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Old May 22nd, 2012, 06:26 PM   #21
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Looking good ... and the dry season seems to have held up quite well!
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Old May 22nd, 2012, 06:54 PM   #22
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Wow! This is one of the most fantastic photo threads I've seen on SSC, [email protected] Absolutely beautiful shots – many of these photos are exhibit-worthy. Excellent work!

I'm amazed by how seemingly unafraid the monkeys are there. They appear to have zero fear of humans whatsoever!
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Old May 23rd, 2012, 03:18 AM   #23
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Just curious. What are they doing?

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Old May 23rd, 2012, 05:51 AM   #24
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I wondered that, too. My guess is that they're typing letters or some sort of legal documents for illiterate people?
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Old May 26th, 2012, 02:30 AM   #25
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I wondered that, too. My guess is that they're typing letters or some sort of legal documents for illiterate people?
I guess that's the most likely explanation considering that this was right outside of the largest courthouse in Kolkata.

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If I think of scorching Indian heat around that time you had taken these pics,
I appreciate you even more. Dadabats, sir!
Mumbai and Kokata were the only two stops where the humidity was almost unbearable, all the others had a dry heat - and I absolutely love dry heat.

And seeing as most Westerners and even a lot of Indians can't cope with the heat in April and May it meant that the hotel prices were significantly lower and that some of the main sights were almost deserted around noon when the heat was really intense, which was perfect for photography.

Even most locals thought I was insane when I climbed up to the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur when it had 48C (118F) outside.

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Looking good ... and the dry season seems to have held up quite well!
The monsoon season usually starts in early June in the South and East and in early July in the North. It is extremely unlikely that it already starts in April or early May.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 04:07 AM   #26
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Even most locals thought I was insane when I climbed up to the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur when it had 48C (118F) outside.
I'm from Jodhpur and I have to say climbing up to the fort and touring it in 48c is very extreme! lol I wouldn't advise others to do it as there chances of catching a heat stroke.

Thanks for posting btw I always find it interesting to see images of my hometown through the eyes of different people.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #27
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nice thread, incredible images from India...thanks for sharing [email protected]
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Old May 29th, 2012, 10:58 AM   #28
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Just curious. What are they doing?
Typing Service?
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Old May 29th, 2012, 01:49 PM   #29
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Very nice pictures! You captured those places in a great way!
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Old May 29th, 2012, 02:00 PM   #30
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"Even though I consider myself a very experienced traveller, nothing can really prepare you for India and it pushed me closer to my physical and psychical limits than any other country I have ever visited. The assault on all your senses is simply mind-blowing.
However, it was definitely worth it and India rewards you with tons of new and unforgettable impressions every single day."

You say this yet I saw on your site that you also visited the city of Cairo. How would you compare it to Indian cities such as Mumbai?
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 04:22 AM   #31
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You say this yet I saw on your site that you also visited the city of Cairo. How would you compare it to Indian cities such as Mumbai?
Cairo has indeed a lot of similarities with Indian cities: the pedestrian onslaught everywhere and the thousands of stalls on the sidewalks, the absolutely crazy traffic, the pollution which is so bad that your eyes are sometimes stinging from it and you have black snot at the end of the day, the deafening noise level 24/7, etc.

Yet, the major Indian cities are more extreme in a lot of ways.

For starters you have a much more extreme wealth distribution in India. F.e. you see very few luxury cars and expensive shops in Cairo and while you can certainly see a lot of poverty there, it is not of the extreme kind. In Mumbai or Kolkata you have skyscrapers rising next to real slums like the one in photo 35, you have luxury cars parked 2 meters away from where naked and dirty children sleep on the sidewalks. As a foreigner you are harassed by beggars very often, which rarely happens in Cairo and so on.

The traffic is also worse. It's not just the lack of driving skills, but especially the lack of risk awareness and the complete disregard of drivers for the well-being of their fellow citizens. You can almost get the impression that Indian drivers want to kill and maim pedestrians - it is that bad!

India is definitely one of the most fascinating places on the planet, but as I said: be prepared that it will take a toll on you - it is a great destination if you are looking for an adventure, not so much if you are looking for relaxation
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 03:37 PM   #32
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I wondered that, too. My guess is that they're typing letters or some sort of legal documents for illiterate people?
haha, Indian legalese/bureaucracy need everything in a particular format, style and language, to be mastered only by a few clerks and out of bounds for any normal person off the street, unless you are prepared to run multiple rounds for corrections which can be quite a hassle.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 06:21 PM   #33
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haha, Indian legalese/bureaucracy need everything in a particular format, style and language, to be mastered only by a few clerks and out of bounds for any normal person off the street, unless you are prepared to run multiple rounds for corrections which can be quite a hassle.
That's what standard documents are for. You only have to fill in few things... so it's always in the same format. Maybe they better make one so normal people can also make such document.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 06:27 PM   #34
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I'm from Jodhpur and I have to say climbing up to the fort and touring it in 48c is very extreme! lol I wouldn't advise others to do it as there chances of catching a heat stroke.

Thanks for posting btw I always find it interesting to see images of my hometown through the eyes of different people.
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& great pictures.!!! @Raptor
I hope you visit Kashmir the next time. (it's an amazing place to go to if you want to meet Pakistani spies )
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 08:15 PM   #35
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That's what standard documents are for. You only have to fill in few things... so it's always in the same format. Maybe they better make one so normal people can also make such document.
forms are, applications aren't, these are probably court applications, important letters to officials or notarised statements made on judicial stamp paper that are legal in nature. Legal language becomes important there, which only clerks can fathom.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 08:36 PM   #36
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I think they should learn people in schools then.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 08:39 PM   #37
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I think they should learn people in schools then.
Learn people in schools ?

You mean teach.
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 10:54 PM   #38
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yes I know my English isn't exactly that good, stimm to much direct translation from my own language
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Old June 2nd, 2012, 11:29 PM   #39
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great shots of those old traditional Indian architecture.
and it's awesome that they are preserved.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 10:46 AM   #40
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it is a great destination if you are looking for an adventure, not so much if you are looking for relaxation
Not really .
There are loads of places in India which are peaceful and quiet .
The Himalayan northwest , the entire west coast (excepting Mumbai) , the north-east , the villages of the Indian heartland ......
India is more than just it's cities
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