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12. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

I've removed some comments in this thread that were made in a derogatory/inflammatory fashion. Please keep things friendly and be considerate of the other members participating in discussions.

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15. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting Hien

Locals also should not start getting defensive by being offensive. It doesn't help anything here except lighting a fire which could possibly turn into a flame.

Everyone agrees that touts and annoyances are there at almost all the top tourist destinations, though varying in extent and degree. Locals role is to dispel the fear in minds of fellow travellers when depressing and uncalled for comments are made regarding the natives of the country. Locals should also encourage travellers to visit his country while not forgetting to tell about the necessary precautions to be taken.
I myself feel ashamed when any such bad incidents happen involving tourists but feel satisfied and happy when other travellers recount their enriching experience in india.... A handful of touts and perverted fellows bring shame to the entire nation but i can assure all fellow travellers that india is a land of a billion people and majority of them are friendly, warm hearted and too simple to fool any one

Arif

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17. Posted by traveler1 (Full Member 190 posts) 9y

hey all . . tried to resist posting a reply here .. but just couldn't ... all one can do here is share experiences..and if its a bad one..then of course nothing good would come of the experience that one is sharing . ..

and i guess harrold shares his bad experiences about india in most of the threads about India...i have read several

sorry you didn;t have a good experience...

but that still doesnt change india as a hot tourist destination..irrespective of a few stray bad experiences ..
which i feel usually happens when one doesn't have any clue about the place one's visiting.

so lets all not get too personal & be here to just do what we do best....share experiences without any prejudice

cheers!

18. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Quoting arif_kool

It is a pity that aharrold couldnt find even a single honest man from the thousands he spoke to.... i would recommend aharrold to visit India again and make it to any of various ashrams that would lead to his spiritual awakening

I went to places like Rishikesh and Haridwar which had Ashrams and sure they were more bareable than Mumbai or Delhi, but even the people in those two places who actually initiated the conversation with me only spoke lies. One thing that was better about those places was the fact that less people went out of their way to harrass you like happened everywhere in Varanasi, Agra, Delhi and Mumbai. I only wish that all Indian people or the majority of Indian people were like you claim you and other Indian males are. Clearly what Indian people see as friendly is the "hello my friend" greeting that happens all the time as the initial greeting. First time when you hear that you think "wow he's a nice person", but after the first 20 seconds when he gets to what he was wanting off you, then you think bad things about the person. Then the next male does the same and you think the same again and it continues on and on and on. I am certain that if you as an Indian male were an Australian, American, British, Canadian or basically any non Asian country citizen went to India on a holiday, you would be of the exact same opinion that I am and a lot of people are about the men in India. India does have plenty of nice things you can see, but the men, the mayhem on the roads along with the huge culture shock make it very difficult to deal with.

Maybe in another 20 years I might go back to India and see how much it has changed, but after dreaming all my life of going to India the men made it a big let down. Seeing the Taj Mahal was great, but I'm afraid the bad outweighed the good in huge amounts.

I had done some research in to India and what I should expect to see, but not even going to poor regions of Asia for the 2 months before going to India prepared me for even the sites I saw in the taxi and the con that was the driver from Mumbai airport-Grant Street.

I hope that if you and the other Indian people who post on this forum truly are the way you claim, you can pass that on to your children, grand children etc and make the majority of the males in India much nicer for it.

[ Edit: Edited on May 5, 2007, at 5:47 AM by aharrold45 ]

19. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

if u dive into the real India, which is in my opinion outside the tourist area's, then it is totally different. i stayed a few months in Kolkata (for my internship) and lived in a good suburb. its totally different there. didn't hear one single "hello friend". sudderstreet in Kolkata is where u occasionaly face a tout but that is the main backpackers street with the cheap hotels and restaurants/bars. ashrams are also known for touts and people that are trying to make money out of religious purposes. I never visit temples for this reason anymore.

20. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 9y

Quoting aharrold45

India does have plenty of nice things you can see, but the men, the mayhem on the roads along with the huge culture shock make it very difficult to deal with.
I had done some research in to India and what I should expect to see, but not even going to poor regions of Asia for the 2 months before going to India prepared me for even the sites I saw in the taxi and the con that was the driver from Mumbai airport-Grant Street.

Seems ur problem lies with the Indian male only.... thank God u have given clean chit to the indian women and children.
Regarding poverty, why ur so depressed about it....Money changeth hands, today u may have it, tomorrow u may not. If u have read about world history, u must be aware of the fact that India, china and mesopotamia were the richest countries in the ancient world and of course Australia and United States were not in existence then. They were inhabited by the aborigines and the native Red Indians.... Time changes everything. slowly over a period of time india was destroyed by a variety of reasons and the new world(Australia & USA) developed. Anyone who is rich today maybe poor tomorrow and vice-versa. Dont be so depressed by it. Lets face it and try to eradicate it from our globe.
Ur always welcome in india, whenever u come next do let me know, i will see to it that u have a hassle free experience and have memories which u can cherish forever.

Arif