Few days back, i had a mail from a tp member askin me about india - and when i rattled of a list of places, he said he wanted to know more about how better to "experience indian culture"
i did send out a list for culture too....but i wasnt quite satisfied with my answer.
So, i just want to know from all people who have ever visited India , what were ur experiences to 'Indian Culture' - i mean , what did u do to get a feel of it, or what do you think is the best way to experience india???
I plan to write a post on this one - and all ur answers wud be greatly helpful!!!
I think i got a feel for what Indian life was like, by finding a few friends, while i was in Mumbai. I visited a few peoples houses, with them and went out with them and hung out with them. I even worked, in India for a night. I suppose i just was lucky to get opportunities, to be more than a tourist.
I dont know if this is any help, to u, but that was my experience.
ofocurse, any tiny bit of feedback i can get is useful.
I agreee - meeting locals is the next best way to learn about the culture...any interesting insights? ( i personally think, to feel cutlurally as one , u need to live in a particular place and to feel like u belong - u kno? )
also, would there have been something specific on ur list as a "culture" thing that u wud want to do next time around?
And for that matter - I would also like to know "culture" experiences about other countries too!
[ Edit: Edited at Oct 29, 2006 1:53 AM by aprilsgal ]
I tend, to have a pick and choose and mix and match attitude towards culture.
I usually am interested in what people think and what they are doing with their lives.
I visited a holy mans grave, with one of my friends, i met in Bombay. This holy man was very important to him. Apparently, u can pray, to the holy man, to ask for things u want. I would name the holy man, but i cant even start to try to spell his name. There was one man there, and he had prayed, that he would get a job. He said, if he gets a job, he will serve water every night to everybody, at the holy mans grave. He got the job, and when we were there, he served us water, all evening.
Dont know if this would be considered cultural, or not.
And i got offers, to be an extra, in the movies of the world famous bollywood. I only took one of the jobs, but it turned out to be a modelling job, and not an extra in a movie. I thought it would be interesting to be an extra in a Bollywood movie, just once.
I am also interested in seeing where the Kama Sutra verses came from. I read them, and would like to know more about where they came from and who were the people who wrote them. There is probably some place in India, to look at that history. I will have to find out.
Sometimes, in other countries, i am interested in some parts of history. I am interested in what happened in Eastern Europe, during the communist years.
And I am interested in the history and the present condition of human rights, in all countries.
u find tons of temples touted as the place for some sort of salvation or for fulfilling some speicifc kind of dream - we have temples where singles can pray to find their suitable match, we have temples for healing peoples sickness, we have temples for child birht, temples for prosperity!!
yes... that would be very much a part of our culture...
as for kama sutra - all our ancient literature talks about different aspects of day to day living - and how to live the right way or about our 'Dharma' and stuff... kamasutra was also written with that intent in mind - temples in khajuraho are famous for these sculputeres ( though i havent been there myself!)
nxt time u check 'em out, drop me a line
I will drop u a line Aprilsgal, when i see the temples.
I had a choice between going to India, or Estonia, next April.
I could not make the choice, so i choose the one that would cost the least. It was Estonia.
But Estonia should be good too. I have never been there and it is still not as heavily touristed, as most places, in Europe.
Now i am starting to remember more, about India.
One of my friends also introduced me to a holy man, who was alive.
The holy man used to go around collecting food, which people would donate. Every Wednesday, he would cook a huge pot of this food, on the street, and give it to the beggers.
I would also like to see the Ganges river.
And anything about Gandhi. I read some things about him and saw a movie made about him. Cant remember much about it, because i was a child, when i saw it. I would like to see it now, at this age, when i can understand it better.