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mimi 01-09-2004 12:23 AM

Re: India - Getting sick - precautions
Just one more suggestion -- taking Pepto-Bismal tabs on a daily basis before you eat. Although I haven't done it (luckily, I tend to have a cast-iron stomach), I know people who swear by it.

andyohare 01-09-2004 01:56 AM

Re: India - Getting hassled
What kind of a person are you in everyday life? That's what makes the difference. The people who wrote these accounts sound like they might lose their tempers a bit too easily, fly into a rage if they get stuck in traffic even though they aren't in a rush, that kind of thing. You need to accept that India is different to back home, try not to keep to too rigid a schedule (you won't be able to) relax a bit. It's all an adventure whatever happens. People will be interested in you, they'll stare. They'll ask to have their photo taken with you, and they'll ask as many questions as they can think of. Which means you'll be answering the same questions every day. Smile! Crack a joke! You'll be fine. Bear in mind that people aren't being rude, they have a different outlook entirely and different standards apply. To Indian people, being rude is paying for something with your left hand.

Have fun!

BobTrips 01-09-2004 02:45 AM

Re: India - Getting sick - precautions
I've heard this one as well. Can't figure it out. As far as I know pepto is just an anti-acid. Don't think it's an antibiotic.

If it's not an antibiotic then most likely it's just buffering the spices that people are not used to. Again, spice/grease are likely the cause of a lot of trots.

Or it could be like tearing up pieces of paper to keep the elephants away....

BobTrips 01-09-2004 02:49 AM

Re: India - Getting hassled
"Bear in mind that people aren't being rude, they have a different outlook entirely and different standards apply. To Indian people, being rude is paying for something with your left hand."

Excellent point. Big difference between US folks and others (say Mexico) in terms of personal space. We tend to get uncomfortable when someone stands too close, others don't.

The Chinese stare like crazy, which tends to offend us. The Thai rarely seem to make eye contact. We must bother the heck out of them with our polite eye contact.

mdchachi 01-09-2004 04:23 AM

Re: India - Getting hassled
Of course I see your point and believe I can go with the flow and not let these things get to me in the short time we will be there. And I don't intend to hang around at a public place like the Taj Mahal for four hours drawing. On the other hand if I catch somebody grabbing my wife's chest, I will attempt to "teach" him that that is not a proper thing to do. It's not like they do that to their own country-women so you can't say that this is a "custom."

BobTrips 01-09-2004 05:27 AM

Well, actually...
"It's not like they do that to their own country-women so you can't say that this is a "custom.""

Last February I was walking through Old Delhi. A few paces in front of me was a well dressed local man, about 45 years old. Nice slacks, dress shirt. Could have been a doctor, nicer dressed than most office workers. A one point he reached out and patted a young Indian woman on the butt. Very deliberately.

I stopped quickly, didn't want to be suspected.

The Indians have a term for it - "Eve teasing". They have separate women's train cars, buses, and ticket lines to reduce the abuse opportunities.

My suggestion would be to make a lot of noise, don't actually assault. Public embarrassment seems to work best. People very rarely come to blows. Let the locals do the hitting for you if it's necessary. Someone of a higher caste will whack the heck out of him.

mdchachi 01-15-2004 07:13 PM

Just thought I'd post here for posterity, for people who might stumble across this thread in the future.

A good source for India info is the forums at <a href="" target=_blank></a>.

Mrcurtain 01-16-2004 06:19 AM

Re: India - Getting sick - precautions
I've been sick while traveling quite a bit. Preventive medication no. But when you arrive in India, I'd recommend picking up Amoxicillian and Tinidazole. You can buy them for pennies.

It's important to have the two of these in your pack in case you get sick. Sometimes you may not be near a pharmacy or the pharmacy may be closed. Also, if you're sick enough then traveling a few miles in a taxi will be difficult. After an amoxicillian or two you should be much more able to comfortably travel to a doctor.

-Adam :-)

claudeo 01-18-2004 12:25 AM

Re: India - Getting sick - precautions
Your doctor should be able to refer you to a tropical/travel medicine specialist or specialized registered nurse who can advise you on what precautions to take, and to take with you. You should definitely have something like Imodium with you. Also iodine tablets for cases where you can't get bottled water. And some antibiotics that will work for you--which is why you should check with a health professional. Many people have developed a resistance to various antibiotics, and being in the middle of nowhere with serious gut problems is not the right place and time to find out that you're one of them. Also, remember the basic rule of antibiotics--you have to do a complete course, even if you get better after one or two doses, otherwise you run a very high risk of building resistance and they won't work the next time.

Opus 01-18-2004 01:32 AM

Getting hassled....nothing new.
No woman in our group was ever left alone the entire three weeks were in India!
Any travel guide will warn women not to travel alone to almost any destination, but in India I wouldn't go anywhere alone as a man. This is especially true for women in Muslim areas, where your daily Western dress, even your assertiveness and freedom can be offensive to the local males.

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