An Emotional Return

Allison Sodha

We recently returned home after visiting friends and family in Delhi. As always, it took us about 7-10 days to readjust to the life and energy of the Western world.

We are often contacted by clients after their return home from India and Nepal, asking us if it is normal to feel so emotionally jolted. They feel "transformed" or "rejuvenated" or even "melancholy" - all associated with what we term the Indian Energy. It is a common sentiment that India changes people. I once wrote an article for Little India magazine titled It Was Only Meant As A Vacation: How India Sends Tourists On An Unexpected Journey Of Self-Discovery. In it, I questioned the source of this shift: "So what ultimately causes this change? Coincidence? Divine Intervention? Karma? Wisdom? Destiny? I like to think it is an entity that encapsulates every possibility: Mother India. She penetrates the spirit with simplicity and realism. Then again, perhaps I should refrain from labeling the phenomenon and just cherish its mystery. Defining its essence may damage the true nature of its existence."

Yes, even we feel differently after each time returning home from the Indian Subcontinent. It never ceases to amaze us how each of you have a powerful story or experience from your Indian journey and we appreciate you taking the time to share it with us. After all, this is why we do what we do - it gives us joy to coordinate travel to a place that creates more than memories.

Topics: India, Nepal

Allison Sodha

Written by Allison Sodha

Sodha Travel was born from my desire to share the beauty of India with the world. Since then, our services have extended to other destinations - but our passion remains the same. To me, traveling is a multifaceted relationship: a relationship with other cultures, a relationship with other people, and ultimately a relationship with our own self.