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Originally posted by old_god
Yes this is sad but not unique to India.
I was fortunate enough to travel in that part of asia last year and I spent sometime in the city as well as the rural and more remote places.
Poverty was everywhere but what really struck me was how amongst all those areas that we western people would call slums, there were some larger than life characters.
Surprisingly during my travel I did not really interact with the TV or Radio and I didn't need them, I was mesmerised by the people and their amazing, colour and unique lives.
Everyone had a story and as I moved around through the city to the slums (and less developed parts) of the city I came across something amazing - these people, who had virtually nothing were the ones who really shone.
They always seemed calm and not bitter about their situation and this was down to the fact that they had people they connected to daily around them but also because they had accepted their situation.
I had more peace of mind when I was out in the remote villages with not TV, radio or internet than I haver been in anywhere else, why?
Every day I would interact with people and talk and actually listen, with no awareness of time; In fact things seemed to slow down and I was taking a lot more of my surroundings.
But the evenings were the best, we would sit round a fire talking about everything and anything and to each other (not at each other), drinking "chai" and feeling really connected!
Originally posted by minigunner
The Indians have shown us here that they have adapted and in a sense evolved in a way the west may not view as evolving, but I think biologically they are able to withstand the microbial infestations of their environment. Take a westerner and place them in such an environment and they will be sick within a week. I have seen it hundreds of times over and experienced personally the effects of such an environment.
Originally posted by 547000
reply to post by sir_slide
Okay, so why do things like restrooms look like hell? And why do some Indians who move abroad continue the practice of littering? Why do they spit their disgusting paan on every wall they encounter?
They have NO respect for public property. Only respect for their own property.edit on 14-1-2011 by 547000 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by notsoperfect
reply to post by hp1229
I don't mind whatever people worship or believe. The problem is that when they are busy looking at things in their own perspective, I, while being a human being, am regarded with much less respect than a cow. I have a serious problem with that as any sane human beings would. Letting cows cross the traffic while everyone in the car has to stop and wait for them to cross the street is beyond being rational. Humans will get tickets for traffic violation for doing that, on the other hand, cows can leisually walk across the road.
Originally posted by wayno
People in different parts of the world have different cultures, foods and styles, but hygeine is hygeine.
I've travelled to parts of the carribean and Mexico where people were very poor, but universally they were very clean! The generations that came before me had to chop down the trees and clear land to farm in western Canada. They were poor and had to live in lean-to's before they built log cabins.
They never took a crap in their front yard or vegetable garden.!!
When I was still driving truck (Canada/US) it was well known that South Asians would drive in teams and never stop the truck unless they had to. They had a hole cut out of the floor of the cab where the bunks are and did #2 thru the hole while the truck continued to drive down the road. There were stories of repair shops refusing to work on those trucks because they were covered in human feces underneath. It was becoming common for older, out of the way truck stops to be taken over by South Asian owners. Invariably they got dirtier to the point of becoming disgusting. You could count on it.
I am the most liberal, root for the underdog guy you will come across on this site, but I find myself aghast at the hygiene thing with so many people from this part of the world. I worked with an Indian woman who positively sparkled with cleanliness, and my Pakistani neighbour has the cleanest yard in the neighborhood, so I know they all aren't that way, but there is no denying there is a phenomenon there.
It is more than just a poverty thing as poor people everywhere are not this way.