December 19, 2012 - Posted by Erin in Culture, Travel, Travels in Asia

“What did you like most about India?” – that’s the question on the tip of everyone’s tongues these days when asking me about my recent trip. And I continue to have one very simple answer: the Indians.

I’ve never encountered people so friendly and welcoming in all of my travels. Often not rich in wealth, the Indians I met were abundantly rich in happiness and warmth. It radiated from them as brightly as their vibrantly hued saris and shimmering gold jewelry.

What made this so especially meaningful was that it allowed me to engage with their culture in a way that I haven’t necessarily had the opportunity to elsewhere. We shared a mutual curiosity: They wanted to ask me questions, take pictures of me and with me, and I therefore felt comfortable doing the same with them. The result was a warm exchange between two cultures – one that left me humbled, awestruck and even perplexed.

This couple was nudging their son to step forward so that I’d take his picture

Perplexed because it made me wonder: if we could all approach those that are different than us with this same enthusiastic curiosity – the same happiness and eagerness to get to know – then what a different world this would be.

So while India offered me an experience filled with magical moments — the food, the sights, the music — it was the people that truly left the most meaningful mark on me. And it’s because of the people that I am certain I will one day return.

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8 Responses to “Why I fell in love with India”

  1. Christine in Spain Says:

    Um, I miss your blog posts! We need to catch up soon!

  2. Erin Says:

    Thanks so much, guapa! I’ve been so MIA lately and totallyyyy off the blog-world grid. Passing through Madrid again soon? I think I saw that you were in my hood (I was in the US though 🙁 ). Besos

  3. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures Says:

    And this is why I loved India soooo much too! 🙂

  4. Kara Says:

    What a wonderful post, and let me tell you I have been missing them! You and Candace have definitely sparked my interest in traveling to India. I can’t wait to read and see more. Your photos are wonderful. Have a Merry Christmas! Besos!

  5. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] Says:

    Very nice post. 🙂 I’ve made many Indian friends while living in my college town, and I agree — such a friendly and welcoming people!

  6. bawa Says:

    Erik of American in Spain pointed me out your blog. Glad you enjoyed your visit. (from an indian in spain)

  7. Erin Says:

    Thanks, everyone! Add India to the top of your travel list! And Bawa, I hope you’re lucky enough to return often, and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  8. Michi Says:

    I cannot begin to tell how much I love photographs of people. To me, they’re the most heartfelt and touching. Beautiful photographs. India looks absolutely magical.

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