Vignettes from India: Women of India

12339444_1535617200091917_8655502690363147068_oMy life has been truly blessed. My mentors in India have always been women. They have taught me to look inside, to listen, to be observant and to try not to judge. Although I am a heterosexual male, by nature I have never ogled or objectified women. It just does not occur to me. And somehow the women in India that might otherwise be closed to outside males, Indian or foreign, know that I am safe and invite me to get to know them. The men usually realize that I am no threat them either and that they have no reason to be jealous or guarded.

I always respect people for who they are and their boundaries and am careful never to intrude where I am not welcome. Doors have opened to me everywhere and with them the lives and hearts of Indian people, both men and women. The thoughtful generosity I have received throughout the Indian subcontinent has been overwhelming: a warm welcome, a cup of chai, perhaps a meal and stories – so many stories. I resolved at age twenty that I would spend my life retelling these stories. Three of my non-fiction books focus on Indian women’s identity and empowerment as will the second of our new ‘Masala Mysteries’…