Updates in defense of silence.

India. I didn’t want to jinx it. When I got the news about India, I worried that it would be too good to be true–so I decided to keep silent and go about my life. There was a strong sense that it would happen and an equally pervasive feeling that it wouldn’t. But now, I am happy to report that it’s happening! I finally got  hold of a ticket and I’m waiting for my visa to get processed.

These are two books that i’ve been taking to bed with me. The one on the right is a standard Lonely Planet guide which I picked up because it was on sale and two years old. The book on the left is special. My dad had gone to India a few years back to photograph a couple getting married there. He was flown to India and he lived in the Oberoi in Delhi. As a parting present, bride and groom gifted him with this beautiful DK guidebook that reads like an encyclopedia.

These items alone make the place real to me already…what more the actual place and its stunning splendor?

Have any of you gone to India? If so, what do you suggest I do/see?


My defense of silence comes from Graywolf Press: Tracy K. Smith writes about it here. Unsure of whether it is completely relevant but lately this is how I feel about my writing. It too undergoes stages and some have to close before others can begin.


7 thoughts on “Updates in defense of silence.

    • Hello! Thank you so much for the offer! I’m attending a conference in Delhi for a week but staying an extra two weeks to make the most of my Indian trip. I have some must-sees: the Himalayas (just a glimpse will complete my life!), Bodh Gaya (for Buddha and his Bodhi Tree), Varanasi (because of the Ganges and the sense of place–so spiritual), Agra for the Taj, Amritsar for the golden temple and finally, I must ride the trains! Trains, trains, trains. What are your thoughts? Am I crazy to do this?

      I think this list is a good indication of what I would like to experience. I still haven’t crossed out places like Jaipur but I’m just worried about the cost. I’m really doing this on a shoestring budget though I’d love to fly. Are rates discounted for those under 30 years of age? 🙂

      So many questions but the excitement is definitely there. Would appreciate any of your input. Also, if you have other suggested itineraries, I’d love to hear from you.

      I also love tea so ahem…hahaha

      • You are definitely not crazy to want to do this and more. I have lived in India most of my life and still feel that way! Trains are great and much cheaper but you would have to book out those trips in advance.

  1. vishalbheeroo says:

    I suggest Gateway of India and Rajabhai Tower in fort area if you planning to visit Mumbai. Try Rajastan and Taj Mahal, Agra. You’ll love the places. Lucknow is also one of the place to visit.In case you going to Delhi, make sure you visit Qutub Minar

    • Dear Vishal, thank you very much for your suggestions. I will keep these in mind. Mumbai may not be in my agenda at the moment but the pictures I’ve seen are really exciting me. 🙂 Who knows? Maybe I’ll add that to the list too.

      What’s in Lucknow? 🙂

      • vishalbheeroo says:

        Lucknow is a very beautiful place and there is some beautiful and historical building that Im sure ull love::)

  2. You have picked up really good places! I see that you already have Himalayas on your list…I can offer you the next level of details as I went there recently:

    You may consider going to Manali which is a beautiful place in Himachal Pradesh and offers good scenic views. From there you may go to Rohtang pass which is a high mountain pass on the eastern Pir Panjal Range of the Himalayas around 51 km (32 mi) from Manali. The pass is open from May to November only. The view is amazing and the place heavenly. You can also do a lot of adventurous activities, if interested, like river rafting, paragliding etc. At least a day for Rohtang and a day for Manali.

    You will enjoy the view of Taj if you can make it early in the morning. If you can appreciate architecture and carvings on stones etc. (which I am unable to) then there are a number of places that you can cover in Agra. I have heard that it looks beautiful in the moonlight, but I haven’t seen it…See if you have time, but I think we are not allowed inside TAJ after 6 pm or so.

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