Mike's World Tour

The best way I've heard India described...is that it is "an assault on all the senses" - ubiquitous poverty, odors of the garbage heaps, noise of traffic, the crowded streets, random cows, the heat, etc. One the other hand, the food is amazing and the landscape beautiful. It's taken sometime but India is beginning to grow on me. It's a country of contradictions - it's rich and poor, spiritual and material, cruel and kind, angry but peaceful, ugly and beautiful, and smart but stupid.

So writes Mike Novak, a comrade from my grad school days, in his excellent photolog. Mike quit his job recently, sold his house in DC and, prior to focusing on his passion for filmmaking in NYC, is undertaking a world tour - Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, India, Nepal, Tibet, China, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Australia. Seems fairly comprehensive, doesn't it? The only thing that seems to be missing from the itinery is Shangri La and, given that getting there involves a plane crash, perhaps it's best avoided...

One thing though - Mike describes India as "an assault on all the senses." I don't know if I can claim credit for instilling that line in Mike, but I do have a pithier description now - "India is a mindfunk." 'nuff said and best of luck to Mike! I'm suitably envious.

Finally, let me share Mike's advice on the one essential thing to pack before you leave the USA for a trip of this type: at least 3 "I Love Canada" t-shirts!

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- July 5, 2005 5:23 PM // India , Travel