spent seven years in India.
years full of trouble, difficulties, hard work and little joy.
years in a world entirely different from what I was used to: hot and humid
climate, dirt and poverty, unbelievable differences in wealth, a fantastic
mixture of languages, habits, behaviour, snobbery or even cruelty towards
the low strata of society.
As I grew
closer to the wonder that is India, I understood the positive sides of
this huge country as well: the quietness and tolerance of the population,
easy way of life, friendly attitude towards foreigners, beauty of the
landscape and architecture, richness of culture, love of children.
read hundreds of books on India, travelled in the empire as much as I
could, was trying to be open for everything, and after 4 5 years of
staying in India I thought I knew quite a lot about the country. I even
told an Indian: I am half-Indian now. His reply was quiet and
simple: Mr Halmos, one cannot become, but has to be born Indian.
Another time I referred to an English-born orientalist to an Indian. The
reply was a cold shower again: Do not refer to English experts, they
have spent lifetimes here, but could not understand even the surface of
of these warnings I cannot keep silent on India. I feel I have to share
with the world whatever I learnt. I hope it may prove to be useful for
those who want to get acquainted with India.
approach will be the following: we present information in English, in
parallel with my writings on India in Hungarian (and my pictures).
Whenever I feel that my opinion differs from the opinion of the published
information, I shall make comments.
subject is so vast that we shall never be able to complete it: we shall
continue adding to the text new and new data.
Halmos' writing about "Delhi"