Daily Origami is a way for us to record our off the cuff thoughts, feelings and observations about the world around us. Published every weekday, Monday through Friday.
India has a special attraction. Out of all the countries in the world, it’s the most foreign to us. There’s so much left to discover.
My exposure to India has been limited to what I’ve read or seen on film. I remember reading an illustrated edition of the Ramayana in high school, and noted its similarities with the Taoist legends I grew up with. Then there’s Satyajit Ray’s The Apu Trilogy, and of course, Wes Anderson’s The Darjeeling Limited (an underrated and unfairly maligned movie).
Finally, there’s the economics of India. While China and the West are aging, India is only getting younger. Did you know that half of India’s population is under the age of 25? That their median age is 29 years old?
According to accounts from other travel blogs, India is also a place which sharply divides travelers. It’s about the furthest thing from a vacation you can find, and has all the grime and sweat, poverty and exploitation you’d expect from a rapidly developing country.
In any case, we think the risk of stepping on cow dung or being incapacitated by “Delhi belly” are ones worth taking.
I’d prefer it over gentrified Brooklyn or a stroll down Abbot Kinney Blvd for a $5 coffee or a $10 juice. To paraphrase the writer Raymond Chandler, we’re unwilling to trade life for existence, ambition for security.
Because nothing grows in safety.