South Asia Jess, Rachel, Quentin

3 Countrys of Asia

Nepal

Geographic Features

A landlocked country the size of Arkansas lying between India and the Tibetan Autonomous Region of China, Nepal contains Mount Everest the tallest mountain in the world.Along its southern border, Nepal has a strip of level land that is partly forested, partly cultivated.

Government

In 1990, King Birendra Promulgated a new constitution and introduced a multiparty parliamentary democracy. Under pressure amid massive pro-democracy protest in 2005, King Gyanendra gave up direct rule and reinstated parliament.

Customs

Giving the Nepali greeting, namaste (“I salute the god within you”), your palms held together as if praying, is one of the most attractive and addictive of Nepalese customs.The gestures for “yes” and “no” are also confusing to foreigners. To indicate agreement, tilt your head slightly to one side and then back the other way. To tell a tout or a seller “no”, hold one hand up in front of you, palm forwards, and swivel your wrist subtly, as if you were adjusting a bracelet; shaking the head in the Western fashion looks too much like “yes”. To point use the chin, rather than the finger.

Food

Sekuwa - grilled meat usually made from mutton, duck, chicken, buff, wild boar. Momo(cha) - (Newari) a dumplings filled with minced meat (usually buffalo in Nepal, Turkey elsewhere), served steamed or fried. very popular appetizer, afternoon snack or evening meal. Gundruk - dried and fermented green vegetables leaves. when made to soup gives a slightly sour, slightly tangy.

India

Government

India is a "Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic Republic" with a parliamentary system of government.

Geography

The Himalayas form the highest mountain range in the world, and slope southward into a large fertile plain that covers much of India.Three mountain ranges extend from the Indus River in the northwest, to the Brahmaputra River in the east, including the Himadri, Himachal and Shivaliks - all with deep canyons gorged by the fast-flowing water.

Culture

India is the birthplace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, collectively known as Indian religions. Indian religions are a major form of world religions along with Abrahamic ones

Food

Palak Bhaji (Spicy Fried Spinach)-- Tandoori Chicken (Spicy Barbecued Chicken)--Chai (Indian Tea)

Afghanistan

Government

2003 - Loya Jirga adopts new constitution, restructuring the government as an Islamic republic. 2004 - Hamid Karzai is elected President of Afghanistan. 2014 - Ashraf Ghani is elected President of Afghanistan, Abdullah Abdullah becomes the country's Chief Executive Officer

Geography

About the size of the U.S. State of Texas, most of Afghanistan is a rugged, inhospitable mountainous landscape. Afghanistan's highest point is Mt. Nowshak which peaks at 24,446 ft. (7,485 m). Afghanistan is drained by numerous rivers; significant ones include the Amu Dar'ya, Hari, Helmand, and the Kabul - directly east of the capital city, flowing down into the Indus River in Pakistan.

Culture

Art plays a large part in Afghan culture, with the oldest oil painting in the world, dating back to the seventh century, being discovered following the destruction by the Taliban of two Buddha statues in 2001 in the Bamiyan region. In the past, art was created almost entirely by men but recently this has been relaxed and has seen more women enrolling in arts programs in Kabul University.

Food

Mantu (dumplings). Afghan cuisine is largely based upon the nation's chief crops, such as wheat, maize, barley and rice. Accompanying these staples are native fruits and vegetables as well as dairy products such as milk, yogurt and whey. Kabuli Palaw is the national dish of Afghanistan.

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