The land of inspiration and self-discovery, awakening and exotic colors, is where I have been living for the last two weeks. One observation I have come to is that it is much harder to dissect than other countries anthropologically. Walking through the Golkonda Fort, and seeing more Indians than foreigners in the touristy hotspot, I still have not had the sense of a caste system. There are beggars on the street, and businesspeople running about. At first glance, these people seem to interact like those in Thailand, without strict distinctions in caste.
Stereotypes are already being broken; many of the Indian students I have encountered saw me as the hardworking academic one, not the other way around. And who would have imagined a field of grass that goes on as far as the eye can see, and sparsely populated villages filled with friendly locals, in the seemingly “crowded” India?
I am excited to where this adventure might end. What may change from now until December?
What is India? Is it the people, the scenery, the religion, the conflicts?
Before 2014, I vow, to find out.