Discussion: What is the best way to handle touts in India?

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#286 Nov 24th, 2010, 06:33
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I don't practice the technique i will mention, but a guy i met in India in 2001 always did it, and it was most effective in South India. We were sitting down having a beer and grub in Kovalam and a particular tout selling ciggies would not go away. The guy i was with then raised his barefoot towards the tout and each time the tout would recoil about three feet. After about 30 seconds of feet raising and madcap laughs the none stop pestering was over and the tout slunk away cursing in Malayalam.
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That technique sounds really shocking ouzodave - I'm not surprised it was effective. I don't think I could bring myself to do it though.

A technique I find useful (against both beggars and touts) is to bring your hand up to about face-height and then flick your wrist with the back of your hand towards the tout, and turn your face the other way. It's a very dismissive gesture - I've seen Indian women doing it to beggars, as if they were less than human, like flicking a fly away - but it seems to work for me. It makes me feel like a horribly superior memsahib though.

It makes your attitude clear without having to engage in any conversation, and there is no physical contact.
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if its a beggar just say maaf karo bhaiya and if its some trying to sell you some thing say nahi chaiye bhaia. this will do. why to take or make any troubles to sound rude when politeness can work wonders in a foreign land?
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Originally Posted by raveann2002 View Post why to take or make any troubles to sound rude when politeness can work wonders in a foreign land?
I agree politeness can sometimes work. But not always. Some touts are very persistent. Hence the need, occasionally, for other methods.
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One tuk, tuk driver wanted me to use a prostitute. I asked him if he had any boys for sex. He fled.
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goats , not boys or women

If a tout/pimp for "sex workers " starts his usual offers I always say I am into goats in Hindi , this makes them laugh and then leave.
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Originally Posted by safari vala View Post If a tout/pimp for "sex workers " starts his usual offers I always say I am into goats in Hindi , this makes them laugh and then leave.
If they come back with a goat, then maybe YOU should leave.
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Originally Posted by raveann2002 View Post if its a beggar just say maaf karo bhaiya and if its some trying to sell you some thing say nahi chaiye bhaia. this will do. why to take or make any troubles to sound rude when politeness can work wonders in a foreign land?
You are probably Indian and polite refusal works for you. With a white face, my experience is if I say "no thank you" to touts in Connaught Place, they will walk alongside me and keep talking in my ear for a whole block or two, whereas if I ignore them and don't make eye contact at all they tend not to follow me. I feel really uncomfortable with a man walking at my elbow and hissing a sales pitch in my ear. If you are an Indian male, this wouldn't happen to you, and you might not understand how uncomfortable it makes us feel.
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Thank you everyone, I've immensely enjoyed reading this thread. Lots of great ideas, and many good laughs! It feels good to discover such a wonderful community. Can't wait to be back in India! Kolkata, here we come!
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So, if we define a unit like this (like a lightyear) right now (because this number is not a constant!):

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lol Not sure what's wrong with my account! :-D This should show as my SECOND post only! o.O
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I always thought those mega large post numbers were hacks ..... could just as easily be some kind of wrap or floating point error as well.
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Originally Posted by oegugin View Post lol Not sure what's wrong with my account! :-D This should show as my SECOND post only! o.O
I hope Nadreg does not correct anything. I'm fed up with my dubious distinction, and very happy for you to take it from me --- even if it is by virtue of a system glitch.

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Sorry to poke fun at it, Nick. I take solace from the fact that I'm not alone in this. I always took it as friendly banter, -- without realizing that it bothers you so, -- perhaps because of its frequency.

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