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#1 Oct 24th, 2005, 23:10
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Pushkar in the news again.....


Jaipur: Indian police have brought charges against a Finnish tourist for bathing naked in a holy lake in a Hindu pilgrim town, a police officer said on Monday. Police said the tourist walked to her hotel in the nude after taking a dip in the lake in Pushkar in the desert state of Rajasthan on Saturday, angering several local people and priests.

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Other sources tell that the girl was having some problems and also threw her passport into the lake but her friends retrieved it!!
Sounds to me like the girl was having a breakdowm or something!!! Don't be too quick to judge!!
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Very shocking news.
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Originally Posted by GoanCanuck Very shocking news.
Indeed, if kissing in public is illegal - is it?
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I read the news in the paper this morning. The first thought that came to my mind was that she was mentally unstable in one way or another. Nobody in their right mind would "make a statement" by doing that kind of thing in Pushkar. I doesn't make sense. Like the lady who threw her kids in the bay in SF a few days back because the voices in her head told her to do it, this woman's behavior should be looked at simply as the expression of mental illness. It's a little bit sad when the media (and the legions of people who enjoy reading about things like this) take these kinds of stories and blow them up into huge events. I mean, so a person is sick and does something horrific. Is it REALLY newsworthy? Only to a point, in my opinion. Anyway, this latest thing is tragic, but I admit it's also making me laugh a little bit to think of how everyone was so scandalized to see her. Sorry for being so incorrect, but I'm only human. I see the weirdest shit here all the time. A naked girl is up there on the weirdness scale, but it's not the only bizarre thing I've witnessed.
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India has tough obscenity laws and kissing in public is frowned upon in the largely conservative country.
Shocking but enlightening at the same time! I bet those blokes just wanted a quick nickle, as the average misconception with tourists is that wouldn't think much of rs1000. Knowing this helps me explain some baffling experiences I had while in public with my bf in India -- he was keen on who was watching especially at night on the beach. It seems the police could have assumed we were up to no good on a dark beach at night, so this article is a good word to the wise for honeymooners. Which brings me to my next point -- has anyone heard of Indians getting thrown into the slammer for a lil public affection, or judging by what the media decides to report, is it a fine largely imposed on tourists?
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There's another story in today's (25/10/2005)TOI. The headline reads "Erica's erotica may be priest's baby". Nice and sensational, no? It's exactly what I was bemoaning in my previous post: The media love to spin a bit of sad or unusual behaviour into something sensational and salacious. I'm searching for the weblink but having no luck finding anything. Basically the Finnish woman is reported to have said that she walked naked through the town on the advice of a local priest. "It (the nude walk) was suggested by a local pandit who assured me it would lead to materialisation of all my unfulfilled wishes. But if this act has hurt feelings of residents then I feel sorry for that."

Yeah, right.
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Let's just hope that she is treated with respect and gentleness. It seems to me that she is acting out of character and IS probably having a mental breakdown. Sometimes, people having problems have no way of expressing their true feelings - or simply cannot make people understand what is gong wrong for them. This is then acted out in what we would all term as unresonable behaviour - but it isn't to the person concerned. Not being able to honestly express themselves results in people mishandling their lives and seeking the attention they so crave, by resorting to bizarre behaviour such as this.
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Thumbs down

Speaking of the press..........On Sky News on Saturday they were talking about a "gay" barman who'd been murdered in the UK. Why even state that the guy was "gay" - someone has been murdered for heaven's sake; who cares what his sexual orientation is. I was really angy when they were reporting this. Give the guy some dignity. I used to think Sky was a pretty moderate channel, but now I've changed my mind
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The Bas***ds have to do this Priya - they call it sensationalism - not stopping to think about the consequences of the man's family and friends left behind, or the damage they do to a human being that has passed away....Oh no! to them, the more sensational the report is the better - regardless of who it hurts.

Liam Lawlor (Irish politician) was killed last Saturday in a car crash in Moscow. Isn't that enough for his family to cope with? NOT AT ALL! The press then decided that the young woman who was also killed in the car with him (plus another man too) was a prostitute - when in fact she was a court appointed translator. But of course the newspapers had a field day on Sunday and caused his family terrible grief. Sure, Liam Lawlor was a controversial politian in many respects, but the poor man was killed in a car accident, long before his time.

When I was in France on my quest to adopt Tony, out local newspaper here in Cork, called me on my cell-phone (where they got the number I have no idea and they wouldn't say) I talked to a woman about the adoption and she asked me what I would be doing for Christmas. I specifically told her that I would be spending the three days or so, at a friends small guest house with a group of Down's Dyndrome Adults that had booked in for the season. I'd be taking them on walks, playing cards with them and keeping them occupied. I figured it was a great way to pass the Christmas time as I would otherwise be alone. I got a report from a friend in Ireland on Christmas Eve to say that the newspaper had printed a different story altogether. They had simply said that I would be going to a Hotel for a week for Christmas and relaxing. I was furious! This gave the totally wrong impression to all those who have supported my work in the past, as it sounded like I was off having a good time when in fact it was the opposite and the 7 months I spent in France were among the most miserable I had in my entire life.

BUT that's the press! God luv 'em......someone HAS to! I don't!!
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it seems the girl is mentally unstable.
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Thats the bad of Media, anywhere in the world- never get to the good of it but make sure it churns out the highest audience and the most gossiped topic without getting to know the reality to its roots.

How Sick of gloomin Media !!
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Originally Posted by sadhuji it seems the girl is mentally unstable.
I thought that about an American woman I met in Pushkar some years ago; she was doing some very strange things and, as the only other American in the hotel, the manager asked me to find out what was going on with her.

It turned out that someone had given her a "special lassi" without telling her that there was bhang in it; she'd never ingested that substance and as some of you may know, eaten cannabis can have a psychedelic effect. It took a couple of days for the drug to leave her system, and at one point she, too, went for a swim in the lake. A sadhu on the other side wrapped her in a blanket and brought her back to the hotel.... <sigh>
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Originally Posted by wonderwomanusa .It turned out that someone had given her a "special lassi" without telling her that there was bhang in it; she'd never ingested that substance and as some of you may know, eaten cannabis can have a psychedelic effect. It took a couple of days for the drug to leave her system, and at one point she, too, went for a swim in the lake. A sadhu on the other side wrapped her in a blanket and brought her back to the hotel.... <sigh>
Yes I've seen this happen in Pushkar, & Goa, sometimes with acid instead of bhang It always seems more intense when the person is in a religious environment, wanting to give up all material/worldly things etc, usually hopefully a bunch of real friends takes care of the person & the world media don't catch onto the story,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Strangely this thought had also been in my head when I read the story
These people really annoy me Bhang lassi, is very potent, more so when it fed to some poor individual who is completely unaware of what they are drinking!
Spiking people in this way is just plain dumb!!
It happened to a Polish friend in Palolem they spiked his coffee with a bit of hash and he seriously lost the plot for 3-4 days and didn't have a clue what had happened to him!!!

Be very careful if someone offers you a greenish "special Lassi" chances are it's a bhang lassi.
Luckily there aren't too many fools, who will spike you for a laugh!!

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