My Love Affair with India

Going to India changed my perception of the world, it opened my mind and my heart.  Everyone kept asking me why I chose India out of all the places in the world?  I was always very drawn to it but I didn’t have the answer until I returned home.

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Golden Gate, Mumbai

MY LIFE CHANGING ADVENTURE 

I knew my India trip was going to be an adventure but I didn’t realize just how life changing it would be.  I am not saying India is for everyone but growing up in a third world country like South Africa I learnt there is beauty in everything, sometimes you just have to look a little deeper.  I discovered that people’s perceptions about India are often clouded.  Anyone can ramble on about things that are wrong with a country so let me tell you what I thought was right with it.

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Durga Temple – Hampi

MORE TO THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

 If you arrive in Mumbai or any major city in India and you don’t understand the reasoning behind the constant hooting or the undercarriage of the hassle and bustle, it can leave you feeling quite overwhelmed but dont let that detour you.

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Mumbai

 When you leave the major cities, the landscape changes completely.  Once I discovered India’s incredible diversity and scratched beneath the surface I found myself in a land like no other and I fell in love with it

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Hampi

INDIA IS MADE UP OF DIFFERENT RELIGIONS AND TRADITIONS

India is made up of many states therefore many different religions and traditions.  From the desert in Rajasthan to the green tea fields in Kerala there is a little something for everyone. I found that the love and generosity of people stayed the same. It was only their way of greeting that changed.

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A Sadhu in Varanasi

Spiritually this country is incredible, the rivers, mountains and animals are all worshiped.  Temples and Churches are part of the landscape and marigolds decorate the shrines that litter the streets. Race and religion don’t divide, Hindu’s celebrate with the Buddhists, Buddhists celebrate with the Christians, neighbours are friends and communities are family. Festivals are plenty, there is always a reason to celebrate and bring people together and some festivals are celebrated by all India’s people as a nation.

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Ganesh Temple – Hampi

Read about my visit to Varanasi and the The Ganges river here

CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD

Four of the world’s religions originated from here and ancient practices like Yoga, Meditation and Ayurvedic remedies are all used the western world today.

Home to some of the most ancient cities in the world and with that, comes some unique architecture. I could sense that some buildings have real historical stories behind them which took me back in time.

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Hampi

 

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Hampi locals

India has come far and is most certainly going places, their contribution to science, medicine and technology has taken world stage. Spiritual practices that they have shared with the world in meditation and Yoga has contributed to society wanting to take a more peaceful and meaningful approach on life.

 

 

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Varanasi

INDIA’S GRATITUDE AND INSPIRATION

I left with friends for life and most of them don’t have half of what I have at home, yet happiness and laughter full their hearts.

This community puts all the things you have or think you don’t have into perspective. The gratitude you gain spending time here will turn what you have into enough and its people’s fight for survival and recognition is inspirational. This country was chosen to teach compassion to the rest of the world and I personally gained so much being one of its students.

If you planning on visiting India, have you considered visiting Bodh Gaya?

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Local woman at a temple

When you strip away the layers and colours you left with real people, beautiful and ancient cities, traditions and beliefs. I didn’t only see India, I felt India and it is a place I will always return to visit friends and to see what is around the next corner.

I know so many people that are intrigued to visit India but are so hesitant, do your research and go on a journey you will never regert!

 

Local school Children
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Liza W

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

28 thoughts on “My Love Affair with India

  • August 23, 2017 at 9:03 am
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    First, what a beautiful way to talk about a country: focus on what it gets right. I love how you have captured the pulse of India and its diversity too. Beautiful entry!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 10:48 pm
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    I’m an Indian and it’s nice to know you liked India and Indian culture. India is a melting pot of various cultures. The more you explore India, the more there will be to explore. Nainital, Mussoorie, Himachal Pradesh and Laddakh (With Pangong Lake) are some recommended hill stations for your next visit. 🙂

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  • August 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm
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    I visited Kerala many years ago and would love to go back to explore more of the country – the beautiful landscape, temples, history and the people. Such a beautiful country!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm
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    Fantastic post and insights, I am moving to base in India, currently in London UK.
    I really loved reading your story and your photos.
    I cannot wait to actually live in India and explore more of country.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 8:26 pm
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    first I wanna say I do love the title, second I love your photos, third I love your adventures, lastly you just brought me to India with this wonderful post 🙂

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  • August 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm
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    You’ve definitely inspired me to go to India someday! I love how comprehensive this post is, and your photos are lovely too. Thanks for sharing:)

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  • August 22, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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    This has made me really want to visit India. I don’t blame you for having a love affair with the country. Everything is raw and different.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 4:21 pm
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    As a fellow South African and being of Indian descent, I felt the same way about my visit to India earlier this year. I think every place I’ve visited has changed me but India had the greatest impact on my perception of the world. The simplicity of the villages, the modernization of the cities and the people in general, gives one hope that the world is changing for the better! Love your post!

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  • August 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm
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    Travel gives us perspective. The more we travel the more we learn to accept others. India is so culturally diverse that you need to be open to the differences in cultures across the country. I’m glad you enjoyed your time here.

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  • August 22, 2017 at 1:20 pm
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    I feel like India is one of the most beautiful places and often gets overlooked. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and I can’t wait to visit !

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