India – Prequel

I just came back from India few hours ago and I’ve like millions of stories to share with you. No amount of stories I’m going to tell over here and no amount of pictures and videos I’m going to provide here is going to give you the ‘real‘ experience of being there.

My backpacking travel this time was one of the most challenging I’ve ever done. In fact, India was fascinating, unique but at the same time scary and sorrow as well. It was so uniquely blended together, in a land where you will meet each character different from the others.

I’m going to write off a prequel before I start of writing part by part about the places I’ve visited. I’ve travelled mostly in parts of Tamil Nadu, then up to Bangalore, Kodaikanal, and then we cut across to Kerala. Since I wanted to test and see how people live and survive there, together with my master guide, Brother Vasu (who is an experienced backpacker, having travelled extensively throughout Europe, Middle East, U.S.A, most Asian countries and few other countries that I didn’t even know existed) and Brother Lizard, we travelled the hard way, taking public transportations, ‘autos‘, and sometimes even walking.

Any of you who have travelled to India would know how difficult things are there. Poverty was everywhere, and I mean extreme poverty. TamilNadu was one of the dirtiest places I’ve ever been,and throughout the places I’ve travelled in India; smells of urine would greet you everywhere.

I wanted to test out if it’s really true that things there are so polluted that we would get diarrhea and other sickness if we eat and drink what the locals eat. I digest through everything we could find, drank from street tea stalls, tested some of the weirdest dishes, ate from some of the dirtiest places, and literally got down and experienced what the locals have there. And touchwood, I never fall sick, not even a mild headache after what I have consumed there. In the few series I would be writing, you should be able to see what I have consumed. From lake snails, pork cholesterol, local todis, to flamingo/stork meats, I’ve tried it all.

I loved everything about India, except for cleanliness. I understand it is difficult to maintain such a huge country, but people generally are so less civilly educated there that people don’t care about what others are feeling about them. I’ve experienced people just vomiting out of the window, and  since none of the bus are air conditioned, the vomited ingredients would just fly out and bits and pieces might stick in your face. And that was not the worst. Seriously.

The national dress in most parts of Tamil Nadu is a dirty ‘lunggi‘ , a singlet, and no footwear’s at all. You just walk straight into another’s shit, and urines , and spits , and so many other things without care. People might just walk and stand beside you, and lift up his ‘lunggi‘ a bit, hold his dick, and start urinating like you’re not fucking standing beside him. And sights like this are the way of life there. That’s what people do over there, although not all of them. I even saw one woman lift up her saree and decided to take a shit in a nearby drain in a fully packed Madurai bus stop. I gaped in horror, and knew at that moment I was up for more.

I love lots of things in India, although it was being smeared by some of their own citizens. The Indian girls are awesome. Imagine being surrounded by hundreds of Indian girls dressed in traditional Indian sarees, churidars, and punjabi suits, long natural straight hairs(not the chemically straightened), literally no or minimal makeup’s, and jasmine flowers(Madurai Malli) tucked gently behind their hair. The feelings of looking at them, damn, just priceless. It was awesomely classic ay.

And when they walk past you, the natural fragrance of jasmine just melts you. I just love them. And each of them, although some of them might look average, still looks so cute because they’re dressed in traditional Indian wears. Jeans and shirts are extremely rare, anywhere throughout the places I’ve visited except for Bangalore.

Poverty was literally everywhere, child beggars’ and young woman’s begging are heart wrenching. If you arrive in any bus stops at night, it would be a norm to see hundreds of woman’s, the old ones and number of men’s seeking shelter. The number of people homeless in India was outstanding, the sleep literally everywhere, from rail station, to the streets, and bus stops, and they sleep everywhere. It was not that bad until I saw even naked babies are sleeping beside their mother, obviously homeless as well.

I still remember in Madurai bus stop, early in the morning around 5 am, when I was waiting for the bus, that I saw a young mother sleeping beside her naked baby. The baby, suddenly woke up, and started crying, probably in hunger or because he was cloth less. It was chilling cold at 5 am, and it was heart wrenching to see that young soul crawling right and left trying to awake her mother, which was fruitless as her mother doesn’t seem to care.

I was out of Internet access, so I’ve blogged the traditional way, pen and paper. This way, I’ve covered and written everything in detail so that nothing would be left out. I’ve visited quite a number of places, although most of the places of interest in Tamil Nadu are temples. I’m sure you would like my presentation though.

I’ve taken pictures in a lot of places where photography’s are forbidden, or off limits. Brother Vasu and Lizard, including me got involved in lots of shouting match, when I was caught in few occasions where picture takings are forbidden. I do not think these things should be kept secret, since most of this guys do not treat temples as temples, but a place of business and cheating money out from the innocents. I do not feel guilty of revealing the uniqueness, and it would be unfair for people who would not be as lucky as I’m to visit these places not to see what I’ve seen. I’m not a professional photographer, and some of the photos were taken in an extremely difficult situation, and I hope you enjoy my series of stories which would be coming soon.

Throughout my journey, I’ve made lots of friends, for an example below was Mr. Aghori from one of the temples where prayers for the deceased are performed in SethuKarai, Rameswaram.

I’ll stop here now, pardon the grammar and spell checks, it was typed out in a hurry.

It’s good to be back, greetings my dear brothers and sisters :)


18 comments to India – Prequel

  • SunTannedSuperman04

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    greetings bro.. nice to have you back..
    Looks like it was an enjoyable trip..

    Enjoy your home paradise again bro ;)

  • linda

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    Wow! Like reading a book Durai. Welcome back.

  • Ramesh

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    Bro, it’s nice to see your post again..
    Hope you had a great time in India..

  • Maya

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    Welcome back Durai…

    I found those insights fascinating…India & getting back to basics has obviously done you good.

    The way you described the conditions & the way of life for some unfortunates over there was very poignant…& it makes the rest of us realise just how lucky we are in life & that really, we have no troubles at all, compared to how some people are forced to live.

    It is good to hear also, that you had the presence of mind to be able to judge situations on their individual merit & when it was appropriate to over-ride rules, such as with the photography, which is much to our benefit – I would love to see more pictures, thank you for making this effort.

    I very much enjoyed your depiction of the beautiful Indian girls in their traditional dress. How wonderful it must have been to see that – the different colours, the beautiful hair & faces & I could almost smell the heavenly jasmine in your words.

    Let us not forget though, the other side of the coin & the extreme hardship, with those small babies having no home, clothes or decent food & how we take for granted, a simple need for going to the toilet in a clean room.

    It sounds like you had the trip of a lifetime my friend, but we are glad to have you back, it has been eerily quiet around here without you & thank you for taking the time to write it all down by hand & sharing your wonderful experience.

  • peek-a-boo

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    the vomiting part is really disgusting!! haha…very interesting article =)

  • linda

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    i keep re-reading -it is so insightful- I love the Indian people I know here.You are right about the women!. The poverty you describe is sad sad sad -especially when I see the comfortable lifestyle in some of the US.Life is an accident of birth, I would love to see INDIA -Thanks for bringing it to me through your eyes.

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    Bro, welcome back ..Sounds interesting your trip..Looking forward for your detailed report soon..hehehe

  • Geetha

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    looking forward to more of your posts on the trip !!!! well done on this one…

  • ApRiL

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    Welcome back duRai! :) love the description about the beautiful Indian girls with their traditional attire.. and the sad part about the poverty and cleanliness of the country.. :( put that aside, but still INDIA is one of the country that i determine to go in the future! :D

  • Try guessing whom..

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    hi…india??nice..awesome,im going there soon for a mission organized by my university..ill be going to the gramams (not sure abt spelling) bringing along some drugs to help out the poor and the sick.not sure where exactly yet.still trying to figure out who am i??clues : medical certificate.papa kopitiam.my sibling (sister).
    =)

    @Haha, Thangachiiiiiii, When I saw Kopitiam I knew it. You came back on January but didn’t even let me know. Don’t let me catch you la, damn bengang with you.

  • shrivastava

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    yup- those descriptions brought back old memories when i visited india.. bro- did u visit pondhi bazaar in chennai?.. loads of child beggars(sigh) otherwise beautiful place to visit. I too witness a guy taking his shit at a side of the road in broadday light too!!hahahaha- damn, those memories..

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    India is just one AWESOME PLACE…..Nice article Durai….

  • savundra

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    nice post anne… sounds like u had fun.. waitin forward for post abt experience in blore.. :)

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    pity the baby.. i wonder how many more baby is out there suffering the same way. :(

  • Durai

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    @SunTannedSuperman04 : Thanks bro :)

    @linda : Thanks Mam.

    @Ramesh : Sure I did bro, you should see in upcoming post:)

    @Maya : Well Maya, I’ve missed my blog too. Thank you for such an appreciative comment. It feels good to be appreciated :)

    @peek-a-boo : :)

    @Vivek : Coming soon bro..coming soon…

    @Geetha : Thanks Geetha..

    @ApRiL : Yes, April. Certainly you should go

    @shrivastava : No bro, Chennai was a quick pit stop. Didnt travel much there bro.

    @-coolvaneegurl- : Agreed Vanie.

    @savundra : Sure, coming soon thangachi :)

    @Puspa : Well, thats the truth Puspa. Lots of them, what I have seen might be a fraction only.

  • realist

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    Thanks for sharing your experiences in India. It is a unique country; a melting pot of profound knowledge, poverty, culture, spritualism etc. I like your neutral tone in this write up….

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    Bro…

    Welcome back! Awaiting for your detailed India tour. ;)

  • renu

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    awesome pa… like it alot…

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