For an American visiting India for the first time, the reaction to the cows isa good metaphor for how well they have tuned in to the charms of the country.
We travel because we are condemned to return home.
Notwithstanding the volume of mementos I brought home, they are no matchfor what I carry of India in my heart, my mind, and my life.
In this upside down world they wonder why you come searching for a place they cannot leave.
If you allow yourself to submit to India, it stimulates you into experiencing a whole new eco-system of cultures, values and ways.
A trip to Lisbon, Portugal, is a tour down the lanes of history.
Somewhere between commutes and late night bashes, I pause and ponder on London's strong historical and cultural linkages with my own roots and "Indianness."