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Sunday, February 7, 2010

INDIA SUCKS…*


…so far. This should get some reaction from my India readership, for, yes, I'm really disappointed at my treatment going through customs. Please comment on how I might more easily pass through the next time. SHOULD I BE WORRIED ABOUT LEAVING YOUR COUNTRY???


The flight from Bangkok was enjoyable. The plane lands on time, I pick up my bags and get sent to another baggage check area, where they find my computer. I am asked, how much is this worth? I say $2000. The customs officer says, I need to pay duty. No sense continuing this discussion, for the drill is that they find something to charge you extra, so I coolly give him the equivalent of $100 (surreptitiously, under the table….really!), for that is just the price of a typical dinner on this trip. He offers me tea, I say no thanks, and he ooshes me on, but as I’m about to exit the customs area, another officer notices that I have $5000 of cash indicated on the form, which he says has to be taxed. Without argument I pass on another $20 and move on. I suspect $20 would have sufficed for the first guy. This is reminiscent of Cairo, another nightmare, found in Chapter 6 of SIMPLE SOLUTIONS for Planet Earth.


But I’m smarter this time. I find the booth to pre-pay the taxi company. Don't even think about just getting any old taxi. Just $5 to get to my hotel. I find my way to the taxi stand, show the slip, and they say, go to the other side and catch a black and yellow cab. I stand in line again. No air conditioning (DON’T COME DURING THE SUMMER, FOR INDIA JUST HAD IT’S HOTTEST SUMMER ON RECORD IN 2009, and this is February 7) and a really crummy vehicle. The driver asks, where? I say, the Le Meridien. He says, huh? I show him my taxi receipt and hotel reservation. He seems puzzled. We drive on. I notice that the plumeria tree leaves are not green, but either tannish or grayish, depending on the dust in the area. In fact, everyone and everything is tannish or grayish. Just like Cairo.



I went through one of the most exciting rides of my life, almost exactly like a video game, for the cab has his horn tooting almost constantly, cutting in front and being aced out every few seconds. The lines on the road are meaningless. The larger the vehicle, the higher the priority, apparently. Some roads are closed for no reason whatsoever.


At some point when we are in gridlock, he asks again, what is the address. Yes, he speaks English. I remember that my hotel reservation had a sheet with a map. I show him the Le Meridien. He nods and smiles. He really did not know where we were going. We arrive, and he goes to the wrong entrance. Finally…finally, I have my bags back and I give him a 40 cent tip (not percentage, cents)…20 rupees. I don’t look to see how happy or angry he might be.


The Le Meridien is an OASIS. While almost a quarter century old, the whole place was given a total make-over two years ago. My kind of hotel. Shiny, large flat screen TV, great service.


First things first, and I joined a tour to Agra and the Taj Mahal for what I think is $50 (2400 rupees). Pick up at 6:15AM tomorrow and return at 10:15PM. I think, because a hotel car with driver was to have cost me $200.

















I decided to walk around the hotel, got practically mugged, but pleasantly, by a couple of taxi drivers, who insisted that their tuk-tuk (they have the human kind as in Hanoi and the same two-cycle engine system of Bangkok) for less than a dollar could take me virtually anywhere, and that crossing the street was a problem. They were right, for Delhi has these traffic circles (photo from my room above), and you can’t see vehicles careening into you. Theoretically, it is a 10 minute walk to Connaught Place and 10 minutes the other way to India Gate. I chicken out and go back to the hotel and sign up for a city tour in two days. I leave for Barcelona in three days.


I’m having a Highland Park scotch, see (in a manner of speaking, for the atmosphere is reminiscent of Los Angeles, circa 1958) India Gate from my room and am cranking out this blog. The room came with a complimentary bottle of Bordeaux, but I’ll save that for another day. Yes, the Meridien is an oasis.


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51 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Pat, Candy & I got back to Tennessee after 30+ hours.

You must never sleep ... your daily blogs are detailed & interesting.

You like the India Tuk-tuks? Those in Thailand were cadillacs by comparison. Yep, Indians would be unable to drive without a horn.
Traffic is insane and without rules! You'll like the Taj ... just imagine it with all the jewels intact.

Patrick Kenji Takahashi said...

Dear Candy and Geoff:

I'll be off to Agra in an hour. The Taj Mahal is the primary reason why I'm on this adventure.

Aloha.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I found your blog and thought I'd comment in the hope of defending India. For a tourist, India can often be a giant ruthless leech, particularly in the cities. If traveling in India, avoid the larger cities as much as possible and explore the smaller, more rural destinations (something which can still be done in relative luxury at relative low-cost). Poverty, population, and heat are unavoidable, but for all of India's monstrous ugliness, there is a fundamental truth and beauty to it. The best and worst of life on earth.

Anonymous said...

hey, just to comment on the person defending india: ive been living in india for the past 6 years and everyday something about it absolutely ticks me off. the big cities are congested, polluted, noisy, dirty, smelly, etc...the smaller cities/places maybe nice and scenic at first, but after a while you'll realize that there's nothing else to do there but look. there is absolutley no humanity in this country, people are all about making money. dont waste your time, spend your vacation somewhere else

Anonymous said...

India SUCKS
Useless & stupid (arrogant) country (& their filthy people)
Indians are scum, shit, morons & assholes
India SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS, SUCKS & SUCKS

Anonymous said...

I think you missed Kerala!!

Anonymous said...

U have really a negative approach at looking thngs. .

Anonymous said...

you suckers .........donkeys and fatasses....Screw your country loosers.......dont ever say the word india if you think it sucks .........you dumbos suck......idiots
..thailand sucks.........suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers suckers

Anonymous said...

India is a breeding ground for leeches. they produce dumb and idiotic but ruthless children and then send them off to ruin all the other countries. Indians ruin everything the cricket that i loved so much has been ruined by these greedy slumdogs

Anonymous said...

i dont understand if u hate india so much why do you have to visit our country....help yourselves with youtube videos from discovery channel

Anonymous said...

Its not "Incredible India" it's "WTF India".

It's not the country that sucks, imo its the people. While some are civilized the majority of the population (say 98%) are complete retards. Among these retards lurk the scammers, assholes etc. They have the mind set of a toilet brush and their view on the subject is well... lets say I'd rather talk to a gold fish than a Indian; not to mention their broken English (wish some consider is perfect, Lmao?)

The sad reality however is I've been living in India tolerating these idiots for the past 7 years. XD

inb4igetcalledname

Anonymous said...

India sucks


A ex pat from India

Anonymous said...

Mate eveyone knows india is a filthy country of filthy peoples shoudnt have gone there.

Anonymous said...

hello author and thank you soooo much for making this blog.
iam an indian and i completely agree with you
this country is full of fcked up, narrow minded, frustrated, people i seriously abuse india and indians each day a 100,000 times :)

Anonymous said...

oh india sucks big time....i am indian and i dont mind accepting it...people here jerks....goverment is a shithole...you cant spend a day without coming across corruption...in all its one of the worst country to spend your life...

Anonymous said...

I went to India on a buisniess trip. The first minute I got out of the airport, these taxi drivers surrounded me and asked me if i want to ride in their taxi. Its so dirty, sh*tty in this fcking country. I went to a "restuarant" that supposedly had good chinese food but the food tasted like shit and the wine tasted like piss INDIA SUCKS

Anonymous said...

I agree too... but dont ever forget that no countries are perfect in this planet... good understanding and adjustment gets you a better life!!

Anonymous said...

hi author
I a really sorry for which you have been through on ur india visit.
I dont know whom to blame.
The government? or the Public(stupids) coz they elected the same government 3 consecutive time.

To be frank i cant say anything coz i am not doing a single thing for my country. I not even have a voters ID. coz I know whatever the government is.
India wont change, and the public ( the stupids) they themselves will say and accept that Idia shines. They just follow like donkeys. an Anna fasted but it was of no use.

Anonymous said...

I myself am an Indian and I totally agree with you.

This country is totallly f***ed up and cant wait to get out of this country.
All worthless sp**** are literally spat out which results in a 100 crore population..The people here are totally narrow minded and Bastards....

deepak said...

being an indian myself i should defend my country but i realise am in no such position to do so...i agree with you the administration of our country is in deep shit!!

though i would like to make some corrections on your part..well first of all india's national language is hindi..and english is our official language...english is used in govt institutions and schools and private companies...you cant expect a taxi driver to speak english fluently...plus we guys speak in a diferent accent...even though thats changing for sure....


i agree with the corruption part...literally everything in india is corrupted and the govt,just like any govt,is in denial....there's no proper law enforcement here...population is soo huge and geograpical area is comparatively small hence concentration of masses is huge!!


again pollution part is well pointed out by you..the trees (if you spot one that is!!) are totally covered in dust and particles...no rain means it remains like that till the monsoon comes...traffic is chaotic..with no rules and regulation..people are indeed hot headed and mannerless but you may find some good apples though....


even though i can say confidently that our educational standards are changing our mannerisms are not am afraid...


plus TAX here is a great exucse to fill pockets of the concerned so called politicians and dickheads....there is tax in everything...from a small candy bar to a big imported super car..the funny thing is importing a car from ur country costs us double the money...yup and the reason is TAX!! but we citizens still fail to understand where these funds vanish...we dont see much development...the only initiative our govt toook was back in 1191 when we opened our economy to the outer world...private companies rushed in to exploit resources that were valuable to them and sell their products and services in our country to the rich folk...oh yes...people are getting rich here...in cities and villages..the gap between the poor and the rich is becoming wider day by day though!!

Anonymous said...

Ive been born and brought up in india and its a complete shithole.After all these yrs in this fucking bithcy country whtever the thailand guy said is fr less thn the horrible truth.This is a country were peoiple exist only in electoral rolls.Never waste ur time here cause mumbai,delhi and all wil suck the shit out of u

Anonymous said...

Tthe day i leeve india is the best day in my life and im ready to part with family and all friends to leave the place where all the shit in the world is dumped

Anonymous said...

Tthe day i leeve india is the best day in my life and im ready to part with family and all friends to leave the place where all the shit in the world is dumped

aartackerman said...

Maidstone with its barmy River Medway offers visitors a colourful history of the past.

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bryanadoree said...

mini-cabs are absolute contractors and so they can action abundant added aggressive pricing.

kingston taxis

Anonymous said...

yes. u might be right... then tell me which nation is perfect.........

Anonymous said...

india may develop a little but it will never a chieve the perfection of the first world

Anonymous said...

see who is talking ... bloody thailand.... plz b n your country .WE dnt need your attention. World is looking at us. You are a fool that s why they made u fool.ass hole.morons.U people cant simply digest fact that india s developing fast ..fuck u morons.nd check ths.
http://blogs.suntimes.com/travel/2008/11/big_problems_in_thailand.html

Anonymous said...

poda sungi mungi

Anonymous said...

poda sungi mungi

Anonymous said...

For all of these people who think india sucks! U guys r a piece of sh**!! Leave india alone! U guys r a piece of cr** too! India awesome and loving and nice. U see ppl helping ppl out when they got hit by a car or got into an accident u see indians helping them out. I dont see anything in other countries who do that! U guys go suck it cuz india rocks! If u guys dont have something nice to say then dont say it. Stupid a***es who dont appericate india and then critize it on the internet cuz u guys who hate india have no life and rant about it on the internet! PEACE OUT!

Anonymous said...

India is just a fucked up nation.It isnt only sucks,but it also fucks...it fucks well americns dick.india is just a whore of americans.not a single country from south aisa can tolerate India.its arrogant,its selfish,I dont hate any more nation but india is just full of deep shits and morons.fuck ho....gay hind.fuck you india

Anonymous said...

Hmm cant defend it but that is the experience you get only in cities, In smaller towns and villages where a majority live you would be amazed at the hospitality

Anonymous said...

i am an indian

and india sucks

full of narrow minded, shitty assholes, worthless dickheads..

i abuse india 1000 times a day.

and the girls, most good ones are arrogant as hell, narrow minded bloody assholes..

and big cities are polluted, noisy, filthy, so congested

and the small ones, you may like initially, but later realise, living in such places causes you to mentally retard, and you end up cursing yourself for being an indian & living in india..

india is soooo UGLY & CORRUPTED..

and in most parts of india, even the loudest & most unpleasant noise is NOT considered noise pollution, laws on-paper.

INDIA SUCKS INFINITELY

Tejas Jadhav said...

Myself being an Indian, I know how people are. India is not a bad place, it's a beauty. But, the fucking retard Indians are spoiling it.
There are so many money-hungry, mean and ruthless people here. And nothing ever works without bribing. I think you should never ever visit here without a guy (yes a guy only) who you know better and actually stays here for a long time

運命 said...

Haha, more than the article, looking at the comments make me laugh xD

My father's half of family lives in India, basically me being of Japanese native visited them.
Being family, they were very nice to us. But the country outside was...shocking?

We were in Tamil Nadu, I presume, a sub-urban area. I was shocked by the maintenance of the place. The pavements were serve as public dustbins, people guiltlessly spitting everywhere and throwing garbage. It was actually painful seeing as to how people lived here without diseases.

My uncle took me to the local um, store? Although, what he termed was more a market-shandy thing. I don't know if this was culture shock but, people yelling and food left out in the air, and half of them actually rotting, I didn't pretty much like it all.

1) Garbage everywhere
2) Noise every corner, no peace in daytime
3) No offense but a few people lack civic morality. They randomly shout in streets and a few people I see mess with girls. And in traffic heavy areas, people in classy cars yell their lungs off. I had to wear my earphones with full volume to get peace.

Overall, I was more happy staying at home. The neighbors and other people around our area were quite nice. But believe me, I was actually the most glad when I got back to Osaka.

Anonymous said...

me too indian.I too accept we are loosing ourselves..

been to austalia,china ,sweden ,malasyia.but the fact is we are not as good as the tv depicts.people are bloody money minded.they feel nothing else is better than money.

we hardly get water to drink!
YEt still India Shines!
that is what true!!!!

hope we change soon

Anonymous said...

sema comedy sir neenga...

Dei Patrick manadaya, nee otu looosu koooo

Saavu poi

Anonymous said...

I agree with you guys, India is beautifull, Inadians sucks sooooo much! In my whole life time I didn't say anything against people as general, but now I feel such a hate in my heart!
They are so selfish and arrogant and think that they have to struggle so much to achieve something in their live and the people in the developed countries are living in heaven. That's why they were trying to disturb my work and created so many difficulties on my way only to feel better and superiour! This is so poor. Everybody here is so stupid even they visited universities. The jobs they get here is only because of vitamin C(onnection)! You can formly smell the corruption and indifference to nature, good behaviour and respect for each other.
This nation shows all the time only ellbows but don't help each other to develope. If you ask me, even in 50 years India will not be a developed country because beeing developed is more than domestic product it is also
- to work during work time and not
facebooking
- to respect a customer/partner
- to have a free time culture after
7 pm also for girls
- do not to mess the own country
- do not to show ellbows to
everybody
- to admit the own mistakes AND TO
SAY SOMETIMES SORRY!!!

I will never go back to India for working here! As a white tourist you have here a better time!

a concerned citizen said...

when u say india sucks is it 2day or is it in the last 2000 years.India has been one of the best countries in the past and its downturn started about 700 years ago.The life qaulity in ancient india is cmparable to tht of the US 2day and it had an advanced economy and was heaven on earth.Bt 2day its a piece of cucking crap screwed by selfish politicians and a fucking corrupt soceity which ahs lost all the great morals.India needs a strong and benevolent dictator like ashoka or chandragupta to clean all the shit and kill all the people who we dont need(corrrupt politicians,rapists,criminals,violent people,corrupt buruecrats).

Anonymous said...

india needs a military junta

Anonymous said...

I have been living in India for the past 6 months, this is the 22nd country I have been to, I have never been in a worse place. If the country sunk into the ocean tomorrow I would only be concerned for the pollution it would cause.

Anonymous said...

India is a place for RETARDS.Dirty sick and disgusting people.Its a corrupted superpower.They teach thier childern to HATE,KILL.They smell like PIGS.THEY smell and smell.No morals or class.HIGHLY AGRESSIVE AND VOILENT>NO RULES OR DISCIPLINE.WAlk around NAKED.FILTH FILTH AND FILTH>I dont even know why i lived here i was despreate to go to Australia.Iam so happy that I left and now I feel SAFE.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I have to agree that India sucks...BIG TIME. coming from the west, we are taught to respect foreign cultures and to accept differences within our human family. But doing that is extremely difficult as I find India to be the most inhuman and racist place on the face of the earth. I have lived here now for 3 years and not a single day goes by without witnessing the lack of even the most basic courtesy and civic sense. Everyone is so engrossed in accumulating as much wealth as possible, even if that means showing no respect or even mercy for others. Indians are the most greedy people I have ever come across, ready to exploit even the poorest of the poor, in order to gain profit and they even do it with a disgusting smirk on their face. they do not mind seeing urinating men on the streets, the Oh- so-holy cows eating garbage on the streets, as long as they earn well. garbage and feces are omnipresent and there is always a foul smell lingering in the air. politicians find it more suitable to steal tax money than to reinvest it in infrastructure and basic human needs, such as public toilets or hospitals that are in any way suitable for humans. I have seen farms that are cleaner than Indian hospitals. it makes me laugh, when some westerners and Indians describe India as a spiritual country...nothing could be further from the truth. The only things they believe in, are of material value. You will find for example price lists in front of some so called temples for their various services. I hope, I can leave India any time soon, as I feel horrible to harbour such feelings towards a country that I currently live in. Of course, there are some lovely people as well in India, but they are vastly outnumbered by greedy, filthy people with enormous ego issues. India will need at least a thousand years to improve

Anonymous said...

I have to say, that Indian men are among the most ill-mannered people I ever came across. They are constantly ogling women and literally raping you with their eyes. Obviously, that makes you highly uncomfortable and you sometimes wish to walk around in a burqa. Going shopping in India is another annoying experience, as you are constantly followed around by a person and they do not let you browse around in peace. Most of the time, if you ask that person a question, he or she will not speak English well and be of no help at all. They are just there to make sure you do not steal anything. This is the Indian version of a surveillance camera as these people hardly earn anything and are much cheaper than a camera system.

Anonymous said...

Referring to India as "the world's biggest democracy" makes me laugh. India has actually managed to make a mockery of democracy. Votes are for sale and illiterate so called politicians buy them in bulk so that they can loot the country for their own benefit and that of their disgusting families. Nobody really does anything against the system because most of the population would do exactly the same if in a position of power. stop complaining about the government, because every nation has the rulers it deserves. SHAME ON YOU INDIA

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I am an Indian and I totally agree with you on this. India really sucks and there is no point in denying. India is a country of greedy, filthy, uncivilized and selfish people. I really hate this country because of the people of india. The culture is a total joke. I have been to the US and there I realized what is cultured and civilized behaviour means. Many people are not comfortable staying in India as this is not a safe country either. Basic manners and hygiene are totally absent. India will NOT improve or even try to being even the closest to western country in 1000 years .the reason is because of the Indian mentality.

Anonymous said...

India Sucks !!
Yes here people are so arrogant and narrow minded. They dont see if they are causing dis comfort to others, they just want there values space and alms what they are earning. Even if they save 10 Rs hurting a Riksawala , they will be happy. Blood bastards and hippocrates. Even policeman will ask so many questions in your genuine complaint that you can be damm sure , he is not going to help you on this. Instead he is already on side with the person who is already narrow minded and rotten piece of shit.

Improve the system !! Gosh ..may be you are not aware that life in India is soo soo cheap that you can bargain it for a piece of bread !! Whom to fight with and for what. People who are happy living at same place and in same manner from past 50 yrs or those who still say openly that i live for values but do the same rotten things daily.

In India people feel secure in governemt jobs and then take money for every samll tasks.

Larry D said...
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Jagath Leanage said...

I have also been to India and it was the worst experience ever. The most dirtiest, most polluted, most corrupted dump I have ever seen. Indians are also very rude, without any manners and also very arrogant. They think they know everything when in-fact know nothing. India is the arsehole of planet earth. No other way to describe it. If India ever becomes a "superpower" the Sun will stop rising, the moon would dislodge from orbit and break away from Earth. It will be the end of the world as we know it.

Anonymous said...

To everyone who say's indian sucks...well yes it do sucks for most part but you should not say 'India sucks' cuss that means indian as a whole sucks which is not the truth.India is one of those countries which made a base for human civilization.A lot of inventions were done in india.Which did help the modern world.Yoga!You have no idea how much it helps the world everyday.Ayurveda damn its one fine treatment.You should not disrespect such a country.But yea now it do sucks but like i said dont say it sucks completely because still there are indians all around the world contributing to the world everyday.Indian have produced awesome sceintists,engineers,business men...And it has an awesome culture!A culture which is unique in a good way.If you compare india with some of the nations in the world its far far better.So no it dont completely sucks.But with a mentality like this(of the indians)it will soon suck big.People should get educated and think openly other than being selfish.Man i know there are indians like no other with no standard but they could change.Hope it does soon......