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Assault on the senses

If India can guarentee the traveller one thing it is that it will attack each and every one of your senses and send them into total overload and possible meltdown!
SIGHT - The bright and colourful sarees and turbans alone will send your eyes rotating in their sockets not knowing where to focus first. Top up with the fact that India does not know or understand the meaning of less is more... nothing is simply decorated in India - every inch of space is decorated and painted with patterns and pictures and always colourful, colourful, colourful!
SOUND - Never before have your ear drums had to cope with such a cocophony of noise like they have to in India. The music jingles, the drums bang, the car horns, lorry horns and rickshaw horns BEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEEP BEEEEEEP, people don't talk they shout and very quickly too, the dogs bark through the day and howl through the night, the birds cheap and sing and scream and shout and if none of that gets you the crickets will - they must surely be the only crickets in the world that have evolved into super beings with inbuilt micrphones which can make their leg rubbing chirps so loud your ears will want to bleed. Oh and least we forget the continual hacking from the back of the throat by the majority of the male Indian population (not my favourite noise, especially when my food was being prepared!!!)
SMELL - Where shall we start? The eternal burning incence? The ever present lingering of lotus oil? Spices and curries cooking and the stench of urine all boiled to levels beyond usual nasal capability by the hot, Indian sun!
TASTE - From the most delicious tasting lassis and freshly squeezed fruit juices to the taste bud bewildering array of spices and the sickeningly sweet desserts....
TOUCH - if it is not the beggars grabbing at you then it is going to be the touts or the hawkers dragging at you. If it is none of the above then perhaps it is a local pinching you in friendliness. You can pretty much throw in the painful tightening of the stomach as you reach rapidly for the Immodium! The gentle feel of the silk and the cashmir. The sun on your skin, the sweat running down your back and the way your heart sinks at the seemingly endless tidal wave of litter strewn acrossthe country...
...it is all so amazing
...it is all so tiring.

The Lonely Planet to India has got to be the most punishing (bloody big and bloody heavy) guide book I have ever before had to carry around!

  • Last visit to India: Apr 2010
  • Intro Updated Apr 29, 2010
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