Beautiful organized chaos – this is how I would describe Delhi. India is a beautiful country, its culture is unique and its chaos is one-of-a-kind. So much history incorporated with modernity, India is also a land of contrasts.
Every time I visit India I am humbled. I am grateful for my life and all that I have. I feel blessed.
When you’re in the car stuck in Delhi’s infamous and frustrating ‘jam’ (traffic), you will look out and wonder why they suffer or have so little; why that small boy is selling phone chargers at a busy intersection, what disease that man under the bridge has, how that little girl is wandering the streets all by herself.
Then you will look back in your car and realize that your problems are small, minute, trivial, insignificant – nothing. That you are lucky, sometimes ungrateful and unappreciative. That you don’t need so much. That you have so much. You reflect. So much goes on at one red light. Some things you don’t want to see, some things you can’t ignore.
You lose all rights to complain about your life. Whatever problems you think you have are truly small. You will be moved.
And you will be pushed. Your feet will get stepped on at some point in a crowded market and your clothes will get messy, but you will also learn a lot, have a soul-awakening experience and taste incredible food – it’s all part of being in Delhi.
Being on the road in Delhi or almost everywhere else in India is a must-see-to-believe kind of phenomenon. Cars, scooters and auto-rickshaws share the road with vegetable carts and cows. It will sometimes feel like you’re actually in the way of a cow. Cows are sacred in India and this is another belief you learn to respect. Religion, customs and traditions are important elements of life there.
Drivers in India have seriously got some mad skills. You can’t help but think they must have inspired the invention of seat-belts (and ear plugs). Plus, you will be quite sure there’s a honking competition going on that you’re not aware of. Also, who needs the alarm when you can wake up to the sound of horns? And before you cross the road, you don’t just have to look left or right – you need to look in all directions! This is seriously the perfect place to practice patience.
Here is my attempt to capture the charm of this beautiful organized chaos and to tease you with the customary mouth-watering dishes.
What comes to your mind when you think of Delhi? Isn’t India just special and incredible?