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The News Minute| November 9, 2014| 8.30 pm IST The kiss has never been more in vogue in India. Either it's news about people supporting the 'Kiss of Love' in Kochi, Kolkata, Delhi or on social media discussions, or it's people vehemently opposing the idea of exhibitionism that goes against the 'Indian culture.' The kiss is being discussed so much that there has been much written about it's history, whether it's legal to kiss in public and why India has qualms kissing in public. A Wall Street Journal blog traces the history of the kiss and says, "The earliest reference to kissing-like behavior comes from the Vedas, Sanskrit scriptures that informed Hinduism, Buddhism and the Jain religion, around 3,500 years ago, according to Vaughn Bryant, an anthropologist at Texas A&M University ." So now that we know when the kiss originated in India, let's talk about what a kiss is called in different languages across the country. So the kiss is Muddu in Telugu, the Assamese call it Suma, while the Gujaratis say chummo or boso. In Tripura it's Haami, in Uttarakhand its Bhukki peena and the Malayalis say Umma. Here is a map uploaded by the Kiss of Love Facebook page made by Parodevi pictures. 'Parodevi Pictures' asked people to send them more words for “kiss” in an Indian language.

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