Life in a foreign country: Things i have loved and missed about India all these years.

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Wearing a Textile Gajra (Hair accessory): Check out Pure Ghee designs for amazing varieties of textile Gajras & jewelry.

Mix and matched an old cotton dress with a handloom cotton dupatta from Jaypore.

Silver Earrings with intricate work: Shyle by Astha

 

Hi everyone!

First of all, a little late but Happy 72 years of Independence to our beloved country and to one another.

If i could describe the word “Independence” in my words, is to be able to live my life in my own way, on my own terms, without being burdened by any unjustified social norms or preconceived notions; slow and intentional, just the way i had always wished for. It’s a privilege to have a freedom of expression, a freedom of speech and to be able to decide what kind of life you want, and honestly i couldn’t imagine what life would be if we had didn’t had freedom.

+ This year marks my 6th year of moving abroad, leaving my home and country and also marks 6 years of constant struggle, ups & downs, a lifetime of compromises and countless lessons learnt.

Life has been tough here. It’s has not only been hard to start a new life from scratch but also very emotionally & financially challenging in a land unknown amongst unfamiliar faces away from the warmth and comfort of home, loved ones and more than anything, a mother’s love (Maa ka aanchal).

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Life in a foreign country” is a new series that i have been wanting to share ever since i started my blog. To be honest, the whole reason about pursuing something like this was to share my experiences (the good, the bad, even the ugly) with the world. In a world where vulnerability is considered as some sort of weakness, i wanted people to know what it takes to start a life of your own with zero help around. Through this series I am going to write my heart out about all the experiences i have gone through in 6 years trying to settle in a foreign land and making a life of my own.

+ I woke up the other morning with sounds of freedom and festivities being celebrated around the country. It certainly made me so nostalgic about the olden days and i literally sat down penning down my emotions about every little thing that i have loved and missed about India ever since i stepped my foot out from the country.

Although this post is not entirely about my experiences of living abroad but it is about everything that i have loved and missed about India and these uncontrollable emotions still make me nostalgic about the things i have behind when i decided to move abroad.

+ Coming from a magical and mystical land of rich culture, handmade crafts, colorful chaos, busy streets, large families, street vendors, so on and so forth, i feel it is specially difficult and to be honest impossible for someone with Indian origin to not miss the things that one has spent more than 20 years experiencing and indulging in on a daily basis.

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Things i have loved and missed about India all these years.

There are a multitude of things i love and miss about India and even after spending 6 years in a foreign country, there will be moments that reminds me of these wonderful things that i will always admired about my home country:

 

+ Maa ke haath ka Khaana & Homemade everything : I said homemade everything because there are a variety of things homemade that are utterly special and one of a kind in taste. From a simple parantha to mom’s special chicken and desserts, even though i have tried to imitate her cooking style all these years, there hasn’t been one single moment when it tasted exactly same and thats first on my list apart from missing being home in general.

+ Family Sundays: I miss the slow Sundays at home. Although we do have a similar vibe here over the weekends but there was something special about Sunday afternoons with papa being at home having a plate full of Rajma Chawal for lunch followed by evening tea & snacks and countless stories & laughters.

+ Shopping with mom: This is the one thing i absolutely love and miss the most. From last few years (10-11) i have lived in a lot of different places away from home, even when i was in India, and for that reason i didn’t always had friends around with me all the time. My mom has been my friend all these years and we have literally enjoyed a lot of different things together, from local markets to malls, street fairs, chaats and so much more. There are some great memories i would wanna hold onto all my life.

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+ Local Markets and Street vendors: and this includes all kinds of street vendors that we would normally never see here, whether it is street food or chaat corners, or handicrafts, bags or jewelry, there is so much to explore on a daily basis and so much to enjoy together with family & friends. I honestly miss local markets here and of course the chaos that comes with it.

+ The festivities and the air that surrounds it: There’s something special about this time that makes me immensely nostalgic and crave for home. The air is different, there’s so much movement everywhere and happy faces all around. There’s something about the festive air in India that makes us feel truly alive and live in the moment.

+ The Colors of India: Colors and chaos is what makes India “India” and i don’t think i have experienced that feeling here in last 6 years. Of course its not something i have always appreciated while i was there in the moment but it is what gives a character to a place and i think we miss that feeling sometimes. Life here is subtle and less chaotic as compared to the vibrant colors at every corner of the street in India. There’s a surprise at every corner and something to enjoy or indulge in.

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+ Family gatherings, culture & traditions: this is probably one major thing that i have missed being away from home and family. The endless family gatherings, birthdays, weddings, celebrations, so on and so forth throughout last 6-8 years of my life. I think what i miss the most is the feeling of togetherness as a family and endless opportunities to immerse one self in culture and traditions. Ever since i moved here, I have been trying to keep the festive spirit and culture alive in our hearts and as a family of 2 (now 3) but it’s not always emotionally easy to keep our spirits high being so far away from our close ones.

+ Handmade or Hand-stitched clothes: Trust me when i say this that its a privilege to be able to wear hand-stitched clothes. Being a slow fashion enthusiast, a saree lover and admirer of home-grown fabrics like cotton, khadi etc, having a tailor by my side is what i absolutely miss here. If i could, i will only wear handmade, hand-stitched clothes but it has been really difficult to stick to my desires having an unavailability of tailor or even basic alteration services here.

+ Waking up to different sounds: There’s solace in living alone in a country that runs faster but not louder. But every now & then it feels quite empty and lonely having no one around or no sound to comprehend to. I miss waking up to a lot of different kinds of sounds of a busy chaotic life, sound of a vegetable seller, fruit seller, the door bells or even a popular Bollywood song being played somewhere in the background, it is what feels like a start of new day or a new morning. The only kind of sound that i certainly do not miss is of on-going traffic and constant honking. So grateful for that πŸ˜…

 

#indianculture #thingsiloveaboutIndia #cultureofindia #traditionmeetsbohemian #traditionsofIndia #lifeinaforeigncountry #livingabroad #indiansabroad #silverearrings #textilegajra #sustainablefashion #traditionalwardrobe

#indianculture #thingsiloveaboutIndia #cultureofindia #traditionmeetsbohemian #traditionsofIndia #lifeinaforeigncountry #livingabroad #indiansabroad #silverearrings #textilegajra #sustainablefashion #traditionalwardrobe

#indianculture #thingsiloveaboutIndia #cultureofindia #traditionmeetsbohemian #traditionsofIndia #lifeinaforeigncountry #livingabroad #indiansabroad #silverearrings #textilegajra #sustainablefashion #traditionalwardrobe

#indianculture #thingsiloveaboutIndia #cultureofindia #traditionmeetsbohemian #traditionsofIndia #lifeinaforeigncountry #livingabroad #indiansabroad #silverearrings #textilegajra #sustainablefashion #traditionalwardrobe

#indianculture #thingsiloveaboutIndia #cultureofindia #traditionmeetsbohemian #traditionsofIndia #lifeinaforeigncountry #livingabroad #indiansabroad #silverearrings #textilegajra #sustainablefashion #traditionalwardrobe

#indianculture #thingsiloveaboutIndia #cultureofindia #traditionmeetsbohemian #traditionsofIndia #lifeinaforeigncountry #livingabroad #indiansabroad #silverearrings #textilegajra #sustainablefashion #traditionalwardrobe

 

There are a lot of other small and honestly the simplest of things that i miss about India, the list can go on & on but i will have to tell my heart to stop right here.

+ To be honest, i don’t think this list will ever going to change, India being such a magical place, I honestly feel blessed to be born in a country that has such rich culture & traditions and so many things to be grateful of. No matter where we stay, there will always be countless reasons to come back to India every once in a while, whether it is family or food or to reminiscence our childhood memories intact inside our hearts and in the corners of every street we have visited.

 

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Neha Agrawal
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I wish you were in Chicago Tanvi! I am here since last 11 years and still an alien, each and every word in your post resonates with my life here as well and I am sure many more. We are building our first generation here, so the challenges will never end. India is home as our ancestors, our parents already built a home, a life for us. Biggest challenge being not been able to find real good friends who stick, who become your own.

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