Tuesday, June 26, 2012

India Debriefing

Where do I even begin? I just spent 8 days in the most beautiful, dirty, crowded, poverty-stricken, engaging place I've ever seen and I loved it. I wish I had known more about the country before going in, but even still, there is no way to know India without seeing, touching, tasting, hearing and feeling it.

Before going over, I was expecting to say that India attacks all your senses. Because of what I've heard about the pollution, crowds and traffic, I thought that there was just so much going on that there would be no way for me to process it all. While that is certainly true, I think a better way of putting it would be that India engages all your senses (and emotions, for that matter). There is so much going on that there's no way to experience it all in just a few days. What I saw was just the surface of a country teeming with life (and sorrow, joy, love and hatred). India took a piece of my heart when I first stepped out of the airport in Hyderabad and would not give it back when I boarded the plane in Mumbai.

I pray that I will be able to return soon and spend more time there for work (CNA definitely needs an India office ... obviously the rookie white girl would be the best person to make that happen) or for marriage (I am now convinced that I will marry an Indian man ... more to come on that later).

So, these next few posts will serve as an overflow of what won't make it into my news stories. Hopefully this little bit of information will help you fall in love with this beautiful country that so desperately needs our help.


  1. I can't wait to read more! It sounds like such an incredible experience. I was just talking to a girl at work the other day who spent four months in India. I had no idea some of the things were going on that she was telling me.

  2. Jackie, that is so cool your coworker spent so much time over there. What was she doing there? I was only there for 8 days, but I feel like those people took a little piece of my heart that I will never get back. There is so much poverty and suffering there, but also so much hope and warmth. All the people I met were so welcoming and proud to be Indian! I hope that I can convey, even just a little bit, the incredible experience I had over there. God is so good and he is doing amazing things in that country.