A tale of Diversity. With love, from Kutch!

This realisation dawned upon me, quite recently. We always say it, you know, at least for the heck of it: How diverse India is. How each village is painted in different shades of culture, belief, religion, work, rituals, festivals, traditions, blah blah blah. And the dance of how magically all this strings together.

But let me to add more context to this wonderful yet vague sentiment. For example, in a state called Gujarat, there is a tortoise shaped land, called Kutch. Housing 969 villages. So how would you like to see Kutch, for its barren ranns that turn into seasonal islands during  monsoons? Or the wildlife sanctuary? The unending desert? Or the cultural expedition of 8 (that I know of) communities living together. Would you like to meet the hundred of years old generations of potters or embroidery karigars or exotic carpenters? What kind of embroidery work would you like to see Sir? I have around 50 different (only that I know of) types of embroidery work here in Kutch!

On my quest from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, this diversity almost became tangible.  I have seen centuries pass by my window seat, as I stared unblinkingly in the face of India.

So I am trying to say, that real India exists at least 200 miles away from our flashy cities and the debauched television. I recently met this wonderful writer on a beach in Gokarna, its terrible memory that I can’t recall her name though. But its something she said that I can’t forget and quote, “India is like a clinic to the whole world. We come here to treat ourselves”.

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Still exploring. Kind of bipolar- for my equal love for home and the world. Essentially believe in what George Bernard Shaw said, "life isn't about finding yourself but creating yourself"

10 Comments

  • Hariom May 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm Reply

    Wonderful post!

  • Debarup Mukherjee May 5, 2018 at 8:30 pm Reply

    why you do not write regular basis… why man why!?

  • Jayant Uppal May 6, 2018 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Such a vibrant aura you have created around this specific series. Love how the writer you met at Gokarna described India which sort of is like an anecdote. Always amusing & intriguing to read your stories of India. Keep these stories coming Ambika

  • Ankita & Mohit May 13, 2018 at 10:49 pm Reply

    Kutch definitely has a lot of colour. Wonderfully expressed.

    • Ambika Bhardwaj May 14, 2018 at 4:08 pm Reply

      Ankita and Mohit! So happy to see you guys here. Thanks for reading up.

  • Nishant Chandgotia August 29, 2018 at 4:01 pm Reply

    Kutch has been on my list for such a long time! Wonderful post.

    • Ambika Bhardwaj August 29, 2018 at 4:49 pm Reply

      Kutch is very close to my heart. In the background of socio-economic-political issues, the zeal for life and traditions amongst these people is tremendous!

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