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Horn Please

  India is developing rapidly, the growth of car ownership has dramatically increased; but so has the population—which means the number of bicycles, three wheelers, bicycle rickshaws, motorized three wheelers, bullock wagons, pushcarts and pedestrians  has increased as well.  Traffic congestion is constant and liable to reach full stop blockages in a moment.  The holiday [...]

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Train Rats

  The Hindu festival of Divali—a weeklong version of Christmas, with gifts, firecrackers, and a driven need to get home to family has thrown the Indian Railway system into overload.  In order to leave Agra (Taj Mahal location) for Patna we had to get to another train junction about 30 kilometers from Agra, which is [...]

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Disciplined Bodies

Today in a rather run down museum in Patna, Bihar, one of the poorest states in India, I saw a wonder.  A life sized stone statue of a semi nude women, a modern Barbie doll with a Tina Turner lower half would best describe her. She was carved in 300BC; thus, it was 2300 years [...]

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Toilets and Terrorists

Canadian newspapers are so banal and boring.  The letters to the editor quickly fall into three categories:  the mature set who complain how things were better, harder, than now; those who blame everything including the reduced number of sheets on a roll of toilet paper on the government; and the missing third category of younger [...]

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Men in India Like to Talk

North American men don't talk.  They channel change, they putter away at this to avoid "female talks".  But they do not talk--at least not for the joy of banter (sports, discussion exempted).  Indian men talk, seemingly as much as the women.  Talk is constant and since we are the point of interest, people from away [...]

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