Travels Through India

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India is a vast land with many languages, cultures, religions, beliefs and second only to China in population.

A conundrum as to how India runs its affairs

Even God doesn't know how India runs; surely the country must run on auto-pilot because there is no sane explanation for the phenonmenon. Indian Governement hasn't been able to do it, foreigners haven't been able to calm it down, travelers have gone native. Rama Devi aka Nina Marshall of Wikinut is one of those gone native! Then what could be the mystery for India being the way it is? It's perhaps sheer obduracy or too much philosophy, the matter having been taken out of human hands and handed over to gods, of which there are plenty, although not quite as much as its population, which hovers somewhere close to a billion. For those heading to India, they could very well hear English spoken in all corners of the country with distinct accents of each state; that's how its natives determine who is from where, a strange idiosyncrasy that exists among Indians. We always want to know the 'sir' name (last name), the region and rest of the information about caste, status and finances; after that Indians pretty much figure out your entire history; it's great networking to say the least.

When Angrez came (Angrez: white people aka British)

Pressing with a bit of history before travelers heading to India get overwhelmed by sheer poverty, here is a little account of the country's better times: India was conquered for the Empire not by the English themselves but by Indians under English leadership, and by taking advantage of Indian disputes. When the English, following upon the Portuguese, first landed in India for the purpose of commerce, they were overwhelmed by the wealth and magnificence of the country. At the time, India was a great and rich country whose trade had been sought after for centuries by the peoples of the West. If civilisation is to be gauged by the standard attained in science, art, architecture, agriculture, industry, medicine, laws, philosophy and religion, then the great States of India at that period were well worthy of comparison with the most enlightened and cultured parts of Europe and no European monarch could be reckoned as in any way superior to Akber, Aurungzib, Shah Jehan, or Sivaji.

It's all Maya (illusion)

Nonetheless, this is my land, a land which let me grow free; I cannot be anything but grateful for letting me run around in its chaos and no other one. I am indeed a child of destiny. I shudder to think what if I were born just across India's northern or western border, in Pakistan or Afghanistan or any of the MiddleEast countries where I could not have escaped or survived the oppression of Islamic tenets. Even America would not have worked for me where I would've surely collapsed under overabundance of freedom. I truly belong to the home of destiny even though many continue to die of hunger, shame, caste system, honor, politics, region, color, gender, accidents, murders, disease; nobody cares; there are too many of them. It's destiny; it's there and not there; it's all Maya;

Confusion, confusion and more confusion

Just because I moved from there, doesn't mean rest of the world is not in a hurry to get there. There is no dearth of enthusiasm even though its bureaucracy tries all kinds of tricks to prevent people from getting a quick passage; fees hiked without warning, duration of stay or whether one can stay at all, made thoroughly confusing, and topping it all is the impossibility of clarifying anything with the Indian Consulate. This is truly a body of miserable beings who present the most unsavory picture of India to the wide eyed and innocent. Damn you, is the attitude when it reluctantly hands over visas to the enthusiastic, but weary hopefuls. From the moment you apply for a visa, to the time you come back from the bombardment, you must allow yourself some joy because truly you are brave, you have crossed the first hurdle; there will be many more of Delhi Belly and other such lurking viruses. Still, India remains one of top destinations for seekers of all kinds.

Land of Films, Fakirs and Yogis

This is indeed a land of sheer contrasts with no grey matter in between. From palaces you descend into slums and then into the dreamworld of Bollywood, world's largest film industry. Roads spill with people, trains have to struggle with humans to find their own tracks, buses are bent over with the weight of humanity; there are rickshaws, cycles, cars, scooters, with people riding in them and as many riding while hanging onto them. Nobody cares, it's just one in a billion. Horns blare, bhajans sung late into nights, mullahs yell their prayers before the rooster crows, church bells ring ferociously; and so the noise goes on to the accompaniment of Bollywood music. Welcome to the land of Films, Fakirs and Yogis.

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Asia, Biggest Democracy, British Colonialism, Diverse, I Billion Population, India

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author avatar Joyce Singha
Writer, Thinker, Homeopath.
Background in Literature, Films and Homeopathy. Interests in Politics & Human Idiosyncrasies. Humor is essential. Personal Blog at: http://joyce-iamwhatiyam.blogspot.com

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author avatar Retired
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

A wonderful explanation about what India is really like!

I have a friend from India who makes the following expression when experiencing exasperation by some obfuscating act of bureaucracy: "It's like the government of India!"

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author avatar Joyce Singha
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

The friend is right. India has the biggest and most obnoxious bureaucracy in the world; UN is close. But India is a lovable mess. Yet, a veteran nut from here RamaDevi Nina Marshall is one of those 'gone native'. I should put a link for her. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Interesting article...didn't know!

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author avatar Joyce Singha
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you M for all your comments. I better start my rounds as well :)

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author avatar Retired
2nd Aug 2014 (#)

Well done!!! Unity in diversity! How it is managed is confusion confounded as you have rightly put it!!

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author avatar Joyce Singha
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

I wonder too and the more I wonder, the more discombobulated I get. Thanks write2earn.

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author avatar JayeByrd
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

How enlightening to have an overview of a great country. You show the warts, but you do so as someone who loves it very much.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you JayeByrd; that is great analysis and you have an astute mind.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

India would be a fantastic country to visit, such a rich culture and great food.

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author avatar Joyce Singha
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you Mark but you have been warned :)

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author avatar Retired
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

I enjoyed your affectionate and articulate article about Bharat Mata, dear friend. The spiritual offerings of India are what attracts many foreigners like myself. The peace within the chaos, etc. :) The tourists love the colorful chaos...and they may be lucky and surprised to find the (third) eye of the storm filled with light and grace...

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author avatar Joyce Singha
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

You have a long life my dost. Was just thinking of you and putting a link for you in my article which is up for some editing and re-publishing hopefully with a star this time. Shanti you goof ball :)

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author avatar Retired
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

I love my India

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

Yes Joyce, India is a land of extremes and also resilient. When some say nothing is possible, it can prove everything is possible! I have had the best of times there, and also the worst of times! siva

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author avatar Retired
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Aum Shanti, Joyce---Congrats on the star! ;)

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
8th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, an amazing introduction to this incomparable place.

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author avatar L. R. Laverde-Hansen
8th Aug 2014 (#)

Yes, an amazing introduction to this incomparable place. I stay away from there, not because I would have nothing to gain for going there, but I prefer to only go where I am invited. :)

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