To India, with Love
An uncharted journey to a Foreign Land
INDIA AND ITS BLESSED MONSOON
India is not a country that leaves its visitors with indifference. As many Western foreigners say, “You either love it or hate it.” I believe it is indeed a country that may require time in order for one to understand it along with an openness and desire to enjoy a new adventure.
After living here for two and a half years, I feel a little more relaxed. The cultural shock that India provokes in people who come from the West, I believe, is usually not as pronounced as it would be for other countries of the world for instance. For this reason, it is a good idea to stay and take your time to travel throughout the country in order to properly understand and discover it. Of course, if for some reason you end up staying and living here (like me), take your time to adapt and let everything flow. In the end, believe me, you will discover a new world.
Many tourists choose the dry months and the beginning of the winter to travel to India (in the months of November until mid-March), in hopes of avoiding the rainy season, the renowned Monsoon. When the Monsoon appears, it is very hot and the rain helps the land to cool down and because it is very important for the crops, the Monsoon rains are greeted every year with much joy and relief.
The rainy seasons begin in mid-June, beginning of July and extend into early or late October, depending upon the year. Because it often rains daily, there is a great deal of humidity… although generally speaking, by mid-September it does not rain with such intensity.
Having said this, however, the monsoon should not discourage you for coming to India. In fact, the desert areas may be a good option because during this period, there are not as many tourists and you can also partake in festivals in different cities.
The rain in the monsoon is usually torrential and intense but it does not last a long time. After the rains, the sky rests for a couple of hours before everything starts again (occasionally, there is no pause). During the rain, it is an ideal time to sit down in the afternoons and drink a tasty Chai (tea) with this incredible background of rain, brilliant waterfalls, sunsets in orange tones, and even the sight of a rainbow in the background. Not to mention the fresh and soft breezes that remain in the air, and are a pleasure to all the senses.
India is home to amazing historical places and it seems that with the monsoon, they are washed by the rain and look once again bright and shiny.
Sitting on a balcony with a cup of chai while watching the rain fall on the hills and the sound of raindrops falling from the cabins is absolutely spectacular.
With the rains, the drought is over, the earth brings relief to barren fields. Fruits bloom and the intense heat decreases, the temperature changes and the winds are much more pleasant. The monsoon is considered a time of fertility in which nature becomes more beautiful and generous, generating some of life’s most important resources. . Farmers celebrate its arrival with festivals; the water from the sky is seen as a blessing.
The monsoon gives India a true gift by being one of the most romantic and exuberant natural events one can witness.
Now married and residing in India, Roxana is a writer and teacher who often gives talks on Argentina. Born and raised in Argentina, Roxana joined Internationally Known in July 2016.