Got any good India travel quotes?

#1 Jan 12th, 2004, 11:35
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As I sat waiting on Platform 4 of the Gaya Railway train for a train which would eventually arrive 6 hours late, I read this passage relating to the protagonists trip in a very crowded third class compartment ....

"He would have described the journey as insufferable except that the limits to which human endurance could be stretched in India made the word meaningless."

The book ("Train to Pakistan" by Kushwant Singh... set in a border town post-partition and covering the period when trains full of dead bodies were crossing the border both ways after terrible massacres) was written years ago but I don't think the sentiment has changed very much!

Anyone else got a quote they'd like to share which may or may not sum up India?
#2 Jan 12th, 2004, 11:53
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India is the world's largest, least exclusive no-host pajama party
-Paul Theroux
#3 Jan 12th, 2004, 17:59
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"Learning to love Mother India is like kissing a beautiful goddess through inch-thick s**t."

-- Michael Bowen (San Francisco artist)
The map is not the territory. --Alfred Korzybski
#4 Jan 12th, 2004, 23:10
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Mark Twain

Here is one from MarkTwain:
India has 2,000,000 gods, and worships them all. In religion other countries are paupers; India is the only millionaire.

What I find also interesting is how much he writes about the Indian crow:

As an Indian in US, I find this fascination about crows interesting. I laughed for days after being on a christmas bird count where the crow was a star attraction and drew such superlatives that it would never be honored with in India. In India it is a dirty although cunning bird. Its only place in culture is related to the satisfaction of a departed soul. Otherwise its pretty low on the ladder of respect.

another one of eulogy:
"India conquered and dominated China culturally for 20 centuries without ever having to send a single soldier across her border!" -- Hu Shih, former Ambassador of China to USA

I forget the exact words of someone describing the glories of an Indian Sari as to how it 'can hide all the sins'.
#5 Jan 12th, 2004, 23:35
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Mpop- wowzers, quite a trip you're having! All marks to you for perseverence. The combo of your battle herdened wits and being in the more relaxed deep south should make your stay there easier.
It seems to me from your post that where there was heavy tourist impact, your hassles shot way up. It has always been my impression, but do you see a correlation?

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