“You love it or you hate it, there is nothing in between.”
Meanwhile, I am one of those who have found their great love in India.
We had low expectations and where rather deterred by the always copious, overloaded images and the predominantly negative news from this part of the world, when we – i.e. my family and me – moved to New Delhi with bag and baggage.
In the beginning, it seemed to us that it was going to be very difficult to get along and to feel at home in a place which is charaterized by extremes: by a climat which ranks among the hottest of the globe and goes from extremely dry to extremely humid, from fairly cold to very hot, by a very high population density with mostly young people, by an over pollution of the air and the water, by an insufficient power supply and last but not least by the omnipresent poverty and its misery. The only way getting out was to learn from the people living there: complaining and moaning is of no use, you have to come to terms with the circumstances. Once you have understood this, your mind opens up to the beautiful things of the country.
And they are abundant in India. The patience and the skill of crafting by hand have a long tradition and are still practiced nowadays in most of the regions. Considering furthermore, that India is a multicultural state with several official languages and countless dialects including nearly every small or large religion, you realize that you are facing a unique diversity. Even after 5 years in New Delhi and several trips to various parts of the country, I still can only guess its full extent.
Then we moved on, further east to where the Chinese sea begins and the big water opens – to Shanghai.
Here were the experiences of a very different kind, but in one point of view very similar: again, one had to get the view free, to focus on the beauties of the country, which does not open up immediately. First of all, one has to get used to the fact that there is a fixed hierarchy in terms of color: everything focuses on the color red – namely on “Chinese red”. It is omnipresent being a symbol of joy, happiness and wealth. This is followed by “yellow”, which is, due to its proximity to the color of gold, a symbol of prosperity and progress. For a long time, this color was reserved for the Chinese emperor and his family. Everything else, therefore, comes rather discreet in stone gray, plant green to earthy brown – or shiny and brilliant.
Thus, it remains very exciting to experience Asia and its specific shapes, to discover its craft art, to understand the individual genesis, to make new sensual experiences.
Join us on the journey and let yourself be seduced …