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Why do I love India?:)

February 23, 2009
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How do I love India?:)Or rather why do I love India?Let me count the ways…:)

There is always time for a cup of chai..:)…morning,afternoon,evening,night….

Indians bond over a cup of chai…..from politics to marriages,to gossip..chai is the sole binding force..

And oh! before you look daggers at me,let me say that the same goes for coffee..:)

Food is offered to complete strangers and shared with an open heart…:) We have a copyright over ‘khaana khaa ke jaana /jaaiye’ 😀

The villagers here are unlike anywhere in the world…their openness humbles me..overwhelms me..

Every Indian no matter how urban,can trace his/her roots to some village and that is the most important in life….to never ever forget one’s roots…

The way powercuts don’t make us groan so much are they a part of our life…

The way lanterns (laalten) in villages are lighted at dusk….

The soft glow of fireflies and the absolute stillness of the night in a village…the quiet chirping of jhingurs....the croaking of frogs during the monsoons…

I have visited places which have a masjid,a mandir, a gurudwara and a church side by side…and a buddhist monastery too:)Where else in the world will I see such a sight on its own and not deliberately created? 🙂

This is the land where so many beautiful souls were born…some like Buddha,Krishna ,Kabir,Mahatma Gandhi……..take a moment to pause and take a deep breath…they walked on the very same land..maybe even where you are walking today?:)

Indians are the most kind people I have ever known…or maybe the only ones I have known?:)And I am not talking of the numb,urban Indian(though thats a generalisation too)….No,I am talking of another India…the one outside of this blogosphere in many respects..

Go to even a small town ,a qasba as they call it and you will see what I mean..:)And the villages have a charm, a culture of their own..a culture that says guests are akin to god ….

India is music and music is India…:)Music is in our blood..from the folk songs to the ones in movies of every language we are a nation that loves,simply loves its music…
We are ‘singers at heart…yes all of us..all Indians….we hum melodies ,we sing folk songs…we are the bards of this world…:)and I love that…for when the spirit of the world needs some nourishment ,who better to sing and soothe?:)

We are dancers too…we have the most classical dances and also have our own madcap individual versions the way we let go at weddings and immerse ourselves in the music..:)

We are healers too…from Ayurveda to the Unani system of medicine…:)(it still survives in India but not in Greece:))

We have a history so rich that even many lifetimes will never be enough to know it all…where does one start?

The way we sometimes smirk and give this ‘beautiful history argument for every debate that we have…funny I know ,but hilarious is it not?:)and all Indians do it at some point…times when we simply sigh over what had been… (even if only in our minds:D)

We have a country so varied geographically that one can enjoy snow fall, torrential rains and sweltering summers…all at the same time..

One can sit and gaze at the ocean,go and live amidst the quiet seclusion of the mountains,know the quiet desert sands….and gaze at the mustard fields of the plains….all in the same country!:)

The sight of coconut trees transports me to ‘god’s own country’..:)…a bargad ka ped (Banyan Tree) seems like a grand old patriarch to me …something to be found in every village..:) a peepal tree seems like its the protector of us all…while just the sight of a neem tree soothes…:)

We live in spaces so small and yet our hearts are the biggest in the world…for who knows of family better than an Indian?:)Love them or not,they are ours …:)

The bazaars have a charm of their own….the cacophony of noises,the medley of colours…shops nestling side by side…people bumping into each other…jalebis and samosas in one corner, paan in another,sarees in a third and jewellery in a fourth……the sheer confusion of it all…and yet where else would one find this beautiful insanity?

The sheer love of jewellery that we seem to have…its absolute madness…and yet not madness…:)the shringaar,the craving for gold that exists unlike any other country..:D.. the toe rings that we love,the bangles that seem to have been made just for us….:)the nose pins,the paayals…:)

Even silver jewellery:)

The mehndi such an integral part of our culture…

The clothes we wear..the sheer riot of colors ..the zari,gota,salma sitaara..:)the beauty that is banarsi,patola,paithani,tanchui,maheshwari,Chanderi,munger,tussar,…..:))where else would you find these?:)Where?:)

The way a barren land blooms with colour ..the blues the reds,the saffrons,the greens…Rajasthan is colour… and India too..:)

The ancient temples…the walls that seem to speak in whispers so hushed…telling us tales of a beautiful past..the forts ,the palaces that shout of royalty,intrigue,politics and treason…it is such a baffling mix…The sufi dargahs that seem to touch my soul…and help me be at peace…

A saint revered since generations….blessing all those who come, irrespective of faith…

The many millions who come of all faiths not caring about the saint’s religion….Hindus ,christians ,Buddhists,Muslims in not just places of their own faith but temples ,churches and mosques and gurudwaras and monasteries…

The way a Hindu can ask for a tabeez from a Chishti saint and the way a Muslim is the caretaker of an old Temple…:)

The way faith ,simple faith seems to be in our blood….a stone can be everything and nothing if we want it to be…:)

The melas and the haats….the sheer beauty that is our traditional handicrafts…

The festivals so varied and yet the same..the celebrations, all so very same at the heart ,are they not?:)

The way all of us love kites whether we know how to fly them or not..:D..the sheer awe, as one looks at them soaring in the sky…the colours,the competitions as one tries to cut a friend’s kite string…patangbaazi…:)

The food..how can one forget the food?:)We live for food..:)From ‘ghar ka khaana ‘which varies from region to region to the streetside food…….ghar ka khaana could be aloo ke paranthe or idlis , dosas,or sambhar, or uthappam or theplas,or momos(dimsums)or dal bati churma,malpua,chole,kormas ,koftas,(are you salivating yet?:D)or tandoori rotis,the rohu,the hilsa ,the fish and rice,the jheenga,the various varieties of chutney that we have…or kheer or rasmalai,gulabjamun,sandesh…:)(drool away!)or kulfi the most authentic Indian icecream?:D

The street food..haven’t even come to that yet..:D the chole bhature,the pav bhaji,the golgappas(phuchkas) ,tikkis,bhelpuri,chole kulche,dahi vada…:)

The way we can take chinese food and make it desi ,the way a pizza could never be recognised by an Italian ,so Indian have we made it… 😀

The spices the sheer variety of them…cloves(laung),saunf,dalchini(cinnamon),black pepper(kali mirch),tez patta Curry leaves,nutmeg,turmeric,chillies,cardamom,ginger…..and the way we use them just so….

The way even our vehicles are decorated as if to celebrate life…’ok tata’ ‘phir milenge’, a few budding poets and their creations too are featured on trucks..many an artist have used the truck as their canvas..:D

The rangoli designs that are all so different from each other…:)

The way we give mithaai on every occasion…what a beautiful tradition :)no celebration is complete without mithaais..(even if city dwellers are changing it now)..:)

Grown men and women have names like baby,pinky ,chotu,sunny …:D

The arguments that we love to have over every topic…and yet they are not arguments are they?:)the way we dissect everything to bits…that is so India is it not?:)

The seemingly faltu (useless) discussions on everything under the sun…whether at a gaon ki chaupal or at a paan ki dukaan..or at a gathering of friends…we take the art of conversation to a different level altogether…:D

How there is always room for one more on a seat in a train or a bus…:)

The quiet solitude at dusk when the birds have returned home and the sun has spread a warm red glow just before setting……

The beauty of dawn and the dewdrops and the freshness…of birds chirping..so many of them…mynas,sparrows,pigeons,crows…..

The way we believe that a crow crowing and squaking outside the window means that a guest will arrive…:)

The way sparrows sing of happiness…

The green parrots …the woodpeckers….

The smell of jasmine when you are standing quietly in a garden on a moolit night….(yes,I love jasmine:))..the way we use marigolds for everything..:)from festivals to weddings to gods and even on a last journey….flowers are so much a part of us…are we the only country tha uses flowers so?:)
The roses as an offering to Shiva…the white jasmine in venis and gajras…:)
( humming genda phool are you?):D

The way a certain sacredness pervades our life at every corner..

The way we believe that mountains are the abode of many gods…
The way we believe that certain trees are so sacred ,certain animals even more so…

The cows, the elephants, the camels and other animals…..all so very much a part of our traditions….

The warmth and hospitality of my people…from the north to the south to the east and the west…:)

Our handicrafts….

The way we embrace everyone with an open heart…refugees from every land have found themselves warmly emraced in India and have made their homes here…

The way we celebrate marriage here…with our hearts and our souls…its a celebration of life itself…:)

The way its Army ,Navy and Airforce and the Paramilitary gets a respect unlike that in any other country by the common Indian…the respect and affection in the gaze of the ordinary Indians for a man or woman in uniform…

The way we touch the books to our forehead when we accidentally touch them with a foot…the way we bring our hands to our heart when we have accidentally touched someone with our foot…

The way we furtively resort to speaking in our mother tongue when a secret is to be shared…:D

The way we still have a culture and a civilisation that refuses to die out…the way sanskrit is still learnt and spoken…the way this ancient civilisation still preserves ever so lovingly all the elements that set it apart ..the way we can see that civilisation while walking the streets of Banaras…and in the bylanes of Madurai….

It is the equivalent of watching a living breathing Greek civilisation…and as we know ,none of the other ancient civilisations including the Greek have survived… that makes it so much more amazing does it not?

The train journeys..Oh!how can I forget the train journeys?:)If you have never travelled by train,you have not experienced one of the most delightful,soul stirring experiences of your life..:)

India and trains are a part of each other in so many ways…rail travel is a beautiful way to experience India..an unforgettable experience..
As the stations go whizzing past…the fields keep passing by the window…mustard,wheat,rice and so many more..one sees farmers hard at work in the fields ..women carrying bundles on their heads…the nasal tones of chai garam at each station….the kulhad chai that you gingerly try to take in from the window…tilting the kulhad ever so carefully between the bars…

The pakodas,the various snacks one can see being fried at the stations..

The landscape keeps changing colour …from the black soil of central India to the barren nothingness of Rajasthan to green ,green fields of Kerala to the lush green forests of Assam till as far as the eyes can see….

The crinkle of paper and the steel thalis as one takes out the food…the smell of aloo puri..:)..the aromas that fill a train compartment as everyone takes out their food…the furtive glances at each other ,the shy smiles,the slight hesitance as one offers one’s food to strangers…an amalgam of so many cultures in one train compartment…India travels by train…go travel by one if you want to see India..

The way we are sometimes so damn good at speaking the queen’s language and the way we sometimes butcher it..:D

The way we cling to loose coins and change and crisp new notes..:D

The way we refuse to take off the plastic covers off a new sofa or a car seat..:D

The way we make relations left ,right and centre..everyone is our didi,bhaiyya ,chachaji,mausi and so on….:D…I love the way we do that…:)

The way we make sure that our relations prosper by all that giving and recieving..by sharing our joys and sorrows…

And finally colours.I cannot imagine an India without colours.
Take a look around you and see how colours glitter and glisten and beckon.:)

India is colours.Or maybe colours are India?:)

Can I repeat a line that’s not my own and yet seems to have burrowed its way deep into my heart?:)

”in betarteeb si galiyon mein tarteeb se panapte rishte”

This is India for me…:)

India is in my blood….is it in yours too?:)

Share the reasons as to why YOU LOVE INDIA…:))

Because sometimes in the face of all the negativity, one forgets what one has ….its value…
And so ,one has to take a step back and take a second look and rediscover one’s own country all over again:)

There are two things most important in life,things that you should give your children.One is roots and the other is wings.:)
If every Indian remembered this ,things would be fine..:)

PS:-I know its a pretty haphazard list,even weird..:)like powercuts shouldn’t be a part of our life right?:)
But have just tried to see how we take everything so important in a manner so casual…please don’t get serious and start a dialogue on India’s negative points…:)


“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches
its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake.”

“GEETANJALI” -Rabindranath Tagore

Important:-There is a glitch apparently with blogger. All the followers are not visible.
rest assured I am still following you..:D:D

EDITED TO ADD:-ignore the above statement regarding blogger.
The truth is they have messed up.They are playing with our minds I am telling ya 😀
I have gone ahead and re-Followed (is that a word?) all the blogs that were left out..
Now you.. *ahem*looks at the ceiling* have to do the same :D..heh!heh!(go to your dashboard and add the blogs that you follow again)
And its played havoc with emotions I am telling you..Everyone’s emotions 😦

I want to bawl!! 😦

WordPress people? laughing are you? 😛
And if I have somehow missed out on following any of you, then just drop in a hi, I will get back and follow *sigh*again:))
People,my eys are blurry but I have somehow completed this herculean task of re following

btw I am also facing huge problems in posting comments on other blogs:(

what is happening?gawd!!is this a conspiracy you think?Are they out to get us?:((

Solilo,Stop laughing right now..:P

None of the photographs featured here are mine.If anyone has any objection,let me know and I will remove it.:)

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98 Comments leave one →
  1. Poonam permalink
    February 24, 2009 1:04 am

    Very positive post! You have brought a cheer by counting all the blessings about India! 🙂

  2. hitch writer permalink
    February 24, 2009 1:19 am

    While reading your post… I thought no matter how long you write… its impossible to write it long enough… India is so many things and more….

    As a tourist destination how many countries can say they have snow peaked mountains, deserts, lagoons, mangroves, hot water geysers, beaches, plateus, plains, snow deserts, salt deserts, dark forests, green rain forests geee… the list is endless…

    How many countries have so many millions of birds visiting it ???

    How many countries or can boast of a Tiger and a Lion both ?

    Like i said the list is endless and even more….

    India comes alive when we visit our friend asif on Eid for Biryani !

    India comes alive when He visits me for Diwali !

    India comes alive when we all go to the Gurudwara with our heads covered…

    Perhaps India is not to be talked, cannot be explained…

    INDIA HAS TO BE EXPERIENCED….

    One life time probably is never enough….

    We are lucky to be born in this great country….

    I would consider myself extremely fortunate even if I can see the whole of my beloved country….

  3. Winnie the poohi permalink
    February 24, 2009 1:26 am

    Ahhh what a beautiful post! All the while I was feeling.. yes yes.. this is why this is why i love my country 🙂

    And I always will..

  4. freespirit permalink
    February 24, 2009 1:47 am

    Most of all I love India because it is India…

  5. Indian Home Maker permalink
    February 24, 2009 1:55 am

    Indyeah I LOVE this post. Warm, Affectionate. Non judgmental and oh so true!

    India also in the pride we take in education. We love children going to school in uniform!

    I often find these kids asking for a ride till their school, and once when I was telling them how they must ‘work hard’, one of the littlest ones said, “Jobhi hamein lift dete hain, woh yahi bolte hain”
    (Whoever gives us a ride, says the same thing. They tell us to work hard at our studies)

    (… and this just after watching Delhi-6! The movie shows a lot of this with the same tenderness …)

  6. That Subtle Something... permalink
    February 24, 2009 1:57 am

    Another beautiful post, where I could see, so much of me in you, Indyeah!!

  7. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:09 am

    Poonam:-Thanks a lot:))
    needed to na?((hugs))chalo now come up with your thoughts on this:D

  8. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:12 am

    Dhiren:-Those are some really beautiful words you have penned down Dhiren…seriously…

    ”India comes alive when we visit our friend asif on Eid for Biryani !

    India comes alive when He visits me for Diwali !

    India comes alive when we all go to the Gurudwara with our heads covered…

    Perhaps India is not to be talked, cannot be explained…

    INDIA HAS TO BE EXPERIENCED….

    One life time probably is never enough…”.

    Beautiful simply beautiful Dhiren:)

    yes India is an idea…as a friend said To explain it is to lose it..:)and yet sometimes we have to do it if only to remind ourselves that this indeed is a country that we were lucky to be born in..:)

    I echo your thoughts when you say,”I would consider myself extremely fortunate even if I can see the whole of my beloved country….”

    me too Dhiren:)

    A lifetime simply is not enough…:)

  9. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:14 am

    Winnie:-:)thank you..:)yes, it ois this and yet so much more..one feels absolutely speechless and blank when it comes to describing India..for,where does one start?:)

    I know you feel the same..((hugs))):)

  10. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:17 am

    Amrinder Singh:-thanks for the link:D do you think its connected to my post in some manner?:)thanks:)

    Freespirit:-yes,India is India.Period.And thats why the love.But sometimes we forget because we take so much for granted.the reminders are really necessary are they not?:)

    I love your words the best.
    I love India because it is India:))

    loved your review by the way:)

  11. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:20 am

    IHM:-yay!!you loved it..:))
    lemme grin like an idiot first..:))

    ”India also in the pride we take in education. We love children going to school in uniform!”

    ”I often find these kids asking for a ride till their school, and once when I was telling them how they must ‘work hard’, one of the littlest ones said, “Jobhi hamein lift dete hain, woh yahi bolte hain”
    (Whoever gives us a ride, says the same thing. They tell us to work hard at our studies)”

    so beautifully expressed IHM!:)

    And you wont believe it,I was writinf something on the same lines like how Indians are so passionate about education..:)but the lines were not coming out right..and now you have put them so beautifully here..:))
    thanks((hugs)))

    I am soo going to watch dilli6 this weekend:D

  12. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:21 am

    That Subtle Something:-Thank you so much:)
    That is just so darn sweet:)

    you love India as much dont you?:))

    ((hugs)))

  13. Sagarone permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:39 am

    To answer the original question, which is the title of the post: Why do I love India?

    Because you and I and every Indian is a poet at heart. And we find a deeper meaning then just the obvious in all that India offers.

  14. aneesha permalink
    February 24, 2009 4:35 am

    loved this post Indyeah!!!
    (hugs)

  15. Ajit permalink
    February 24, 2009 4:55 am

    beautiful article…:P

    I have visited places which have a masjid,a mandir, a gurudwara and a church side by side.
    ——
    this is one of the reasons, i love India too.

    I also love my country (apart from what you said) because:

    1. I can walk with my head held high not caring about my language and Religion.

    2. I can walk into a room full of people with suits, me wearing a kurta and still look cool.
    🙂
    … in a hurry, will add more later…
    great article Indyeah

  16. Kislay permalink
    February 24, 2009 5:17 am

    I won’t describe as to how I felt after reading this post , or how I think it was . I will sum it up , it was very Indyeah-ish . 🙂 And a few more reasons to love India :

    1.I love my mother . India is our mother , our Bharat Maata . You don’t question your love for your mother .You just love her with every fibre of your existence .

    2.I love my existence , the state of being alive . And India is a part of that existence , and I a part of it .

    3.I love the fact that there are Indians like you , that itself is one good reason to love her . Even if people like you are one in a hundred or a thousand .

    4. I love India , because no Indian king ever invaded a foreign land with the intent to loot/proselytize/subjugate

    5.I love India because I can address my fellow Indians as Bhaiyya , Uncle , Aunty , Didi , Dada , Anna etc., as you said create relations left,right,corner and centre.

    6. I love India because if I can exist peacefully within the Indian diversity , I can live anywhere in the world . India for me is a microcosm of the world , though it something more than a microcosm due the sheer size and numbers involved . 🙂

    Kudos . 🙂

  17. mandira permalink
    February 24, 2009 6:21 am

    oh man, i loved every line of that post… (hugs) those are the reasons(and many more) because of which i wud find it very difficult to migrate to another country. i dont like everything about india, but she gives more more than enuf reasons to absolutely lover her! 😀

    btw,im blogrolling ya.

  18. Mavin permalink
    February 24, 2009 6:30 am

    Wow – you are a genius….amazing. This is fantastic.

    Let me share a few sentences from my very first post on my blog.

    http://mavins-voice.blogspot.com/2008/05/begining.html

    This is that ancient land which claims to have the answers to the deepest riddles that have foxed mankind eons on end and yet it struggles to find answers to various issues that seem to keep it chained to the dark ages.

    India has been an unending mystery where the ancient co-exists with the modern, where a fledgling democracy wages a valiant battle with feudalistic mores, where modern values attempt to heal deep societal divisions.

    Yet, India is fascinating and deep.

    That’s why I love India. For me India is everything

  19. Solilo permalink
    February 24, 2009 6:43 am

    I read this on google reader and had a smile 🙂

    Abhi, Absolutely loved every bit of it.

    Why do I love India?
    –I love India for just being India. The people, culture, traditions, languages, food…a potpourri of all this.

    Above all I love India for its spirit. We may have our differences but when attacked by an outsider we become one religion, one state, one people.

  20. Da Eternal Rebel permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:15 am

    जननी जन्मभुमिश्चा, स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी …Janani Janmabhoomischa, swargadapi gariyasi…
    (mother and motherland are above the heavens(gods))

    What may be a nation to others is a mother to us. And however old and freckled mother may be, she is still the loveliest person in the world. Mother and Bharatmata, there is no one lovelier or holier than these two.

    Since I love my mother, I love the Divine Mother- my Motherland.

    Hats off to your writing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

  21. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 9:17 am

    Sagarone:-arre wah!”Because you and I and every Indian is a poet at heart. And we find a deeper meaning then just the obvious in all that India offers.”
    yes,we Indians tend to do that dont we?:)..look beyond the obvious 🙂
    tha was really well put..Yes, I think it certainly takes spirits such as ours who despite all the extremes ,all the hardships love living here and nowhere else..:)

  22. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 9:31 am

    Aneesha:-thanks sweetheart:)
    ((hugs))back:))
    loved knowing that you loved it..:)

    Ajit:-:P
    yes,thats right let this be our official greeting ..:D kinda like two KG kids..:D

    Thank you so much:))
    ” 1.I can walk with my head held high not caring about my language and Religion.

    2. I can walk into a room full of people with suits, me wearing a kurta and still look cool.”
    wah!thats really from the heart and so true:)
    I second that:))all of it:))

  23. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 9:36 am

    Kislay:-:D..thank you so much..Indyeah-ish..:))I like the sound of that:))

    ”I love my mother . India is our mother , our Bharat Maata . You don’t question your love for your mother .You just love her with every fibre of your existence ”.

    .”I love my existence , the state of being alive . And India is a part of that existence , and I a part of it .” (this is my favourite:))

    ”I love India , because no Indian king ever invaded a foreign land with the intent to loot/proselytize/subjugate”

    beautiful Kislay,simply beautiful…and really everyone is coming up with such beautiful words for a country that means so much to all of us that its overwhelming

    and this is so true…never thought of it like this..but yes,it is true isnt it?”I love India because if I can exist peacefully within the Indian diversity , I can live anywhere in the world . India for me is a microcosm of the world ,”

    :))thank you for sharing these words Kislay:)

  24. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 9:38 am

    Mandira:-((hugs))back:))thank you so so much:))

    ”i dont like everything about india, but she gives more more than enuf reasons to absolutely lover her! :D”
    me too! me too!:))

    and thank you so much for blogrolling me..:)

    balm for my bloggy heart…My followers dsprd last night coz of some glitch..:(..I wanna bawl..:(

    but you blogrolled me!:)yay!!

  25. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 9:42 am

    Mavin:-thank you so much sir:)

    ”that ancient land which claims to have the answers to the deepest riddles that have foxed mankind eons on end and yet it struggles to find answers to various issues that seem to keep it chained to the dark ages.”

    that is a beautiful way to put it..and to higlight the contrats too..yes,one indeed wonders…what hapened?where did we take the wrong turn?or can we still make it?I believe and I am sure all of us do that we can:))

    ”where a fledgling democracy wages a valiant battle with feudalistic mores, where modern values attempt to heal deep societal divisions.”beautiful..:)your words carry a dep conviction..:)
    will go and read your post now..

    thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here:)

  26. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 9:45 am

    Solilo:-:)I knew you would smile:)(((hugs))

    ”…a potpourri ”yes,we really are a potpurri arent we?:)

    and yes I love India’s spirit the best too:)

    ”We may have our differences but when attacked by an outsider we become one religion, one state, one people.”

    yes,yes and yes..:))we stand united in the face of trouble..always..and everytime..:))

  27. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 9:48 am

    Da Eternal rebel:-
    जननी जन्मभुमिश्चा, स्वर्गादपि गरीयसी …Janani Janmabhoomischa, swargadapi gariyasi…
    (mother and motherland are above the heavens(gods))

    Thank you so much for these lines..It has been ages since I heard or read them..last time was when I was in school I think..these lines are my favourite too:)

    ”What may be a nation to others is a mother to us. And however old and freckled mother may be, she is still the loveliest person in the world. Mother and Bharatmata, there is no one lovelier or holier than these two.

    Since I love my mother, I love the Divine Mother- my Motherland. ”

    beautiful ,touched the heart that definition of all that a nation …no..a mother is to her children..:)

    I sense a meeting of three very like minded individuals here..you Ajit and Kislay..:)

  28. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 10:07 am

    Kislay:-thank you…..missed out on writing that:)
    for all the generous words..:))

  29. Ordinary Guy permalink
    February 24, 2009 10:27 am

    I love India because:

    1.She is in my blood, she is in my DNA, she is in my soul and she towers high and proud!!!!!

    2.I can eat with my hands….. (I tried doing this here in america and I have felt the stares).

    3.I can define my own culture and not care about the institution called “Religion”.

    4.It has given me the words: matha, pitha, guru, deivam.

    5.She makes you feel like you are a part of her and nothing can ever change that.

    6.Inspite of all the problems, she can make you laugh!!!

    7. She does not make the next president keep claiming again and again that he/she is a religious person…..
    (for eg: obama who had to keep reiterating his faith here)

    And there is so much more Indyeah… 😛 LOL

  30. vimmuuu permalink
    February 24, 2009 12:11 pm

    You have any idea how long your post is??? LOL. Finished just half of it, gotta read the rest of them and its already 4.40am. Will be back, but I am sure I will be of the same opinion that I have right now, this is one of the best posts that I have read about our country. Kudos to you for all the efforts put behind.

    (…now where was I? ahhhh, the way we still have a culture….)

  31. the twenty second line permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:11 pm

    and if it was not all what you said, i will still love this land because that is what where i was born and raised in and learnt to walk and read and write and that is what will help me walk through the earth irrespective of borders.

    This land gave refuge to the jews and iranians.
    This land gave cover to everybody who fled away from tyranical rule because they were protected.
    Its arms were always open. it still is. ( it landed us into trouble too!)
    and some of the natives americans came from india too.

  32. Indyana permalink
    February 24, 2009 3:29 pm

    Indyeah….sometimes your posts touch me so deeply that I can’t read them in one go! I have to wait, collect my feelings and read on! Simply too good,and this makes me miss India even more! 🙂 Thank you for all your posts !!

  33. Monika permalink
    February 24, 2009 4:52 pm

    oh what a post brought tears to my eyes…

    lovely lovely lovely

  34. ruSh.Me permalink
    February 24, 2009 5:48 pm

    WOW!!! TELEPATHY!!!

  35. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  36. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  37. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  38. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  39. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  40. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  41. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  42. Gopinath's "Artickles" permalink
    February 24, 2009 7:59 pm

    Lovely post! Could almost smell the fragrance of our land from this beautifully expressed flow of praise for our country. You have so aptly called yourself Indyeah!

  43. Chirag permalink
    February 24, 2009 10:52 pm

    Another print out for me 2522 Words(In case you are wondering, 11 pages). first I love India, i may not show it but its there. Deep down.

    Mera to Chai nahi, to kuch bhi kaam nahi hoga. Coffee bhi theek hai, par chai to chai hai. Yes, our roots are really important, even till date I have not argued with my parents, I may not have always doen what they told me to but, Nevr argued. Mear Bahi opposite hai. We are a lot more tolerant people then anyother country folks I have interacted with. laalten in a village gives me hope and despair at the same time, you know why. Hey I go to a buddhist monastery near bangalore, for being quite for some time. I have also lived in Rumtek monastery – near assam for two days. I like when I don’t have to speak, I am not much of a verbal communicator.

    Did you know people say even Jeasus came to himalays and learnt the way of life. For eg. When he say’s “I am the one”, what he means is “Ahaam Bramma” something like that not too sure. we have a lot of rich and undocumented history. I still fight with my US Manager, and tell her if it weren’t for Indians, their would be not birany number system anbd hence no technology.

    You know I hate shringaar, because of this I have to wait for one more hour. Jewellery yes, as long as i am not buying. bachpan mein Gwalior ka Mela har sal jate the. them lost touch. Well love India for being India. Traffic, Jelibi with Dahi, Rasam, Kheer, Old Music……you get the point. I love the Idea of India.

    I am sure this is my longest comment, yet.

  44. Chirag permalink
    February 24, 2009 10:53 pm

    Also, do check your mail. If gmail is giving trouble, clear cookies.

  45. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:16 pm

    OG aka Ajit:-:) ”She is in my blood, she is in my DNA, she is in my soul and she towers high and proud!!!!!”:))

    I love the’ in my blood part and in my dna’ too:))yes..yes..and yes..:)
    beautiful!
    and yes,I love that eating wiht hands part the best too:))

    America is well America..what can I say?:)learning a lot of things through your posts and thoughts on US..

    ”matha, pitha, guru, deivam.”oh yes!that is a new way of looking at it..something that we take so much for granted so used we are to these words…

    I love this..”She can make you laugh.”
    .oh yes she sure can!:))Thats why I love India too:)
    the way despite all the extremes,we know how to laugh at silly littlew things in life…and somtimes the sights that India makes us see at an unexpected turn:)

    You know I found that religion thing to be weird too in America I mean from whatever I read and watch…
    yup we can be just ourselves…:))

    I know there’s loads more you want to say Ajit…India cannot be bound in words…:)

    in the documentary ‘Story of India’the narrator says..the idea of India is beyond definition and I agree:))

  46. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:35 pm

    Vimmuu:-err….long post?What long post?*looks innocent*
    *shuffles feet*
    ummm..this is one of my short posts…:D

    *vimmuu faints*

    😀

    Thank you so much Vimmuu:):)
    India is a topic ,an idea ,a story,a belief, a life system that evokes a lot of emotions as you can see here in everyone’s replies..:)

    Thank you so much for your words..:)

    And reading posts at 4:30?:D

  47. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:41 pm

    Anrosh:-((hugs)):):)

    ”that is what will help me walk through the earth irrespective of borders.”you said it!yes,India prepares us for the world…we are world citizens..:)
    as Kislay says,”I love India because if I can exist peacefully within the Indian diversity , I can live anywhere in the world . India for me is a microcosm of the world , ”

    I however love this the best because it is so true..:)

    ”This land gave refuge to the jews and iranians.
    This land gave cover to everybody who fled away from tyranical rule because they were protected.
    Its arms were always open. it still is”

    Anrosh please do a post on India sometime …on why India is India…why we love India..her positives…
    You are one of the few who can do justioce to it and can bring a new perspective to it..:)

  48. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:46 pm

    Indyana:-((hugs))

    let me take a deep breath first for all the words that you have so generously gifted here:))

    Thank you so,so much:)
    India does overwhelm at times na?The emotions seem to choke one, so strong are they…

    dont miss india coz all of us and you too carry an India in our hearts do we not?:))

    ((hugs)))

  49. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:48 pm

    Monika:-aww…tears?((hugs))India is a strong emotion na?something to be felt ..it never can be described I suppose..:)but one can try:))

    thank you so much:)

    Rush Me:-:D..yup I saw..and I was amazed…same topic?:))have left how I felt on yours..:))

  50. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:50 pm

    Gopinath’s ”Artickles”:-thank you so much Sir:))

    I almost smelt the marigolds and roses too while writing..:D I thought I was going loony..:D..
    Thank you..:)
    Indyeah…:)(my younger brother loves this word…new generation and all.)picked it up from him:))

  51. Rakesh permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:52 pm

    This is exactly why we love India! Because, we don’t need a particular reason to love India. We love unconditionally, inspite of the power cuts, inspite of the gossiping, inspite of the fact that there are negativities which we are aware about!

    Cheers Indyeah, the only thing missing though is background music or maybe a song like…

    “Jab zero diya mere Bharat nein,
    Bharat nein, mere bharat nein,
    Duniya ko tab ginti aayi!

    Taaron ki bhasha Bharat nein,
    Duniya ko pehle sikhlai…

    Deta na dashamdar(decimal) Bharat to…
    Yun chaand pe jaana mushkil tha,
    Dharti aur chand ki doori ka
    Andaza lagana mushkil tha…

    Sabhyata jahan pehle aayi
    Pehle janmi hai jahan be Dhara
    Mera Bharat woh Bharat hai,
    Jiske peecha Sansaar chala

    Sansaar chala, chalta hi gaya…”

    See, we make a fool out of ourselves by writing a Hindi song in English, yet we enjoy what we just did…

    PS. You following me… sounds a lil stalkerlike. he he…

  52. Indyeah permalink
    February 24, 2009 11:56 pm

    Chirag or Chirax(this is so cool):D:-arre itna lamba comment!!hum dhanya ho gaye..:D

    seriously Chirag..thats such a heartfelt comment..:))

    2522 words…!!11 pages!
    *looks really embarassed*please dont let Vimmuu see it please..:D
    quick hide your pages!

    😀

    I am amazed that its that long and touched that you took a printout…:))thank you dude!high five!:D

    trust me even when you say you dont show it it shows..your love for India..trust me..we all know:))

    ”Mera to Chai nahi, to kuch bhi kaam nahi hoga. ”arre same to same..:D..mera bhi without chai no gd morning nothing..I irritate people with this so much:))

    I have also never argued(much I mean)
    but my younger bro is a different case..:D

  53. Indyeah permalink
    February 25, 2009 12:07 am

    yes the laalten is so beautiful for those of us who live in cities with uninterrupted(almost)electricity…but for a villager his/her dreams are of getting that bijli..maybe we romanticise the rural notion too much?but cant help it…it brings back such beautiful memories…:)

    cool and beautiful and amazing !a monastery!must have been some experience..
    yes,I too think silence is necessary for any nhuman soul..it heals and helps us reconnect with our own souls(am I sounding like a fake guru?:D)

    no,seriously it does help and I am sure you know it best…:)

    ”Did you know people say even Jeasus came to himalays and learnt the way of life. For eg. When he say’s “I am the one”, what he means is “Ahaam Bramma” something like that not too sure. we have a lot of rich and undocumented history. I still fight with my US Manager, and tell her if it weren’t for Indians, their would be not birany number system anbd hence no technology.”

    yup!heard that one and have always wondered..true or not true it lets one run one’s imagination run loose..:))

    and binary numbers..yes yes and yes and so much more…:))

    lol@You know I hate shringaar, because of this I have to wait for one more hour.”
    Achcha?:D..come on,I know you love waiting..:))

    ”Jewellery yes, as long as i am not buying.”:))aww…:))

    ” bachpan mein Gwalior ka Mela har sal jate the. them lost touch. ”me too Chirag…when I went to visit my dadaji dadiji and naniji and naniji,I loved those melas…the raunak..:))

    I miss those days..

    ”Well love India for being India. Traffic, Jelibi with Dahi, Rasam, Kheer, Old Music……you get the point. I love the Idea of India.”

    me too:))

    yes,this is your longest comment yet!:)
    but long or short,one can make out if the words are from the heart…and these surely are..:))
    thanks Chirag:))

  54. Indyeah permalink
    February 25, 2009 12:11 am

    Arre forgot to write this Chirag:-yup tryting to clear cookies and lets see…:(..I dislike Blogger and google and gmail and…*deep breath*…:((

    Rakesh:-”Jab zero diya mere Bharat nein,
    Bharat nein, mere bharat nein,
    Duniya ko tab ginti aayi!

    Taaron ki bhasha Bharat nein,
    Duniya ko pehle sikhlai…

    Deta na dashamdar(decimal) Bharat to…
    Yun chaand pe jaana mushkil tha,
    Dharti aur chand ki doori ka
    Andaza lagana mushkil tha…

    Sabhyata jahan pehle aayi
    Pehle janmi hai jahan be Dhara
    Mera Bharat woh Bharat hai,
    Jiske peecha Sansaar chala

    Sansaar chala, chalta hi gaya…”

    not fair!:)
    ye toh mera gaana hai..I have loved it for as long as I can remeber..and I can listen to it all the time..:))

    thanks for sharing this song Rakesh:))
    loved it and am now listening to it..:)

    yes,India is India and we love it. period.:)

    LOL@stalker..you want me to un follow..or whatever?heh!heh!

    see a threat!then you will relaize the value of this stalker!:D

    arre its such a crappy feeling when one thinks people have unsubcribed or something/…:(

  55. Indyeah permalink
    February 25, 2009 12:14 am

    Dhiren And Gopinath Sir:-Thank you for following..:))*huge grin*

  56. Kislay permalink
    February 25, 2009 12:45 am

    Glad to know that so many like-minded people are there . 🙂

    @Ajit
    “She is in my blood, she is in my DNA, she is in my soul and she towers high and proud”

    Kickass man . Kudos ! 🙂 Jai Hind !!

  57. February 25, 2009 2:14 am

    Indyeah… u make me homesick !!

  58. vishesh permalink
    February 25, 2009 4:57 am

    well well ,see the following poems(sorry about pasting so many links,but then I have written about this so many times 😉 )

    http://visheshunni.wordpress.com/2007/08/14/my-india/

    http://visheshunni.wordpress.com/2008/01/28/india-through-lenses/

    And if you don’t have time for the other two read this,my first long poem 😉

    http://visheshunni.wordpress.com/2006/09/25/mother-india/

  59. J P Joshi permalink
    February 25, 2009 5:53 am

    Yes we have so much of it that we start taking it for granted.. Thank you for waking us up to the good things about India. Just loved your flow of words in the post, and the sights put forward by your very observant eye.

    India with its sounds, sights, smells, feel and taste can absoulutely overpower anyone’s senses and yet through the ages it has been exhorting us to go beyond these sensory perceptions to our final destination. Yes, our diversity in every which way is mind boggling. Train journeys…as a child….many decades ago. You start with mathi, achar and shakar para. Taste the pedas at Mathura, petha at Agra, santra at Nagpur, idli, vada, kaapi as you go further South. Not forgetting the sambar rice, tamarind and curd rice at Madras. Come out of the train with eyes swollen… we had steam engines then. Those were different times. Now of course you order everything on the train, but somethings never change on the Indian rail….like the nasal..pakoras..the chola kulcha at Ambala Cantt.

    Enjoyed going through each one of your reasons..agreed with each one of them and have finally concluded that you just love India – may be because we were born on this land where our greatest Avtars have walked, like you said. Keep writing.

  60. Solilo permalink
    February 25, 2009 11:32 am

    Abhi, Meaning to tell you for long but everytime I forget.

    The lady with the lamp picture on you sidebar. I always thought it was Ravi Verma painting. I am a huge fan and this painting is something I am hunting for a long time. I went to even the palace in TVm and kept explaining this and they had no clue what I was talking about.

    Now I know that it was not his painting Haldenkar’s.

    And now after knowing it when I compare, yes! it is not Ravi Verma style. I still love this painting though. Love the way the light from diya falls on the face.

  61. Voice permalink
    February 25, 2009 2:56 pm

    long post but a good one.

    we all can do something for india.

  62. manju permalink
    February 25, 2009 10:50 pm

    Great post, Indyeah! And lovely choice of pictures!

  63. verbivorehere permalink
    February 25, 2009 11:04 pm

    A very positive and picturesque post that strikes the right chord. Came here blog hopping..and im glad i landed here :)u made a ‘annoyed at the present society’ member like me smile 🙂 and regrdng commenting probs..try frm anthr pc..worked for me ;P

  64. Indyeah permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:06 am

    Kislay:-I am glad too:)

    N:-((hugs)))dont be homesick:(

    you carry your home and India wherever you go….that said maybe you are missing family themost right now?
    use technology:)
    be on video audio what have you?except for touching your loved ones you can do everything else..:))till you come for the holidays:)

    ((hugs))

  65. Indyeah permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:10 am

    Vishesh:-I did :)and loved them all:)
    a lot!!sepcially one the one thats copyrighted..:)thats a beauty!of a poem!:))

    J.P. Joshi:-thank you so much sir:)

    I loved your description more:)
    how could i forget shakar para?:))

    ”. You start with mathi, achar and shakar para. Taste the pedas at Mathura, petha at Agra, santra at Nagpur, idli, vada, kaapi as you go further South. Not forgetting the sambar rice, tamarind and curd rice at Madras. Come out of the train with eyes swollen… we had steam engines then. Those were different times. Now of course you order everything on the train, but somethings never change on the Indian rail….like the nasal..pakoras..the chola kulcha at Ambala Cantt.”

    you have said it so beautifully:)thanks:)

  66. Indyeah permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:13 am

    Solilo:):)((hugs))you dont comment you converse with me:))

    I love that:))

    yup even I thought so ,ma and dad too and they kept pestering the poor caretaker at the gallery too:D

    I love the painting a lot too:))Why am I not surprised here?:D
    both of us liking it?:))

    accha you can get the posters/copies of these at any lalit kala academy branch….they have a huge collection…
    had a conversation with a freind and remembered this:))

    and they are darn cheap too;)

  67. Solilo permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:15 am

    Ha..ha..ha just read “Solilo,Stop laughing right now..:P”

    this bit.

    I am not laughing. Sachi mein 😉

  68. Indyeah permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:17 am

    Voice:-thank you…:D@long post…Its a weakness of mine:D

    Manju:-thank you so much:))
    you came:))yay!!((hugs))am I a compulsive hugger?:D nah!!only for friends:))

    verbivore:-Thanks:))thats really nice of you to say:)glad I made you smile:))

    and I love your name:D
    and thanks for the tip:)will try that:)

  69. Nam permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:22 am

    Indyeah, I ABSOLUTELY loved your post!!!!!!!!!!!! I’d love to link to it, giving you your total due credit ofcourse. Let me know if that’s ok with you! Jai Bharat 🙂

  70. Indyeah permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:25 am

    Solilo:-:P:P
    Why dont I believe you?:D

    aww…I do((hugs))
    nah I dont!!
    you are still chuckling na?:D

  71. Indyeah permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:29 am

    Nam:-thank you so much:)it was a pleasure writing about India..:)
    and sure you can..can you give me the link too?:)
    I am unable to access your profile or blog..

  72. vimmuuu permalink
    February 26, 2009 9:55 am

    Phew, at last read it!! yeah, completely!! honest !!! (still panting….)

    I wanted to quote myself by copy pasting yours, but I lost track now.

    But seriously, toooo good a post on India! Im blogrolling you right away ! (you know the consequences of being in my blogroll, dont you ? LOL )

  73. Biju Mathews permalink
    February 26, 2009 11:27 am

    Excellent post!! How do you get the time to write such long posts, visit us all, read and post comments, and possibly work to sustain. Are you what they call “super woman?”

    “…The soft glow of fireflies and the absolute stillness of the night in a village…the quiet chirping of jhingurs….the croaking of frogs during the monsoons…” – This is the India I like

    “…The way we believe that a crow crowing and squaking outside the window means that a guest will arrive…” – It actually works. Ha ha

    Keep Blogging!!

  74. Pixie permalink
    February 26, 2009 4:46 pm

    Brilliant and Soul stirring post…
    Amidst all the ugly incidents happening, we forget the beautiful… thank you for reminding me that my country is still so beautiful 🙂

  75. kanaguonline permalink
    February 26, 2009 7:28 pm

    A very wonderful post Indyeah.. absolutely loved it… Its really long.. I have completed it in 2 days… very positive one.. this is the kind of post I am expecting now and then…

    I love India.. I never heard of any country which has people, culture and everything which is as diverse as ours.. and added to that the secularism in ours… love them all..

    and the one, where you have said about village is very true… India lives in village 🙂

    I love those people.. their innocence.. their love… I admire them.. 🙂

    Very nicely done is too small a word for this post… but I am not able to find a suitable word to appreciate.. my english knowledge is such.. 😦

  76. Indyeah permalink
    February 27, 2009 2:13 am

    Vimmuu:-LOL!!

    psssttt are you sure you have read the whole thing?:D

    hehe!heh!lets see vimmuu started reading on 25th fEbruary 2009 at 4:30 am and finished on february 27th 2009 at 2:25 am..

    lol!so the conclusion is either I write too much or vimmuu reads too slow..:P

    I am on your blogroll?Nahiiinnn!!

    hallpp!!:D

    faints filmy style…

    😀

  77. Indyeah permalink
    February 27, 2009 2:20 am

    Biju Mathews:-lol!:D nah!not supwerwoman…time management as I was telling Ajit:)
    One hour devoted to reading posts and writing comments whenever I am free..:))

    and the posts are so darn interesting that its not hard;)

    lol@crowing works:D

  78. Indyeah permalink
    February 27, 2009 2:52 am

    Pixie:-Thank you so much:))
    yeah I had gotten pretty tired too of all the negativity:))

    though I am pretty sure loads of people have dissected this one too:)for its inconsistencies:D

    the ones who have commented,are also of the same mindset as you and me:)..they too want to celebrate India once in a while:)))

    Thank you for your words:))

    Indyeah said…
    Kanaguonline:-Thanks Kanagu:))

    ”I love India.. I never heard of any country which has people, culture and everything which is as diverse as ours.. and added to that the secularism in ours… love them all.. ”
    you said you dont have the words?:)so what are these?:)
    they are absolutely beautiful:)

    Yes,India lives in her villages:))

    and hey!dont say you dont have the words or your english is bad..trust me,we are no shakespeares either:D…we all commmunicate and thats the most important:))

    and from your words I completely undrstood what you felt and what you wanted to say..:))so thank you so much:))

  79. Nam permalink
    February 27, 2009 4:31 am

    Hi again Indyeah, I have linked to your post and you can see it on http://mibodeguitadelmedio.blogspot.com

    Cheers!

  80. Indyeah permalink
    February 27, 2009 5:47 am

    Nam:-thanks:)

  81. Piper .. permalink
    February 27, 2009 6:49 am

    Hey, my first time here through Solilo. And I`m loving it!! What a fabulous post!! I kept nodding to myself throughout!! Cheers from one proud Indian to Another!! Shall be back for more!

  82. Indyeah permalink
    February 27, 2009 9:25 am

    Piper:-:)Thanks for coming..and really glad that you liked it:)
    thank you so much:))

  83. Piper .. permalink
    February 27, 2009 3:55 pm

    Hey, I just cant get enough of this post! Its so beautiful! Have read and re-read it 5 times since evening!

  84. Indyeah permalink
    February 27, 2009 6:18 pm

    Piper:-:))Thank you so much Piper:))((hugs))Loved that you loved it:D

  85. Poonam J permalink
    February 27, 2009 6:19 pm

    WOW……..I am getting addicted to your blog , and this is one addiction none shall condemn…u put it all so well, and I got all teary, and felt this lil lump in my throat..and after ages thought of this song..”Jahan daal daal par soney ki chidiya karti hai basera, woh Bharat Desh hai Mera.”Soney ki chidiya or no…yeh Desh hai mera.
    I am glad u took Tagores Poem…his poems and songs inspired the Indians in his era, and even now they help rejuvenate the young.Thankyou for this lovely post.Keep going

  86. Corinne Rodrigues permalink
    February 27, 2009 6:21 pm

    Lovely post…..I’ve always wondered why people immigrate when we have it all here 🙂
    Love
    Corinne

  87. Another Kiran In NYC permalink
    February 28, 2009 5:14 am

    Two things struck me…

    A train journey in India is like a train journey in no other country. Just awsome!

    As soon I read “khana khaakar jaana chahiye” immediatly I began to sing “thande thande paani se nahana chahiye”. dont ask me why… completely random.

    Just as random as the wonderful things I enjoy about India!

  88. Indyeah permalink
    February 28, 2009 9:47 am

    Poonam:-Thank you so much:))thank you for the lovely words which made me feel like a million bucks:D
    yes,Rabindranath Tagore’s poem is quite soul stirring isnt it?:)

    Thank you so much for giving me your words:)

    Corrine:-Thank you:)yeah I wonder too:D
    ((hugs)))

    Another Kiran In NYC:-yes,train journeys were and are rather special..:)

    😀 @ random things.. and thande paani se nahana:D
    yes India is all about that…
    ((hugs))
    and may god bless you and yours

  89. Balvinder Singh permalink
    March 1, 2009 1:47 am

    “India is music and music is India…:)Music is in our blood..from the folk songs to the ones in movies of every language we are a nation that loves,simply loves its music…
    We are ‘singers at heart…yes all of us..all Indians….we hum melodies ,we sing folk songs…we are the bards of this world…:)and I love that…for when the spirit of the world needs some nourishment ,who better to sing and soothe?:)”

    Abhilasha, well done , after reading this who will not fall in love with this great country. Lovely description and a comprehensive one.

  90. Indyeah permalink
    March 2, 2009 9:46 am

    Balvinder Sir:-:)thank you so much:)yes,India is an amzing place and we were lucky to have been orn here..:)
    You have seen so many sights in India,the various hues…:)who would know of India better than you Sir?:))

  91. rauf permalink
    March 2, 2009 1:33 pm

    i don’t have a passport Abhi, never needed one as i have no desire to go anywhere.

    Friends come from abroad and let me know how prosperous they are.
    Looking at the falling plaster from the wall,(its rebuilt now)
    rauf, you were the smartest, where are you now ?
    My sister brings tea
    Oh how beautiful, is it gold ?
    no,its a fake thing,

    Your chai has brought me to India Aapa
    thank you, sister smiles

    Please don’t hesitate rauf, tell me if you need anything.
    i say thank you

    why did you come here ? i ask

    to see you rauf

    i mean to India, why are you wasting your time here, why didn’t you go to Switzerland instead ?

    They don’t know what brought them here.
    i don’t sing but i hum the tune
    ‘aaya hai mujhe’ phir yaad woh zaalim’

    i chose to remain here and fight for survival.

  92. Indyeah permalink
    March 3, 2009 5:55 am

    Rauf:-that is the story of those of us who have stayed back and you have written it so beautifully..

    they dont seem your friends to me then…or maybe it is you who is everyone’s friend?:))

    *sigh*the song…yes that says it all..
    ”i chose to remain here and fight for survival.”
    that says it all for me rauf:)
    thats why you rock!:))
    warm wishes always:)
    take care:)

  93. Dev. permalink
    December 29, 2009 2:50 pm

    Beautiful post! Btw, you forgot beautiful Indian women from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Calcutta. 🙂

    me- thanks Dev 🙂
    ah! yes how could I? 😀
    being a part of it and all :mrgreen:

  94. August 18, 2010 11:32 am

    Hey indy, just came back to read this post once again….. when are we getting more of these?????? :mrgreen:

  95. Anonymous permalink
    January 9, 2011 8:06 am

    hello
    isn’t it dangerous for a girl to travel alone in india?
    especially in trains?

  96. May 23, 2012 10:20 am

    Wah, thanks for sharing. I’m an Indonesian, and I love India too! 🙂 Wish to do solo travelling to India 😀

  97. January 17, 2013 12:23 am

    I love India because there is no respect ( or very few) for life, for human beings. It’s so nice !

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