How I survived India

Since I’ve been back, many people have asked me if I got sick in India. It’s a legitimate question, as there are countless stories of others getting the dreaded ‘Delhi Belly’ and the worst food poisoning of their lives. However, I’m happy to report that I didn’t get sick at all!! 😀

Okay, so I cheated by bringing 7 days worth of snacks, food and water from HK,
but the point is,
I survived!! 😉

Ironically, the day I arrived in China, my stomach woes began… ~_~

I’m baaack!

Crap! It’s been a while since I last blogged, thanks to a sudden business trip to India followed by a 3-week company training course in Blogger-blocked China. I had no idea so many things were blocked here: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, WordPress, Youtube, various weather sites (why oh why?!)…

Anyway, it’s been an interesting few weeks. India was…well, incredible! It was my first time visiting and of course I was in utter fascination the whole time. Here’s just a short list of the things I learned about India:

  • There are quite a few Muslims in India (especially in the North)
  • Many Indians these days speak better English than Hindi
  • The Indian accent is actually not an accent(!) It’s just the way they speak English, similar to Singaporean English
  • The bobblehead behaviour may have come from the cows and is used when agreeing
  • Arranged marriages still happen
  • A bindi on a woman’s forehead tells you that she’s married
  • Indian transvestites do exist
  • All Indian women have between 8-10 sarees, at LEAST
  • Do not, I repeat, do not drink the tap water
  • Indians do not say ‘meat’ but use the word ‘non-veg’ instead
  • It’s not shameful to be poor and/or a beggar
  • The traffic is INSANE!!

Imagine a narrow alleyway that is about the width of 1.5 cars. Now imagine 5 rickshaws, 2 scooters, 3 bicycles, 2 SUVs, an ox-pulled cart, one giant tractor with 10 men clinging on, 3 water buffalos, a baby goat, 2 horse-drawn carts, 5 wild dogs, and 20 pedestrians trying to squeeze themselves into this narrow alleyway. Multiply this by 10-20km, and don’t forget that everyone’s honking non-stop, and people are climbing over bicycles and cars just to try to get ahead…Crazy!!!

If you get a chance to go, I highly recommend it! Undoubtedly, it can be a little shocking, but it’s definitely worth it!!