Chai and the tug of war

#1 Feb 17th, 2013, 05:28
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Three incidents from my recent trip to India gave me a lot of laughs.

One morning in Old Delhi I got off the metro and walked up to the street level. It was fairly early and there on sitting against the wall of a building was a man having a cup of chai and a chapati. I noticed a large bold rat approach the man a grab his chapati. Lightning quick the guy grabbed hold of the chapati. Neither was willing to let go, but the much larger man prevailed. I wondered if a rat had taken your bread, would you really want it back. The answer was clearly, yes.

In Varanasi again in the morning I was looking out over the Ganges from the balcony of the Ganpati guest house. A couple of guys had gotten chai in glasses from a street vendor. They finished their morning beverage, gave him back the glasses and proceeded down along the ghats. The vendor promptly took the glasses down to the river and rinsed them out. I have no idea what sort of pathogens the two chai drinkers might have been harboring, but I for one would much rather have risked that over the opaque waters of mother river.

It is becoming a theme. Very early one morning in Jodhpur, I went for a walk before the incessant bleating of horns began. I was cool and peaceful. An older man came out of his home with a bundle of greens, maybe fenugreek. He approached a nearby cow and gave her the fodderfolded his hands and made a slight bow to the bovine. It was beautiful and serene. It caused me to reflect on the calm nature of many of the Indians I had met, and how even the animals calmly dealt with the hustle bustle of the street. Where I live the cattle would be in stampede constantly confronted by even a handful of people. Perhaps because they had less to fear in India. A minute later a dog snuck up behind me and bit me. Another myth of peaceful coexistence shattered.
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Leptospirosis, tuberculosis and rabies: hilarious.
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Only in India! love it and hate it! That was so funny!
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Perfect!
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thanks for the stories. "Incredible India"--no kidding!
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Originally Posted by abracax View Post Leptospirosis, tuberculosis and rabies: hilarious.
Yes, the dog bite is a bit worrying. It was a very small and insignificant bite (from a cat, actually) that had me rushing to a casualty dept at 1.30am for rabies shots.

But... It seems you are writing of a trip now complete? it was some time ago? You are still alive?

In which case... lovely story.

Yes, Indian city-street cows are mostly completely unconcerned about being close to people, and most people are unconcerned about being close to the cows.
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Not funny, but funny. The dog was just Mother India's way to keep you in check. She did it to me several times during my visit. Each time, I lowered my head, conceded loss and move on to the next adventure. It was awesome!
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Yes, alive and well. We got back from the trip in mid December. The dog did not get a very good shot at me, barely a scratch. It was a little worrying at the time, so I did wash it off really well. It was my first trip to India and I am eager to go back.
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And I hear the dog is waiting for your arrival at the international airport

Good luck with your future trips.

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