I’m back!! Hello everyone, how are you? So the past week I was away from the blogging world because I was in India – Mumbai to be exact. Read this post to find out why.
I actually just came back last night and had to go back to work this morning so I don’t have time to write all the stories yet, so for starters I’m going to share what I felt after returning from the trip.
I’ve heard stories of how people find peace, or revelation, inspiration, or some sort when going to India. Eat pray love, anyone? But I always thought that it must have something to do with Yoga or some mountains. While I was visiting Mumbai – a big city, for a wedding, so I did not expect to find any. But still I left Mumbai feeling inspired. Here’s why.
1. I learned to make peace with Jakarta’s traffic.
You know how frustrated I am with Jakarta’s traffic, right? But let me tell you, Mumbai is worse. Everywhere I found cars honking, people crossing the street, bus, motorcycles, taxis, they’re just crazy. Even I came from Jakarta but it was still hard to get used to Mumbai’s traffic during my 6 days visit. Then I realised that Jakarta’s traffic is way more acceptable, and at least I should be thankful because my daily traffic does not involve cars honking (they drive me really crazy!).
2. I learned to appreciate my culture more.
I found it very inspiring that the people I met still appreciate their culture. I mean I saw ladies in the street doing mundane routines wearing saree. I saw men in turban. They embrace their culture without limiting themselves from globalization and the “western world”. In fact, they blend it and make it an interesting fusion. Especially that I was there for a wedding, I got to experience how rich the culture of India is. It makes me a bit sad because I don’t see that much of culture here in Jakarta anymore. In Mumbai the culture is still very visible, which I really love. So here I am making a promise to myself (and let you my dear readers be witnesses) that I will make sure that my future child(ern) will know and understand their roots and culture no matter where I will raise them. Sounds like a plan?
3. I learned to dance.
I love dancing, I really do. But I felt nothing compared to my Indian friends when it comes to dancing now. Man, they really know how to dance! In almost every functions I went, dancing was involved. From cocktail party to the wedding day, I danced. They danced. We danced. And by dancing I mean dancing – Non stop, full of energy. You may ask what is so special about dancing? But having seen how Indian people danced, I see it as a way to let loose – be happy, be merry, and blend in with the society. I mean, while dancing everyone is equal – no one will judge the way you dance so you don’t need to feel awkward. Dancing brings you closer with your surroundings, so it’s always a good idea! 😀
So that’s the three things I learned during my trip to Mumbai, and I can tell you that I ❤ India! It is indeed, incredible and I will definitely come back and explore more. Now I am going to end this post with a selfie in front of Gate of India. More pictures and of course stories later! Stay tuned! 😀
Btw, have you been to India? Did you like it? 🙂