India is great and I love it. I accept all bad things that come with it. I don't care because the good experiences outnumber the bad things big time. There is poverty but once this will be all over (maybe within this century). Its fascinating. I have been there twice for several months, I am dreaming of going again. You hate it or you love. I love it. I love the chaos, the smells, the colours, the amazing people...everything. I think India is a women and I am in love with her
I'm struggling to find evidence of the great people. So far, in my limited experience admittedly, NOTHING comes free. Even a 'hello' is usually a precurser to trying to get into your pockets. Another problem is that most people you find at a holy site, or i suppose anywhere that will attract tourists, will only be there to use it as a vehicle to get your money. And i suppose it all just comes under the same banner of getting used to being a westener in a poor counrty, and that these points suddenly seem a bit hollow and tired. So i'll stop now!.
Velourfog. Have you ever heard the expression about India? You hate it or you love it. I once went with a travelmate to India. After travelling 2 months in Eastern-Europe/Turkey/Iran we finally reached India. My travelmate couldn't stand it. He only saw the poverty, the hassle, the touts, the ripp offs. At the end he got ill. After one week in the hospital he decided to head home. India was too much for him. If you don't see the good things then India is probably too hard for you. Its all a game in India. I never get ripped off in India. You have to know how the Indians are. They have not much so they try to get some money by a foreigner. Wouldn't you do that? If I don't want to give something I just don't give. If someone wants me into a temple (as a so called guide) I refuse, because he wants to see money at the end. You have always your own brain. Apparently you give away the control over yourself in India, and that is why you don't like India. Probably 50% likes India and maybe 50% hates India. I really love it and its all about smilling and kidding around with the Indians. They have a lot of humour and they are really playing with you (I don't know when you went, but at 18 years old it can be quite a culture shock and it can by quite dodgy in the beginning).
[ Edit: Edited on Feb 28, 2007, at 5:29 AM by wouterrr ]
I'm sure you're right, and im sure a slight change in outlook can very drastically affect your take on a whole scene, especially in somehwhere like India. The problem is that i love it AND hate it, but in a thread about whats ailing Indian tourism i thought i'd throw in my two cents, although may have come off a little strong lol.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 1, 2007, at 2:47 AM by velourfog ]
I think it would make us more comfortable, if there are tourist police. Some countries have them, and they always speak English and understand the problems foreigners have. But, I have not been in India, for 10 years, so maybe they have tourist police now.
I think people have been visiting India, for a long time. It has been a hot destination, for the hippies, since the 60s.