Fresh cooked food doesn't often cause problems but you're right to be cautious, India has an impressive rage of bugs. I recall seeing 2 young neurotics scraping black specks off toast (what about the knife, the plate etc) - they'd eaten toast and Lomotil for 3 weeks (not advised). My own strategy was to chomp up 2 cloves of garlic and wash them down with yoghurt. Lyall Watson, writer, had a parasitologist friend supply him with a beef tapeworm (easily dispensed with); he then ate and drank...
I imagine that with all the places you've been and eaten at, you likely have the antimicrobial resistance of penicillin. But those of us who get out less often do need to be careful. Nothing can spoil a vacation quite as much as a case of vomiting or diarrhea. A few minutes of gustatory pleasure don't make up for hours or days of GI distress. I wouldn't recommend the tapeworm therapy, even if it works. Has nasty potential side effects.
Actually K, neither would I, but as the author of 'Supernature' it was kinda in his brief ! His friend advised the beef tapeworm because they're easier to evict than pork ones (!) - he had to eat ~50% extra to placate the sucker (sic) BTW resistances don't really last that long but you're right, I very rarely got, or get ill.
Delhi has a lot to offer in terms of interesting sites. HOWEVER, the air pollution is appalling, particularly in the winter. We will be in Delhi in March - when things should start to get a little better - but we have cut our stay there to a mere 24 hours. We would have liked to re-visit some places like Humayun's Tomb or the Jama Mosque, but in the end decided that we could not face the atrocious smog again. We will now leave on the earliest convenient train south.
The signage all over India presents marvels of interpretation for visitors and locals alike. Somewhere I have a pic of a sign down an alleyway in Tamil and English "URIN STRICKTLY PROHIBITED" �� - to no apparent effect ! Signage in English is largely because it is the only language understood throughout the country ! When the first Congress convened in 1947, speakers of Hindi, Bengali and Tamil etc eventually agreed proceedings to be held in English - the only common language ! Check out any...
The Ajmeri gate, if I'm not mistaken - Ajmer in Rajasthan was much more important in the past, but now known mainly as the portal to Pushkar, where the world renowned 'camel fair' is held. Perched on a conical hill there is the only temple in India dedicated to Brahma
Few things in life are as comprehensively stimulating as old Delhi. The relative leisure of a cycle rickshaw allows you to take in so much more as on foot you would be constantly on guard against breaking your neck stepping into a manhole or a ripe pile of garbage. Believe me, in India, if it is in the garbage it is of no conceivable use.
Dear Karl - A beautiful sequence of images. I especially enjoyed seeing all the space(s) that you moved into and through and gave to your armchair companions through your fine images. Thank you. I plan to share your experience with my friend Ximena, who is planning to travel to India next year with a group of women friends. All my very best to you, Neil
One of my favourite parts of travel is experiencing the customs and lifestyle of where you are, away from the tourist areas. People tend to think of things from the perspective of how things are "back home". That is never the case and it is what makes travelling so wonderful. You get to experience the whole mosaic of humanity, see the differences in how others live and learn that we are all more similar than different. Thanks for a small look at one aspect of daily life in Delhi.
A scene of people enjoying their Sunday on the streets of Old Delhi. Old Delhi is jam-packed during weekdays. Sunday is a slower, relaxed day, when when workers get time to complete their personal business and chores. Here one...
If you have never been to the Catskill Mountains in New York State you are missing one of the real beautiful areas of the Northeastern United States. The Catskills fill the area between the Hudson River to the east and the Delaware River to the...
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Gumbo was visiting the largest mosque in Delhi, known as Jama Masjid. It is a project of the great Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, who also built the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort. A very worthwhile stop while visiting Delhi.
A few years ago we went to a commercial laundry in Kerala and, like you, I was intrigued by the huge irons they used. I was even more fascinated by the fact that they were 'coal-powered'. I attach a photo of what they look like inside.
I do not know the answer to that question, but the irons seemed well up to the job and the operators clearly knew what they were doing. There were huge quantities of bed sheets, towels, and clothing involved. I actually wonder whether the people working there would consider what we might view as a 'normal' iron as an improvement.
I would bet that a great deal of that power is unmetered too ! Rogue connections to street lamps are everywhere, and a modest tip to the power company engineer cuts your business overheads ! Monsoon rains produce endless outages and sparking cables !
Although doubtless glad of the visitors and income, the Archaeological Survey of India must be dismayed that so many tour groups barely have time to walk from the entrance to the main building. As this post shows, it really deserves much more reflective and peaceful time to absorb the scale and influence of this building or simply to watch shadows change and afternoon light suffuse the ochre structure. Bravo Doc !
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