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28 March 2011 @ 09:59 am
Observations Of India (Bangalore Style)  
These may not be truths as such, they are simply things I have personally noticed. You have been warned...

Men dress mostly in pastels and beiges and tend to look dusty and a bit dingy. Women dress in beautiful bright colors, with saris that seem to never get dirty even when sitting sidesaddle on the back of a motorbike.

There is little in this world as incongruous as a woman in a gorgeous purple sari draped in jewelry and driving a motorbike while sporting a bulky, black, well-worn, full-visor helmet.

If you have a road with a single dashed line down the middle, how many lanes are there? The answer - at least 3.

For the sheer chaos of the traffic, very few cars seem to have dents or dings. Either this means it is all an illusion, or there is a pretty active repair shop business. The former seems more likely, as I have yet to witness any bumps or crashes of any kind.

Most of the food here is nowhere near as hot as I expected it to be. I'd have said "all" up until Saturday lunch...
Current Mood: soresore
Keriskeristor on March 28th, 2011 06:10 am (UTC)
The traffic thing seems a lot like I found in China. Lots of noise and seeming carelessness, but very little anger. Whereas in the UK if someone cut in front the driver behind would get really angry, there it seemed more of a "OK, he got there before I did, next time it might be me getting in, no problem". Scary to me, but no accidents that I saw (even with cars driving the wrong way down an off-ramp!).

I don't think I've ever seen a dirty sari. Does the silk shed dirt or something?

I work with a lot of people from India (all over), and they tell me that most of the food is 'spiced' but not what we call 'hot', most of the really hot things (including the spice which UK Indian restaurants almost always add and which causes my throat to close up) were invented for the British Raj "I can eat anything hotter than you can!" culture.

It sounds as though you're having fun...
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Bill Suttonbedlamhouse on March 28th, 2011 08:27 am (UTC)
That's where the "at least" comes in, mon frere.