I recently went with my better half, Rieki, to India for the first time.
Rieki had been there many times, having taken groups who wanted to experience the culture. She planned a fantastic trip to allow me to experience the magic of India and not lose my cool with, the intensity that is particular to India. Choosing Rajasthan and planning the route through Udaipur, Dungarpur, Ranakpur, Jodhpur and Jaipur was a stroke of genius.
What was the most surprising of the Continent India, is that it is a beautiful, inspiring, crazy, funny, ballet of total chaos. However, it all works. In spite of all the cars, tuk tuks, trucks, cows, monkeys, and people constantly intersecting each other and us, I never experienced any accidents. Quite amazing.
India’s remarkable ability to hold in a deep embrace, its cultural heritage and fully accept modern high tech life , and be the world’s largest democracy, is beyond astounding.
The trip was was not a chill beach holiday, but it was definitely refreshing for the soul. I experience an ancient civilisation that built the most awe inspiring structures that leave you breathless. People who are exceptionally engaging, with a wonderful sense of humour.
My only comment is if you need something created that needs a true artists soul to inspire generations, call an Indian. If you need a plumber, don’t call an Indian artist.
Thank you Rieki for a great holiday.
“India is the One land that all men desire to see, and having seen once, by even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for all the shows of all the rest of the globe combined.” – Mark Twain