I have to admit, until the end of December 2010 India was never in my list of countries to visit. I have always thought that India is a filthy and very crowded country. Indonesia is already too crowded for me, so why bother going to India? Well, this paradigm changed drastically when I visited Batu Caves during my visit to Kuala Lumpur in December 2011. I have told you a little bit story about this place in my previous post and this post is not about another story about Batu Caves. Instead, this is the story behind my motivation to go to India.
Visiting Batu Caves has opened up my mind about the true beauty and value of Indian culture. Seeing those pretty carvings and statues in the temple and watching people do their daily activities spark the spirit that should have existed long time ago.
Right after I returned home, I started to do some research on India and its cultures. I have been doing this by reading Wikipedia, blogwalking, etc. The more I read the more encouraged I become in terms of visiting India. From what I have read, I suppose Batu Caves is very much influenced by Tamil culture of Southern India. But India is a big country, spreading from the height of Ladakh to the charm of Kerala in the south. From the desert of Rajasthan to the tea plantation in Eastern India. It seems like every state in India has its own distinct culture.
Hopefully I can manage to go to India in a not-too-distant future (when I do manage to go there, I also want to visit neighboring countries, such as Sri Lanka, Nepal and Maldives. Well, who knows?).
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