Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:
Thank you for the A2A.I’m a little ‘too Indian’ to suit the taste of many. So do bear that in mind when reading my answer 😉ResilienceThis is one of the most admirable qualities about Indians. No matter what life hits us with, it’s almost enviably amazing how quickly Indians snap back to normalcy…be it natural calamities, terror attacks, wars, epidemics, whatever. Within no time, you will see the affected crowd limping back in a valorous attempt to get things back to how they were.Resourcefulness, aka JugaadThere is always a quicker way to get something done. There is always a conscious or subconscious effort to save time and money everywhere. And nothing is ‘useless’. Everything has in fact more than one one use 😀 That way, Indians could arguably be one of the most resourceful people on the planet! I didn’t add any picture here as I couldn’t decide which one to share. Just Google images of Indian Jugaad and you will fall over laughing and feel amazed at the same time! 😀CuisineI bet a lot of people would agree with me on this. Indian cuisine is by far one of the most wholesome ones in existence today. There is a perfect balance of flavor and fragrance in Indian food that is missing in many other world cuisines, thereby making it one of the best loved cuisines the world over.Edit:Here’s an excerpt I found on CNN that had listed…Say “Indian food,” and you probably think of its aromatic spices, such as turmeric, ginger, red chilies, and garam masala (a mixture of cumin, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, coriander, and other spices).These distinctive flavors do more than perk up your favorite curry: They may actually protect against some cancers. And turmeric and ginger help fight Alzheimer’s, according to recent studies. Researchers point to the fact that rates of Alzheimer’s in India are four times lower than in America, perhaps because people there typically eat 100 to 200 milligrams of curry everyday.Turmeric, a main ingredient in curry, may have anti-inflammatory and healing properties; its benefits are now being studied at the University of California at Los Angeles.Other good-news ingredients in Indian cuisine include yogurt and lentils, a fiber-and-RS all-star that has significant amounts of folate and magnesium, and may help stabilize blood sugar. Lentils are often combined with Indian spices to make dal, usually served as a side dish.“A vegetable curry with dal is a great choice at an Indian restaurant,” Largeman-Roth says.Danger zone: Avoid anything fried, like samosas (pastry puffs) as well as heavy curries made with lots of cream and butter.