Should I wear my nice watch?
IanG
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#16
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India has a remarkably low incidence of violent crime.

Lord knows, if I were poor in India I would hit one of those flashy rich Indians on the head and grab his/her money and watch and mobile phone and so forth. But Indians don't seem to do it much. Scams and overpricing, incessant; snatch-and-grab, occasional; other physical violence, very rare.

It's not the law, most of India is very thinly policed. It's culture and society. Maybe it's our Hindu religion, which tells us that our lot is determined by our previous lives and so if someone is eating an ice-cream cone worth a week of someone else's salary, this is just the natural order and everyone accepts it.
#17
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India has a remarkably low incidence of violent crime.


I would rephrase that as "toward outsiders". The typical tourist to India rarely sees the crime that is ongoing in all societies..
#18
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Yes, the sweat can cause rashes if wearing metal or leather watch bands.

I usually buy a $9 K-mart waterproof velcro watch for each India trip - the velcro loses its grip before I do.cool:
#19
| Maha Guru Member

Originally posted by: edwardseco View Post

I would rephrase that as "toward outsiders". The typical tourist to India rarely sees the crime that is ongoing in all societies..


Yes, that is true.

Indian society preys on those who are poor, weak and without influence. So the rich are fine, tourists are fine. Poor women, children, lower castes, the handicapped...not so much.
#20
| 10 year Visa okee dokee

IanG

If it's something you think about (wearing a favorite nice watch to India), then you probably shouldn't.

I wear my $25 Timex. I like it, it's been reliable & I've had it for years and because it's a small investment, I don't ever think about it. I actually wear some gold jewelry bought in India that has much more value, so it's not so much about worrying about theft & cash value. A watch can be easily left in a hotel, if you take it off to shower or if you take it off to sleep.

I'm certain my husband has lost both a watch and a camera on different trips--not stolen, left behind. He has also left behind a couple of travel clocks. If you're getting going very early in the morning & bleary eyed, it's easy to forget something.;)
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