Of course, I cannot even attempt to give you more than a fleeting taste of what India is and the influences that have made it so rich and diverse today – notwithstanding some of the more recent expressions of intolerance. Since the 5th century BC and now, much has happened in the intervening years in the Indian subcontinent, from having an ancient civilization with developed buildings, trade and roadways, and a strong understanding of science to a country now full of superstitions, prejudices and yet full of gaiety, color, charm, and hospitality – making this a diverse mosaic of cultures, rituals, and beliefs. I have had the opportunity to experience India as a native, a visitor, and a traveler. I have traveled from the plains in the south to the Himalayas in the North, from the watery delta region of the Sundarbans and Calcutta to the valley of the flowers in Jammu and Kashmir. I have traveled by rail, plane, automobile, and even on camelback and bullock cart! I have met and shared meals with all kinds of people during these travels – locals and visitors alike. It has been a blessing and a unique way to get to know the people and the land. I am full of wonderment.