:

Grammar Questions:

2. Identify the correctly punctuated sentence about India’s population:
a) India has 1.366 billion people, making it, the second most populous country.
b) India has 1.366 billion people; making it the second most populous country
c) India has 1.366 billion people, making it the second most populous country.
d) India has 1.366 billion – people, making it: the second most populous country.

Listening Section: Watch the video and answer the five questioins below.


        1. How many dialects do Indias speak? How many religions are there in India?
        2. What does the expession “never a dull moment” mean?
        3. What is India;s favourite sport?
        4. The mustache is a symbol of manliness and power. Explain these new words.
        5. How long is the worlds longest mustache?
        6. What is head wobbling?
        7. Explain “bromance”

Paragraph 2: The Meditative Nature of Spirituality

India’s spirituality has been providing solace to countless souls seeking inner peace and enlightenment. With origins dating back to thousands of years ago, the belief systems found across this diverse nation have now interwoven themselves into the fabric of Indian culture itself. From yoga practices that have been reshaping our understanding of mindfulness to sacred locations like Varanasi that have been spiritual epicenters for centuries, there is no denying India’s impact on global spirituality throughout history.

Discuss the new vocabulary:

Grammar Questions:

3. Select the appropriate preposition to complete this sentence: “The animals at Ranthambore National Park in India are well-adapted _____ living in a variety of habitats.”
a) at
b) to
c) on
d) for

Paragraph 3: The Architectural Marvels Present in Abundance

Magnificent architectural wonders built in times gone by have always captured the fascination among visitors fortunate enough to witness their intricacies up close. Some structures, like the Taj Mahal, have been standing majestically for ages, exemplifying the love and dedication of those who built it. Simultaneously, numerous ancient temples have been withstanding the test of time, showcasing an incredible fusion of faith, craftsmanship, and the splendors of Indian artistry.

Discuss the new vocabulary:

Grammar Questions:

4. Which sentence correctly uses an appropriate tense to describe an activity in New Delhi, India?
a) Rohan seen many exquisite sights while exploring Qutub Minar last week.
b) Rohan saw many exquisite sights while he explores Qutub Minar last week.
c) Rohan sees many exquisite sights while he was exploring Qutub Minar last week.
d) Rohan saw many exquisite sights while exploring Qutub Minar last week.


India, a country steeped in history and culture with a myriad of facets waiting to be explored by those daring enough to visit, has indeed offered much to humanity. From its mouth-watering spices that have been revolutionizing culinary arts across the globe to its richly textured spirituality that has been nurturing inner growth and self-discovery for ages – India’s vibrant heritage is truly a treasure trove of inspiration. As we continue to uncover its many wonders, there is no doubt that these facets will leave us breathless with awe and admiration for the vibrant tapestry that India has woven for itself over the years.

Discuss the new vocabulary:

Grammar Questions:

5. Complete this sentence about the lotus using appropriate adjectives: “The lotus flower is significant in Indian culture due to its _____ (beautiful/beauty), ______ (persistence/persistent) nature, and ability to thrive in murky water.”
a) beautiful, persistence
b) beauty, persistent
c) beautiful, persistent
d) beauty, persistence

Writing Exercise:

Write a 150-word descriptive paragraph about India, focusing on its rich cultural heritage and diversity. Begin by introducing the country and its geographical location. Touch upon its unique blend of traditions, languages, and religions that coexist in harmony. You may also mention its world-famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal and the ancient temples. Additionally, describe the prominent festivals celebrated such as Diwali, Holi, and Eid. Finally, conclude your paragraph by mentioning the warmth and hospitality of the Indian people. This exercise will help enhance your vocabulary, improve sentence formation, and provide knowledge about India’s cultural richness.


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