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#151 Mar 8th, 2007, 22:16
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so there is presumably less 'networking' (hate that word) and more relaxation and equality.
No way!!. Networking is absolutely essential in almost everything US/Canada. I am talking about research and academics too where one would not expect. Many times, collegues find "similar interests" as their boss or collegues. I am not saying India is great in this rergard, but networking is extremely important in US.
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Banarasi, I realise networking is useful; and it is the thing in India as well, but I find the concept of going out of one's way to meet people just because they might be useful unappealing.

This makes my life more difficult, but you live more on your own terms. Or at least I like to think so
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Networking

I agree with you that going places for the sake of networking is unappealing. I was just saying that it is done in places other than India too. I know that if you are a professor and are regular in joining your collegues for cheering the local fottball/baseball/basketball team, you are more likely to benefit than someone who only does research. Your knowledge about the local/university sports team is highly regarded. Discussion on these lines are way more animated than academic/business discussions. Also, many conferences are attended ONLY for networking. It is totally understood and even encouraged. "Go to conferences so that you can meet people and network" is good advice given by academic mentors after a student graduates.

Like you, I am more of an exception and am not known for my collegial nature.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H View Post I love the mental picture of a HCI London employee downing their trousers and taking a quick pavement crap on the way to work!

(Disclaimer: total flight of fantasy!)

The sad reality is that London has plenty of homeless, and public toilets are, these days, few and far between (though I can think of a free one within striking distance of HCI).
I really didn't want to respond to this thread-within-a-thread, but after this 2nd post I cudn't let it pass. The following bit of history we learnt in school (but not in History class):

When JFK came to India in the early 60's, he was asked after a while what his 1st impression of India was. He replied: he'd never seen so many men, um, relieving themselves in the Great Indian Outdoors. This SERIOUSLY pissed off (no pun intended) Swaran Singh, the Foreign Minister. Here he was thinking that the Leader Of The Free World wud comment, favourably, about the greatness of Indian civilisation, the culture, philosophy, etc, but instead, what does the LOTFW come up with? So mad was Swaran that on his next trip to WDC, he was determined to find someone, ANYONE, relieving himself in the streets, and make a noise about it. To that end, every evening, the day's official engagements being concluded, he wud leave his hotel to patrol the streets of WDC late into the night.
So, first night, what happens? Nothing. No perp, as they say in the US of A. Second night - same same. Third night, and our FM is really getting desperate, it's his last night before he has to return home. Dejectedly he starts trudging back to his hotel with the realisation that he will never find someone relieving himself in the Great American Outdoors, when suddenly, what does he see in the shadows across the street? A man pissing against a building wall!! In a flash Swaran is across the street, grabs the perp by the scruff and hauls him off to the nearest PS.

Next morning, the Washington Post's front page reads:
"Indian Ambassador arrested for pissing in the streets".


PS: Nick, if that free toilet near the HCI, London is maintained the same way our free toilets are, it wudn't be surprising for people to use the pavement instead. Or maybe it was 'full of shit', and refused to, as it were, 'take any more shit'?
Quite understandable, when one thinks of how people always like something free - maybe this one is used more than the pay-toilets.
To relieve the situation (honestly, NO pun intended), Mayor Ken cud always introduce another "congestion" charge!


Rangss, is the above story the one u were thinking of?
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Originally Posted by smallsquirrel View Post and hey greenchutney... I wanna take a hidden camera, take pics of all the peers and take out a full page ad in the deccan herald every week with all the faces of all the people who pee on my wall.
While on the subject, a little something out of Britain -

1st boy: "My grandfather is a peer."
2nd boy: "Yes, my grandfather has bladder trouble too."
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Too funny, Dilliwalla - both posts!
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Gosh... I'd completely forgotten all this!

Great story

Actually, the 'public convenience' in Covent Garden is both free and very clean!
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Indeed! Thanks Dilliwala. That was the story I was trying to recollect.
...and I took the road less travelled.
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There is a book called "Games Indians Play" by V. Raghunathan. Has anyone read it? After living in India off an on for almost 2 years, it was reassuring to me, that I wasn't just crazy....and that other people feel the same way as I do.
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It's on my shelf. Thanks for reminding me.

But I've just started a 500+ page novel, and I only read for a few minutes every day before sleep...

It looks like I should take time for Games Indian Play!
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I found that when India seems hard work, studying the things you don't like and why they happen is helpfull.

Sometimes, something that seemed offensive at the time, was actually meant in a more positive way, and was not intended as such..
Or that when one can understand some of the background dynamic of an initially unpleasant situation (usually in retrospect and through talking to a local about what was going on!) some understanding is achieved and things become clearer.

The heat also has an effect, so cooling down a bit in the quiet too!

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the problem seems to be that you suddenly have too many things to worry about, and no idea of what the priority is, amongst the pending tasks on hand. too many worries on many tourist minds, india needs to find a way to ease that, if their tourism department is any good.

once the list is narrowed down, you find some peace. i have had instances where 10 people were competing for my attention at the same time, loudly, which unnerved me. Just walked away, and stayed in a quiet place for a few minutes, and i was back to being reasonable.
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