Hope this letter finds you well. My name is Ruchita and I’m 20 years old. I was born and brought up in Bangalore, India. I am currently pursuing Computer Science Engineering. To say a few words about myself: I am a cinephile, foodie, a lover of adventure and travel. I believe that the universe never gives up on a stubborn heart.
India is known for its diversity. Every 100 km you will find different soil, flora, fauna, weather, cuisine, people, their customs, language, belief and attire. All so varied yet so intertwined. I am based in the southern part of India and have not yet visited the northern regions. The major attraction in the south is the temples. Temple is a building devoted to the worship of Hindu Gods and is usually stone-carved. Every carving depicts a mythological story. Temples bring a sense of oneness, they imbibe respect and remind us of our cultural history. To name a few temples and historical sites: Hampi Virupaksha Temple, Konark Sun Temple, Mahabalipuram complex of temples.
One of the things I admire about Pakistan are its enchanting Valleys and the breathtaking views they offer. If I were to visit Pakistan, I would definitely love to visit the Hunza Valley, Kaghan Valley and the Gilgit Valley. Apart from these, it would be an honor to visit the Mohatta Palace,
Qila Rohtas, Wazir Khan Mosque, and Sheesh Mahel that you have beautifully described in your letter. I would also love to visit the local bazaars and try the street food of Pakistan. Visiting these places will surely give me an insight on the rich Pakistani culture.
India houses varied cuisine, from vegetarian dishes, to mughlai, to Jain cuisine, to chinese-influenced cooking. I am a vegetarian and I would love to recommend a few must-try Indian dishes. One is the masala dosa, which is a thin pancake-like dish stuffed with potato curry served with coconut chutney and sambar. Apart from this you should definitely try Chole-bhature, Chaat (which is a very popular street food) and sweets like rasgulla, ghewar and ladoo. Every one of these dishes are a treat to your taste buds.
Coming to culture and entertainment, I believe India and Pakistan share a very common style of movies and TV shows. I am not much into music but I do enjoy watching movies. However, India’s rich musical tradition ranging from Hindustani music in the north popularized by Ustad Bismillah Khan, Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, etc to Carnatic music in the south popularized by M S Subbalakshmi, Lalgudi G Jayaraman, etc, stands tall. I would also recommend a classic Indian series, ‘Malgudi Days’.
I would love to read your reply to this letter. I’m also curious to know your birthday, favorite movie genre and cuisine. Loved being a part of this pen pal campaign. Gained an interesting insight on Pakistan and your views on India.