After a 5 hours train ride, here I am in Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Still as many rickshaws zigzagging the streets and honking like there is no tomorrow. But here too, the city has me mesmerized. I feel like a kid, observing every detail and walking around with awe. I am not a city person, however for some reason, here in India, I can’t have enough of them. As I was trying to understand why, this quote came to my mind.

“I think I fall in love a little bit in love with anyone who shows me their soul. This world is so guarded and fearful. I appreciate rawness so much. “ Emery Allen

And so it hit me. This was what differentiated these cities from the rest. From the electric cables, to the cutting of hair or the making of tea, nothing is hidden. Everything happens on the street. Everything is displayed with vulnerability; you’ll see both the best and the worst. But even if it looks bad or messy, it is real. No room for pretending or trying hard to look like something it isn’t. How refreshing, in a world where everything gets a filter on.

What I love about these cities is their rawness. They show themselves just as they are, with rare authenticity.







  • I think all of us fall in love a little bit with the idea of seeking the beauty of the human soul in such remote, primitive, and all but totally forgotten places.


  • Fantastic photos and explanations Sigrid! I’ve never been to India so am going to enjoy seeing it through your travels. Can’t wait to hear your take on the whole experience once you’re back Xx

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  • India is very diversfied – the variety is noticed with the way people look , the attire they wear and in the food . The core strength and intiuation of people is same througout the country . ‘ EXPERIENCE ‘ – the meaning of this word for sure justifies to its mammoth’s level in India. You’ve long way to go


  • I think I came across you while reading an article about meditation in Columbia spectator. That was really interesting. Here too its refreshing to read a different perspective, about a country I lived first 21 years of my life in. My two favorite movies (Darjeeling limited & Lost In Translation) are about exploring/being-alone in a foreign land/culture. You write really well and its interesting to read about your adventures and how your perspective evolves as you travel.

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