The Expectation and Reality of India

How do you usually know about a story? Mostly from a movie or on the Internet? It's not that difficult to find gorgeous pictures of India on Google. However, you should always tell yourself that not to trust the pictures online because they might have been edited with so much "MSG" in them. You should try not to expect too much to avoid any disappointment. Read on to discover the reality of India now!


Tuk Tuk in New Delhi, India

1. Pollution Issue in India


Expectation: Pollution? It should be fine. It couldn't be any worse! We're from Hong Kong!
Reality: We couldn't even breathe and just keep coughing like forever.

Everyone knows that India suffers severe air pollution and we thought it would be similar to Hong Kong's until we landed. Our advice is to take as many facial masks as possible with you, or you could get ill seriously eventually. We couldn't even see the view clearly from the Tuk Tuk that we took, how could the driver can drive us to the right destination?


2. People and traffics in India


Expectation: How busy could it be? like peak hours at MTR in Hong Kong?
Reality: Here's nothing like anywhere in the world.

Taking Tuk Tuk everywhere in India is super convenient like grabbing a taxi in a cheap way. They could be seen and found everywhere, literally everywhere. Everyone would walk into the traffics so basically the traffic lights were totally useless. Even all sorts of transports, especially small vehicles like motorbike and Tuk Tuk, they would just go through all the possible gaps in between people and the traffics. For the first few days we thought we were gonna die but we managed to adopt this Indian culture at the end.


3. Henna Services in India


Expectation: Chilling in a shop and doing our henna like we were doing our nails.
Reality: Someone would always approach to you and said, "Henna? Come!", and you would find your seat on the road after you went through a crowd.

Henna is probably one of the things that you should do when you come to India. We were imagining ourselves doing our henna in a fancy shop. It didn't really have to be in a posh one, but at least somewhere indoor? We still can't believe that we literally did that randomly on the street, sitting on the road and having looked by every strangers. It's a bit weird but the experience was fantastic and we would love to do it all over again!


Curry in India

4. Curry in India


Expectation: We're going to eat the most authentic curry in the world! YAY!
Reality: Can we just stop for a little bit? Can we eat something else for our breakfast?

How can you resist to have the most authentic food in the origin? Basically we had curry every day, everywhere, even as breakfast. We didn't expect that our hotel would also offer curry as breakfast... So one day we thought maybe we should stop by McDonald's for something else instead of curry, which we ordered a veggie burger, but you know what? It was curry favoured.