posted on Jan, 13 2011 @ 05:17 PM
I just got back from India on January 2nd....I spent two weeks there and I have to say that I will never take our clean air, food, and water for
granted again. While over there, my daughter and I visited the north and then down to Mumbai. While in the north I saw extreme poverty, and yes, a lot
of garbage, rubble, beggars, and yes, people going to the bathroom out in the open on sidewalks and streets. One had to be very aware of where you
were walking! There was also a tremendous amount of air pollution. One place we visited over 70% of the town did not have a toilet, but they did have
a cell phone and a motorbike.
The city of Mumbai was very much a city and we saw far less of what we saw in the northern part of India.
The people overall worked very hard for what we would consider pennies. I saw the women moulding the cow patties to burn as fuel to cook dinner. It
was sad to see such poverty and filth, and my daughter and I wondered why each city or the government of India did not seem to do much about the
garbage and poverty. But, having said that, it is a different country with different beliefs and ways of doing things.
Would I go back to India, no.