A good friend just returned from almost a month in India. It was awesome to hear about everything that her team experienced on their trip. This was her second trip there, and we’ve noticed that a lot of Indian culture is very similar to the culture that I see when I travel to Haiti. We both share a passion for overseas travel and missions so it was great to spend time with her today.
She brought me back a really cool present from her trip this year.
When I looked at the wrapping, I obviously had no idea what was inside.
Opening the paper, I found this really beautiful elephant statue. Look at the detail in the carvings!
And when I looked closer, I noticed that there is a second elephant carved on the inside. The statue is one solid piece so I am amazed (and confused) on how they were able to create this.
Then my friend pointed out the wrapping paper. It is actually pages from the Indian personal ads. Apparently, the red headings divide the ads by class – as it is not acceptable in their culture to marry outside of your caste. I am intrigued by the time of information that each of the advertisements list – especially the one looking for a “homely girl.”
Thanks for such as great present Liz!