Holiday Musings

Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well and are enjoying the first week back at school! It’s going to take a while to get back into routine but I’m also really looking forward to this year. From what I’ve heard, Year 12 is the best year. So far it’s been pretty relaxed but I am enjoying it!

Anyway, today’s blog post is going to be a little bit unusual because it’s about my holiday rather than study-related stuff. My family decided to spend this summer in India, primarily because a lot of my family lives there so it gives us the opportunity to get together and socialise etc.

I couldn’t help but notice though, how much we have that most people living in India don’t have. And it made me realise that I really ought to be grateful about the life that my parents have given me. It’s all too easy to compare ourselves to everyone we see on social media with their supposedly perfect lives with seemingly everything you could ever want – honestly, I know the feeling.

But this holiday, I realised that I should be comparing my life to those more disadvantaged than me and appreciate what I do have rather than wishing for what I don’t.

So many people live in India without things we consider to be necessities. There is no constant supply of clean water, neither is it consistent. Back home, we open the tap and drink water without a second thought.

The flaws with Indian society is a topic that I could go on forever. Now, I’m not saying that British society doesn’t have flaws – I’ve experienced racism in Britain firsthand – but we have a lot more freedom than in India. It is an oppressive society, where women are expected to listen and obey, not question. The discrimination between genders is staggering. Not something I would expect in this day and age.

Crime is commonplace, and, with the government teeming with corruption, there is no real law and order. No real rules and regulations to protect us all. Imagine that. So many people die every day as a result of the lack of law enforcement.

When you go outside you see roads strewed with litter. The amount of pollution is absolutely unbelievable. When it rains there is chaos because there are no properly effective water management systems in place.

You see young children going to school, carrying rucksacks on their shoulders which are probably double their weight, narrowly missing  cars, lorries and motorcyclists because they refuse to stop and let pedestrians cross. Other children are selling ornaments and fruits on the street because their parents can’t afford to send them to school… or perhaps they have no parents.

Seeing all of this made me realise just how lucky I am to live where I do. But I still consider myself lucky to be Indian, because would I be as appreciative about my life if I hadn’t seen the poverty, unjustness and the corruption people live amidst? I genuinely don’t think so. I also love the culture and the traditions that come with being Indian, and I consider lots of Indian values to be of utmost importance, so I am thankful for my heritage.

Coming to India has really opened my eyes as to the daily struggle that is the bitter reality for so many people, but on the flip-side, I have really enjoyed getting together with family and having a good time.

44 Replies to “Holiday Musings

  1. You’re right, it’s important to realise that there are lots of people without the basics that we take for granted… We all need a reminder from time to time. Thank you.

  2. Goes to show you, never take anything for granted ever. I would like to go to India. My sister went years ago, but she told me all the negative things. I knew it wouldn’t be her cup of tea, but I would love to experience seeing the world 🙂 I haven’t been to another country yet, but that is definitely what I would love to do. There is so much to see out there in the world!

    1. There is indeed so much to see, and we can’t live forever hiding from the unpleasantness that occurs in the world. It helps us realise how privileged we truly are. 😀 x

  3. It’s true! In this race of getting more successful and better we overlook the blessings God has given us. When we look around us instead of the social media we have it better than so many people. I hope we learn to appreciate what we have and make this world a better place by helping others.

    1. You couldn’t me more correct. As incredible as social media is, it can be equally destructive. Thanks for reading! Xx

  4. I’ve watched documentaries about parts of India that are in poverty and they’re just so heartbreaking and eye-opening, but I’m sure actually being there was a really humbling experience. Thanks for sharing! x |

  5. We overlook the little things that make our lives better than those of others. Seeing first-hand what others are missing, but you have always taken for granted is always eye-opening. I have lived in India for some years of my life, and I know how it is, even when you have everything. Thanks for sharing! :))

  6. I live in India. it’s very depressing to read how you felt. Coming to the post, your writing style is very neat and to the point. Keep up the good work.

  7. I REALLY love your writing style MashAllah. I loved this post, not only because of what you said but mainly because I resonate with this as I am originally from Kenya & Yemen and I Feel the same way when we go back. We have to appreciate what we have and this is why I really want to make sure my kids grow up knowing their ethnical backgrounds and even get to travel back as often as possible. This kind of exposure really opens up your mind as I have seen kids/teenagers who are raised in the West and don’t know any other country except where they are and everything else seems so foreign making them really self-absorbed in their own bubble.

    1. That means a lot, honestly – thank you so much! You couldn’t be more right… it’s so easy to take for granted all those things that we have in our lives that are in fact privileges. Yes!! I know for sure that I wouldn’t be as aware if I hadn’t witnessed this first-hand and it’s so important to be aware of where you came from and recognise, value and appreciate that. Xx

  8. Always had a fascination with India, refreshing to find an honest write up about behind the scenes & it’s heart breaking to see some of the poverty that still exists today!
    Thanks for sharing.

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