Take a deep breath, inhale! And just allow yourself to get lost in the power of anonymity, as you travel in the rustic and raw Indian villages. Often we are so agonized by our sense of identity and lack of utter self awareness in the humdrum city life that the noise of the city pulls us in, sucking our breath. So, what can free us, you might ask?
Well, definitely some contemplation in the rural outskirts of India.
- Your worth is a comparative idea: Defining our sense of worth can be a difficult process, often a treacherous one. We constantly subconsciously keep comparing us with others, people with better careers, family life, money and acknowledgment. In this rapidly changing world of social media, it becomes a necessity to constantly fabricate our lives to get an approval. But imagine, in the villages of India, there are so many men, women and children who do not have access to that technology. Instead, they find their happiness in community rituals, laughing out during an evening tea or just singing folklore songs. If they can be content, so can you, isn’t it?
- The façade of modernization: As urbanization marked its advent, it has become irresistible to camouflage how we look, how our homes appear, how we purchase or even communicate. It needs to be modern, fast and yes, expensive. But look at the villagers, soaked in sweat and tiredness after a busy day at work, have nothing of it. There’s no fabrication, at all. Somehow, the innocence in their language and outlook at life is still preserved, not corrupted by any alien product. And that alone does set them free!
- The warmth of hospitality: No matter how small, fragile or rustic their home is, villagers will always welcome you, making you drool for their exotic delicacies. Warmth like this is definitely the nudity of soul which cannot be experienced, owned or shared through monetary exchange. In fact, by staying in rural India, you also learn how difficult it is to bid adieu, no matter how different the culture where you come from would be. Their hospitality will touch your heart, their kindness will touch your soul, even if you don’t understand their local language. And that, of course, is magical in itself.
- Less is More: Though rural outskirts might not have the most tantalizing architecture, equipments or techniques, they do have a very strong cultural practice, stemming out from generation after generation, because they know how to create, preserve and continue following the rules of nature, an association which is very close-knit. No complication, no hustle-bustle, life in a village continues and ends, every day in a rhythmic manner, which is definitely an inspiration in itself.
- Intrinsic healing: The very idea of healing has become a medical concept. With the sudden mushrooming of old age homes and medical centers; we have somehow lost the essence of how to treat an elderly in their own home, with grace. As medical care is expensive in the rural heartland, it does not mean that healing does not take place in here. Several researches have suggested that the old and elderly have higher longevity if they live, breathe and survive in their own homes.
Thus, for each one of us, how an Indian village speaks to us will be a completely different and personal experience. But what matters, more than anything, is that all of it, will surely touch your heart and leave an indelible mark.
By- Shubhda Chaudhary