India - Bangalore and Hyderabad (6) Sept 29, 2013 16:03:30 GMT
Post by Deleted on Sept 29, 2013 16:03:30 GMT
While I think it helps to do good research before a visit, I know that for me personally the information just doesn't completely sink in until after I've had the experience of being in that place, walking the streets or pathways, and seeing it with my own eyes. My standard mode of operation is to read up a bit before an adventure, and then follow-up with much more learning afterwards.
That sounds like just what I did, htmb. I kid you not when I say that I knew almost next to nothing about India before I started to plan this journey. I was five years old when I left the country and I've had a full and busy life and I've concentrated on that for many years.
Now that my kids are older I can think about going to more far off places, but really I am starting from scratch. I think there is something very special about discovering for yourself first hand a new place or country, this way you make your own mind up without anyone else's ideas and experiences getting in the way. It makes it more personal. And then afterwards you can read up about where you've been and see what others had to say about it. There is a lot to be said about this kind of travel. Of course we need to read up something about where we are going - I read the travel guide 'frommers' before I left and a few other books detailing what to see and do, but that was about it. And now that I have the 'India bug' - I want to know more and see more.
But, that is just me, like you say, everyone has their own way of doing this and there is no right or wrong way of doing it, whatever works for each of us is fine.
I tend to be more reserved when writing than I want to be, I'm always worried I guess of offending someone or another. The only time I do write exactly as I want to is when I am writing for myself or in a book (like the book I wrote about my childhood). It was raw, totally honest and complete with warts an all. It was also very freeing and therapeutic for me.
Thanks for the encouragement, htmb, I will try more often to write on here not only from the head but also from the heart.