When I was in India, I soon felt in love with the mountains that separate India from China and Nepal. Among all the experiences I had in the country, all the best ones took place in the northern part.
After I came back from India, many people asked me: “How could you live there?” or “It must have been so dangerous?” or even “By looking at the newspapers, weren’t you afraid that something horrible could have happened to you?”.
Well. My answer is always been the same: “Go on Google Maps and check how big India is, maybe afterwards you will realise how many different environments and cultures coexist there”.
In India I felt safe, protected, loved and accepted.
I met people believing in 8 different religions, I saw people speaking different languages I never even heard of but, above all, I felt I was just another one. One of the factors that made me fall in love with India was its incredible curry of diversities where I was just another spice.
This picture represents You!
Your prejudices and your fears. But it also represents me. It represents all of us who are afraid of those around us such as colleagues, managers, customers, people on the bus, people looking different and even ourselves.
This picture is the portray of what You! can be.
Let me tell you why.
In one of my trips through the beautiful mountains of India, I had the privilege to travel with an amazing French girl and an Indian guy. We went from Kolkata till Gangtok in Sikkim. It was the years of the earthquake and we could not go hiking, so we took it easy and we decided to chill in the city.
During our wandering we met this little girl.
She was waiting for her dad in the car. The windows were down, the car was unlocked and she came out of the window seat and started doing the model. With her little finger she was pointing at us and enjoying being photographed. Her almond-shaped eyes were penetrating my camera and reaching my heart.
Now, let me ask you a question.
Would you feel safe to leave your car unlocked and a little girl free to interact with people on the street in the capital of your region? Maybe not. Maybe our home is where we are not safe anymore.
This picture is for me and for you. To remember that the beauty is where you will never expect to find it and it wants to be a memory of You! little girl that have the privilege of real freedom.
Thank you, little girl.