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My India

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My India

Let me set something straight -
Right here, right now!
Let me put India in the right perspective,
Let me banish some myths,
Some gross misconceptions,
And take you beyond elephants,
Sacred cows, snake charmers and yoga,
Beyond Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Taj Mahal,
To a civilization rooted for
over 5,000 years in the past
To a land rich - majestically rich -
In many cultures, customs and traditions,
In a bewildering variety of races,
Religions, languages and folk arts,
In a vibrant tradition of dance and music,
In religious festivals and traditional events,
In saints, sadhus, gurus and sages,
In gods, goddesses, munis and mahatmas,
In temples, palaces, shrines and monasteries;

I'll baby-steps you through a land
Of Vedas and Upanishads,
Of epic stories and incredible mythologies,
Of Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita,
Through one of world's great spiritual sanctuaries,
Where religion is a way of life;

An overwhelming, complex land -
Its charm, its vitality and yes, its confusion,
Atonce alarming and enticing.
And that's the way India is:
Elusive, confusing, contradictory,
mysterious and exasperating!
Beyond easy description or analysis,
A phenomenal diversity of dress
and manners making one aware
of a different world -
A veritable fairyland!

No other country offers quite such
A spectacle of teeming masses that
continue to enrich the heritage of mankind,
Nowhere do the past and present
coexist in more colorful promiscuity -
An incomparable country,
Easy to love, hard to forget!

"There's only one India!" raved Mark Twain,
"A wonderland of fabulous wealth
and fabulous poverty, of splendor and rags ..."
"The cradle of the human race,
The birthplace of human speech,
The mother of history,
The grandmother of legend and
The great grandmother of tradition."

This, indeed, is my country
Where I was born - 
An Indian at heart,
An American in spirit!
Namaste!
Khuda Hafiz, Jai Ramji Ki,
OM Radhe Shyam, Sat Sri Akal,
Jai Hind!!

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  1. Date: 7/6/2013 11:04:00 PM
    Congratulations, in Cyndi's "LOVE LETTERS TO THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: " always & forever * Linda

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/7/2013 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Linda
  1. Date: 7/6/2013 3:12:00 PM
    Your writing constantly enriches us. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/7/2013 9:59:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Like always, I appreciate your comments. Thanks
  1. Date: 7/6/2013 2:42:00 PM
    this is one cool poem, CONGRATS, love Skat

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/7/2013 9:58:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    A cool thank you.
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 10:28:00 PM
    Beautiful Indeed. Many congrats for this awesome win.

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/6/2013 12:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks.
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 8:21:00 PM
    I enjoyed this beautiful poem of yours, Abdul. Congratulations on your great win.. :))

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/6/2013 12:14:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks a lot.
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 1:31:00 PM
    Abdul never so well expressed. Congratulations on your suburb win. Well deserved. Arm Smiles, Connie

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/6/2013 12:13:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks.
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 7:06:00 AM
    I enjoyed this emensely, I have never been to India but for some reason I seem to connect with Indian people. Congratulations on a well deserved win.

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/6/2013 12:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Glad you liked itl I appreciate your generous comments.
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 5:51:00 AM
    its the very right kind of INDIA in your poem! i would extra appreciate all about our country after reading such a GREAT POEM! should be published in my generation's textbooks. such indifference can be remedied with your words!

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/6/2013 12:12:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks. You yourself wrote a nice one.
  1. Date: 7/5/2013 4:06:00 AM
    this is great writing. congratulations on your win. Rick

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/6/2013 12:11:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks Rick.
  1. Date: 7/4/2013 8:17:00 PM
    Congratulations! This is stellar poetry and I loved your voice, your style, your energy and passion in this piece. Again, thank you for entering it into my contest.

    Malik Avatar Abdul Malik
    Date: 7/6/2013 12:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are most welcome. It was my pleasure. I wanted to write this for a long time. You just gave me a venue and an opportunity. Thanks.
  1. Date: 6/9/2013 7:25:00 AM
    Beautiful beyond words. THANK YOU!!!!