Tuesday, October 25, 2011
How was it? Interesting. I have to say that it is surely different from watching the Hindi movies. I have realized, like all other movies, that India is glamorized by the Hindi movies. Real life is not like that at all, of course.
I just wasn't prepared for how different real life is. I guess when someone comes here from other countries, they are not totally prepared by the reality of the US either.
Will I go back again? Unfortunately no. My asthma cannot handle the pollution and dust. I had to actually go to the hospital for treatment for an asthma attack. But at least the hospital I went to was in Kerala. Which is a beautiful state. The hospital was top notch. Very much like any good US hospital.
However, the friends I met there were absolutely wonderful. They were so different from the rest of the population. Jehovah's organization is truly wonderful. It's the same all over the world.
I was able to stay with friends I had never met in person. I was received so warmly and lovingly that it was impressive. Especially given the environment and the attitude towards darker skinned people.
I had no idea that there was a skin color partiality. I did not know that the darker skinned Indians are treated with contempt. (Untouchables they are called. It all stems from Hinduism) Also the dark skinned non-Indian people are also treated with contempt unless they are spending money. Then the story changes altogether. But watch your wallet, because the dishonesty was rampant when it comes to the price of items. In all the places I have visited in the world, this is the first place I felt like I had to be very careful of being ripped off. I went with my friends to the stores and had assistance from them.
Some funny items were that it's OK to honk your horn. Even encouraged! That was surprising and noisy! Cars, trucks, autorickshaws, bicycle rickshaws and scooters all honking at the same time and it's totally fine!
I'm glad I didn't see the touristy India. I got to see India as it actually is. It was really very enlightening. I went to the movies there too. that was so totally cool! The environment of the states I went to - Delhi, Punjab, Kerala, Bangalore and Mumbai reminds me of the pre-civil rights era here in the States. India seems to be about 50 years behind by times, but they are trying to come up to speed with the rest of the world.
But, even though I was very happy to get back home, I enjoyed the trip. It helped me to better appreciate what I have in the States. I even appreciate being an African-American in the States. Racism in the States can't even begin to touch India! All Americans have an opportunity to better themselves. There is no American that is considered "Untouchable". Sure there are differences and social issues that are of concern to most, but still in all, no one is untouchable. (You might not want to touch some....but that's a different issue) LOL
So now, back to regular life and to Sparkpeople. Happy sparking. Keep loving one another. It's a truly precious privilege.