I AM Indian and from my childhood have harboured a desire to visit France. The country is known for its culture, literature, performing arts and a plethora of aesthetic activities throughout the ages so when I had the chance to visit (my son being there) I was beside myself with joy.
As I left Charles de Gaulle airport, the drive down through Fontainebleau was awesome. When juxtaposed with tourist spots in India, I find a stark contrast that made Fontainebleau so alluring.
The palpable difference lies in the prevailing silence and serenity. We sped from Paris to Montigny and I felt a captivating and unique silence that lent a
double charm to the natural beauty.
Added to it was the discipline cultivated by people. Abiding by rules and regulation is a part of cultured society. Nature bestows charm but to make the ambience beautiful both human beings and nature play a pivotal role.
This is what I observed in France. There were no honking cars, no blaring microphones marking festive occasions, no street fights, nor clamour on the road.
In the stores, people moved about without bustle. Everywhere, people were naturally disciplined.
Perhaps the wide roads of autumn trees create a picturesque view but discipline is the backbone sustaining the glory and beauty of a country.