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2004-01-02 20:45:00

For what it worth if you want Igli and Chetnee in the morning you need to go around 7:30 and it will be ready in Hampi. Igli is the deep fried crispy light bread and the Chetnee is a hot green chili sauce.


I have been writing all of my Travel Logs offline and then going to the Internet Café to publish. Since I am using “Word” to as my program to write the Log I can have a grammar check performed on the information before I publish it. They have an explanation of the rules they want to enforce on my writing and it is enjoyable to learn the rules on why or how write grammatically correct. I am sure that it still misses a lot or problems, but some of the simpler problems are remedied. But to know that I can make steady progress at becoming a better writer is exciting and mentally stimulating. This only works because I write so much and would be of little value if I was only writing once per month, but since I make mistakes daily and if explains the rules daily, I am able to slice and dice the rules and hopefully improve.

There is a real hopelessness when a person is told by other to improve or stop doing something, but there is not way to improve or stop. What they want is me to already understand and know what they realize or can do simply and they never really learned, but accepted from day one and started doing correctly. I have done incorrectly for so long that it is natural, and now to write in this fashion is unnatural. I have to allow the computer to use a verb in a way that sound unnatural and incorrect, but if of small consequence.

Learning is easy for me if I can find a path or a teacher. I am a willing student, while most people are not willing. I have had workers that said they wanted to learn, but were unwilling, so they never learned. A willing student will often meet the teacher. The say in a group I attend,

“When the student arrives, the teacher appears.”

Poverty is often like this prospect or analogous to this type of learning. The NGO (Non Governmental Organization) comes in and wants them to change to be cleaner or maybe better hygiene to help ward off disease. They want them to clean their homes to a standard that is Western, but they believe their home is already very clean, and really cannot understand the need for clean. They have no friends that are that clean, and they are the same level as all of their neighbors, so in reality they are already very clean, and now this person is in a somewhat demeaning way explaining to them that they are pigs. They know for sure that this is not true, and that in comparison to their neighbors they are extremely clean. But they have no ability to compare their house to a Western person and / or enter the home of Western person to view and compare, so they must search for some imaginary goal. They are cleaning or preparing for a goal that is they can only imagine or try to visualize.

In the end it is the government that raises the quality of life by some form or program that forces them to behave. They may make a fine that they enforce if the resident dumps trash in the street. So it is the will of the few that is enforced on the will of the many, and this never goes down well. Sort of like Iraq, the will of the USA is enforced on the world, and the world does not like this, it may be correct, just, and the proper thing to do, but they will only learn of this in the future after the reasons become obvious. So as the USA discovers all the reasons that Saddaam is an animal the world will accept. So the will of the many will eventually accept the will of the few.

There is some really irrational logic that says that if the majority believes something then it is correct. Logic is mathematical in nature and has nothing to do with beliefs.

I have been in lots of countries and it is obvious in comparison to most of the poorer countries I have visited that India’s government is very advanced in the implementation of rules for hygiene. Sadly the country is so big that it will take ten times as long to change and it will take ten times longer to see because of the density of people. In a place where there are ten times the people the lack of cleanliness looks ten times worst… but in comparison to what?

There is a constant war between the religious leaders and the government of countries. Until the religious leaders stop trying to run a country it will have trouble developing. Religious leaders constantly agree with people while the government constantly disagrees. I think MTV will help the government or help to globalize the sanitation of the world… hehehe. MTV is helping to take the religious uniforms people wear off their bodies and have them stop acting as cults, and becoming more or a religion of choice and not of enforcement.

Religions perform like dictatorships or kingdoms and all is up to chance as to the person that would be silly or power hungry enough to want to rule.

I am reading he autobiography of Mahatma Gandhi and he comments on the lack of cleanliness of India.

The lights just went out, so looking up the quote is difficult. But it is something to the effect of “Cleanliness is close to Godliness.”

He believes that there is a need to be clean inside and outside the body, and see the problems in the India way of life.

I am on my computer’s batteries that is why I can continue to type even thought the lights are off.


I am not sure why, but this is the second time I have heard drums and a horn very early in the morning. I was blaming it on drunks yesterday, but today I am going to blame it on some form of religious ritual. Eventually I would get up and go look. I just have to be very fast and that take time. I put 2 and 2 together today, and when the return again it will be a call to action to run and see.

There are lots of interesting things that happen before sunset in India. It is very amazing.

The drum came by again, I ran outside and still could not locate where it was, and of course nobody understands the English word drum or horn. Postcard and coffee they are hawking in the morning and Chi or Tea, but the Drums is just something they have tuned out.


I am very tempted to take my computer to Hospet today and try to connect to the Internet with my computer. I have about 10 Megs or more of photos to publish and that take a long time to put on 3.5 disks and load onto the computer in the Internet café. It would save me tons of time if I connected my computer and skipped the copying procedure.


I was told that the salary for a guy that works in a Banana field all day is 20-40 Rupees. That is between 50 Cents and 1 Dollar USA. Now I know the family and they have a very small guesthouse with 3 rooms and this seems a little suspicious as they have a color TV and a lot of items or very large expense. There are often alternative incomes that they sort of always forget in countries and you can learn about if you take an extremely long times to learn.

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