Welcome back to This is India! I always have funny/weird stories about India to share with friends or family when I talk to them. This is just meant to be an honest portrayal about my life in India through short anecdotes. I also share here what I’ve been up to online outside Hippie in Heels.

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I never thought I would experience reverse culture shock and really, I haven’t much at all. I figure if I’ve been in the U.S. for 22 years on and off and in India only 2, then really America is pretty engrained in me.

India and the US are polar opposites, yet I don’t really get hit by it at all. I went back to the US for a month in May.

There was one thing that kind of made me go WOW I’m back in the US now…

I fly domestically in India really often; most times out of Bombay and see this view below a lot.  You can see the mumbai slums; some of my Indian friends say you can smell them when you get off the plane but actually I’ve never noticed this. The houses are uneven, almost on top of each other and there are more satellite dishes than you can count.

slums mumbai airport

slums mumbai airport

slums mumbai airport

slums mumbai airport

When I landed in NJ after a year in India, looking down at this was so strange!

slums mumbai airport

One thing that most travelers love about India is the chaos and crowds, the smells and colors. I have never toured the slums because I get a weird feeling when I think about doing it- like I’m exploiting people if I do. Comparing these two images really puts things into perspective!

This is India!

I do want to ask though, when I’m in Bombay is a post about what the slum life is like something you’d like to see? Through Viator and just friends and touts I could go into them and write about it, but I’m not sure if that’s ethical. What do you think?

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