There is something magical about traveling to India, for those that have not been. An ancient civilization rich with histories of spirituality, conquest, innovation and modernization all at once. Though I have been a few times, it's only recently that the appreciation for it has blossomed. Call it adulthood, or whatever you may.
This is a land of dichotomy. Scan the major cities like Mumbai and New Delhi and you'd very nearly swear that you are in New York or Los Angeles. Streets and roadways clogged with traffic, billboard ads for every product and service you could imagine. Young people sporting western fashion, typing and talking continuously on their cell phones.
Venture outside the cities and be greeted with lifestyles and traditions that have existed for centuries. From kids and women hauling produce and water, to men driving carts powered by oxen and buffalo..to the random cow or bull that might choose to plop down in the road for an impromptu nap.
The sounds of cars and music filling your ears, the smell of spice mixed with more unsavory odors. The sight of native vegetation and outfits bursting with color...it all adds to the experience. Many people who visit India are often overwhelmed at the sheer number of people and the congestion. And true enough, it can be intimidating. But there are quiet moments to be had, moments of tranquility among the chaos that almost serve as a reckoning. Waking up very early while most are still asleep (most, not all!) and taking in the stillness is one of the simple pleasures of this land. And who could forget the roadside made-to-order Dosas that are a true culinary delight.
Perhaps it's age, perhaps it's maturity, but I find myself wanting to visit more and more. And I have promised my relatives that my visits WILL be more frequent. The last was in 2013, hopefully the next will be in 2015! As always a chronicle of images are provided!
These images are from Mumbai, New Delhi, Agra, Goa, and Devbaugh, sort of an Indian Martha's Vineyard. My Uncle and Aunt arranged these visits with their typical thoughtfulness and efficiency. So much to see!!