I have been meaning to write a blog post about India for ages because it had such a profound impact on me. India is a deeply rich and complex culture, being there for 2.5 months, I didn’t even scratch the surface but I got enough of a taste to know that it was unlike anywhere I had ever been. Despite getting dengue fever within the first 2 weeks there, I stayed on for another 2 months and I can’t wait to go back! Lucky for me, I have a 10 year visa 😉
If you are called to go to India then you absolutely must go – I will attempt to share some of my anecdotal experiences and observations but just know that you have to go yourself 😉
There is shit everywhere: LITERALLY…cows and stray animals roam free in the street and as a result relieve themselves wherever and whenever they feel like it. A friend of mine who I met in the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training I did in Rishikesh put it well, the shit is symbolic for how the culture deals with what society deems to be ugly. It’s on display for all to see! In the US, we “hide our shit.” Everyone and everything appears to be more put together than it actually is. While in India it’s in your face and you have to deal with it. You have to find a way to navigate all of the shit. It makes you more resilient. It makes your stronger. It makes you face the reality exactly as it is.
Jenna! loved reading your post..many of your insights were similar to ones that came to me while there myself..like the way we in the US, by comparison, hide our shit–literally and figuratively. I loved the chaos of India and the discomfort it caused me. your words reminded me of my time there and how I must get back before my ten-year visa runs out!!
thanks for sharing
Hi Char! So good to hear from you & so glad you enjoyed the post 🙂 And yes, go like the wind! There is just so much to see and experience in India – there will always be more. Sending you good vibes!
Hi Jenna, I’ve never been to India but you gave me a lovely introduction. Thanks for sharing and keep on writing, I like your style 🙂
Thanks Tania! 🙂