Having dabbled in the science of the law of attraction, I have to take some degree of responsibility for my negative experiences in your country thus far. I have been feeling so overwhelmed, exhausted and astonished by our experiences here thus far I have focused mainly on the crazy parts that have me in disbelief than on the slivers of hope, love and beauty we have seen between them.
Of course the daily occurances of Indianisms aren’t entirely thanks to my mindset, but nevertheless I can only deduct that since my negative frame of mind has only resulted in more negativity, perhaps a post exclusively on positive experiences here in India may help attract more happiness and love our way.
India FTW (For The Win) #1
Meeting the beautiful people in the slums of Chandigarh at the DIR India project. Having the opportunity to meet Frederick and accompany him on a tour of The basti was definitely a highlight we will never forget. The smiling faces and love I witnessed in the daily interactions of people living with so little, and fighting so hard to simply attain the most minimal life essentials was an inspiring and humbling experience. Thank you India for showing me your vulnerabilities and for enabling me to give back to your people in my own way. I will continue to help raise resources for the DIR project upon my return to Canada.
India FTW #2
Seeing the Taj Mahal- It’s even more beautiful than the pictures can depict and I feel so incredibly lucky to have seen it, touched it and felt the unconditional labour of love it was made with. Plus the epic jump shots we captured in front of it are definitely going down my history book and being posted on the christy smith wall of fame.
India FTW #3
Scoring a pimp 3 karat ruby ring for a mfraction of the cost of buying it at home and having the opportunity I design the setting before it was custom made and then delivered to my hotel for me in 4 hours flat. You can’t find that kind of service in Canada. I will always have my new ring to remind me of my experiences here in India and rubys are said to emulate the sun and attract only positive energy and light for the wearer.
India FTW #4
The genorosity of the locals. I’ve had I learn to be careful when doling out components in this country. A woman once offered to give me her hand painted sari after I told her how beautiful it was… And while in Jaipur, Chris and I went for dinner at pizza hut one night and ran into a young Indian couple on a date. I noticed the girl had been given a lovely bunch of roses from her boyfriend so I smiled at them both and said, “beautiful roses” before taking a seat at or table nearby. The next thing I knew the girl had plucked one of the long stemmed roses from her bouquet aims was standing at our table insisting I take it. I tried to refuse, saying “no, no, these are YOUR beautiful roses. You must keep them all” but she was determined to share one with me. It was very touching and kind- she really brightened up my evening.
India FTW #6
Prakesh. Prakesh is a housekeeper who works at the Park Hotel in Jaipur. He is the cutest, sweetest, most happy and energetic Indian man I have ever met in my life. He came in our room to freshen it up while we were gathering our things to head out for the day and noticed a small Indian marionette puppet we had purchased sitting on the desk. He was so happy to see that we had bought it from his town of Jaipur and insisted he take a photo of me with this puppet. Although the timing was awkward as we were trying to leave so he could proceed with cleaning our room I decided to engage with him for one photo taken on my iPod touch. One photo turned into a Prakesh photoshoot extravaganza as he smiled and laughed after each photo was taken from sheer happiness. He then insisted that Chris and i pose in front of the bed so we could remember our stay at the park hotel (he was very proud of the property, and leased with his job there). He even set us up in front of the window for a shot and posed Chris and I Bollywood style while he smiled, laughed and said “oh my god mam, yes this is veddy good” in his sweet little Indian accent. When described in writing this situation may sound annoying or even weird, but in the moment, it was 110% awesome and was one of her highlights of our stay at park hotel. We made sure to fill our a comment card about his excellent hospitality and I gave him the rose i had received the day before from the girl at pizza hut as a thanks since we couldn’t take it with us on our airplane journey to Goa.
India FTW #5
Meeting my beloved friend Ruby. Much to our surprise my friend Ruby, who is an Indian woman I met while travelling vietnam 2 years ago, is in India visiting right now. She originally was not planning to be here during our stay but personal events have brought here here unexpectedly. We have now met up with ruby and are travelling with here in Kerala for our last week in India. The perfect way to end our visit… Thank you India for aligning the stars for us to meet here.