The story mentioned below is purely fictional but there is a strong chance it bears resemblance to certain real entities living or dead, which is a matter of pure coincidence.
But he was a careful chap, and will not simply take his family to a country before researching about it. He bought books, read blogs, Web pages, Articles, News Updates, Stories… everything he could manage to find on India in 8 days. But when he visited India, all his research completely failed. He was in for a surprise… the biggest one of his life.
|That these image of Snake Charmer from City Palace, Jaipur definitely contributes to building stereotype of India as the land of snake charmers. Photo courtesy Flickr|
If truth is to be told, for a number of years now, snake charming is banned in India, under laws related to illegal torture of animals. India houses Taj Mahal- Seventh Wonder of the World; India has the largest film industry in the world; India has the second largest IT Sector in the world; we just become World Champions in Cricket! India is not and never was a land of snake charmers.
Despite spurt in violence especially against women, it won't be fair to say India, on the whole, is an unsafe country. India has one of the largest active police force patrolling the streets every day. India is not a land of barbarians. Majority of people are warm and vey culturally civilized.
India has a motto: “Athiti Devo Bhavah” meaning “Guest is equal to God” and all the foreigners are treated with such degree of respect.
Indian doctors introduced the science of heart transplant and kidney transplant. Many senior doctors in USA, Europe and Canada are all Indians.
Diseases like polio, tuberculosis, jaundice are almost eradicated from India. Indian Cancer Research institutes are rated on top all over the world. Are we still that “disease-ridden”?
Despite these facts we'd strongly advise you to ensure that you have travel insurance when you are traveling to India or for that matter to any country in the world. Read why travel insurance is important.
And then you visit Shimla during winters, you are shocked; you visit Ooty, you are trembling; you visit Sikkim, you are shivering.
Even while spending rainy nights in Rajasthan, you need a quilt to bear the chilly winds. India is hot… when it comes to style! Otherwise, India’s temperature is as unpredictable as it can be.
Here's some summer vacation ideas in India and also check out 5 of the best hill stations in India to beat the heat.
No wonder Americans are often pictured as “couch-potatoes” watching Television with a bowl of French fries and a soda can in their hands. India has some of the best culinary restaurants, and the country is known for her delightful street food.
Pick the right street food corner, with maximum number of visitors and find out why “Gol-Gappas” or “Chhole Kulche” is more preferred than restaurant quality food in India.
But poverty and beggars are not the only things prevalent in the country. India has made her mark in business, sports, films, IT, infrastructure, Hotel Management, medical science… in almost every field.
India is recorded, according to a recent survey, at no. 85 in the list of poor countries, while USA did not lag far behind at no. 121.
According to a recent survey, India is at 11th position in the list of countries housing maximum number of millionaires. And you thought that India is a poor country!
According to Wikipedia, India's population density is 380/sq. km. In comparision, South Korea is 504, Hong Kong is 6000+ and Singapore is 7000+.
Okay, so you visit India and you see a lot more people than you expected to find, on the streets, in public vehicles, in major tourists places.
But that’s what happens to an average Indian businessman on his way to work on the bustling New York streets or on his father-son trip to Madison Square Garden to watch a football game where he could not find a place to sit.
Population is out of control everywhere… people are everywhere; you just need to find the right spots to visit. The truth is Indian people are most delightful to talk to since they just love engaging in conversations with foreigners.
Try it yourself on your next tour to India! And if you still want a little privacy, there are many, numerous, innumerable secluded locations in the country like the Andaman Islands or the hill stations that you will simply love!
|Yet another of stereotypical image propagating India's image as a country of poor, hungry, naked and religious fanatical people. Imeage courtesy Bricolage|
And surely, all Indians are not Yoga gurus. The medical science of yoga is practiced by a major population of India for a healthy body and calm mind.
But the image of India filled with Orange dhoti wearing people, preaching about inner demons and souls is not true. India houses numerous saints, but we have equal number of business tycoons, engineers, doctors, teachers and scientists.
And the fact that this top ranking English language India travel blog is maintained by native Indians living in India :-)
Yeah, India folks have their unique way of speaking and writing English, with a funny accent, but Indian population do speak and very well understand and write the language.
After America, India is the country, where maximum foreign films are released. In South India, maximum people converse only in English. Even parents are teaching their young ones to speak in English.
It still won’t be enough, because all the states in North are different from each other, just like all states in South India are different from each other. India, as a country, is a myth in itself.
Indians do not run around trees or snow, dancing and singing as shown in Bollywood movies. And if you have seen Taj Mahal, You have still not seen whole of India… there is a lot more still missing! So if you have now decided to pack your bag and decided to go, do check out our post on packing tips for traveling to India.
Contributed by Karan Saxena