India is awash in magic, mystery and beauty. It brims with historical and spiritual sites. Prior to my first visit, I was told that I would either hate it or go all in.
I went all in. I submerged myself into the country's diverse culture. I deeply felt every moment, each nuance, all the fragrances, tastes, sights and sounds. Never had I been in a place so complex.
India feels caught in time. Parts seem to be held in a bubble, unchanged for centuries. There's a man riding atop an elephant loping down the highway, passed by another man behind the wheel of a speeding Range Rover. Temples and centuries-old traditions blend with cutting-edge technology, new restaurants and eye-popping fashion. India is cacophonous blend of old and new world, expanding and growing, pulsing with life. I pray that as the country continues to evolve, in never loses its ancestral charm.
I took this photo at the Jama Masjid in Delhi, the largest mosque in India. When I look at this picture, In see women supporting each other, literally and figuratively. I feel the connection these women share. Not one is distracted by a screen. All are bonding in the present moment, enjoying each other's company.
True connection is a powerful thing. The ability to revel in the now is something many people forget. Creating a circle of support and loyalty is one of the greatest blessings of the human experience. India has not forgotten this simple truth.
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India lives on in us forever. We are endlessly grateful for our experiences there. They inspire and delight us, every day.