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A Love Letter to My Friends of India

When I think of India, I think of dark eyed beauties, their foreheads painted with decorative red dots, and I see them moving deliciously in beautiful bright costumes as bangles dangle from their slender wrists. When I think of India, I think of a culture steeped in history and tradition: folkloric music, myths, and dance, and the influence of the Hindu religion. I visualize the rich and poor alike bathing themselves in a river called Ganges. I see an olden time when mighty elephants, colorfully decorated, carried men atop their backs on elegant elephant seats, and I recall pictures in my geography studies of the white sacred cows freely roaming the narrow streets of Delhi. I recall a novel I read: Rudyard Kipling’s engrossing tale of a jungle boy and also other novels depicting a clash of cultures as the British imposed their rules on Indian society. I think of current movies showing the seedy side of India such as one named Slumdog Millionaire and a movie to contrast it, the romantic Bollywood delight named JabTak Hai Jaan. Furthermore, I recall the grace and good nature of the Indian people depicted in a film called The Best Ever Exotic Marigold Hotel. When I think of India, I think of the Taj Mahal, Kama Sutra, and curry, and also I recall horrible stories of Bride burnings now banned and by contrast, the good works of Mother Teresa, who labored there among the poor, and I think of the man who is probably the most recognized by Americans as a good and strong example of leadership: Mahatma Ghandi. All these things are the sum of what I have learned about India in my lifetime. But what do I really know of India? What I have learned recently relates to poets I have come to know at this website and who have shown me through their poetry and their communication with me, a more personal side of the Indian people that I never used to know. Through the poetry of Ravindra I have learned the love of an Indian for his heritage and how he emulates his father‘s work through beautiful translations. From poets like BL and Jag, I’ve learned more about the deep and philosophical nature of the Indian poet! Through great friendships with people like Kashinath, Yesha and Yasmin, and Guatami I have come to learn about the actual personalities of dear Indian people whose life experiences, struggles and desires are not so different from my own, and also I am able to enjoy their eloquent words as they describe their own emotions, passions, and love of nature through their poetry. Perhaps their culture adds a flavoring to their words and phrases that is a bit different from my own, but in the end, we are all alike beneath the skin. Whether from India or any other country, we are, all of us, becoming a part of a global community in which our differing backgrounds can be accepted and even better - celebrated! Thank you I say to all my poet friends whose words enrich my life, but in particular, today I thank my friends from India, for helping me to really see how beautiful you are and to understand your country better through knowing YOU.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013




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Date: 4/13/2018 10:26:00 PM
I too have a passion for India, its people, its sacred rituals and colourful imagery. Namaste, my dear friend Andrea.
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Date: 7/19/2013 1:23:00 PM
Informative and creative work about the country of India and some of her people..Thanks for the visit to my work..Sara
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Date: 7/16/2013 2:46:00 PM
enjoyed this read. sorry that I have not been online...life in summer Alaska is spent outdoors, not online! congratulations! Victoria
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Date: 7/9/2013 10:01:00 AM
Andrea, I so happy to see this place no. one. I thought this was an excellent write! Congratulations! ~Caryl
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Date: 7/6/2013 11:03:00 PM
Congratulations, in Cyndi's "LOVE LETTERS TO THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: " always & forever * Linda
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Date: 7/6/2013 6:03:00 PM
Wow...Totally engrossing and VERY informative...I am amazed at the number of people here from India and all of them are brilliant poets!...Yas is my favorite but I love all of them... I have given her a Footle nickname (Jasmine Yasmin or Yasmin the Jasmine) A beautiful lady inside and out...Did you know that she is in here mid 40's?...I was blown away when I found that out...she looks like a teenager!...Check mine out if you like...It is woefully incomplete and I plan to do an extended version later...
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Date: 7/6/2013 3:10:00 PM
Heartfelt, nice long write the way I like them Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
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Date: 7/6/2013 2:30:00 PM
wow..now that's a poem
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Date: 7/6/2013 12:08:00 PM
Nice. You put all your true feelings into this. Good job
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Date: 7/6/2013 9:23:00 AM
A great congrats on your superb win, my friend. Loved always...,bl
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Date: 7/5/2013 10:19:00 PM
This is not only beautiful, but very very touching. Many congrats for this awesome win.
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Date: 7/5/2013 8:05:00 PM
Congratz on your awesome win, Andrea. I learn more about India by reading your beautiful poem here... *hug* :)
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Date: 7/5/2013 5:01:00 PM
Wow Andrea...Congratulations on an amazing poem. You have captured all my impressions of India and the wonderful poet friends we have here. If the world was full of poets we would have peace. Thanks for writing this. SuZ
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Date: 7/5/2013 4:15:00 PM
Great, really great win here. This and all the other winners show me that anything I could have written for this contest wouldn't stand a chance..... Love ya....Jake
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Date: 7/5/2013 1:21:00 PM
Wow, Andrea this Is an outstanding write. It definitely touches the hearts of India. Congratulations on your stupendous. Win. Warm Smiles, Connie
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Date: 7/5/2013 12:30:00 PM
very well-said friend Andrea!!! WOW!!!! super like it!!! this is a great poem!! Huge Congratulations on your grand win!! Cheers!!
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Date: 7/5/2013 10:14:00 AM
Andrea....beautiful words written from your unique heart does India justice. Loved the movie 'The Best Ever Exotic Marigold Hotel'. Terrific write and win! Hugs
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Date: 7/5/2013 9:36:00 AM
its a great write Andrea.I think its a great way to sum up the whole.You are really a lovely person and your poems carry a great passion which could be sensed by people who are for love. Congrats for a great win.
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Date: 7/5/2013 8:32:00 AM
Congrats, Andea, I am good, hope you are fine. Thnx so much for all your kind words about the Indian sub continent. Holiday time there? Wish I was there. Wish you happy holidaying. It is raining here for about one month now, hugs:) Jag
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Date: 7/5/2013 6:59:00 AM
This is a magical piece and a true love story. A most excellent win Andrea.
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Date: 7/5/2013 3:56:00 AM
what beautiful writing about an amazing culture and people. congrats on your win. Rick
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Date: 7/5/2013 1:48:00 AM
While some of our Indian celebrities are portraying India as a nation full of rapists & thugs here is a non-Indian talking about it's glorious past & it's rich heritage & culture!! For you to extol my country is such fine words is an honour for us. You are a beautiful soul Andrea. God bless you.
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Date: 7/5/2013 1:49:00 AM
Congratulations on your win!
Date: 7/4/2013 10:20:00 PM
Excellent poetry, deserved first place ....Seren
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Date: 7/4/2013 8:07:00 PM
Hey Sweetie-- oh, this is soooo good! Loved what you said and how you said it. Beautiful, beauty-filled. Congrats and cheers, from a red-eyed Cyndi --- Oh and happy Independence Day! We had our Canada Day on Monday. Lots of fun!
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Date: 6/12/2013 10:04:00 PM
Beautiful tribute to the folks from India. How nice that the net has brought the world together at our fingertips.Well that is it for tonight.I off to bed. Still fighting the tail end of the flu. love phyl
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