Should you go to India…? Can you accept her?

      An essay about my love and hate for India

      India… There’s something unequivocally special about this country. Nobody would be able to put a finger on just one thing. It would be many bright, busy, bold and beautiful little things that make India what she is. Everybody will say it; that there’s just something about her.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Will you accept or reject her?

      Everybody that has travelled India has felt her overwhelming power. And they will either embrace her, or reject her.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Some days you may not be able to stand the systems of her complicated people.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Other days you’ll forget about time to admire her intricate details.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      When you do go to India; you will either love her with a fierce passion, or you’ll want to leave her… As quickly as possible.  

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      India is a country that needs time. Time for you to love her.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      You will hate her at first, I can guarantee.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      But the longer you keep trying, understanding, accepting, the more India’s shell peels back.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      And after time, a deep love will grow that neither of you will be able to fully let go of. Ever.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      India will have a hold over you for the rest of your life. Once you’ve left her, you’ll dream of the time you can be together again.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      With time, your love of India will never weaken. Only grow stronger.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Loving India will be hard work. Like a high-maintenance partner. 

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      You will do everything possible to gain her love; desperate for those few times you saw her smile.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      For her smile will light up your entire life.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      But at times it will seem like all you ever see is her grim frown.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      However, when you do see that lit up smile, your life will have meaning again. Direction again. And again you’ll work hard for that sweet India smile.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      But it’s a tough job. And people may question why you tried so hard, why you didn’t just leave.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      And you’ll never really know why. You’ll just… know. 

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      India isn’t for everyone. She especially isn’t for those whom reject her, who refuse to embrace her. Embrace the crazy, colourful, contradictory country that she is.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      If you reject her, you’ll only ever see the darkness in her.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      You’ll miss the bright, beautiful, fleeting moments she offers.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      You’ll miss those moments that you would have remembered for the rest of your life. 

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      So, is India right for you?

      Before you decide, think about wether or not you’re ready for a change. Such a huge change that you’re sure you’ll never be the same again, and you’ll never want to.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Decide wether your ready to let your guard down, and ready to be completely taken into her embrace. Taken for the ride of your life.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Take your time with her

      Make time for her, don’t just try to know her quickly.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Weeks are not enough. Months, maybe… She’s a huge, loud, intricate being. Relax, take it all in and start going with the flow.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      Step into her like you would a washing machine, knowing that you’re going to get stirred up, smashed about and possibly drown.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      If you live, you might step out again as a different person.

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

      But you definitely won’t be the same person. 

      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go.

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      Should you go to India? These are the things you should know about India before you go - Castaway with CrystalLocation Info

      Country: India
      Language: The main language is Hindi. English and Marwari are spoken as well, plus hundreds of others.
      Currency: Indian rupee (INR, ₹)   
      $1 USD = ₹64.09
      I was here: January to August 2014

      Would you travel to India? Share you thoughts in the comments below…
      Categories: Destinations, Featured, From the Diary, India, Stories
      Crystal Egan

      Passionate baby goat cuddler and part-time adventurer, Crystal can often be found doing headstands on the edges of cliffs, taking photos of abandoned buildings or sleeping on deserted islands with dangerous criminals. She has too many awesome stories and helpful tips to keep them all to herself so follow along and in return she will bring you inspiring pictures, travel videos and a whole load of fun!

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