Reasons for relocating…if there has to be any when justifying Bali

Have you ever lived in a dynamic, multicultural region where you never know what to expect from one day to the next? That’s Bali. And that’s one of the reasons my family and I moved to this tropical paradise. We wanted our kids to experience living in a culture and environment that is amazingly different from North America (specifically, Canada).  Oh ya, we also moved because my partner is a surfer and Bali has some of the best waves in the world!!!

 

Being originally from India, I also wanted my children to experience Asian culture(s), as well as travel to India as often as we can.  It’s much easier & cheaper getting to India from Bali than Canada. We did our first India trip from Bali this past December and they LOVED it. They’ve been to India before, but this trip they seemed to enjoy much more, probably because they were a couple of years older.

Some pics from our recent India trip:

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Being half Indian, the kids get “special” treatment by Balinese almost everywhere we go. Bali is more than 90% Hindu and the Balinese love meeting us and knowing that I was born and brought up in India. Even though the Hinduism practiced in Bali is VERY different to what is practiced in India. I take full advantage of flaunting that I am originally from India.  Actually, most Balinese know that I am Indian because of the Bollywood influence on Bali.

Living In Bali now, I can say there are HUGE difference between Balinese and Indians, in every way – food, culture, attitude towards life, religion, the list goes on.  For now I am happy and fortunate to be living in Bali and experiencing this interesting and vibrant life, which does not come without its challenges.

2 thoughts on “Reasons for relocating…if there has to be any when justifying Bali

  1. Neena

    Much as I miss Taj and Sachin growing up and you and Maurice being here, I cannot deny that living in Bali appears to be an exceptionally unique, rich and deeply rewarding experience – despite the language barriers, horrendous traffic, the cultural oddities (e.g. eating dog), not to mention snakes in the house! And don’t forget, you did manage to miss a dreadful Canadian winter. Having been born in Mombasa on the Kenyan coast, I too have a deep connection with the sea and miss long walks on the beach, drinking coconut water and trying hard not to burn. Taj and Sachin are looking so much taller already and ever so worldly – driving a bike to the beach – wow!

    Lillian, perhaps you can describe to us how the Hinduism in Bali is different than that in India. Do they follow a particular deity more than others here – Vishnu perhaps like in southern India? It appears like a mix of Hinduism and Buddhism but I may be mistaken. You posted a photo of the young men sitting on the floor during a ceremony which is very much like something I saw in a Buddhist temple in northern Thailand once.

    What kind of businesses have you started or looking into?

    Lots of love and hugs to you all, Neena

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  2. Meenakshi

    Loving how you make everything sound fun and easy with a humor tied to it. Admire you and your family’s adventurous spirit. Hope to experience the Bali paradise for its beautiful sunsets with our kids.

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