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Indian evening 2013

17 members plus the two speakers (Joseph Madanu and Kiran) were enlightened about India and, in particular the State of Andhra Pradesh where they both come from.
After standing to listen to their National Anthem, we learned that the population of the regional capital, Hyderabad, is almost the same as that of Switzerland, although it only covers 650 sq. km. compared with our 41'000! We also learned that although there are quite a number of Buddhist shrines, there are few Buddhists in India today, over 80% being Hindu, almost 10% Muslim and just over 2% Christian. Note that the two speakers are both Christian: Capucin Brothers studying Theology at the University of Fribourg.
We also learned a lot about Andhra Pradesh: formed 9 years after independence in 1956 the main language is Telegu with Urdu as second language and English as the administrative language. The State is home to a number of important historical monuments, primarily the Golconda Fort. It also has a thriving Film Industry, rivalling Bollywood and called .... Tollywood!
As a final bouquet we tasted a number of Indian dishes with a glass (or two) of wine.
Here you can see some photos of the event:

Indian evening 2013


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