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Old 29th April 2013, 15:04   #196
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Mother of all TLs! Kamen_rider, really appreciate your courage to do such a feat. Agree with rajwheelz about police. Really appreciate that they are taking things seriously, specially the coast guard helicopter scene.
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Old 29th April 2013, 15:04   #197
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On the other hand, I honestly say, it is definitely a warm reassurance to the people of India that coast guards and policemen do take their job seriously.!
Very reassuring indeed that in your own country which is supposedly a democratic country you are harassed and detained for not doing anything illegal.
What next, police detaining people trekking because they could be terrorists? Or police detaining those driving at night because potentially they can be criminals...?
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Old 29th April 2013, 15:09   #198
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Very reassuring indeed that in your own country which is supposedly a democratic country you are harassed and detained for not doing anything illegal.
What next, police detaining people trekking because they could be terrorists? Or police detaining those driving at night because potentially they can be criminals...?
I see your point.

Though it is reassuring that police were diligent, they could have been more considerate.

Lack of training, perhaps. Also, lack of motivation.

P.S - Kamen, faster updates please.
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Well, I would reserve my judgement on whether the police (and other authorities?) did a decent job while handling your case till I read what happened the next day.

At the outset, I feel the Police did its job well. The police did arrange for the night accommodation, dinner and the SHO was also quite courteous in dealing with Kamen Rider. However, what happened the next day still needs to be seen.

We have to accept that in order to secure our borders and coastline (especially in times like this), we as citizens also have to endure and go through some inconvenience by way of frequent checks and answer some questions. The key lies in the way the authorities handle the way these checks are carried out.

Anyway, We eagerly await the conclusion to the police saga.

Cummon Kamen Rider, FASTER UPDATES!!!
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I see your point.

Though it is reassuring that police were diligent, they could have been more considerate.

Lack of training, perhaps. Also, lack of motivation.

P.S - Kamen, faster updates please.
Or actually working towards their promotions. I seriously think that these guys tend to go overboard with ordinary folks specially most of the times with those who seem to be financially well placed. In the end either it might end up with some bribes being exchanged and/or voluminous and verbose reports filed showing how diligently they went about their job so they may be please considered for a promotion or a better (read profitable) posting. Time and again I have heard about highway travelers specially from a different state being subjected to checks which border on harassment. Law enforcement has become some kind of a joke in our nation. Anyway that would be an OT discussion.

Kamen, hopefully you came through fine in the end. Have been patiently waiting for the thriller to unfold quickly now .

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The police 'tried' to do their job here. Just because they didnt understand what was going on, they didnt let go (like the port/customs) And in the entire process they were apparently civil about it.
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I feel like a school kid learning about somethings which I was always curious about but never understood how it happened. Through your posts, I am not only learning so much about Kayaking, but also about how to handle various situations as you have described. I really liked the way you responded to the port guy about the permission thing
Your encounter with the local police is really an eye opener. You mention that anything UNUSUAL is ILLEGAL ..but I would say, anything that the police do not UNDERSTAND is termed ILLEGAL. But, yeah, as the station in-charge said, these are difficult times and they need to be careful. I guess this is the best in the larger interests of our security.
Keep posting Kamen ... this is getting very interesting.
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You know this reminds me of a situation in Mcleodganj last year when I was there. There was a massive hue and cry when the HP police said they have caught Chinese spies in Mcleodganj posing as tourists.

Turns out that they were Chinese alright - from the Republic of China, more popularly known as Taiwan; rather than from the People's Republic of China. The cops saw the passport, read China, and thought they had a catch. Imagine the harrassment for those 8-10 people in a country where no one knows your language, are published in the papers and you are suspected to be enemy (who is also your enemy).

Suspicion when there is no suspicious activity is wrong, and is harassment. Kudos to Kamen_Rider to have kept his cool - I would have by then been shouting aloud for SP to show up.

Hope everything goes well the next day.

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I think the cops were just doing their job. I remember when i was in US and was taking snaps on my new camera to test it. I was doing this in a tourist spot. Some people were just paranoid and called 911. Police came and questioned me for about 30 mins with their guns almost pulled out.

i think we should just appreciate the job these cops did instead of feeling that the common man is being harassed.
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I think the cops were just doing their job. I remember when i was in US and was taking snaps on my new camera to test it. I was doing this in a tourist spot. Some people were just paranoid and called 911. Police came and questioned me for about 30 mins with their guns almost pulled out.

i think we should just appreciate the job these cops did instead of feeling that the common man is being harassed.
LOL. So now harrassing people even after the customs authorities and port authorities have verified papers is police's job? Strange!
And guns were pulled on you for taking pictures in a tourist spot. Well in that case it was well deserved. I have never seen anybody take pictures at a tourist spot. You did something very dangerous and unusual
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Every time I open this thread and there is no update, I mutter a few swear words.
But, gotta say it dude.. the wait is so much worth it. And your writing is beautiful. That takes time, I understand. But I don't understand.
Please reduce the "hang in between" time periods for us. :-)
Great adventure.
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Old 1st May 2013, 01:05   #207
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Some people were just paranoid and called 911. Police came and questioned me for about 30 mins with their guns almost pulled out.

i think we should just appreciate the job these cops did instead of feeling that the common man is being harassed.
I can only echo Tanveer, and recommend you read/watch this.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisf...eo?INTCMP=SRCH

If you are not English speaking, suavely turned out, Indian police is generally as bad.
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I think the cops were just doing their job. I remember when i was in US and was taking snaps on my new camera to test it. I was doing this in a tourist spot. Some people were just paranoid and called 911. Police came and questioned me for about 30 mins with their guns almost pulled out.

i think we should just appreciate the job these cops did instead of feeling that the common man is being harassed.
Sorry I agree with Tanveer too. Seriously if you were taking pictures in a tourist spot and some folks called 911 resulting in cops pointing guns at you the whole bunch were being just absolute jerks. I mean how long ago was this? Just after Sept 11, 2011? I have traveled quite a lot in the US and some of the Americans can be really irritating in their ways to the point of being racist. Here the cops should have tried to find out who made the call and what was the reason for their suspicion about you capturing pictures in a tourist spot. There is no point praising them for acting the goat.
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Kamen_rider, Public holiday today!

(Any chance of publishing another episode?)
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Old 2nd May 2013, 18:04   #210
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Great travelogue kamen_rider! Glued to this thread, can't wait for more.


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Kamen_rider, Public holiday today!

(Any chance of publishing another episode?)
I guess the public holiday was only for MH because 1st may is Maharashtra day!
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