Indian things that are actually British - EasternEye

Indian things that are actually British


Many times, we practice some things for so long that it eventually becomes part of us. It could be the food we eat, the clothes we wear, our songs, or even the games we play. After doing these things for a while, we eventually forget where they came from, especially if they were passed from the older generations.



There are so many things believed to have originated from India today. But even though these things have deep roots in the Indian culture, they did not originate there. Here are a few Indian things which were gotten from the Brits.

Teen Patti

Teen Patti is believed to have originated in India about 200 years ago. Till today, it remains one of the most popular card games in India. It is also known as Flush, Flash, or 3 Patti and is quite similar to the British 3-card brag. Actually, there is a big dispute, and many historians claim that Teen Patti originated from Three-Card brag. Perhaps, this may be true as Teen Patti actually means three cards in English.



The game has evolved over the years and has become deeply rooted in India’s culture. Friends and family gather to play these games are social gatherings and festivals like Diwali. Presently, the game is no longer limited to social gatherings but is played at legal floating boat casinos and also available on many Indian gambling sites.

The rules of Teen Patti are so similar to the British 3-card brag. They are played the same way and the winners are decided in the same way. There is, however, a little difference in terminologies used in both games. Also, Teen Patti remains so popular in India while not so many play three-cards brag anymore. You can read more about the game in this online Teen Patti guide.

Curry



The origin of the word “curry” is somewhat disputed among scholars.  It could mean many things to different people. Some historians have traced it to the Tamil word “Kari”, which describes a specific kind of local preparations. Some see it as the leaf of a curry tree that grows in Sri Lanka and South India.

Till today, curry and curry powder is believed to signify Indian food but based on British terms. If you walk into any store in India today, you’ll hardly find anything named curry or curry powder. To most Indians, it doesn’t even exist because it was never an “Indian food”. Curry was actually a British invention that came about when the Brits tried to replicate Indian food at home. In India, there are just different regional cuisines, each of which are cooked with a blend of different spices.

Cricket



Cricket is the most popular sport in India and is played almost in every corner of the nation. The Oriental Cricket Club was the first cricket club to be established by Indians. It was formed by the Parsi community in Bombay in 1848. However, the main defining time in India’s Cricket history was between 1947 to 1960, after the country gained full independence from the British. There were many changes made to the cricket competitions and the teams resulting in what we see today.

But even though the sport is well-loved in the country, it never originated there. It was actually introduced by the British in the early 1700s, with the first match played in 1721.  Since then, Indians have loved Cricket and made it a part of the culture. In 1983, the Indian nations Cricket team won the Cricket World Cup for the first time. It was won for the second time in 2011.

Hockey

Hockey is not just a popular sport in India but also the country’s national game. The sport was introduced by the British regiment who played it in the country in the 1800s. As a result, the first hockey club was established in Calcutta in 1885/1886. The sport has continued to grow in popularity since then.

Indian’s men national team became the first non-European team to become a part of the International Hockey federation. From 1928 after winning its first Olympic gold medal, the team remained unbeaten until 1960, winning six gold medals in a row. The team also won the Hockey World cup in 1975. Till today, India’s national team is the most successful in the Olympics.



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