India is often portrayed as poor and unkempt – but there’s more to a country than its poverty
If the basis of a country’s beauty is its actual wealth, or the distribution of wealth to the majority of its population, then we can say that only a small handful of countries can be tagged as beautiful, mainly because capitalism has created such a wide swath of poverty in its wake.
India has become the victim of ‘poverty shaming’ for years now, and people seem to have forgotten that there’s more to a country than meets the eyes. People always speak of unsanitary toilets, clogged roads and railway systems, but do these really represent what a country is about?
What about the people, its culture and beliefs? Let this list be a reminder that there is always beauty in every country – and there are always reasons to visit and stay a while.
Bowing to someone might be a sign of subservience, but to Indian culture, the namaste is much more than that. It is a sign of community, of humility – two things that are slowly being erased in the global world.
It makes you feel part of what is, and what will be. And so don’t be shy – namaste to people that you meet in this great country.