Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Day in Bangalore

I'm back to Denver, all well rested and shall I daresay, sated.

As I ranted before, the questions about how I was to deal with my ever soon to end vacation did not stop. How am I supposed to respond to "boy, it sure as hell will be tough/sad/depressing to go back to living by yourself right?" What is up with Indians and melancholy? Why not cut the dramatics? If we have to make conversation, isn't it easier to ask me about happier things, such as, I don't know, things I did on this trip? Just a simple "did you have fun?" would have sufficed. Why remind me of my impending return to life in a cube?

Apart from inane questions, us Indians like to compare. I'm sure just about anyone and his sister comments on washing v/s wiping, and it's just not funny anymore. Actually, it never was. Anyhow, here's some funny things I  observed on this trip -

1) McD's still has service. And in some cases, a long wait outside.
2) Tipping is terribly arbitrary. And the parents generation still don't tip. They just won't.
3) Tap water is lethal.
4) Traffic signs are mere suggestions, lanes are broken lines on roads that everyone ignores.
5) Overpasses/underpasses/flyovers have red lights. And road humps - so do some tollways.
6) The 5 second rule doesn't apply. Heck, there isn't even a 2 second rule.
7) The temperature (and appearance) of a bottled water is a very big deal.

My Indian accent's back. What fun.

8 comments:

Purely Narcotic said...

Uh, you had a pseudo American accent? Really? How did you manage that?

Thanatos said...

I can do a mean American accent if I want to. I use it when I speak with anyone who's not Indian. Helps avoid the usual questions we get...

Perakath said...

Tipping is, and should remain, purely voluntary, not expected. Don't start to think like Them on this!

Cynic in Wonderland said...

Tipping in India is scary. Even if u give more money than the cost of the service, the tipees look at one balefully

Eveline said...

It amuses me to see the McD's counter still crowded everyday. It's frightening to think ppl actually eat that stuff for lunch.
Nice blog!

a million different people said...

Cynic, I agree with you whole heartedly.

I always thought India was about drama, left-right-center. I kinda like it.

Thanatos said...

@ Perakath

Food for thought. I've always wondered if tipping is necessary, in any country or culture for that matter. Good tips are an entirely different matter.

@ Cynic

Guess there is no satisfying some. I do hate it when I'm shown contempt for the tip though.

@ Eveline

Hello, welcome to the blog, and thanks! Indian McD's taste a whole lot better than their western counterparts. That's not saying much, but still...

@ AMDP

The drama gets to you, especially when its squeezed into the space of 3 weeks.

Martin said...

The real estate is one sector that features as one of the most badly hit sectors following the global economic meltdown. Especially in developing countries like India, where real estate was going great guns, so to say, faced a steep downfall following the recession and inflation. Especially in the metros and the developing cities like Bangalore, real estate suffered dearly as the demand for the residential units, though increasing became a pent up demand. The badly hit economy particularly the IT sector that has a strong foothold in Bangalore, and the high rates of interest in home loans made the demand for residential units go down or at best become a pent up demand. It is believed that once the situation stabilizes the demands would start surfacing. Another very problematic issue that the real estate dealers are facing is that patrons of the currently booked flats are not willing to pay the original price that they had agreed on but the current price that is less than the original amount owing to the current economic condition. Not only the residential units but the commercial properties like the hotels in Bangalore have also naturally seen a drop in their occupancy. The ITC hotels in Bangalore that registered the highest occupancy, as high as 83%, have been forced to cut down on their tariffs by almost 20% as the occupancy has also gone down by 20%. On the contrary, the business hotels in Bangalore are surviving the tough times as the number of business travelers has not been affected as hard as the umber of leisure hotels. The budget hotels in Bangalore have seen a hike owing to the obvious reasons.