|making space where it can't be found -- rickshaw in gulley in Amritsar Punjab India; photographed by me|
I pursued a gap year in India from Fall 2008 to Winter 2009. During this period I explored a handful of destinations in India, such as New Delhi, Amritsar, Bombay, Goa, Lucknow, Benares/Varanasi, and various parts of Assam such as Guwahati, Kaziranga, Manas, Majuli, and Pathsala. I had contacts in all of the geographies I visited, which brought close encounters with varied lifestyles (e.g. urban, rural, jungle, bachelorhood with and without parents, happy and unhappy non-marriage, no happy marriages, monogamists and polygamists and Brahmacharyas, students and young corporates, retired and purposeless), numerous worldviews (e.g. leftist socialist Congress, rightist Hindu nationalist, pro-corruption, anti-Muslim versus anti-Islam, anti-Pakistan versus anti-Pakistani, anti-Bangladeshi-migration, anti-Anglophone, separatist, conservationist, extremist), and several tongues (e.g. English, Hindi, Punjabi, Assamese, Marathi, Sindhi, and Urdu).
I blogged about my travels during this gap year with great fervor. Enjoy :)