How incredible is India?

It’s Friday evening. I am out with colleagues to grab a few drinks after a busy work week. We order a few rounds while I share stories about India, our lives, experiences, and travels.

Most of my colleagues have traveled to many countries. I add in a drop of remorse that although I have seen my fair share of the world, I wish to see more of my own country. There is ancient wisdom in the very air you breathe in India. To that one of them asks me…

Hey, of what ever you have seen, how would you define India?

My answer – C’est incroyable!

Replying in French adds a nice touch.

Whenever I am around, India is always a topic of conversation. The conversation touches on areas like foreign policy, deep culture, pop culture, counterculture, temples, governance, elections, history, old stories (itihasa, puranas), new stories, art, sculpture and vicious foreign media’s incomprehensible reporting.

I have been living in Singapore for just over three years now, however,

The ‘pull’ towards all things Indian is very pronounced

I see India everywhere. A song here, a video there, a book in the library, an art piece. You just don’t know what is going to bring the memories rushing back.

Recently, a friend of mine who lives in Rajasthan sent me the “The Maharani of Manhattan” Incredible India video.

I loved it!

The symbolism with peacock, India’s national bird is hard to miss. I did spend some time critically unpacking the advertisement with my cousins (details are unimportant). I checked out the YouTube channel of Incredible India. I was thirsting for more and I saw three other videos which were equally brilliant.

Below are the links to all four for you to enjoy, subscribe and share…

The Maharani of Manhattan | Luxury

The Sanctuary In Paris | Wildlife

The Yogi of the Racetrack | Yoga

The Reincarnation of Mr. & Mrs. Jones | Ayurveda

It is very clear that each one of the videos has a target market. Luxury, Wildlife, Yoga, and Ayurveda.

I can’t wait for the next one. I hope one advertisement would be anchored on temple & classical architecture of India. It is unique and it’s a heritage we all can be proud of.

India needs to be careful to not get overrun by low-cost mass tourism.  It needs to attract tourist at the medium to a higher end of the price spectrum and manage their environmental and social impact with a steady policy hand.

Getting a tourist visa for India is very easy now for most countries. I hope our tourism infrastructure goes through rapid development and everyone that visits my country has an incredible experience.

Please do leave your thoughts and views in the comments section below…

Incredible is India

 

4 Comments

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    This is my second times watching your blog.
    I am very happy to see that you are promoting the culture of your country.
    India has a long history like China.
    We all love our country.
    I have the same thoughts as you.
    When I travel, I am very proud to tell you. I am Chinese. And we will also spread the culture of our country abroad.
    We hope that our country is getting better and better.
    Only in this way, when we are in a foreign country, we will be respected.
    Go ahead, I will support you!

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      Thank you so much Meizhou,
      Your comment makes me smile. Yes, India and China have legendary history and the interesting part is that many of our cultural aspects are very similar and intertwined.

      Great travellers like Xuanzang have brought our countries together before and now it is up to people like us to carry the legacy forward 🙂

  2. R VINAYAKAN AIYER
    R VINAYAKAN AIYER Reply

    Meizhou, thank you for the comment!

    My dream is healthy people to people connect between Indians & Chinese. We can guide the world to a better t’row. Solve all of humanity’s problem. Write a bold new chapter in human evolution.

    Someday, I hope to visit China.

    Hugs 🙂 Vinayakan

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