On Exploring a Different Perception

India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most artistic materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only! (Mark Twain, Writer)

Indians are the Italians of Asia and vice versa. Every man in both countries is a singer when he is happy, and every woman is a dancer when she walks to the shop at the corner. For them, food is the music inside the body and music is the food inside the heart. Amore or Pyar makes every man a poet, a princess of peasant girl if only for second eyes of man and woman meets. (Gregory David Roberts, in “Shantaram”)

There are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and won’t go. For me, India is such a place. When I first visited, I was stunned by the richness of the land, by its lush beauty and exotic architecture, by its ability to overload the senses with the pure, concentrated intensity of its colors, smells, tastes, and sounds. It was as if all my life I had been seeing the world in black and white and, when brought face-to-face with India, experienced everything re-rendered in brilliant technicolor. (Keith Bellows, Editor-in-chief, National Geographic Society)

When I die India will be found engraved on my heart. (Queen Mary)

What do you picture when you think of India? I’ll be honest, busy cities with many people is my dominant view. On the other hand, I know that India is much more, but I plead ignorance to their land. Enjoy this time-lapse that my change your perception of this land as it did mine.

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51 thoughts on “On Exploring a Different Perception

  1. We always see, in movies, the slums, the overcrowding, the noise. My neighbours are of Indian descent and the youngest got chosen to visit the Motherland (there was one young adult from every country that Indians have emigrated to). She kept a blog of her journey all across the country and it sure opened my eyes to the very distinct areas. Sure made me want to visit!
    I just recently watched a lovely Canadian/UK movie called “Midnight’s Children”. Wonderful movie and really gives one an idea of the history of India/Pakistan/Bangladesh ~ I had no clue!

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    • Dale,
      Many thanks for sharing the story of your neighbor’s trip to their homeland. Not only was it a great trip for them, but the fact that it was shared though a blog so others could learn … a tip of the cap to their effort! I’m with you about perception, and know even less than you about that land.

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  2. I loved my visit to India. I think the people are its best asset. We went to the wedding of our lovely friends and met people from all walks of life. It was a wonderful experience.

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    • Debra,
      I have heard stories about Indian weddings, so cheers to you being able to experience one. The closest I’ve ever come to visiting there was several years ago when I worked with many Indians on a project. Good people … and I learned just be conversing with them.

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  3. That is the coolest video, Frank. And I really loved the music! I probably mostly envision the overcrowding in India and tend to think of the poverty, but I’ve had friends travel to India and they come back absolutely enchanted, so I knew there is so much more. This was a fantastic time lapse. I really enjoyed it.

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    • Debra,
      Enchanting is a wonderful adjective for India … and I agree, the combination of the time lapse, nature, and the music makes this video special … and cheers for the focus not being what we have in our minds.

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  4. The video was fantastic. Thank you for adding it.
    I think of India in a positive way. I see a people with strong traditions. The fabrics the women use for their sari’s a breathtakingly beautiful. Yes, there is overcrowding and, probably, more problems than we know here in the states but they are kind and caring people. I have 6 doctors and 4 of them are from India. I cannot express how good my health care from them is.
    HAPPY EASTER to you and your family !!!! 🌺

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    • Isadora,
      Well said about the traditions of the people of India .. besides the fact that we would have to keep in mind all the cultures within that country. Beautiful people indeed. … Hope you had a wonderful Easter!

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  5. What a wonderful video, India is one of the places I did not get to during my time in Asia. I would love to visit someday, though I think I would like to avoid the cities and see the country. This video convinces me even more there is much to see.

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    • Val,
      Asia offers such a wide range of cultures … but I’ve got the feeling that you may get there someday. I guess the cities support our perception of crowds, congestion, and noise … so off to the countryside you go. πŸ™‚

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  6. Great video! It shows why the British didn’t give up their “Jewel in the Crown” easily, and brings to mind the famous scene in the movie “Gandhi,” where the British General says to Mahatma Gandhi, β€œSurely you don’t expect us to just walk away?”

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  7. Where do you find this stuff, Frank? That is a great video.

    I will admit to having a similar impression to yours of India. I have had views of different parts of the country, though, as I have two Indian colleagues one of whom is from the mountainous region in the north. One of my colleagues goes back home to India every year — and even she complains about the crowds in Bombay (she uses the term Bombay, while folks in Europe use “Mumbai” and correct you if you say Bombay — she corrected me the first time I said Mumbai! The world is a very weird place!)

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    • Elyse.
      Who knows where I found this video, but as soon as I saw it … bookmarked for a future Explore. Interesting about the Bombay/Mumbai corrections, of which I had no idea about the quandary. Meanwhile, I imagine the ecological diversity is quite drastic across this country. Glad you enjoyed this little journey.

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  8. Fantastic time lapse of this magical country. First thing that comes to mind about India is the Bhagavad Gita and then colors, the Ganges and a painted dot in between the eyes [third eye]. Never been there, yet I feel I have.
    Happy Full Moon, Frank! πŸ™‚

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    • Marina,
      Oh that Full Moon was a good one … but I missed the Blood Moon eclipse as we were out of town. Otherwise, home would have given me a wonderful view. Meanwhile, colors of India also come to my mind, and oh do they ever wear them well. Such beauty!

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  9. India is a most awesome place full of amazing people and some of the very best food this side of the Pecos but I was under the impression that it was Africa that was the birthplace of man? Methinks the author took a little liberty there πŸ˜‰

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    • Narf,
      My reaction to the cradle-of-humanity reference was similar to yours. On the other hand, i didn’t worry about it because of Mark Twain’s time period. Meanwhile, I get the impression you enjoy Indian food!

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      • The first place a newly fledged, wide-eyed vegan lands when they make the decision not to eat meat, is squarely in the Indian food camp. Many Indians don’t eat meat as part of their religion and they have been perfecting recipes for centuries so it is the natural place to start. You then move on to Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, all of whom treat veggies with the respect that they deserve and use everything that they can. I do love Indian food but sometimes it doesn’t love me, especially when it is full of beans and chillies! πŸ˜‰

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  10. India always congers up visions of rubies, sultans and tea. I have been fascinated by the culture.I visited Singapore and spent a great deal of time with the Indian people there and always learned something new about both countries.

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  11. Cool video. I guess I don’t have any one image of India. I love Indian food though. πŸ™‚ My husband and I saw a movie called “The Lunchbox,” a story that involved the lunchbox service in Mumbai. In the story, a lunchbox gets delivered to the wrong person, but apparently in reality that almost never happens.

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  12. I was in India two years ago and I thought I was prepared and informed. But what I found there was a country of such extraordinary beauty and such utter ugliness at the same time, that all my “preparations” were in vain. I only scratched the surface with my two weeks’ visit, but it definitely was the trip that left the most profound mark on me. The values on which the foundations of Indian society lie are so different from what I am used to, that it felt like all my assumptions about the world and humans were wrong. It opened my eyes to the diversity of not only culture, but also the diversity of the value of life, spirituality etc.

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    • Ana,
      Thank for you such an personal & honest comment. No matter the place one visits, it affects each of of different. The simultaneous beauty & ugliness is striking in itself … let alone the aspects of culture. Have you blogged about these thoughts? (I sense the series of posts.)

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