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aspiringsage Feb 11th, 2013 07:10

Watch out for fake brahmin at Pushkar Lake!
 
Warning, do not accept a single flower from anyone around Pushkar Lake. There are FAKE Brahmins(people in India of priest class) hooking people into rituals, and then after a one minute ritual where you put flowers into the water, they proceed to VERY AGRESSIVELY ask for 1000 rupees per family member. They have several of their friends standing right there bullying you even more. Luckily I only had 70 rupees on me, and that's all they got. But a couple sitting close to me who had just arrived in Pushkar 15 minutes earlier, got pretty much robbed for 5000 rupees!

edwardseco Feb 11th, 2013 09:29

Watch out for the real ones my spouse says. The Pushkar scam is fairly common. Try calling out for the police in Hindi. That seems to back 'em off. But, a few Rupes won't kill you. Once the shock wears off it makes a colorful story. My sis in law loves to tell about the monkey that jumped on & off her in Badami.
Cheers & good travels..

vaibhav_arora Feb 11th, 2013 10:07

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Originally Posted by edwardseco (Post 1544114)
My sis in law loves to tell about the monkey that jumped on & off her in Badami.
Cheers & good travels..

Same scam in Khandagiri caves, Bhubaneswar. Those who didnt buy peanuts for the monkeys were greeted by one jumping on them (and it was a heavy black faced langur, mind you). It cost only Rs 10 to get the monkey off your back (literally ...) :D

sannna Feb 11th, 2013 12:05

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Originally Posted by edwardseco (Post 1544114)
Try calling out for the police in Hindi.

Which, you might want to add is almost the same as the English word: "pulis".

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Originally Posted by edwardseco (Post 1544114)
But, a few Rupes won't kill you.

A few thousand is not a few rupees. And whether or not you can miss it is beside the point. The being /feeling forced / threatened to hand it over, even if it is only ten rupees is the point.

aspiringsage Feb 11th, 2013 16:16

Yes, it felt like robbery. I actually asked the fake brahmin "Are you robbing me?"" He got really defensive and said I was offending the Hindu religion. Yikes! India has got to have the most convoluted scam artists in the world.

kullukid Feb 11th, 2013 17:03

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Originally Posted by edwardseco (Post 1544114)
Watch out for the real ones my spouse says.

Is there any "real" ones (twice born)?????:confused:;) KK

paanwallah Feb 12th, 2013 19:34

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Originally Posted by sannna (Post 1544171)
Which, you might want to add is almost the same as the English word: "pulis".

Exactly! Call the pulis. Athough I heared one bad guy on the street saying it stands for Pretty UseLess In combating Scam, why not to try?

nycank Feb 15th, 2013 12:27

How does one detect a "fake" brahmin ? It not like a "fake" diamond :) I would think in a very caste conscious place like Pushkar (for that matter, any religious place in India, or elsewhere) a brahmin would never allow non-brahmins or shudras to perform and do rituals on behalf of others.

Nick-H Feb 15th, 2013 12:51

Exactly. Much of the idea of caste is centred around restrictive trade practices. Just because somebody rips you off doesn't mean they weren't "qualified" to do whatever job they did for you!

nycank Feb 15th, 2013 13:12

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Originally Posted by Nick-H (Post 1546149)
Exactly. Much of the idea of caste is centred around restrictive trade practices. Just because somebody rips you off doesn't mean they weren't "qualified" to do whatever job they did for you!

Interestingly, all dips are not the same. Not all priests are equally holy. So, what price would you - "the grandma" and "ma" place on holy baptismal ritual ? I can assure, it is more monies than you and I can count, be it in shekel or dollars :D

george312 Mar 25th, 2013 05:35

5000, wow...must have been newcomers. I had a real one, asked me for like 400 I gave him 80 and walked away. He even saw me later and was friendly with me, lol

nycank Mar 25th, 2013 05:56

This past Feb, just to indulge a fellow traveler, I had a pandit (known to a common friend from Jaipur) accompany us from the outskirts of the town , and stay with us for good 90 minutes. For this he asked, for Rs 50; and I paid him Rs 50+One Susan B Anthony. :D

I asked him about "fake brahmin" bizniz. He laughed so hard, it was not even funny. As I mentioned earlier, You can fake an O, but you cant fake being a brahmin in that small town for even a newyorkminute :D

RPG Mar 25th, 2013 06:05

The job of priests in any religion is to relieve you of your money. What would they live on otherwise? That doesn't make them fake priests, but rather absolutely normal priests, and so the above-described activities do not make anyone a fake Brahmin. Maybe an overpriced Brahmin, but otherwise typical.

sab kuch milega Mar 25th, 2013 09:27

Regarding "fake" brahmin priests, I've had a couple pull the sacred threads out of their shirts to show me! If they get really pushy, I just tell them it's bad karma for them to be so insistent. (which it is! :) )

bombayboy Mar 25th, 2013 11:40

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Originally Posted by george312 (Post 1565017)
5000, wow...must have been newcomers. I had a real one, asked me for like 400 I gave him 80 and walked away. He even saw me later and was friendly with me, lol

80 Rs is a lot of money for 1 flower.


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