Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Reflections on India

India is a land filled with richness. Richness in tradition; culture; spirituality and above all, resilience, the everlasting human spirit that is conveyed in the form of smiles. Every single minute, you could see the people drowning in poverty.Not having proper sandals to wear in the unbearable scorching heat. We had to remove our footwear to enter the holy sites and boy did I sprint for my life. It was above 40 degrees and it felt like I was walking on fire. Yet these resilient souls walked calmly, barefoot, without a cringe. Maybe they were immune or shall I say accustomed to all these hardships. But what did not fail to catch my attention was the bliss. The bliss they had on their faces. These are souls who do not even have a proper roof over their heads.They either live by the roadsides in small tents or in dilapidated slums. If you have seen Slumdog Millionaire, you would know what I'm talking about.

There was one particular soul who tugged my heart strings. He was around 7 or 8. When he approached me, I thought he was a tout,trying to harass me for money. But I was so wrong. All he wanted was a notepad and a pen to write. His family doesn't have the means to send him to school. He had the burning desire to study and that could be seen in his eyes.

What was a real awakening was the fact that these souls are deeply embedded in poverty and yet they are able to smile from the bottom of their hearts despite their daily battles with life. The bliss they were expressing among themselves was definitely not a facade. It was a heartfelt genuine contentment that they showed. We, on the other hand, the ones from the developed nations, who are living a materialistic life, cant be easily contented. Why is that so? Are we really blessed or cursed? That burning question has been on my mind ever since.


  1. I enjoyed your blog very much, it made very interesting reading. Yes, there is much poverty in India, makes one feel humble and grateful for what we have.


  2. The more you have, the more your desires grow, the less you have you tend to value the small necessities of life. Theres a big difference between the expression on the face of one who is having food and gets it every day on time, while the expression on the one who has struggled the whole day and then has a got a piece of bread is verey different, the pleasure and the smile of contentment can be seen in every bite .
    There are different ways that God tests us, this is one of his ways of testing us.......
    he tests us on how we value life. Its the value that Indians give to the blessings that God showers on them is what makes them a great nation. Least has nurtured the best- the good amount of developement in every field is a good example.
    A very thought provoking post:)Thanks!

  3. Beautiful comments :). Thanks. Have a great day.

  4. What a wonderful post! love your blog and I have been away too long.
    I see we are reading some of the same books!

    Have a Great day. I am traveling along with you !

  5. P.S. Your music includes THREE of my favorites !

  6. Hi ~ So glad that you are back. I have missed reading your posts. I have always felt we had much in common and now...India. I went to India last year for three weeks when my daughter was married over there. It was an incredible, life changing experience. Take care.

  7. Wow, your daughter was married over there? How interesting!Its a vibrantly colourful and dynamic culture isnt it. Love their kindred spirits. Beautiful souls. Breathtaking country.Thanks for sharing. You take care too :)

  8. Yes, we have so much to be thankful for yet we do complain too often about trivial things. One person can make a difference. Talking about your experience and highlighting these issues can help bring about changes.

  9. Thanks for dropping by UB :).Call me strange but whenever I travel, I tend to reflect on life heaps. And this time around, beautiful India was no exception. It was such an eyeopener.


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