THINGS I MISS
INDIA EDITION/ VOL 5: Personal space/Privacy
I love cities. I do! But the population density of New Delhi is extreme!
- 1.2 billion people live in India. (NOTE: The entire United States population is only 306 million. The entire United States.)
- India is the 2nd most populous country in the world
- Since 2006, population rates have exploded by 200 million!
- 76% are living below $2 a day
- Although in the minority against women, men dominate social settings
The population of India is expected to continue to grow, and the cities continue to expand as more and more laborers come in search of better wages and job access.
But where does this leave each individual? Speaking with a friend from India here recently (shout out to Saumya!), she mentioned the cultural constraints tied to this issue. If one wants to be alone in privacy, she said, others assume something is wrong. Why should anything be wrong? Sometimes, we all just need to get away, quiet our minds, feed our souls, and deepen our roots, even if only for a few moments. But how when there is always someone around, either knocking at your door or making a racket in the distance?
Admittedly this is not as much of a problem for me on a daily basis as it may be for others, but when it comes to traveling, it has been probably the only stress I have encountered in India. Getting anywhere is an act of pushing and shoving, yelling and dodging, and honking. The fucking honking. After 8 hours on a crammed bus in the blistering heat the last thing I want to hear is another sustained, pointless car horn.
It’s no wonder that yoga and meditation is so well regarded here. It’s a necessity to escape the extreme conditions under which most people in India live. At least it has been for me. Namaste.
Sources: populationcouncil.org, worldatlas.com