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The teacher's online companion to
the middle school social studies
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Live From India
MEET OUR
Student Blogger

Hi, I'm Victor Feldman. I'm from a small town in upstate New York, but this fall I'm going to high school in Pune, India. Join me on my video blog as I explore Indian culture, history, and what it means to be a teen in one of the oldest—and fastest changing—societies in the world.

March 31, 2014
Never Forget

In his final video blog for Junior Scholastic, Victor Feldman discusses the images and people he'll always remember from his time in India.


January 27, 2014
Trekking in Nepal

Victor and his family trek through the Himalayas.


November 26, 2013
Empowering Through Education

In blog #5, our teen vlogger Victor Feldman visits a school that helps some of India’s poorest children. Afterward, he shares a meal with a student and her family in their homey hut. Take a peek inside life in the slums of Pune, India. It’s not what you might think.


November 11, 2013
Talking With Friends

Victor talks with some of the students he's met at an international school in Pune.


September 30, 2013
Tabla Lessons

Victor learns how to play a traditional Indian drum kit.


September 16, 2013
Overcoming Barriers

In Victor’s second post, he travels to some ancient Buddhist and Hindu caves, makes a new friend, and experiences some "Indian hospitality."


September 2, 2013
Welcome to India

Victor expected some culture shock upon arriving in Pune, but as you'll see from his first video post, he was "not prepared for the reality."

 
AREA

1,222,559 square miles

POPULATION

1.26 Billion

PER CAPITA GDP*

$3,900*

ETHNIC GROUPS

Indo-Aryan (72%)

Dravidian (25%)

other (3%)

RELIGIONS

Hindu 80.5%, Muslim 13.4%

Christian 2.3%, Sikh 1.9%

other 1.8%, unspecified 0.1%

MEDIAN AGE

26.7 years

PERCENT OF POPULATION
UNDER THE AGE OF 15

28.9%

LANGUAGES

Hindi, English, Bengali,
and many others

LITERACY

Males, 76.9%; Females, 54.5%

 

*GDP stands for gross domestic product; per capita means "per person." The amount is the value of all goods and services produced in a country in a year, divided by the population.

SOURCES: Encyclopedia Britannica and The World Factbook.