India has welcomed me with open arms. So many warm and friendly people, I feel I have been included like family. In India, I see endless possibilities. Yes, there is a long way to go, but having so much room to grow is also an advantage.
I think a lot of the reactions I get from people when it’s neither welcoming or friendliness is simply curiosity. Some men and some children stare, most women either give a small demure smile or even say hello. But when the men stare I get the feeling it’s more curiosity than anything else. Some of these people have never left the city, let alone the country or seen a white woman. It didn’t feel weird or uncomfortable and once you break the ice with a friendly hello, any possible discomfort on either side gets replaced by a smile our nice greeting. Women with babies out small children are fun to greet, there are a combination of results from that. Some children look while their mother prods them to say hello. As we drive down the road in heavy traffic during a big occasion, a woman and her child stiffs in front of a shop and they wetter so beautiful,I had to take a picture. The woman smiled and took her Child’s hand to wave to me. I blew a kiss to the child and waved back.
Another woman in a taxi with her child smiled and her child smiled and waved to me.
Obviously for me as a woman this is more welcome to me than a man who would do that. Nothing like that has happened here as of yet and I don’t think it will. But certainly the curiosity element is there and one should not take our as an offense.
When I went to a museum the day before yesterday, I was bombarded by curious and friendly school children who all wanted to take a picture with me. One of them asked my good name, a good name is the first name. They were very sweet but Wednesday I had to go, I had to say no to about thirty children who wanted to take a picture with me. It was adorable.
Written by a Sojourn India traveler