I have been traveling a lot and have visited lots of countries. Lucky me! But due to some reasons I avoid visiting India. To tell the truth I’m much more interested in Western culture. Well, it doesn’t mean I see it to be superior to Asian traditions or whatever. But really I spent plenty of time doing researches in archeology in Eastern Europe mainly. I hope it can justify me and my ignorance about India and its culture. Well, I know some generally known facts. But no more. So I decided to do some kind of research whether India is worth visiting or not. So let’s get started.
I would like to focus your attention on some stereotypes concerning India and daily life of Indian people trying to find out whether they are true or not. If you have never been to this country and have know idea how it looks like today you can get a notion watching British drama Slumdog Millionaire (2008). So there are lots of beggars in India indeed as well as thousands poor people who have almost nothing. But surprisingly they look happy. How come? I suppose it is some kind of influence of the religion they profess. Surfing the Internet you will find many articles vividly describing how poor Indian people are. At the same time many rich people live in India. It looks like India is a country of contrasts and differences.
India is believed to be the most dirty and filthy country in the world. Tourists who visited the country and had an experience of living modestly tend to emphasis on it. At the same time just keep in mind that the Indian megalopolises are literally full of shopping malls and comfortable hotels, luxurious restaurants and bars. Definitely it is typical feature of India but may be we should pay attention to other things also, don’t you think so?
Another stereotype concerning Indian culture and life is that mostly Indians are uneducated and illiterate. It sounds really terrible. Even though I have never been to India I have met many interesting and smart people who came from India. I do not know why they think so but even poor people in India try to find time for education. They simply realize that the education is way to reach something.
And finally India is supposed to be the most corrupted country. And this time it seems like this very stereotype is true. To get something you need to pay no matter what it may concern. Of course the Government tries to do as much as possible but it is still a problem.
Anyway I would like to go to India. No doubts!