Country Risk & Threat Advisory Briefing: India

“There is a curious cultural phenomenon ascribed to India: where travellers who visit with a planned itinerary, or who intend to stay only a few weeks, find themselves still in-country months later, disoriented and psychologically changed and often in a region, or occupation, that they never would have done under normal circumstances. This ‘India syndrome’ represents, as far as is understood, the behavioural confusion and ‘break from reality’ some experience in this country more than any other. Whether it is the hallucinogenic drugs, the quest for ‘enlightenment’ or the overpowering culture shock that sits in the gap between expectation and reality, the way we think about India is often emotional and practical”.

 

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