A love letter to India

Dear India,


I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for opening your arms to me over the last 2 months. Two words come to mind when I think of you. Warm and dynamic. 
Warm, not only for your balmy temperatures during my Canadian winter escape but also for the deep sense of hospitality I felt everywhere. Your people invited me into their homes, businesses and hearts. I relished many wonderful meals with your natives and we shared more than naan at the tables. I learnt so much about your heritage, traditions and cultural practices. Even your animals were friendly…thanks for whispering to the elephants to come pose for a few photos. The wild monkeys were a little too friendly in Thekkady ( especially when that one chased me and my backpack. While I thought it was just unnecessary,  it appears to have provided good entertainment for the crowds around me). Warmth in your hospitality was rampant. You have instilled a strong sense of community and connection in your people and its a joy for the visitors. The biggest display of your warmth was in the sound and frequency of laughter. I witnessed laughter and joy in daily life- from street vendors to CEOs. I laughed a lot ( hopefully it helped burn off some of the curries).


Dynamic.  Change happens fast with you, India. Hyderabad felt like a cool mix between Dubai and Beijing.  Bangalore is triple the size I remember it to be. Metros are being constructed all over the place.  Serial entrepreneurs are being born every minute. Creative solutions termed as jugaad are evident in all levels of society. I felt your hunger. Hunger for learning, growth, development and increasing global presence. I want to play in your sandbox more.



So India, your reputation holds true…Incredible India.



I promise to stay in touch and visit again soon.
Love, Tania



P.S- Some random comments for you dear India:
- I miss sweet lime sodas
- I absolutely loved bargaining…for everything ( and the fact that everyone kept a smile on their face until the end)
- There is a billion dollar opportunity for a smart entrepreneur to harness waste into energy. FYI, there’s a lot of garbage, everywhere.
- can you please arrange for mango season to start when I arrive next time? I seriously missed out on mangoes but did enjoy those little bananas, custard apples, papayas and pineapples.
- Where have feni mojitios been all my life? Another innovation to bring to Canada….thank you.
- The anadaman islands DO have beautiful beaches but the hype is too much and its overpriced. (Panama, Colombia and Thailand are close rivals for top beach spot in my humble opinion)
- Goans know how to party. ( It understand my DNA now)




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