How to protect your glasses from monkeys?

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How to protect your glasses from monkeys in Vrindavan,...?

Contact lenses or any cord for glasses?

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How to protect your glasses from monkeys?

Good grief!

Do they really snatch them from people's faces?
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In Shimla, when walking up the hill to the Jakhoo Temple, I saw a monkey snatch someone's sunglasses from their face. It only released them when thrown some food by another walker! Apparently this is very common, we had been warned not to wear any by a trader at the start of the walk (& also to carry a stick)

At the Temple itself there is a cafe which is completely enclosed in a cage, people inside & monkeys outside, because they are such a problem.

Of course it is a Hanuman Temple, so monkeys should be in charge!
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How to protect your glasses from monkeys?

Haha!

So what, if any, solutions for people who really must wear specs?
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post Haha!

So what, if any, solutions for people who really must wear specs?

Just wear your glasses followed by full face motorcycle helmet?

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But I have to wear dioptric glasses, otherwise I do not see .
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I think a small sturdy stick in the hand should work fine.
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Carry a walking stick with you.
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Maybe carry (out of monkey sight) a large bag of peanuts, which you can throw around to distract them from your glasses. Maybe try to wear light frames, this may help not to draw monkeys attention.

If you have contact lens option, that would be best.

Carry a cane to let them know you mean business also...

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Stick with the stick seems to be the general advice!
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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post Maybe carry (out of monkey sight) a large bag of peanuts, which you can throw around to distract them from your glasses. Maybe try to wear light frames, this may help not to draw monkeys attention.Ed.
Saw a guy with a bag of peanuts (difficult to hide) pounced on and monkeys trying to get into a car after biscuits, scary, not sure if that is a good idea
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I know that food items will be grabbed by monkeys, that is what they are after. Using well hidden peanuts or similar to throw far away and create a diversion from one's spectacles seems a tactic worth trying? You obviously have to hide the main stash away, maybe in a strong shopping bag?

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Originally Posted by OldandRambling View Post I know that food items will be grabbed by monkeys, that is what they are after. Using well hidden peanuts or similar to throw far away and create a diversion from one's spectacles seems a tactic worth trying? You obviously have to hide the main stash away, maybe in a strong shopping bag?

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Useless advice. The monkeys will see every move of your hands from afar, plus now the bag is also an object of their intense desire.

What you cannot know is that in Vrindavan the monkeys sit high up on a wall, or on trees, so they have every advantage over passers-by. Glasses are stolen there all the time, it happens so fast and the monkeys are so clever, that the victim won't even feel anything other than not seeing properly anymore.

The solution, if glasses or anything else is snatched, is to distract the monkey by offering food, but only then, not before.

As mentioned before, a walking stick is the perfect solution. With a stick present they will never dare to get near you. Walking sticks are sold in shops in Loi Bazaar in the center of town.

An additional measure is to always look at the monkeys. They are sneak-thieves, and attack only at moments of distraction. Staring into their eyes though is a form of aggression for them, worsened if you show your teeth... So a carefully balanced approach is necessary while dealing with them. If your ass was red, the chief might get seriously upset and very dangerous..

There is one special situation in Vrindavan worth knowing about. On the Parikrama path near Keshi Ghat there is a tree where one has to bend down to get through under a branch. I have seen a monkey stealing glasses while the person was distracted with the process of bending down and passing through there. So be warned if you choose to go that way.
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Of modest advantage is the strap for glasses typically used to hold glasses on to the head while using jet skis. With shona baba we blaze away while hangs on for dear life. You can get these at any sporting goods store. Even a walking stick is of modest advantage as the miscreants can also leap upon your head. Saw this with my sis in law. Maybe a buffont hairstyle is an invitation to mischief, hmmm. A real battle royal happens when a gang of the particularly aggressive and large ones in India attack on the roof tops. I take off to study my Gandhian non-violence techniques, in the comfort of my closed room..
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