22.02.2010 - 23.02.2010 29 °C
Well, this last couple of days I have experienced some of those reactions from local men that make me wonder who is crazy, me or them?
It all started in the hotel pool when someone asked my 27 yr old male colleague if I was his mother. Great! Good for the self esteem that one.
Then checked into a new hotel in Ahmedabad (Gujurat) and the staff keep calling me "Sir". I know I am tall and well built but I am also a 48D chest.
The reason I link these 2 events is that I think essentially they come down to the same topic - in India they do not expect a woman to travel alone (unescorted!) so they assume I am either with my colleagues (in the biblical sense) or a man.
Amusing the 1st time especially when they get all flustered when they realise I am actually a WOMAN. But it does get a bit irritating.
So, as I said, I amnot in Bangalore at the moment. I have travelled up country to the Gujurat for a couple of days then it is back down to Mumbai then back to Bangalore at the end of the week.
It is nice to see different bits of this most glorious country even though it is currently trying to tear its self apart. There is conflict in Hydrabad with the Telengana state mob, an 11day old baby killed in Kashmir by a mob, India and Pakestan seem to be playing diplomatic chicken - lets see who flinches first, and, a couple of weeks ago, the IPL debarcle when no one bid on any Pakestani players.
Now, I am not going to get political is not my place to make judgement (being a visitor to the country) but it does seem like the counbtry sometimes does everything it can to be disfunctional. And it is a shame as it is this kind of unrest that makes people nervous about travelling here.
I can assure everyone, if you stay a-political and distance yourself from any political groups over here you can live in peace and will generally be left alone.
OK, that doesn't mean to say you are immune from acts of terrorism but you are almost as at risk in somewhere like Birmingham or London as here. Just tread carefully and be respectful.
OK, that's it for now. More later.