India Travel Stories, Page 3

Itinerate Witness

Itinerate Witness

To move from place to place, somebody who sees something: somebody who saw or heard something that happened and gives evidence about it.
http://www.itinerantwitness.com

What a great name, I like the word witness and feel a relevance to this word. I spent and enjoyable and enlightening night with a 30’s plus man from the USA from Rochester, New York. Mark explained to me in a kind way, not a
- I know everything - way his understanding of India, how to travel, Blogging, my Blog and many interesting issues.

CNN is blaring away; CNN is presently on one issue…
- The Crisis in the Middle East -
Or
The skirmish between Israel and Lebanon, I am happy they changed from the last issue, however it is soap opera and on one issue, then the go to the next. Nothing to do with world news.

CNN talks as if they know, they understand, Mark talked or explain in humility how he witnessed India, how he was learning, how Google.com had not indexed his website, not hiding or pretending to know.

I trust Mark, I to not trust CNN; I wish to hear real voices on the planet explaining their witness of what is the world. I am starved for real, honest, information on who, where, what and when of the world. Sad, a soap opera new world is prevalent. I just want to know,
- What did you see -?

Mark seems reluctant to explain what he sees, funny how a person that is honest does not see the truth as valuable, however the posturing, maneuvering, planning media voices see their interpretations made for money of value.

Oh well, I cannot ignore, in a small way I am a media of communication. Hmm, I could fit in the mass communication situation… Scary to be related in any way, shape or form.

Definition of Media

MEDIA; television, newspapers, and radio collectively: the various means of mass communication thought of as a whole, including television, radio, magazines, and newspapers, together with the people involved in their production.

I do always wish to encourage the voices on the planet of truth and destroy the voice of lies. Mark please type more into the computer.


Itinerate Witness


Healthy Hot Water

Healthy Hot Water

Globalization is more of a MTV or Music Television and Fashion thingy, I see very little globalization of living standards. The television is encouraging this as people copy the Brady Bunch lifestyle.

The mice, rats, mosquitoes, fungus, viruses on the planet want to propagate, go forth and multiply. Like the HG Wells, novel - The War of the Worlds - whereby simple immunities problems destroys the Aliens, it does seem that the little things like a mosquito, I hate ants; cause some big problems, if not a plague on the planet.

Hot Water

A cheap, easy and ever present supply of Hot Water would be appreciated by me on the planet. I want to go take a shower, I avoid because I do not wish to be cold. I have Air Conditioning in the room, when I go under the shower; I get a rush I do not want. I like the warm soothing feeling of a Hot Water shower.
I have the ability to make a hot water dip shower.

I notice there are many plastic bottles in my room; the owners do not seem to believe this hotel needs a rubbish bin in the room. I normally drink the water in any country, however I have been giving myself a luxury of, COLD water to drink, for 10 Rupees or maybe about 20 cents USA money, I can buy a bottle of water.

On solutions begets another problem, I have stopped my need for a plastic bag; I am getting too good at refusing to receive a plastic bag. Now, I have no plastic bags in my room to use for trashcans. I will need to carry loose trash into the hall and somehow dump.

I have a solution, I can use the hotel provide clean yourself in the toilet bucket for a wastebasket. The whole procedure is mess, nothing is clean, there is no foolproof way to be clean, or the next person. If I use this or that than the next person has problem.

In the end, a good hot water cleaning is the only solution. I do like hot water, it disinfects to a higher level than almost any other way or less toxic way.


Healthy Hot Water


Premium Pricing

Premium Pricing

pricing high to fit product image: high pricing by a company because of the perceived superiority of a product or service or the desire to suggest superior quality (2)

That is the definition of a term I had never heard, or maybe I heard, but did not know or recognize, until I was watching an IBM commercial. Somehow, they were trying to say they could teach a person how to sell cashews that cost 2 dollars for 8 dollars.

This is a real, ever present consideration in my daily travel life. I want to know, why in the Airport, people are paying double for the same brand product they can buy in the street for half the price. I cannot understand why a person goes to a hotel that has little value, is a bad value, yet they then brag about living in the dump.

Marketing is all about perception, I feel myself to be a marketing expert, I knew of this principle for year, never had the words for it, until now. I am working on a project for the discerning person, the person who wants the best value for their money. There is a shell game that happens with marketing, I want to remove the shells and show the person what they are buying, not the noise. I have worked on this for years, an evaluation of hotel, a list of benefits of a hotel and a list of problems. The list grows and never ends, it will continue to evolve.

I get on websites where a person gives a subjective opinion about a hotel, I think, or want to know. How many hotel has this person lived in, how can you compare or think to explain on a hotel. I think anyone can start to talk about one benefit, however to say or talk about all the hotels is difficult, of course we all want to try, however, it is fraught with problems.


Premium Pricing


Middle East Sleeping Habits

Middle East Sleeping Habits

I call this the Middle East way of sleeping, even though I am in Asia, or sub-continent or any other does not matter definition.



This boy is sleeping on the roof or my hotel. I went up to get a GPS reading, it does not work in the streets as the 4-story building block the line of sight needed to get a reading.

28 38.51 NORTH
077 12.877 EAST
Elevation is 211 Meters



This is a long shot, it is about 6:00 AM and the sun is rising or poking through the clouds, trying to burn them off.



This is the same boy as above; he is sleeping on the concrete with another boy or man. It is very hot in the Hotel, I learned in Basra, Iraq sleeping in a 5-dollar Hotel. We had air conditioning and were looking forward to a good nights sleep. They turned off the electricity and everyone went up on the roof. We only learn of this when waking after eight hours of sleeping in a sauna, and then waking, we saw them carrying their mattresses down from the roof.



A view of women feet on another rooftop.



This is far away; I think my Sony 12X xoom has a smudge on it; however, these persons are sleeping under the covers on cots.



A typical type construction of building here in Delhi, India.



Up on the roof, the undersold, under-developed, under-served or some other business buzz word, well, the roof is one of the best place of a Hotel in the world and often and normally only used for the wrong thing. Here from the roof I can see this, from ground level, mostly I can see cow crap.

Middle East Sleeping Habits


India Cow Cart

India Cow Cart



Like walking back in time, I see these carts and think of drive across the western USA by settlers, or of England and some Fief and his life under the King.

India Cow Cart


India Card Game

India Card Game

As I stroll around in New Delhi or maybe Delhi there are people playing cards.



These guys are not dumb, they look around, they see, I am being close to paparazzi, hard to take a photo without annoying them.


India Card Game


Delhi Taxi

Delhi Taxi

This is Raj Pal; he is a nice person and a taxi driver here in the Pahar Ganj area of Delhi, India. I have used him twice; the cost of a taxi to the airport is about 200 Rupees. It is July of 2006; I am sure the price rise over time; however, he is a good choice. His English is good, and an interesting conversationalist. I talked with him for two hours at the domestic airport while waiting for the two-hour late place from Goa with Sahara Air that Andrew used to fly to Delhi.



I went down yesterday to find Raj Pal; I am worried desperately about my health. I got severe boils for about one year until I discovered the problem. I was not eating healthy and correct, I believe it was malnutrition. This lowers my immunities and enables the growth of problems.

GOAL - go to a big super market.

I wanted to go with Raj Pal to a nice, big, huge, Wal-Mart size, I am joking, but a large, big super market. I am thinking, this is going to cost me about 200 Rupees or 4 U.S.A. dollars to take a trip to the nice part of town.

FAILURE - he cannot drive this area.

Two problems, he says this area is very far from



He said, Mardi or something like that, I do not know, his native language I am sure is Hindi, well, what can I do, I wanted to go to a supermarket that had variety. I guess I can take him this map and he could point out the area that has big nice markets. He says he would need to pay 500 Rupees per day taxes to drive in this area, thus he cannot go this area.

I am indirectly or directly according to how you look at it, insulting his culture, it is hard to proceed. He says,
- Why don’t you go to the market? -
I am next to a fresh fruit and vegetable market, anyway I do it though, I would need to cook some of these unknown vegetables, plus I do not know or want them. I am trying to get that fresh clean fruit feeling. I have been thinking about buying some carrots or cabbage. I can clean them, I hope, peal the carrots.

Oh well, Raj Pal is a good guy.


Delhi Taxi


India Abortion Pill

India Abortion Pill

I am cracking up, walking along and in all place, I see an advertisement on the back of a bike taxi.



I am not sure; however, it is possible, they may sell abortion or day after pills here in India.

India Abortion Pill