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India’s Growing Population

There are 1.2 billion humans in India, enough for number two population in the world, and sooner, rather than later will be number one as China’s birthrate is falling in spite or lessening the one child policy.  In fact, 47% of the population is under 18 as of the 2011 census.   While the politicians rail [...]

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Bodhgaya Under the Bodi Tree

Bodhgaya Under the Bodi Tree Bodhgaya is one of the four most important locations in Buddhism.  It is believed that the Buddha found his enlightenment here and then sat unblinkingly for a week under a Bodi tree.  It is a pilgrimage point for Buddhists from many nations, many of whom have built their own national [...]

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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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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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