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Originally Posted by Tigminx I havnt read the LP guide to London yet
Might be a laugh! Living there is bad enough
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if I did I would probably want to move!!!!!.....come to think of it I do!!!!!! to Goa.
Same here. I am doing, although not to Goa
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ddevadutta, Shimla, Nick-H, Ikuru- Thanks a lot for replying and for your suggestions. "Culture Shock" or a good guide to India may work better than me trying to "prepare" my friend for India.

We have decided on travelling in South India but so far I've been giving suggestions on where to go (not trying to dominate, just that my friend doesn't yet seem to have particular destinations in mind). Nick-H and Ikuru, your point about each person taking responsibility for the trip struck me, but I don't know what to say...

Shimla-yes, I am not responsible for India, good or bad. I'm glad you reminded me! This feeling of responsibility is a hangover from the time I lived in India, and NRI relatives would come back for visits and complain!!

Nick-H, am curious...you say living in London is bad enough? I've only visited a couple of times and I enjoyed some things about the city (more green than New York, for example). What's bad?
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Originally Posted by Ikuru Im glad you liked it. Its the truth you know. Allot of people worry way to much.
Allot of people I know been to India several times, some of them where shit scared before going...

The reactions to my solo India trip, even from avid yoga practitioners, have run the gamut of dismay to disgust to envy to joy. People have told me I'm going to crap my brains out for a month, and that I will be transformed (i.e., spiritually, not from crapping my brains out). All I know is that going to India right now at this stage in my yoga life is something I have to do, and I am excited about it -- not just about going to India, but this is my first trip overseas at the fabulous age of 51. However, I am so SICK of hearing peoples' FearTalk, which is what I call negative thinking. I've been hearing so much of it lately that it began to get to me, which prompted my original post.

I also know people who go to India every year -- some get sicker than dogs that necessitate hospital stays with IVs, others are totally fine and nothing happens to them. I plan on preparing myself as much as I can (shots, meds, whatever), but there is only so much you can prepare for - I've been told to expect the unexpected and then some. I've been told that as long as you don't drink the water, you're fine, which sounds just like going to Mexico as far as I'm concerned.

NEGATIVITY SUCKS. No wonder the world is in the shape that it's in.
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Originally Posted by Ikuru Recently I been reading allot of threads on Vaccination, Malaria, dangerous Fruit Juice, bad water lassies, bedbuggs, Rape, Evil police, Thiefs etc, etc, etc...
I was vaccinated as a kid...so was my dad
Never had malaria in all 30 year of life in india..same with dad ...60 years
Dangerous fruit juice...yes...once...typhoid.. but could have been bad food too.
Bad water lassies...always had lassi at home...never felt ill.
Bedbugs...saw a few...avoided seedy hotels.
Rape....
Evil police...actually I found all cops I dealt with to be helpful, besides...nothing beats a nice little baksheesh.
thieves...one tried to drag away my almirah...did not get anyting...he probably lost a couple of pounds dragging the monster.

Relax...trash the LP. If these fears are true...a ghost is lurking IM with 350+ posts.
...and I took the road less travelled.
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I feel safer walking the streets of Mumbai than Boston.
Of course I get travellers diarrea each trip, so what, I love the weight loss once I feel better.
I did get bedbugs once in a 3 star hotel, but now I only stay with relatives, so no problem.
I just read in Boston Globe that New York exterminators are having a field day trying to get rid of bedbugs in NYC apartments! they (bugs) keep coming back.

I still worry about malaria but noticed that the antimalarial I took made me sick. None of my Indian relatives has ever taken an antimalarial or been sick with malaria, Perhaps I should follow their example.

As a "rich" westerner I feel less guilty when I "overpay" for taxis & trinkets. I'm happy to give the extra rupees.

I'm more partial to the Let's Go guides, written by students, but haven't yet consulted their latest one on India. I submitted an article to them in '93 on India, but they rejected it

Everybody here is right on, we only live & die once (unless reincarnation is reality) might as well enjoy the trip!
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Originally Posted by tukat I still worry about malaria but noticed that the antimalarial I took made me sick. None of my Indian relatives has ever taken an antimalarial or been sick with malaria, Perhaps I should follow their example....
Indeed perhaps you should.

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Originally Posted by tukat ...Everybody here is right on, we only live & die once (unless reincarnation is reality) might as well enjoy the trip!
Every day is day closer to death (whatever That is).
We can go towards it with a adveturous smile and a laugh or with fear in our eyes, klinging to impermanence...

The choice is yours.
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Originally Posted by Auntyji Nick-H, am curious...you say living in London is bad enough? I've only visited a couple of times and I enjoyed some things about the city (more green than New York, for example). What's bad?
...but, actually London is a great place to visit

Decades ago there was a joke about a competition in a newspaper:

First Prize: An All-Expenses-Paid WEEK in London

Second Prize: TWO all-expenses-paid weeks in London

...which says it all, really!

Yes, I am missing London's greenness here in Chennai. I heard that the bluebells are just flowering....

I had a nice little house in a nice quiet street (but in a terraced house one change of neighbours can ruin everything), lots of Carnatic music to hear, and take part in, nice shops to wander around. I was OK with my suburb and only went to central london when absolutely necessary.

On the negative side the cost of living is high, you can't get to see a doctor unless you can persuade the receptionist you are dying, dental treatment on the NHS is largely a thing of the past, the trafic isdreadful and it is so frustrating trying to drive on roads that are engineered by anti-car politicians.

But even I'm looking forward to being back there as a visitor. If you are there as atourist then (assuming you can afford the exhorbitant hotels) there are lots of nice places to see and go, museums art galleries etc etc. But probably not as nice as Paris!
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Originally Posted by Nick-H But even I'm looking forward to being back there as a visitor. If you are there as atourist then (assuming you can afford the exhorbitant hotels) there are lots of nice places to see and go, museums art galleries etc etc. But probably not as nice as Paris!
Ok, so you find London frustrating in some ways...guess that could happen anywhere. I've been fairly often so I don't do much sight-seeing now. As for staying in hotels, maybe you've forgotten...I'm Indian!! I just plonk myself on friends and family.
I preferred London to Paris...had some unpleasant experiences there(though I think that the city is beautiful and great to walk around). Maybe I enjoyed London more because I have friends and family there as well.

Back to the topic at hand, I've never taken malaria tablets on my visits to Madras, but am wondering whether I should do so this time...all the books/websites say that Kerala will have lots of mosquitoes in August, and that's when I'll be there...any suggestions?
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I don't know if things are any worse or better than usual this year (being my first) but, after a brief respit during the couple of cool wet days the place is swarming with mossies again. I've killed a dozen today, and I've only had the door open for a couple of minutes.
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Originally Posted by Nick-H I don't know if things are any worse or better than usual this year (being my first) but, after a brief respit during the couple of cool wet days the place is swarming with mossies again. I've killed a dozen today, and I've only had the door open for a couple of minutes.
Yeah thoes bloody mossies are a pain in the but. But the Real danger in India is the chai! Can we really trust the chai? Are thoes glasses really clean?
And if not, can they kill us?
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The answer is: yes they can. Sometimes they will drain ten pints of blood from you in a single night...
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Anybody who wishes to be mugged or robbed or become sick from eating dodgy food , or even arrested for apparently nothing , and beaten for walking about on a weekend evening . I have the perfect place for you to visit . "WELCOME TO BIRKENHEAD " . If all this happens in India it happens just as often here but at least i can get a sun tan instead of doing it all in the pissing down rain . 16 days to go and i cant wait whatever happens yoooooohooooooooo!
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Wow! I'm going to Birkenhead!
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Bit of advice , try Liverpool instead at least you can walk about in the town of a weekend without running into aggressive w*****s. All the rest still applies though , sorry . Capital of european culture mmmmm!
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Following basic travel rules & being on alert always help. India is tropical so the environment is good for bacterias to survive & thirve. Dust levels are high at certain places, Malaria is there during monsoons. Food gets spoilt quickly.
Water which is so essential for life is also the major cause for infections. So by following personal hygine like washing hands before eating, drinking purified water, eating freshly cooked foods at busy eating joints, avoiding cut fruits sold on the streets etc. one can minimise ones chance of an infection.

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