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Happy Birthday! But Why Italy??

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??

My Story:

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. 

 
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29 Comments

  • Caroline
    August 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!

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    • Ishita
      August 26, 2017 at 8:54 am

      So true Caroline. Those who don’t venture there, miss something so big!

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  • gregsitaly
    June 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.

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  • HelsinkiBudapest
    April 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.

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    • Ishita
      April 14, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Me too 😉 I will.

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  • HelsinkiBudapest
    April 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.

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    • Ishita
      April 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

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      • HelsinkiBudapest
        April 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.

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        • Ishita
          April 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

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  • poeticlyric
    August 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

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  • fromdreamtoplan
    April 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! 🙂

    https://fromdreamtoplan.wordpress.com/

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    • Ishita
      April 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

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  • Tara@LittleHomeKitchen
    January 7, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I understand you! I feel exactly the same about Italy! : )

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    • Ishita
      January 7, 2016 at 7:45 am

      Thank you 🙂

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  • Tanja
    November 13, 2015 at 1:50 am

    I understand you. I feel the same about England:)

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    • Ishita
      November 13, 2015 at 7:24 am

      cheers!! 🙂

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  • Ishita Sood
    February 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!

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  • jillianinitaly.com
    February 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

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  • Ishita Sood
    January 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you Vinitha! 🙂 Cheers! one of the sweetest and most thoughtful comments. I hope you visit Italy soon 🙂

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  • Ishita Sood
    January 6, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you PM! Thanks always for your encouragement 🙂

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  • Vinitha
    January 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

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  • Priyanka Mahajan
    January 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.. 😉

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  • Ishita Sood
    January 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you Sudha 🙂 YAY! Of course. Will readily and happily do so 😉

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  • Ishita Sood
    January 5, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you Avinash 🙂 Means a lot!

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  • Sudhagee
    January 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?

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  • Avinash Gupta
    January 5, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Happy birthday to your blog and keep writing about Italy. 🙂

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