India has definitely something very very special about its spirit and people, something that makes me visit this magic land every year… There are 1000 things I love about India, but each time I open new petals on its majestic flower.
These are the things which I enjoyed every time and particularly during my last visit to India a week ago.
1. The Indian satisfaction.
Indians seem to be generally very satisfied souls – they themselves may not see it this way, but compared to the stressed and frustrated westerners they are just the embodiment of peace! May be it comes from the belief in Karma – it makes probably a huge difference is one knows there is only one life to accomplish or one knows there have been many and there are many to come – that surely releases from the stress (consciously or unconsciously). Another thing is the heat – when it is too hot, people just can not worry much, I guess – the heat makes one really slower and relaxter (compared to cold which makes one tough).
The satisfaction has also another side of a coin that basically Indians (again compared to the Westerners) do not have much drive to do things, to work on all sorts of projects, to travel, to move around, to get inspired and change their lives easily. At least those who do not immigrate 🙂
2. Going by riksha
Despite polluted air and horrible traffic, going by riksha is a big enjoyment to me and I really miss that comfortably fast mean of transport back in Europe. In fact, I miss it a lot – the possibility to catch a riksha so easily and get inside and drive with the wind blowing around… Unlike the sophisticated taxi.
3. Beauty and colours!!
Sure thing, that is what you can expect from me 🙂 I adore the sense of colours Indians have (which again would be called a kitsch in the “sophisticated” West) – every woman in a sari I saw I wanted to shoot a photo of, every flower was a total delight, in fact every clourful thing made me feel like a child in a magic candy shop….that was very special.
It might be a surprise for some of my readers, but I value a lot a simple village life. When I was a child, I used to spend every summer with my grandparents in a small Russian village. Being a cultivated city girl now, I really miss those days and enjoy every possibility to be back to the roots. Visiting India would have been never complete without visiting its rural part. This time I spent some days in villages and that was the pure joy!
5. Original wear
I LOVE INDIAN DRESS, all these saries, salvar-camies… not only they seem the most natural thing to wear while in India, but also the most beautiful. The western every day wear appears just ugly compared to these peaces of beauty and grace… I believe you can judge from my photos that I felt very comfortable and enjoyed it such a lot!
6. Secret places full fo vibrations
India is probably the only country in the word so rich on sacred places emitting good or even tremendous vibrations, having a kind of healing energy… And these are mostly not the well known temples, but some natural places or swayabhus. Especially state Maharashtra is full of such treasures. My absolute favorite is a small village Brahmapuri by Satara (and the particular place on the photo, just open your hands to feel why):
This time a great discovery for me was the Mulshi Lake (1 hour away from Pune) – the special thing about this lake is that is emits incredible peace and calm… I was about to dissolve myself totally in that place…so powerfully blissful… Interestingly, pretty unknown to the masses and majestically lonely. But I better let my photos speak:
What does the famous ad says? INCREDIBLE INDIA…
yes, 1000% true, it is incredible. With all its beauty and ugliness, may be as any other country… but still differently. The Eternal Magnet.
P.S: more my India photos here.