When I Ran To India

Five years ago. I ran and I didn’t look back.

When I was there, I still wanted to run. To the next bus, next town, I couldn’t bare to sit still. I told everyone I was there to find myself, until I realised that I was there to lose myself completely.

I wanted the world to absorb me. I wanted to be unseen. I wanted to disappear into the swarm of bodies. But, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get lost. India is a place of humanity, the people, their faith, their hope, their resolve, their humour, their curiosity, they remind you, of all that you are and how you ought to be – human, unapologetically.

I didn’t know it at the time, but the experience created a movement within me, a revolution of self, slowly to surface through the years.

That revolution has now begun. I can feel it, the surge within me, it’s a sort of magic. I have never felt so seen by me, so accepted, so loved. I have never seen others so truely, loved so deeply, and accepted with such compassion. India taught me this, to be good, to do good, and to live a life that is just my own.

Now, I don’t want to run anywhere, for I am home, in the city that I know and love. I just wish to simply return, back there, to the place that taught me the greatest lesson of all, that home is wherever I am – and there’s just no running from it.


51 thoughts on “When I Ran To India

  1. How you vividly expressed your heart’s longing for a home is so refreshing in a relatable way. How many of us longs for that “place” wherein our hearts and souls can find satisfaction and contentment. We go places, create relationships, experience new things, and kept on “running” (metaphorically speaking) to find that certain “special spot”. Yet, if we’ll just stop and consider what’s really “it” that we want, we will find deep within us that that place is in our resolve and capability to create. That where we are at at the present moment can be that place, and that all we need is the right time and circumstance to be “awakened” by that truth. In your case, that awakening comes from seeing and experiencing India 🙂
    I love this post. It’s great! 🙂

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  2. India is a place you can never escape from…
    I know most of my colleagues staying in America since last 3-4 years,whenever i chat with them,i feel how much they are missing their country.
    India is such a tremendous country.Not all of the people here are wealthy but what they have is their Tradition,culture and a bond with the Family which is unbreakable even they are miles apart.They are happy with everything they have even though they lack something they don’t really feel it..They are just satisfied


  3. You’ve taken that which is typically unseen, and created a beautifully colorful bouquet of it. Congrats to you – not for being a talented writer, but for having the vision to notice and admire that which goes unnoticed to so many.

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  4. Beautiful! I spent some time in India and totally know what you are talking about. The newness and richness of it were captivating… definitely gave me a wandering spirit. One of the things I am most proud of. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Beautiful piece, very inspirational and full of so much truth! The last paragraph is so full of pure honesty and acceptance of self.


  6. beautiul. so beautiful . also , u encouraged me to plan that india trip of mine … i have lots of friends there who keep telling me to, i need to plan it. #truth in your words thank you for sharing them. you seem to have a lot of things i’d lve to read. love ur style too. and ur blog! the display, evethn! im coming back.

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    1. Thank you, I so appreciate all your feedback. That’s so exciting! I’m really happy to hear that you’ve been encouraged to plan your India trip. That just wonderful and I hope you have an amazing time! Thank you for your support Joy xx

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  7. I want to do this more than anything, and it takes everything not to. Right now even I’d like to throw some clothes in a bag and go far far away, then keep going. But, like others have pointed out, we only take ourselves, and our destruction with us. Great post 🙂

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    1. Thank you for reading. Sometimes packing up and leaving is exactly what we need. Initially after my return back home, I had doubts. I thought maybe I’d wasted time and money, been too impulsive, after all, what had I achieved? But hindsight, of course is a wonderful blessing. It made me realise it was one of the best decisions I’d made. Those six months away, gave me more than it took. I hope you go wherever your heart desires. Take care 🙂

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