A snapshot on India:
Sitting in Manchester Airport, the man next to me asks where I am going and grimaces when I say Delhi. The second sentence out of his mouth is, “My wife won’t go there, there is too much poverty.” I reply in all innocence, “Oh, have you been?” He replies, with a sneer on his face, “No, not me, I don’t want to get Delhi Belly.” And then asks, “What do you do there?”
The general gist of the 5 minute rant which ensued was, “Well, sometimes I go and visit some of the UNESCO World Heritage sights, some weekends I go on a tiger safari, occasionally I head to the beach but actually I am more of an active person so I head to the hills and go trekking, sometimes white water rafting, sometimes cycling. Sometines I just stroll around old cities and discover the extraordinary culture which is impossible to avoid in the streets around me. Occasionally I visit temples and Gurudwaras and witness devotion and age old ceremonies. It’s quite fun to head out into the desert on a jeep safari or ride a marwari horse, and in between I gorge on some of the most delicious and varied food you can imagine. Regardless though, I meet some of the most extraordinary people on the planet and I am invariably humbled by the hospitality of people who by western standards may be poor, but who are rich in their hearts.”
I think he got the message. #IncredibleIndia
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arv!November 6, 2016 at 9:34 am
Lovely pictures. It’s difficult to answer what India actually is. It can only be explored and experienced.
Thomas LacoumeNovember 6, 2016 at 3:04 pm
Why would people be so judgemental about things they have never experienced?? Well done on your response!
asoulwindowNovember 7, 2016 at 3:08 am
So many of us are judgemental without even experiencing the real thing. People need to open their hearts and mind. I have not been to many countries but I am pretty much satisfied with the variety that my country India offers. It has something for everyone. Thanks for writing this article.