India has been on the top of the list for many tourists. Be it the architectural wonders or scenic beauty, India is known to be home to all. And year after year, India has only seen an increase in the number of tourists who wish to see a glimpse of the country’s charisma. But owing to some harrowing incidents of the past, India has also earned a reputation for being an impudent and disrespectful host. We, ourselves have seen the taxi-drivers and autowallahs charging the tourists high travel fares. People even subject them to a lot of unwanted mockery and ridicule, just for the sake of it.
But before creating a perception of Indians in general, what many forget is that not all people are the same. There will be good and bad people everywhere, no matter which country they belong to. So when this tourist headed to India, he probably must have been a little apprehensive. But what he was met with, however was warmth and hospitality. Humans of Bombay — a popular Facebook page that chronicles the lives of people in Mumbai shared the experience of this tourist in India.
This is the text of the post.
“I quit my job about a year ago to travel. I realized that I was 39 and working to save up money for tomorrow…but who knows when that tomorrow will even come! I was in South America before I got to Asia six months ago. I reached India before a few weeks and I’ve been in Bombay for about half an hour. I love the people in India — they’re really warm and hospitable. The one thing I’ve picked up about the culture is that everyone loves to have tea as a means of having a quick chat…and I find that so interesting because you may not even know the person but having tea together makes you friends!
I think something I’ll always remember is an experience I had in Kolkata. A man who I was generally chatting with suggested that I try a Puchka. I said yes in a hurry and didn’t think too much about it. A couple of days later, when I passed by his shop he asked me if I managed to try a Puchka and when I said I hadn’t — he asked me to wait and before I knew it he had gotten me a plate full of Puchkas from a stall nearby. I know it probably didn’t cost a lot but just the fact that he cared enough for me to try something special made me feel so welcome to this new place. I’ve noticed that Indians go out of their way on so many occasions and I’ve never seen that before….no other place can boast of having such a large heart.”
This is the Facebook post.
This heart-warming Humans of Bombay Facebook post has garnered so much of attention and love on the Internet and has been shared widely at the time of writing.