My Heart Belongs to India

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.  Less than 5 minutes into the movie and I was back in India, stepping out of the quiet Chennai airport in the middle of the night, into the chaotic “assault on the senses” that wouldn’t even occur in NYC past midnight.  It’s like looking directly into the sunlight – you can still see all of the brightness even after you close your eyes.

I went to India in January of 2008 with my dad, who is a seasoned India visitor.  I will admit, it was too much for me at first – I got very, very sick and wanted to go home.  But then India spoke to me and it said just what Sonny says in the movie, “Everything will get better in the end.  If it is not better, then it is not yet the end.”

In other words, the bumps in the road can make for a fun ride if you only toss your head back, smile, and go with it…

India changed me.  It left a permanent mark on my heart and I can’t wait until the next opportunity to go back; I can’t wait for the next thing that India will have to show me.  Here are a few photos of my time in one of my most favorite places on the planet:

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Dad and I

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Hand-mowing the yard

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The blur of color as we drove down the street

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Street vendors

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Rule of India travel – There is always room for one more person

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Children running after the bus…with their monkey!

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A walk at sunset

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Dad

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Brahma cows – It is hard to describe just how silky beautiful they are

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Hand-made canal at sunset

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Color even in nature

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Such an amazing building…built with amazingly scary-looking scaffolding

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The river behind where we stayed

 

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