Just for the record......
Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
129Trip End Sep 29, 2006
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I think this issue deserves a little more explaination.....first on the issue of indian men. Of course we have only been in north india and this region is known for its sexist chauvanistic men. Maybe the whole country isnt the same but unfortunately I can only speak of what I have seen. From day 1 in india men contiuously tried to bump into my chest, it was made to look accidental but it isnt. It took me a few days to figure out a way around this. You know how when youre trying to pass somebody on a crowded street,the side that they are approaching, you usually tip that shoulder back, and pass face to face. this is the polite thing to do. And this is when indian men take the opportunity to not turn at all and walk, arm and chest, straight into your now exposed "breast" area. The way to avoid this is to make no attempt to turn at all until they are so close they cant take evasive action and then quickly turn that shoulder, 'towards' them NOT away
2ndly the lieing ,cheating and conning, is certainly on a par with south america.The golden rule is never assume anything.Always ask questions and always expect them to lie. Following this rule we have not been disappointed. But even we still get caught out. Not very often now, but occasionally.They are ingenious in devising scams to extract cash. The funny thing is they seem to think its okay to cheat someone for a small amount of money they dont even seem embarrased when they are caught! Like when we went to a restaurant and ate a very nice, mid priced meal and asked for the bill. We were going to tip, but they short changed us. When we asked him about the discrepancy he just stood and smirked.He refused to give us the rest of the change (as usual claiming they didnt have it) so he didnt get his tip which was going to be 4 times what he stole.This is totally normal in india.They are very good at asking for a tip and very bad at earning one!! :D
We do not hate india. But its certainly understandable to us to hear stories of people arriving for a 3 month planned trip and leaving after 4 days. Nor is it a suprise to speak to very decent female westerners who freely admit to resorting to screaming and swearing at Indian men, just to get through the day :)
Lastly the filth
To answer your question Tracey....it is as bad as we describe, we are NOT making it up, we are being completely truthful. However, its probably not affecting us the way you would imagine it would. Weve seen filth before and met many con artists. A lot of it we can take in our stride now. But i doubt you could Tracey....you'd be up on a charge of murder by now :)
Now for an update on our activities. We are still in Pushkar and have been shopping again:)
The market here has stuff from all over India,...its a touristy place after all ;)
Weve bought leather stuff, fur stuff (yes rabbit, but after buying alpaca in S america, we cant see a moral difference)and cushions, woolen stuff, dangly chimes...all that Student union tat, this is where it comes from :)
We wandered up to the brahma temple, but were told we 'must' give our shoes to some guy outside before being allowed in
Adams been for another cut-throat shave. It cost 11 pence after haggling. The man wanted 22 pence!!!!!NUTTER! :)
Weve found a nice place that does pizza :) So were heading off there now.