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    Apr 10, 2011 9:32 AM GMT
    for ages, I've told my Abba that as soon as I graduate from my nursing program, Before i start anything, I want to take a 2-6 month trip to India. I believe it's the cradle of modern thinking, acceptance and love. I want to lose myself in the place. No one will go with me, my friends refuse to step foot in a third world country so alas, with only months before i Finish nursing school, I'm starting to prepare... I don't expect to come back with a new sense of self but it would be grand! As a kid, I was given everything I ever wanted, I've had love, I felt the loss of a parent and have had great success in school (so far I still have a 4.0). I've seen lots of places in the world (I have family living in some great countries)

    I just broke up with my bf because I don't feel accomplished, I feel like I need to understand myself a lot more, understand my place in this world. I've come to a fork in the road, I thinking guys are a waste of time, I can do so much more if I don't have someone to tie me down.

    I want to learn, I want to lose myself in culture, teachings, differences and the acceptance of the unfamiliar. anyway, its just a ramble but has anyone ever been to India? how long? how much did you love the country?


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    Apr 10, 2011 1:35 PM GMT
    Stop running.
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    Apr 10, 2011 4:56 PM GMT
    My grandfather had some indian heritage as well... I have visited it a few times,.. but the country is so large, I do not feel equipped to give a proper view of it, but from what Ive seen, I can tell you its a country I both love and hate intensely at the same time... where differences between people are extreme (religion, class, wealth, caste) and entirely accepted and institutionalised... where people can be incredibly well-mannered, family-oriented, hardworking and well educated, yet can be entirely abusive, deceitful, lazy and destitute... where people have a cherished ancient culture and prize manners and respect highly, yet where modernity and money and the west are worshipped and people's lives may be trampled in the bustle of people... where religion inspires peace and war all at the same time.... where all living beings are worshipped, yet animals are treated horrendously... Where the hot tropical jungle runs into desolated sand dunes and warm blue seas while rubbing shoulders with the worlds highest snow-capped mountains....

    In short, it is amazing, the best and worst the world has to offer.. and thats why I would recommend it to everyone
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    Apr 10, 2011 5:23 PM GMT
    Its indeed tough to describe about the diversity in India. Every state in itself seems to be a different country. The language, festivals, dress codes, food, culture... what not everything differs from one state to another. We have people following different religions, majority being Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Jain. 29 languages are spoken by more than a million native speakers, 122 by more than 10,000.

    there is too much to write if I start describing everything about our country.. Drop me a mail if you want to know anything specific.

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    Apr 10, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    RajivSingh saidIts indeed tough to describe about the diversity in India. Every state in itself seems to be a different country.


    Because in essence, every state IS a different country, they were once independent from each other, with their own heads of state and everything... India as a state has only existed for a few decades now
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    Apr 10, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    True. With all these differences we are all Indians. We have a lot of things in common as well. Not just differences.. I am from Kerala, a southern most state and now working in a western state, Gujarat. I speak Hindi, and understand the local language, Gujarati. Loves Gujarati food, people, culture, festivals etc etc.. With all the differences we love each other.. My best friends are from Punjab, Bihar and Orissa again these are state from far east and north.

    We/I love these differences...
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    Apr 10, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    India is not as Third (Developing) World as it once was:



    My partner is from Kolkata (Calcutta) and I have been to India several times. Enjoy.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    geezus... not one useful reply.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:15 PM GMT
    Very fragrant.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:28 PM GMT
    jrunner25 saidgeezus... not one useful reply.



    What were you expecting? People to tell you what to do?

    Do your own research, and then decide to go. Or not.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    jrunner25 saidgeezus... not one useful reply.


    Ehm, all we did was answer your question mate.... rephrase the question if thats not what you wanted
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:37 PM GMT
    Tazo995 said
    jrunner25 saidgeezus... not one useful reply.



    What were you expecting? People to tell you what to do?

    Do your own research, and then decide to go. Or not.


    ive done my research. i was asking what you have done... stories abotu your trip.
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
    this by no means is suppose to be a political debate about a country that has been around for more than 3 thousand years!
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:45 PM GMT
    DCEric saidIndia is not as Third (Developing) World as it once was:



    My partner is from Kolkata (Calcutta) and I have been to India several times. Enjoy.



    really... how did you like it? i would love to know a few native people so it wouldn't be as overwhelming. all i know how to do is order food lol
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    Apr 10, 2011 8:48 PM GMT
    jrunner25 said
    Tazo995 said
    jrunner25 saidgeezus... not one useful reply.



    What were you expecting? People to tell you what to do?

    Do your own research, and then decide to go. Or not.


    ive done my research. i was asking what you have done... stories abotu your trip.


    I haven't been to India. My company has an office in Chennai though, and I can't wait to go.

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    Apr 10, 2011 10:09 PM GMT
    jrunner25 said
    DCEric saidIndia is not as Third (Developing) World as it once was:



    My partner is from Kolkata (Calcutta) and I have been to India several times. Enjoy.



    really... how did you like it? i would love to know a few native people so it wouldn't be as overwhelming. all i know how to do is order food lol


    I'm very comfortable there (and I enjoy such travel), but I go to the developing world regularly, so it is easy for me. I recommend you talk to folks you know in real life that travel to poorer countries regularly to get an idea. It will help a lot if the folks know you in person. As for Indians to chat with, there are a bunch of them on this site that would probably be better to talk to than me.
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    Apr 10, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    India is a MUCH better and more exciting country to visit than USA... and it is also much much safer than most other developing and even some developed countries. There is a lot of poverty in India but much more wealth too than most western countries have - India is becoming like Russia - lot of billionaires and multi-millionaires and poor living next door. However the big difference between poverty in India and poverty in USA/Europe is that the poor in India are also quite happy - they have a social system which works but doesn't exist in western countries anymore. People help each other and come together in difficult times in India, and families are very important which doesn't exist in western countries. Unfortunately India does not appeal to gays because 1) most Indian men aren't all that attractive (but the ones who are - they are super hot). 2) Although India is not very homophobic - there is no gay culture as such in India - it's still very discrete and hidden... and 3) There is a lot of filth in certain parts of the cities but if u know where to go it's also very stunning. India is more like a continent rather than a country - India appeals more to Europeans than it does to Americans because there is a lot of culture in India just like in Europe - but Americans live a very plastic life and basically have no culture so for them India is not an ideal destination... that said many people won't know this but Udaipur - a royal city in Rajasthan was voted as no. 1 city to visit in the world consecutively for several years by an American magazine - Travel & Leisure.

    Some places you must visit -

    Udaipur, Jodhpur, Kerala (do a tour of the backwaters), Mumbai and Delhi however there isn't much to see in Delhi except a lot of super wealthy people and their flashy cars. If you happen to go to Jaipur...definitely go to the Rambagh Palace for a Drink in the Royal Bar.

    One more thing - American media always shows very bad negative views on India - don't believe it... India is the most progressive and in terms of PPP (purchasing power parity) the 3rd wealthiest country in the world.... unofficially India is already wealthier than the US but it's a lot of unaccounted wealth owned by a handful of Indians. Anyway there is a lot more to see and do in India than there is in USA - where every city and state and high street look exactly the same. India is very diverse and has a lot of history.

    If you can afford it - stay in the luxury 5 star hotels in India - they are usually $200 a night and up but much better value for money than hotels in Europe and much better service too. Indian hotels have also been voted the best hotels in the world - especially the Oberoi and Taj group of hotels.

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    Apr 10, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    jrunner25 saidthis by no means is suppose to be a political debate about a country that has been around for more than 3 thousand years!


    political debate? what are you talking about? We were describing the country like you said
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    Apr 10, 2011 11:18 PM GMT
    Pato_Rico said
    jrunner25 saidthis by no means is suppose to be a political debate about a country that has been around for more than 3 thousand years!


    political debate? what are you talking about? We were describing the country like you said

    i never asked you to describe the country. i asked people to describe their trip. but thanks for your worthless comment.
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    Apr 10, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    jrunner25 said

    I want to learn, I want to lose myself in culture, teachings, differences and the acceptance of the unfamiliar. anyway, its just a ramble but has anyone ever been to India? how long? how much did you love the country?



    Uhm, I answered your last question, but its ok I know now your question was worthless... have fun on your trip!
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    Apr 10, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    jrunner25 said
    Pato_Rico said
    jrunner25 saidthis by no means is suppose to be a political debate about a country that has been around for more than 3 thousand years!


    political debate? what are you talking about? We were describing the country like you said

    i never asked you to describe the country. i asked people to describe their trip. but thanks for your worthless comment.



    you talk about travelling to India to assist in finding yourself, to find your place in the world, understanding, enlightenment, etc, which are all very good, nobel endeavours, but ... how about starting with no being so negative to people who are only trying to offer their assistance?
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    Apr 10, 2011 11:30 PM GMT
    gallus81 said
    jrunner25 said
    Pato_Rico said
    jrunner25 saidthis by no means is suppose to be a political debate about a country that has been around for more than 3 thousand years!


    political debate? what are you talking about? We were describing the country like you said

    i never asked you to describe the country. i asked people to describe their trip. but thanks for your worthless comment.



    you talk about travelling to India to assist in finding yourself, to find your place in the world, understanding, enlightenment, etc, which are all very good, nobel endeavours, but ... how about starting with no being so negative to people who are only trying to offer their assistance?


    Perhaps hes just trolling? some people like doing that just to wind people up
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    Apr 10, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    jrunner25 saidthis by no means is suppose to be a political debate about a country that has been around for more than 3 thousand years!


    its actually 5000.. you sure have done your research
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    Apr 10, 2011 11:33 PM GMT
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    Apr 10, 2011 11:35 PM GMT
    Pato_Rico said
    gallus81 said
    jrunner25 said
    Pato_Rico said
    jrunner25 saidthis by no means is suppose to be a political debate about a country that has been around for more than 3 thousand years!


    political debate? what are you talking about? We were describing the country like you said

    i never asked you to describe the country. i asked people to describe their trip. but thanks for your worthless comment.



    you talk about travelling to India to assist in finding yourself, to find your place in the world, understanding, enlightenment, etc, which are all very good, nobel endeavours, but ... how about starting with no being so negative to people who are only trying to offer their assistance?


    Perhaps hes just trolling? some people like doing that just to wind people up



    trolling? for what?