Monday, November 28, 2005

Indecency guide for tourists to India

Tourists Jackie and Wayne say it is important
to know the culture

Wayne, says: "We do not kiss or embrace each other

in public because I know it is not liked here. When you
open up a bottle of beer you can make out from the
looks around you, it is not liked," he says.

On the heels of a previous Virtual Poona report:

New Guidelines from Rajasthan state
- BBC News, Delhi

Men should never touch women in public, even to help
woman out of a car, unless the lady is very elderly or infirm

In Indian socialise with men, and women with women.

Married couples in Asia do not hug, hold hands or kiss in public.
Even embracing at airports and train stations is considered
out of the question

Generally it is improper for women to speak with strangers on the
street and especially to strike up a casual conversation

Drinking alcohol or smoking in public, no matter how innocent, are
interpreted as a sign of moral laxity and are not acceptable.*

* It is comforting to me to know that I participated in all the
'restricted activities' before Progress set in...

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