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Back from India!

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.

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    Thanks for letting us peek in on your journey. Everywhere we go it is the same with Jehovah's people! No matter what the cultural climate is in the area, we can count on our brothers and sisters to treat us like... well, brothers and sisters. Always the highlight of any trip.
    1814 days ago
    What a great experience! Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I love being one of Jah's people. It does set us apart from the rest. Amazing that you were able to stay with "family" you have never met in person. Not only did they trust you right away, you also trusted them. Only in Jehovah's organization!

    We used to have friends stay with us for the conventions when we lived in Arizona. We had a language barrier (they only spoke Spanish and we only English) but we loved having them with us and shared as many meals as we could with them even with the language barrier. Lovely people, as they were Jah's people.

    Thank you again!
    1822 days ago
    Sounds wonderful! Would love to hear more about your trip and see photos too! I imagine that life isn't easy for our dear brothers and sisters in many parts of India. And the poverty in areas must be heart breaking too. But, on a happy note, some of the food is delicious!
    1823 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your experiences. Enjoyed reading about your observations. Sure am glad to be a Witness!! emoticon
    1824 days ago
    What an interesting blog. Yup the truth does set us free. We have a wonderful family of Indians in our congregation (the Chetty's) and they are beautiful people with their sweet sing song voices. The brother has a photographic memory so when he does the microphones, he answers without a book near him. Its amazing to see. He's such a hugger too. Him and his wife, forever more sweeping us up in their arms for a hello hug. Cute.
    1824 days ago
    Awesome! Isn't our 'family' wonderful no matter where they are?
    1824 days ago
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