India is a country with an ancient clothing design tradition, however, it is still considered as emerging in the world of fashion. Even though designers existed before the 1980’s, the fashion industry saw a spike in growth in the late 80’s. The increase in exposure to different cultures overseas can be credited for this growth. The economic liberalization that occurred during the 90s firmly established fashion as an industry across India. Paris, however, holds the title of the global fashion capital, home to some of the largest fashion labels. Some of these include: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Pierre Cardin, Yves Saint Laurent, Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hermès, Lanvin, Chloé, Rochas, and Céline.
On one side India is probably one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. Thousands of different cultures that shape up the country, its food, art, architecture and customs derived from its deep history tends to attract thousands of tourists every year. It is said that India is too diverse to be appreciated fully in a single journey. Spice up your conversation with locals with the help of these common Hindi words: Namaste (hello), Kaise ho (how are you), Shukhriya (thank you)
Approximately 7,000 kilometers away, France is famous for its designer labels, the Tour de France and most importantly, the famous Eiffel Tower. The wealth and diversity of France’s regions where one can: indulge in unique experiences such as wine trails, the local culture and cuisine while discovering France’s unique art de vivre or way of life. One can spend a leisurely afternoon in an outdoor café as you watch the world go by. Personalise your trip even further and engage with locals by peppering your sentences with a few French words such as: Bonjour (hello), merci (thank you), s’il-vous-plaît (please).
Indian architecture as old as the history of civilization, the earliest remains dating back to the Indus Valley. India offers a plethora of architecture across its vast landscape, embodying styles of the different inhabitants that made the country their home over centuries.
Symbols such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Latin Quarter, Montmartre, and the Georges Pompidou Center are some of the reasons why French architecture ranks high among many of France’s accomplishments.
Indian food is relished not only in India but also across the globe. Every state having its own signature recipes passed down from generation to generation. The variety offered by Indian cuisine is unmatched. Known for its love for spice, the variety offered by Indian cuisine, however, is unmatched by any other.
French cuisine and cooking is considered the backbone of many cuisines across the world. Over centuries, A cuisine heavily influenced by cheese and wine, the French have elevated their food into an art form. This is precisely why French gastronomy was added by the UNESCO to its lists of the world’s “intangible cultural heritage.
In 1985 Indian performers were cheered at the Trocadero Alley in Paris and in 1989 French artists enchanted audiences at Marine Drive in Mumbai. Places such as Puducherry and Chandannagar in India make for an interesting visit, for it is here that both cultures truly meet.
For countries and cultures that seem strikingly different, The two seem to share a lot of similarities.