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Old 14th August 2019, 13:46   #106
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Indian tourists can be best judged from what they do at and to Indian destinations. The himalayan destinations filled with lays wrappers and bisleri bottles are tell tale signs. I once saw a couple of french folks walking past a Tempo Traveler which had a family from the plains. The women and the kids had thrown out wrappers and bottles from the windows forming a sort of perimeter around the van. These two "tourists" picked up these 5-6 pieces of garbage and deposited it in a huge trashbox that was not 10 meters from the bus.
Oh yeah! Reminds me of my visit to Elephanta caves a couple of years ago.
On the Boat there were some foreigners who were diligently putting back every plastic wrapper (from the Lays) and bottle (Mineral water) they have back in their bags. Whereas us Indians we were merrily disposing all the plastic back into the sea!!

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Oh yeah! Reminds me of my visit to Elephanta caves a couple of years ago.
On the Boat there were some foreigners who were diligently putting back every plastic wrapper (from the Lays) and bottle (Mineral water) they have back in their bags. Whereas us Indians we were merrily disposing all the plastic back into the sea!!
On the hike to Tirumala from Tirupathi, the walkway has literally hundreds of dustbins, at a rate of one every 10 metres. Inspite of this, people threw trash every where on the path. I once saw a kid eating some snacks and throwing the packets all over the road while his parents were walking behind him. And they weren't even bothering to correct him. I pointed him to the dustbins present every 10 metres and he ignored me .

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Found some europeans being obnoxious in Bali.


https://www.asiaone.com/asia/tourist...er-bali-temple

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In the offending video, Dolezalova and Zdenek Slouka, also a fitness model, can be seen hugging and laughing on temple grounds. Dolezalova then bends over and hikes up her skirt as Slouka splashes water from the temple's fountain on her backside.


Though I think this behavior is beyond rude, especially since they were aware of the significance of the place.

I think Indians generally don't hurt religious sentiments for the taboo it holds in our country.

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One thing I've noticed with Indians (and let's not get wound up over this as regions, languages and land are mere illusory divisions), is the fact that whatever state they may come from, they assume that, that state pretty much defines the country and the world at large.. this is most often found in people who do not travel much. Examples can be the north portion of the countrymen being excessively "north" in the south region, vice versa and same with east or west. Now these actions may not seem too abnormal within the boundaries of the country, but they repeat the same mistake abroad (many have been shot in the U.S for doing that).

Indians have over-excessive, almost absurd love for their country.. they can't stand that people elsewhere have no idea of bollywood, or cricket or "masaledar" khana. Be it belting regional movie songs, talking in Indian slang, or simply acting their boorish best as described above by others, i.e cutting people off, jumping queues, talking loudly, buffet binging, carrying towels, t.v remotes, local condiments, spoons, bathrobes etc right out the hotel during checkout, etc, Indians do it all, though today with global awareness and increased education/exposure, it is far less than before.

For the week I was there, I felt at home in New York, though chaotic and overpopulated, it was all well controlled and also while being colorful and multi-ethnic, the way it all blended in smoothly reminds one of M&Ms, different colors same taste. The cultural mix in India is more like Hajmola candy, explosion of bitterness, sweetness and spice all at once - quite self explanatory, though there is some magic in it, sometimes.

P.S - I'm a countryman, and I can call no place else as home. Happy "Independence" Day, on a coincidental note.

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Indians have over-excessive, almost absurd love for their country..
Absolutely, and social media serves to amplify this as seen on twitter for example in hysterical responses to critical tweets - either in humour, or fully sincere - on any prominent Indian: for example, our celebrities.

One hopes this rampant nationalism is a passing phase as more Indians get more secure about themselves and their place in the world at large. Unchecked muscular nationalism can only end in tears.
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Indians ...... assume that, that state pretty much defines the country and the world at large..
That is because we have our castes, our religions, our villages, our districts, our states and within the country we constantly define ourselves in terms of the "other". As we move from the well to the pond to the river to the ocean we start feeling "brotherly" towards the fellow beings on the previous strata.

If they are in a sea of other races, Indians and Pakistanis also become best of mates.
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