Some LOVE it, some HATE it and someone like me loved some aspects of it and hate some other. But when I left (and I was looking forward to leave) I was sad and felt I wanted to stay longer. India is a strange and magic place. When I got my request for visa approved I was almost disappointed. I had read so many bad things about it that I was almost terrified to go there. And since I had no expectations whatsoever I was able to actually enjoy it after I realized that it was not so scary after all. My experience in India has been some kind of an adventure. There were moments that I asked myself what I was doing there and others that I couldn’t get enough and I wanted more.
Indians with their barefeet, their obsession with hair, with their constant talking, their clumsiness, their naivety, with their contrast of poor covered in gold, their attitude of Jack of all trades , their constant trying to get more money from you, with their despise of stray dogs, their togetherness, their faulty legs (mainly men), their loud music in the buses, their habit of spitting, their food served in newspaper pages and most of all their inquisitive bobbing heads are the most annoying but at the same time charming people I’ve ever met.
With the hindsight I realize that India should have been a trip by itself. By the time I got there I was already tired and extremely annoyed by anything that was not working in a western way. I could not really make the best of my time in India for this reason but at the same time, especially towards the last days when my homecoming was approaching I realized that I wanted more, that I wished I had stayed longer. Now that I’m back home I miss the mess that is India. I miss the colors (not the smells…), the smiles, the friendliness, the carelessness that characterizes life in India. I miss the easy going attitude, the chats in the streets or wherever as a matter of fact, their way of seeing life, the it’s OK attitude. I’m already thinking of going back some day. Don’t know yet when. But I feel I have left something behind and wanna find out what it is.