As my blog turns 1, I would like to take an opportunity to highlight some of the questions that several people ask me. But first things first! I want to THANK YOU all who have diligently read my posts and appreciated my love for Italy- its places, people, food and culture. I couldn’t have been here without your support and encouragement.
Since my blog mostly concerns about all things Italian, many a times I get curious stares and people ask me (and certainly not in the best of ways at times), ” Why Italy, why not any other country?” “What is so special about Italy?” “Are you obsessed?” “Oh, Italy? again??!!”
I usually take such questions with a pinch of salt and either grin or just pass a smile and say “I have a special connection with that country” Which of course is true!! To know more about me read here.
Happy Birthday! But Why Italy??
I fell in love with Italy when I traveled for the first time in 2013. Yes I know, it could have been any other city or country, and I may feel about another place again but maybe not in the same way. What I share with Italy is something indescribable and beautiful, which also makes it so difficult to explain! When I’m in Italy, I feel I’ve walked those streets in some past life of mine. Who knows, maybe I have!
My love for Italy has helped me learn new things, see different aspects of life, know more about literature, the culture, food and even the language! The best part is that I am regularly connected to that love through my acquaintances and friends in Italy and America.
However, this doesn’t mean I don’t love my country! India is home. It is where I have been born and where family is. There is nothing that can change that. BUT…Italy is my calling!!
It is my go to place to think about when I am low. It brings a smile on my face when I think of my travels in Italy, of all the people I’ve met. When someone connects my name with Italy, I feel proud. All I can say is that I think the Italian way of living has me smitten and like many of you, I too think that Italy is very special!
Italy and I have a lifelong connection and I hope you’ll enjoy the journey with me. I love that you support me for my Italian passion so I hope to bring new Italian things and perspective with this blog.
- Ischia and The Story of a New Name
- Day trip to Procida from Naples
- 7 Reasons why you should give Naples a chance
- Naples is Magic
- Books that give an itch to visit South Italy
CarolineAugust 26, 2017 at 8:06 am
I know that feeling! That pull towards Italy and its charms, its people and customs, its sights and its sounds, its food and…who am I kidding: Italy is everything!
IshitaAugust 26, 2017 at 8:54 am
So true Caroline. Those who don’t venture there, miss something so big!
gregsitalyJune 26, 2017 at 7:14 pm
We share the same feeling for Italy and all things Italian. In our visits, I have found the people so wonderful and kind. Your blog helps me plan our next visits. This year my wife and I will make our fourteenth visit to Sicily and Italy. We will be staying for seven weeks and hope to get a real feel for lo stile di vita Italiano.
HelsinkiBudapestApril 14, 2017 at 8:25 pm
From what I’ve seen so far, it’s the perfect place to visit for grown ups, kids, and anyone really. I dhoujd really go ASAP.
IshitaApril 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm
Me too 😉 I will.
HelsinkiBudapestApril 14, 2017 at 9:53 am
Finally, access! Past connection was the first thing I thought of when I read this. Had it very strongly in Venice and Milano. I just knew. Freaked our host out completely, as she doesn’t believe in that stuff. I dropped it after a while, since she was a good friend. But it got so strong, I had to ask my parents if they’d taken me there as a child. We’d been to other places in Italy, but not there. I’m learning Italian again, since I forgot most of it. But I was obsessed with the country as well. My obsessions change. A while back it was Finland. Now it’s Hungary, which doesn’t really count, because I’m half Hungarian. And I actually thought you were Italian.
Are you still in Hungary? If so, and you want to see more book shops (and some cool sites), go down Múzeum körút.
IshitaApril 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm
Yea a lot of people don’t understand it but it is true. I am not in Hungary 🙂 someday I will return and see the country side and visit the bookstore you told me too
HelsinkiBudapestApril 14, 2017 at 5:34 pm
Too true. For me that was always normal though, the only logical explanation. Countryside is beautiful. When you come back, also consider Transylvania. Still haven’t been there, even though I might have family there. I’ve seen pictures though from friends, and it’s beautiful.
IshitaApril 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm
Thank you, that’s a good suggestion. I want to visit all of that line someday with my partner and family..xx
poeticlyricAugust 24, 2016 at 2:03 am
Ciao Ishita…if you ever thought to do a workaway in the heart of Sicily…up the mountains, in one of the oldest village…please hit me up with a message on the workaway website where I created a host profile (Manuela Di Figlia)…love xxx
IshitaAugust 24, 2016 at 2:51 pm
Ciao Manuela. That sounds wonderful. Which place is this? I’d love to. Volunteering for farming? Tell me more. Thank you for stopping by 🙂
poeticlyricAugust 24, 2016 at 6:03 pm
Have a look at my profile on http://www.workaway.info
IshitaAugust 24, 2016 at 9:06 pm
thank you for sharing and also for hopping on my blog.
fromdreamtoplanApril 15, 2016 at 7:15 pm
It is so interesting and inspiring to read this! Also, as a truly italian girl it is also fascinating to see that you can understand my feeling and also, how sometimes I underestimate my own country!!
So happy to have found you and your blog! 🙂 I’ll be here ofter for sure! 🙂
IshitaApril 16, 2016 at 7:32 pm
Omg wow. From an Italian that seems a BIG compliment! Grazie! Yes please don’t underestimate your country. It’s beautiful and diverse and different. Please keep coming for sure. Xo
Tara@LittleHomeKitchenJanuary 7, 2016 at 3:26 am
I understand you! I feel exactly the same about Italy! : )
IshitaJanuary 7, 2016 at 7:45 am
Thank you 🙂
TanjaNovember 13, 2015 at 1:50 am
I understand you. I feel the same about England:)
IshitaNovember 13, 2015 at 7:24 am
Ishita SoodFebruary 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm
So lovely to hear from you Jillian! You are right, we need to trade places 😉 I could do that anyday! If I ever come to Lago Maggiore, I am sure to meet u and your lovely kids. Love your posts 🙂 Grazie for dropping by!
jillianinitaly.comFebruary 9, 2015 at 10:45 pm
I love how much you love Italy! And here I am living in Italy and I'm in love with India! Maybe we should trade places for a while. Lovely site. Greetings from Lago Maggiore. Jillian
Ishita SoodJanuary 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm
Thank you Vinitha! 🙂 Cheers! one of the sweetest and most thoughtful comments. I hope you visit Italy soon 🙂
Ishita SoodJanuary 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm
Thank you PM! Thanks always for your encouragement 🙂
VinithaJanuary 6, 2015 at 6:32 am
Happy Birthday to the blog and here's to many more Italy posts. Italy has always been on my bucket list but your posts make it inch up a bit higher every single time
Priyanka MahajanJanuary 5, 2015 at 5:39 pm
Happy Birthday 'Italophilia'. You have come a long way.. and a long long way to go ahead.. Keep us posted on Italy and more.. 😉
Ishita SoodJanuary 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm
Thank you Sudha 🙂 YAY! Of course. Will readily and happily do so 😉
Ishita SoodJanuary 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm
Thank you Avinash 🙂 Means a lot!
SudhageeJanuary 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm
Happy wala budday for the blog, Italophilia. Here's wishing you more travels to Italy and more posts from you. PS: When I go to Italy, will you please, please plan my itinerary?
Avinash GuptaJanuary 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm
Happy birthday to your blog and keep writing about Italy. 🙂