Incredible India - My Family Travels

The land with copious bull carts, motorbikes, cars, and anything else with wheels zooming through the hot streets of New Delhi, to the tranquility of picture perfect scenery of the Himalayas, it is no wonder it has been given the title of Incredible India.

            Being an American born Indian, from Los Angeles, California, I was hoping to be embraced by my motherland one day. Finally, upon reaching there in August 2009, I was introduced to a culture that cannot be described in simple words. Instead through a drone of adjectives upon adverbs, which puts the rich culture into perspective for a city boy from the sunshine state.

            Walking within the uproarious city, which seems to never be vacant, one can see the real characteristics of this east meets west world. When you can’t walk down the street without running into an unfamiliar animal or…even a McDonald’s?! Yes, some luxuries of the west have seen its way across the oceans but that does not mean the vivid, colorful Indian culture has been engulfed, but just “spiced up” if one could say.

            Upon being in India, I got the feeling of a lax comfort; things seem to slow down and the people seem to be friendly to say the least. Indian hospitality can be compared to guest being treated as gods, within and out of city walls. Though India is united as a nation, there are so many cultures that are prominent and distinct from each other. For example, after spending a week in New Delhi, the capitol, and then visiting South India, such as Madras, one may get the feeling of being in a whole other country. Different language, different food, and even a different Hindu god being prayed to.

            Religion plays a heavy role in the daily life of Indians, which can be noticed by the sight of a Hindu temple on every other street; there is no shortage of divine spirituality in this place my friends. As I take a trip 6 hours North to Amritsar, Punjab, I find my self sitting in the awe inspiring Golden Temple, which can be compared to the Mecca, for the Sikhs, the ancestral I come from. Moving even more North toward the Himalayas, I was star struck by the glorious breath taking views of hill valley, Kullu, Manali. Such views cannot be perceived in full through a lens but must be experienced first hand. A place that seems free of modern civilization, almost untouched by machines, this is a sight, which can never be forgotten.  

            Having so much history, India has seen it all, and it is evident with a wide range of cuisine (as Chow Mien being the number one street food). For site seeing, you can see the influence of the British Empire and the long ago influence of the Ottoman Empire. But what remains true are the people and their drive to reinvent. People of India have so much pride and are working towards making their mark in the world.

            As I have fell in love with the culture, people, and everything else it is easy to say that India is a place that should be on every ones list of places to visit, as a learning experience and as a life experience.



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