It's great being part of a widespread eccentric family, especially when you get to go to your cousin's wedding in Goa, India. And not just because you get to play Indian dress-up.
This was a personal trip, but I couldn't help setting up a business meeting along the way. While Wild Apple has done business all over the world for the last 20+ years, India has always been something of blank spot. We'd love to play with over 1/7 of the world's population! I think we can develop a niche business in India; our cultures and imagery are so different from each other it will be a long time before we could ever go mainstream.
Among the impressions I bring back are the sights - rich varied colors, textures, bling, especially on women's sarees, decorated buildings, bright advertising, and lots and lots of litter; the sounds - it's loud! Car horns in constant use, blaring music; the movement - Indian traffic is crazy (for entertainment we sat and watched the endless stream of motorcles, cars, bikes, camel carts, rickshaws, pedestrians, and wandering cows - crossing the street was an adrenaline rush); the spirit - I was struck how integral religion is to daily life, not an abstraction; our different lenses on life - I see utter confusion, crowds and disorder, whereas they might see our life as sterile and lonely.
"Incredible India" for sure.