Things you ll miss when you bid adieu to India

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Anupama Nair

India is known as the ‘spiritual guru’ of the world. In India, “spiritualism is not an obsession of the human mind; rather it is a heritage as well as a continuous tradition”. India is famous for her culture, civilization, traditions, literature and epics, ancient medicine – Ayurveda, Yoga, ancient scientific theses like gravitation, atomic theory (later proved by modern science), ancient temples and holy cities, you imagine and we have it all.  However, the greatness of Indian culture, especially “spiritualism” have contributed a lot —connecting the spirit of Indians throughout the ages. As a result, the spiritual-minded Indians have succeeded in maintaining their Indianness which could not have been possible otherwise. Indian life is dominated by personality which is well linked to spiritualism.

The Vedas offer spiritual direction to the Indians giving them the basics of spiritual and moral life. Our rishis should be applauded as the earliest spiritual masters on earth as their mantras resound with the seed of spiritualism, and India can be called the “cradle of spiritualism and civilization”.

India is a vivacious land of staggering contrasts where “both the traditional and modern worlds meet”. We are the world's seventh largest country by area and the second largest in terms of population. India has a rich heritage that's “the result of centuries of different cultures and religions leaving their mark”. What travelers to my country prefer to do is have the opportunity to “experience an array of sacred sites and spiritual encounters, while nature lovers will enjoy its sun-kissed beaches, lush national parks, and exciting wildlife sanctuaries” – all in all a great package .

Many say “India is very diverse, probably the most diverse country that you will find on this planet. We have the second coldest places in the world – Drask, a place that has the highest rainfall in world – Cherapunji, and also one of the driest places on the Earth – The Thar Desert. Then the peninsula is home to beautiful beaches, and in contrast the northern part of India hosts snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas. Mix all this with different cultures and hundreds of languages and dialects, you have got a potent mix of diversity”. No wonder tourists flock to India!

So, when it’s time to bid ciao, or leave the country, it goes without saying that home sickness will kick in, sooner or later. Here are things you’ll probably miss when you leave India:

  • The people.
  • The festivals.
  • The cuisine
  • Chai or tea.
  • The street shopping and bargaining.
  • The sounds of India.
  • The culture.
  • Endless travel options.
  • The affordability.
  • The joy of eating with bare hands.

Even foreigners who come to India, many times never want to live and take a citizen ship. That is the greatness of my country.




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