Diary Of An Outsider Essay

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The diary of an outsider(Topic 8)2 February 2013Dear diary...I arrived to India at 5am this morning. We are all exhausted from the 12-hour flight from South Africa to Dubai - And now In Delhi. I am absolutely overwhelmed by the different cultures and surroundings! Of course before I left on my trip, I read up on India from books. "India - the world's most exotic destination. The land of maharajahs and the Raj, Krishna, Buddha, Ghandi, Nehru, saffron, silk and spices, towering Himalayan mountains and luxuriant beaches, ancient Hindu shrines and magnificent Muslim monuments." All I can say is whoever wrote that definition of India hasn't analyzed the country well enough! There's women and kids begging for money and food everywhere I turn, buildings falling apart, drivers hooting at any chance they get, dirt and chaos in every direction and to top it all , there's cows and elephants roaming around freely! In the midst of this mystery I decided to embrace the opportunity to learn and show my family that I am indeed not critical and ungrateful for the suburban luxury of South Africa they seem to think my brother and I take for granted.4 February 2013Dear diary...During the past two days I have been touring and visiting different cities. Seeing India in a short time is difficult. Still, one can take in sights and make impressions from any stay, no matter how short. Here are my impressions of the two cities I visited:AgraAgra is known for being home to the Taj Mahal, the best known Indian landmark. We drove for 6 hours to Agra just to see the Taj. It is a beautiful building, a smooth white-marble palace towering above the fields. And it does take a beautiful picture. But truthfully, I was a bit disappointed, probably because my expectations were for a modern building - yet before us lay a masterpiece made by hand - a mans phenomenal brain.DelhiWhen I first arrived in India, I passed through Delhi stereotyping and criticizing everyone and everything I saw. After some time in Jaipur and Agra, I learnt more about the culture and I assumed that Delhi was the same, but maybe a bit bigger. I was mistaken. Delhi is far more beautiful and modern than any other part of India I saw. There are numerous suburbs of Delhi, called "colonies." We also took in a number of the tourist sights during our stay in Delhi. When I return to India someday, I plan to spend a lot more time in Delhi.6 February 2013Dear diary...The traffic conditions were the most striking of impressions left on me by my stay in India. I'll first tell you about the Indian cars, then the chaos in which they drive. Labour is very cheap in India. We had a driver escort us around town. We paid him 100 rupees/day (about R 10) so he could buy food. He slept in the car. The hotel provided facilities for personal assistants, such as our driver, as do most medium to high-class Indian hotels.When Nithen (our tour guide) picked us up, he brought along his driver Pradeep. Although eager to see the country, I...

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