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Forum: Kerala Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:16
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
If we assume this to be a correct definition, I...

If we assume this to be a correct definition, I still struggle to see any racism in saying that there are cultural differences between North and South India. There are also cultural differences...
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 22:28
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
Kaivalyam is a very nice place. I don't think you...

Kaivalyam is a very nice place. I don't think you would regret staying there. I am sure they will treat you how you wish to be treated.

You come across as a very aggressive person. Maybe Kaivalyam...
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 22:12
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
Instead of just taking some random quotes out of...

Instead of just taking some random quotes out of context, could you maybe analyse a bit? Why is it racist? Maybe I can learn something.
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 22:03
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
You have read my post, but still don't present...

You have read my post, but still don't present any arguments based on fact. Please show me where I have dismissed your treatment (in the email you received) as being due to differences between the...
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 21:07
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
Accusing someone of being racist is a pretty big...

Accusing someone of being racist is a pretty big deal, but since I have already addressed the misconception that you are repeating, I will leave it at that.



I find it amazing that you cannot...
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 20:56
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
Of course like royalty is used to describe...

Of course like royalty is used to describe hospitable treatment, but it is has certain connotations (as language does) that belongs to a bygone era.

I like your I guess English is not your...
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 18:26
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
I can only relate to what you write. You wrote...

I can only relate to what you write. You wrote that you were treated like royalty. You didn't use the word hospitality. Consequently, the conclusion is that in the North your experience was that...
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 11:12
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
I missed this one in my first reading. Of course,...

I missed this one in my first reading. Of course, there are many ways in which a person can be treated like royalty. In Kerala, one of the main reasons that Indian tourists are perceived as difficult...
Forum: Kerala Jan 22nd, 2013, 10:31
Replies: 81
Views: 8,180
Posted By pundabee
As someone running a tourism business...

As someone running a tourism business (accommodation) in Kerala, albeit as non-Indians, with quite a few Indian (Malayalee) friends doing the same, our experience is the following.

The nation from...
Forum: Kerala Jan 21st, 2013, 08:59
Replies: 2
Views: 1,115
Posted By pundabee
Your route is fairly standard, and because you...

Your route is fairly standard, and because you are spending a full day in each location, except Kochi, it won't be too much traveling.

Personally, I don't like this way of traveling (with very...
Forum: Kerala Jan 14th, 2013, 18:14
Replies: 5
Views: 1,707
Posted By pundabee
In many restaurants you can get a biriyani, which...

In many restaurants you can get a biriyani, which is mostly rice and veg/meat. Since he likes pasta, this may be palatable. Many restaurants also have various Chinese noodle based dishes, which...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jan 12th, 2013, 08:43
Replies: 7
Views: 1,678
Posted By pundabee
The first paragraph is exactly what would be...

The first paragraph is exactly what would be normal procedure.

Whether or not you are employing anyone depends on where you are in the process. If you are actually operating a guesthouse, you are...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jan 11th, 2013, 22:58
Replies: 7
Views: 1,678
Posted By pundabee
Me my partner are in, more less, exactly the same...

Me my partner are in, more less, exactly the same position, but in Kerala, and 5 years into the process.

The rules are quite simple. If you are a business owner, you need a business visa. If you...
Forum: Kerala Jan 11th, 2013, 18:54
Replies: 5
Views: 1,707
Posted By pundabee
It would actually be easier if you listed what...

It would actually be easier if you listed what the 5 year old eats / is likely to like. Particular dishes. I mean, cereal, biscuits, fish, chips and chicken can't be the only foods? No vegetables?
...
Forum: Kerala Jan 10th, 2013, 13:03
Replies: 2
Views: 1,848
Posted By pundabee
The value of property in Kerala varies a lot, but...

The value of property in Kerala varies a lot, but it is impossible to buy property for INR 10,000 per cent anywhere, i.e. if the value of your property is INR 10,000 per cent, it is the cheapest in...
Forum: Kerala Jan 9th, 2013, 11:48
Replies: 3
Views: 2,532
Posted By pundabee
In 99 out of 100 cases, when someone claims that...

In 99 out of 100 cases, when someone claims that they are growing organic tea and spices, it is a blatant lie. And it is one of the reasons that staying in so-called plantation resorts in Kerala...
Forum: Kerala Jan 7th, 2013, 09:01
Replies: 1
Views: 1,496
Posted By pundabee
Unfortunately, you can't get canola/rapeseed oil...

Unfortunately, you can't get canola/rapeseed oil in Kerala/India. We import canola oil (in our hold luggage;)) whenever we have been out of India.

Sunflower oil is usually triple or quadruple...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jan 6th, 2013, 17:13
Replies: 19
Views: 1,898
Posted By pundabee
The point is that due to your medical situation,...

The point is that due to your medical situation, you were not able to fulfil the requirements stipulated in your visa.

My suggestion is that you go to the FRRO (no lawyer, bringing in the cavalry...
Forum: For Citizens of Other Countries - Visa and PIO/OCI Questions Jan 6th, 2013, 09:02
Replies: 19
Views: 1,898
Posted By pundabee
You should be entitled to stay. No one can argue...

You should be entitled to stay. No one can argue with medical advice. Best thing would be if you have a representative who can go to the FRRO to sort this out. With copies of all relevant papers....
Forum: Kerala Jan 6th, 2013, 08:55
Replies: 3
Views: 1,873
Posted By pundabee
The buses from Kottayam (KSRTC and private)...

The buses from Kottayam (KSRTC and private) usually leave for Kumily every 30 minutes. The buses are all of the "local" variety, i.e. completely without luxury. Also, reservation is not possible, but...
Forum: Kerala Jan 5th, 2013, 18:40
Replies: 3
Views: 1,873
Posted By pundabee
Day 1: Leave early from Varkala (train to...

Day 1: Leave early from Varkala (train to Kottayam takes 3 hours). Get rickshaw to the private or KSRTC bus stand, depending on preference. Get Bus from Kottayam to Kumily (3 hours by private bus, 4...
Forum: Kerala Dec 31st, 2012, 17:23
Replies: 79
Views: 27,402
Posted By pundabee
Maybe suggest a pair of...

Maybe suggest a pair of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harem_pants (in Kerala called fisherman's pants). Probably much more acceptable for a 16 year old non-Indian than an SK. These are available...
Forum: Kerala Dec 29th, 2012, 13:54
Replies: 6
Views: 6,305
Posted By pundabee
There is lots of information about both locations...

There is lots of information about both locations on the Internet and on IndiaMike. The differences are that

1. Kumarakom is a resort area. Thekkady is a village border area between Kerala and...
Forum: India Expat Area Dec 27th, 2012, 21:02
Replies: 31
Views: 14,093
Posted By pundabee
In most cases, permission from the RBI is not...

In most cases, permission from the RBI is not required when a non-Indian entity wants to own a business in India (or rather incorporate an Indian company). And the tourism sector is one of the...
Forum: Kerala Dec 27th, 2012, 09:44
Replies: 4
Views: 1,536
Posted By pundabee
Ernakulam - Kumily: 5.5 - 6 hours by bus ...

Ernakulam - Kumily: 5.5 - 6 hours by bus

Kottayam - Kumily: 3.5 - 4 hours by KSRTC bus

Kottayam - Kumily: 3 hours by private bus
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