I have been exploring various parts of the world, hopping from one place to the other, whether on the web or actually visiting them. I read up on them, I get to know them, I have seen the way people live, what people eat, what they are capable of, the animals that they co-exist with, and more.
Yes, there are places I've fallen in love with and the ones that I wish to personally greet someday but if there's a country I would never give up on for any other- it has to be my India. India brings about this calmness in all the chaos, it makes you see the truth of life and how things are. It makes you see beauty and sadness at the same time. And, it's perfectly capable of making you feel all sorts of things at once. The adrenaline rush that comes from travelling in local buses or jumping into fresh glacial water, it comes from witnessing the annual spectacle of Durga Puja or attending a camel fair in Rajasthan. It's omnipresent - the smell of cultures, languages, food, intertwined together to come together as one. As one huge country that accommodates about 2 billion people.
So here I am, listing down a few reasons out of a billion that make travelling in this world within a world that is, India, so sacred, so adventurous and mostly, so heartfelt. Let's begin:
1. India, no matter how ill reputed in the world in regards with women safety, is actually pretty safe to travel in.
Yes, it's very hard to convince Indian parents to let their girls go out and venture about, wherever they'd like. But to think of it, it's not really their fault. We, as youngsters tend to see the world through social media where travelling is more or less a 'trend', a 'lifestyle', a 'way to find yourself' but our parents? They watch the news on the idiot box that is turned on every evening for our mothers to watch Saas Bahu soaps and for our fathers to watch Aaj Tak. They see rape cases, murders, abductions, scams, you name it. They see it all. And, I am not saying that it's misleading. It just sells. And it fills up their sulci and gyri (grey matter) with the same. It's upto you to find a way to let them believe that the world is not all that bad. Hit and trial.
The secret ingredient that one requires to make the most of one's travels in India (or anywhere else to be honest!), is to trust. It is a two way street, people are curious about you and you, about them. They stare, but they usually mean no harm. Trust in the fact that people are kind everywhere you go. You can ask for help from anyone and you'll be given more than you could have wanted. I understand mothers taught us to never take anything from a stranger. But, really, every time I have gotten anything from a stranger, it's been at an important moment when I needed something the most. Precautions are surely a necessity but that doesn't mean that it's impossible to travel in India by yourself. Go ahead and look at this beautiful world, it's waiting for you. And, don't do it because it won't cool that you don't travel in this new age of social validation. Travel because you want to know what lies beyond; what lies beyond your societal box, your religious views, your comfort zone and there'll be a world that'll come gushing at you, ready for you to embrace it.