Its been almost two weeks now since I flew back to London with my Grandma and I’ve been thinking quite a bit about Samvedana and the various things I’ve seen. In this post, I want to summarise my thoughts and experiences outside of the project itself in the form of pictures that I’ve taken throughout my 6 week internship.
One concept that is very prevalant in India and is almost never seen in the UK is the idea of Desh Bhakti (which translates to worship of the country). When Indians refer to their country, they will often refer to it as Bharat Mata (Mother India) and their country is often spoken about with the same reverence that they would use when speaking about God. In the Western countries, concepts of patriotism do exist but there is nothing quite like the Desh Bhakti of Indians. I have found, in my experience, that there are many people in India who have sacrificed huge amounts of time in their lives to better their society. When asked why, I have found that the answer is usually rooted in Desh Bhakti.
Of course, I have wayyyy too many pictures to put in one blog post so I’ll be sure to make at least one more picture-based posts in the coming weeks.