There is so much diversity in customs, languages, food habits, rituals, lifestyles etc…
What comes to mind when one thinks of India? Very ancient spiritual land, religion dominating everyday life, meditation, and yoga, melodramatic Bollywood movies, poverty, heat and dust, weak law-enforcement, feudal systems still prevailing in parts of it, poor sanitation, family-oriented people who look after their elderly relatives, vegetarians, a non-drinking society, extraordinarily rich and diverse cultural heritage.
Does this feeling of being an outsider apply only to a minority of people who don’t feel connected with the mainstream life.
Soon after moving to England, I used to say to people, “it’s so beautiful and peaceful here, life is so smooth, no stress, nobody is putting any pressure on me to do things and I feel free. The majestic quietness of historical buildings, the flora and fauna are so attractive and peaceful.” the locals used to laugh at me and would say with dismissive laughter, “oh Kishore, you don’t know how stressful life can be here.”