It was my first time in India and, as expected, it has been a quite uncomfortable cultural shock.
Even if I could not visit any World Natural Heritage Site, the trip has been well worth the effort.
It is not easy to process all the inputs, and digest the extreme contrasts of India. Nonetheless, I’ll try to summarize, with the support of some photos, My Impressions of India.
India appears joyfully painted with exceptionally vivid colors. Eye catching, probably artificial, and sometimes even toxic, the typical Indian colors create a unique atmosphere.
Still, it is hard to approve the practice of animal decoration.
Even if most of them were abandoned and have consequently deteriorated over time, Indian forts and palaces are simply spectacular.
Cows feeding on garbage seem to work well as an efficient waste processor. Cows’ excrements are collected and used as combustible.
Anyway, the perception of urban skinny cows clash with the romantic idea of fat cows grazing in the Alps.
Stray dogs and monkeys
The huge amount of unhealthy stray dogs is becoming a serious issue. Areas unreachable by dog are populated by smart but mean monkeys.
Be aware of the monkey thieves!
Humble ordinary jobs
It’s quite disappointing to notice that many jobs look surprisingly humble for a third largest economy (PPP) in the world.
Working conditions don’t seem appropriate too.
Hygienically debatable behaviors
Traditions and religious rituals can be very important in society. Nonetheless, progress should drive the update of some habits incompatible with modern public health requirements.
«Indian food culture is rich and diverse». Actually, ordinary restaurants can be extremely basic and the everyday menu will probably be soon perceived as poor and repetitive.
Imaginative religious iconography
The Hindu iconography is really fascinating and imaginative. The concept of ‘avatar’ is quite intriguing…
Far from touristic sites, children are genuinely sociable and curious.
When in Varanasi, buy a fighter kite, go to the ghats, and let the kids teach you how to fly it.
Orissa Eternit tribes
Sadly unaware about the risks of living under Eternit roofs, Orissa tribes seem to welcome the leftovers of an infamous technology.
The apparently unruled and chaotic traffic flow is only manageable by locals. Vehicles are creative but inadequate for one of the most polluted area of the world.