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.