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Be prepared to be stared at, and have your photgraph taken a lot. Dark glasses are a good option. Dress like a local - a kurta over jeans or trousers is a good option.

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#17
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Originally posted by: goddess75 View Post


There was also a hotel boy who dropped to his knees and with such desperation professed his love for me.:confused:


This makes me think of the scene in "Some Like it Hot" where the diminutive hotel page starts wooing Tony Curtis in drag.
#18
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Originally posted by: goddess75 View Post

There was also a hotel boy who dropped to his knees and with such desperation professed his love for me.:confused:


Count yourself lucky he did not try to charge you for anything! I had this guy in a hotel in Mumbai who was supposed to clean my room, and he told me he worked 'part time' as a masseur and offered me a very cheap massage deal :p. (Cannot remember whether I wore a wedding ring at the time or not.)
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#19
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Originally posted by: Mirjam2 View Post

Count yourself lucky he did not try to charge you for anything! I had this guy in a hotel in Mumbai who was supposed to clean my room, and he told me he worked 'part time' as a masseur and offered me a very cheap massage deal :p. (Cannot remember whether I wore a wedding ring at the time or not.)


:rolleyes: Thats funny ! I did have a hotel guy in Delhi delivering my room service offer me a massage.No Rupees,No problem Madame ;P I did find tho that 95 % of the men in the hotel claimed to be trained in Ayervedic massage :rolleyes:

Something else I found funny was on my first day in Delhi,a restaurant owner sat with me while I ate.When he found out I was spending some time in Rajasthan,he was sarcastically smirking at me and giving me the old wink. I asked him "what are you doing"? He said to me that many white women go to Rajasthan for paid male "companionship" and this was very well known. I believed him at the time as it was my first day in India....but I think I shall call Bullshit on him now. :D
#20
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Originally posted by: wonderwomanusa View Post

...don't smile at men on the street (in fact, don't smile on the street), and if you are having a conversation (like on the train), don't look men in the eye. Hang out with the women whenever possible.


Constitutionally impossible. Ditto the dark glasses. Staring doesn't bother me; I have this thing about not caring what other people think. I am almost always smiling (these days, life is such a gift it's impossible not to have fun), and there is no way I am going to segregate myself. I'd rather get hit on. (Happens enough in the States. I just laugh.)

I guess I may have misled you-all into thinking I'm some delicate feminist flower who is likely to have an attack of the vapors when confronted by men being men. No. I just figured that if some outward sign would spell things out so there were no embarrassing confusion, I'd take advantage of it.

Oh, and I'm all set with salwar kameez. Jeans are just not practical.
#21
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Originally posted by: sixrivets View Post

Constitutionally impossible. Ditto the dark glasses. Staring doesn't bother me; I have this thing about not caring what other people think. I am almost always smiling (these days, life is such a gift it's impossible not to have fun), and there is no way I am going to segregate myself. I'd rather get hit on. (Happens enough in the States. I just laugh.)

I guess I may have misled you-all into thinking I'm some delicate feminist flower who is likely to have an attack of the vapors when confronted by men being men. No. I just figured that if some outward sign would spell things out so there were no embarrassing confusion, I'd take advantage of it.

Oh, and I'm all set with salwar kameez. Jeans are just not practical.



With an attitude like this...... Your going to have a blast ;)
I always smile to,I'm a happy person. Never steered me wrong !
#22
| Clueless

Originally posted by: sixrivets View Post


I guess I may have misled you-all into thinking I'm some delicate feminist flower who is likely to have an attack of the vapors when confronted by men being men.


That's a first :) All 'em I know are feminist catcus or feminazi. No flowers in their vocab.
#23
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