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Author Topic: Going to India!  (Read 1589 times)

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Re: Going to India!
« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2012, 02:48:57 pm »
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Hi everybody! I'm not dead, just very, very busy and in a precarious wifi position. Right now I'm in Varanasi, one of the most holy cities in the entire country. This morning at the crack of dawn we were on the ghats by the Ganges River, watching hundreds of people perform morning devotions to Suriya, the sun, Mother Ganga, and Shiva, whose city this is. India has been an absolute assault on the senses, not all of it positive. I've had to adapt to the utter states of poverty and filth around the country, which I've been sheltered from as a middle class white American. A few nights ago we were in old Delhi, where I saw so many homeless and begging families on the streets. On the negative side of things, I also got heat exhaustion at the Taj Mahal (which btw isn't that impressive) and am experiencing some of the more interesting side effects of a native diet on a Western stomach.

On the positive side, I got to hang out in a Sufi tomb and listen to Qawwali music with a bunch of hijra (a "third gender" in India of males who present and identify as females) and in broken English we talked about transgender issues! And on the overnight train from Delhi to Varanasi, I had a ten year old tell me a good chunk of the Mahabharata in 30 minutes and one breath! And I'm getting really, really good at haggling with street vendors.

I am seriously ready for IHOP and McDonald's though, not gonna lie.


Sounds like you have an awsome interesting time there! I hope you also get some relaxation in between the adventure. Have a good time the remaining days!

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Re: Going to India!
« Reply #16 on: May 20, 2012, 06:51:21 pm »
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Hi everybody! I'm not dead, just very, very busy and in a precarious wifi position.

It sounds like everything but your digestive system is having a great adventure.
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