Mar 14, 2009

A place of Contradictions; Cliche, cliche





As I'm reading up on my immanent trip to India, over and over the reference books warn you/ me to be prepared for a land of contradictions. Bustling cities/ Empty country sides, Wealthy middle classes/ extreme poverty. Hot/cold, Spicy/ mild.

Cows in the streets, religious groups that let vultures carry the dead away. Tibetan refugees in lands where plastic bags are confiscated at the boarder as if it's a smutty magazine in church.

Interact with nothing but your butt with your left hand and green and yellow are lucky colors, instead of a sign of vomiting.

Men hold hands with each other and women are both leaders of the country and at one time encouraged to throw themselves on their dead husband's funeral pyre.

The list goes on. That's not my list. It's my research. I'm leaving final conclusions on hold.

From what I just heard, no India Currency is allowed to leave the country.

I'm excited to get to know another culture.

The race is from March 20th-29th. Keep your eye out.
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3 comments:

Bruce said...

My father was in India during WWII with the US Army Air Corps. He always said that if it weren't for the Japanese (I cleaned that up some) shooting at him India would have been a wonderful place.

I have some currency from his time there. Wonder if it's still legal tender...

My name is Stephen said...

Good Luck!!!

Anonymous said...

Interact with nothing but your butt with your left hand and green and yellow are lucky colors

-- I feel lucky