Hi Aman and anyone else!
I'm coming to India this June. It is my first time and I'm extremely excited and also a little scared - I'll be travelling alone and have heard some crazy stories about safety and women. I plan on flying into Bangalore and am looking for someone to meet up/travel with. Thanks!
I am really very sorry for replying late as i was very busy.
So you are coming to India.......WOW. I am sure this will be your lifetime
expereince. Talking about safety of women yeah it is an issue in north india
especially around delhi...but not much. But in south .....Banglore , Mumbai, Chennai
and even up north...Chandigarh, Kashmir and in West in Jaipur and other Forts in
Rajasthan and in East in Calcutta ......You will never feel safety as an issue. These
cities have very friendly and nice people and very open minded society. So Dont
Worry ....come here freely...u have written about banglore ....it is the silicon valley
of india and a nice place. If you further need any help then BUZZ me through this
site or here at Forum.
But keep one thing in mind that June is the time of Summer in india. Lucky for you in
south india there is always 20-30 'C whole year but in north india u will feel hot.
Thanks..........Have a Nice Day...........Aman
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I believe that it is important to hear the negative as well as positive comments about a destination and value all those posted here. I would like to add my experience during my trip to India to the positive side.
India is a huge country and has something for every taste and travelers desire. There are of course good things and bad about every country but my experience was almost entirely wonderful. I found the people to be kind and generous without exception. Despite the ever present surrounding of poverty, I never felt uncomfortable or threatened. The infrastructure of the country is terrible, in general, but the warm welcome by everyone I met made up for any traveling discomfort.
I would certainly recommend Rajasthan if visiting. Again, the people were wonderful, the country and history breathtaking. Also not to be missed is the holy city of Varanasi. Very rich culture and also a center of art and music.
While in Varanasi, we wanted to hear some local music. Someone told us about a small music school down near the ghats (Laliata ghat) that also arranged concerts. Almost by accident, we found it. The Sangita Music School. It was basically the home of the proprietor. When we asked if there were any concerts planned he said "just tell me what instruments you would like to hear and I'll arrange to have them here this evening".
We went back that night, sat in his tiny living room with he and his children sipping tea, and listened to world class Indian musicians (e.g. the tabla player had been playing tabla since he was 2 years old; his father was the sitar teacher of Ravi Shankar) for several hours. All for so few rupees that you wouldn't believe me if I told you.
Of all the wonderful things we did while in India, this surprise turned out to be the highlight by far. If you enjoy music, I would certainly keep an eye out for this wonderful place.
Its nice that you have enjoyed the culture and music in india. The classical music in india is indeed amazing. Personally I like the "Sitar and Tabla jugalbandhi" or Sitar alone . This spiritual music is the best mind and soul soothing and relaxing tool as the vibration of Sitar just touches ones inner and gives the starting path of spirituality. As jogging or other aerobics is the exercise of our body similarily our soul also needs exercise. We canot do exercise of our mind and soul at Gym. Do you? Hence the vibrational music of sitar and other instrumentals along with the "Mantra" such as Gayatri Mantra , OM Bhur Bhuvu Sawah...and OM...OM and also continuing Yoga are the only exercise of our "Inner Soul and Mind". May be at the age of 10 or 20 one doesnt feel the need to exercise his/her soul but as age progresses we realize the truth. and earlier we realize the power of Music and Sanskrit Mantra's the more happier we will be inspite of lots of stress we face in day today life. and This experience cannot be stated in words. Thats the enjoyment and power of Mediatation by using all the methods i have stated above.
Happy Soul and Mind Exercising.........Aman
You have me sold ill be arriving in japan on thursdays and off to thailand on the 15th, from there ill make it some how some way. Might as well right, Im so close, the flight should be a good price. take care
Hi there everyone. Yes I am recently learning Yoga and meditation and am finding it very beneficial to me as it allows you to escape from the stress of life and takes you away from living in the fast lane. It seems really beneficial for those reasons as well as overall peace of mind and other health benefits
Another thing about india is that I was watching this TV programme the other day (last Sunday now) and it actually was about the dangers of travelling. I actually found this one case in the programme really interesting. There was a young guy early 20's whom had gone travelling to india. Unfortunately he took a bit too much marujana there and suffered paranoia and went a little crazy. He ended up getting completely lost in the Himalayas and had a nasty fall and collapsed after not eating for 7 days and not drinking hardly any water. He was near dead and it turns out that a member of an indian tribe found him and carried him back to the tribe for about so many miles or hours I think it was around 5hours or so. He was then taken care of there without any means of a hospital or any medication. How this tribe and their ways of looking after him that had healed him I'll never know. He told the programme it was a beautiful experience. I just found it really amazing the hospitality and the way that this tribe looked after him without any means of a hospital or anything. I was amazed at the strength one of the members of the tribe had to carry this young lad for hours in extreme heat and the amazing ability they all had to heal him from him nearly being dead. I feel that I have no apprehensions regarding india after seeing that programme. I keep wanting to see india more and more but I am waiting a little longer now maybe late 2005 and will spend a longer time there than originally anticipated
I do agree with Mr. Lost world. We Indians boast about our culture and values, while look down on the western world as "corrupted" and immoral. In reality, India itself has many problems, much more than the western world. dont forget the 12000 or so women who are burned each day in Bangalore because of dowry issues or baby girls who are killed because parents dont want to pay their dowry. Arranged marriages itself is corrupted. Marriage is more a transaction, and once married the couple has no respect for each other. They dont know the likes and dislikes of the other, because they never spent time with each other.
The people boast about their country but litter and make the streets dirty. They feed their cows and rats and dont care about the many starving children who die each day. We need to stop boasting about the ancient monuments that were built in the ancient times and think about the lack of infrastructures in India itself. Once we come back to reality and open our eyes to see what India is really like, maybe then we will work to change India for the better and develop it. Like Kennedy said" Dont ask what your country can do for you, but ask what YOU can do for YOUR country
Though i agree with "Blue" that India has many social, economical and infrastructural problems (which country dont have ? if not these then any other problem) but the positive thing is we are working on these things from quite sometime. If we cant completely eradicate these bad things but we can reduce them to negligible level. Also in the meantime we should look at the good things more closely( otherwise its a syptom of a disease called depression!) and try to improve our good things. It is also often said that we should work on our limitations and also we should not only maintain but constantly improve our plus points . Then only we can move ahead. Dowry is certainly is big problem in india and it is more of a pysological problem. We have to change our mentallity and eveything is fine. ..contd.
Regarding infrastructure yeah first few decades after 1950 we had
little progress but the last 10 years from 1995-2004 , if you can see,
things have improved very fast.....and conditions are improving at
the speed of time. If you have visited india you would have seen. for
e.g Metro Train in delhi- work is going on 24 hrs day-night (i agree
this metro work should be done many years ago in delhi but still
satisfactory that atleast its happening).
Look at Gurgaon, Delhi,Noida, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Banglore, Pune ,
Chennai, Mumbai, Ahemdabad...........this list is really long. These
cities have completely turnaround in about last 10-15 years. Also There
are so many Software Parks in these cities with campuses of companies
like Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Infosys,GM, Wipro, Texas Inst., GE etc etc.
and all this happened in last few 10-15 years. Also i have visited so
many villages. They are also feeling the heat of progress though not as
much extent as in cities. Most of the farmers have access to all
facilites in cities. Though some part of india have poor farmers also.
The not so good things about india are imroving at great speed. Now
looking at the the picture of "True India" ......there is lot to be known even by most of indians. There are some peoples which get influenced with the west very easily and without fully knowing the best things available here. But i am happy that indian best things are coming to india via this route
indian knowledge,spirituality....USA,Europe-Research...Accepted-huge benefit.... widely used in west.... indians influenced .... Indians Also Accept and use
this knowledge. But the aware indian are not waiting west's to accept
before they accept. If you want to know just get some Vedas/ spiritual
texts and read it. or ask so many foreiners like Dr Stephan Knapp, a
great researcher at "www.stephen-knapp.com" what he found in the vedas and other hunderds of indian texts after researching on it. Ask the celebrities in US why they Follow the thoudands of years old indian
tradition "Yoga". And these accepted things are just a drop of the
ocean of the huge scientific research based written indian knowledge.
Plz i dont want to sound here like the promoter of indian culture. As i
am researching on it alongwith some of the prominant western scholars
hence i think that all human beings should get benefit from it , not
only few indians. Vedic culture is just a philosphy of living . We dont
believe in the word "religion" . I have successfully found the most
asked questions with proofs from Theory of Relativity applied to the
facts and knowlede in Vedas and other books. Interesting point is the
modern science is just 100 years old and these vedas are many
thoudands(2500-5000 or more) yrs old. Just pick a book or more from the
vedas collections and read it , think it, research it , you will find
out why. But one thing i would like to tell you(which is a well known
fact by western researchers) that noone can read and understand the
whole universe of vedas and purans in his lifetime. but still we can
get some part of this knowledge by studying few books. Have a nice
spiritual Experience. Thanks - Aman