The country is the seventh largest in the geographical area. It is situated in South Asia. It is surrounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the west and the Bay of Bengal on the east. It borders with Pakistan (west), China, Bhutan, Nepal (north) and Burma and Bangladesh (east). It is the second most largest populated country with the largest democracy in the world!
She struggled and won her independence from the British Empire through non violent resistance. She is home to many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam and so on. She is divided into 28 states and 7 main territories. She is also home to a multilingual and ethnic society.
She is the largest growing economy in the world today and growing at lightening speed as I write this! High rises are sprouting up and apartment living is in big demand. Malls, large and small are still being built and during the summer months you will find people in these malls to remain cool from the burning heat.
Bharat Ma as she is lovingly called or Mother earth and most times she referred to as India. To me she is a mystery that rarely allows us, her temporary guests to fully discover her full beauty or potential. She has the ability to touch your heart in many ways and gently nudges you to seek further within. A rainbow of colors surround her and even amongst that thick muggy heat you will never fail to see a color so bright and new.
Her beauty stretches vast and wide. Ranging from the deserts of Rajhasthan to the tea lands in Darjeeling and from the Himalayas in the North to the backwaters of Kerala in the South. The magnificent Taj Mahal gleams like a pearl at night. The breathtaking sunsets in Goa are beautiful. The hill stations like Simla or Mussorie are honeymooners paradise.
She is home to a large variety of wildlife and these range from the Bengal tigers to the Siberian cranes.
Yoga and spirituality…. how can I forget this. An air of mystery surrounds places like Rishikesh or Hardawar. There is a strong yet calming energy about these mystic places. One is never the same after visiting these places.
Lastly but not least she shares her land with the poor, diseased and the under privileged. Chaos surrounds her all the time. Things move at snail speed at times and can be frustrating and annoying.
Life is never complete without the best or the worst. They go hand in hand. Experiencing the ying and yang of life has molded me into the person I am today.